Alexandre Nzirorera spearheads introduction of BIM Technology in Rwanda

BIM Africa has appointed Alexandre Nzirorera, a young engineer, to lead the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in Rwanda. He will also represent BIM Africa in the country.

By Diana Muringo on
13th January 2021

On 23rd October 1995, Engineer Alexandra Nzirorera was born in Bugesera District, Rwanda, and has been changing the world ever since.

Today, he is responsible for heading the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Rwanda as he represents BIM Africa. BIM Africa is Africa’s biggest BIM technology regulatory organization. It is responsible for the regulation and adoption of BIM in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry across Africa. 

Building Information Modeling is an intelligent 3D model-based process that provides architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals with important insight and tools. These tools allow them to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. 

The BIM process is both innovative and technology-based. Unfortunately, despite it being amazingly efficient, the construction industry in Africa has been slow to adopt it. Many believe that the ignorance of the modalities, as well as the benefits of BIM, is a major reason for this. Luckily, the appointment of Nzirorera has brought in a new era in the construction industry. And he is just the man the industry needed. 

The appointment of Nzirorera by BIM Africa will result in a warmer embrace and more implementation of BIM in Rwanda. Hopefully, this will have a domino effect on the rest of Africa. The fact that Nzirorera is so passionate about construction and creating a positive difference in the world makes him the best person for the job. 

In July 2018, Nzirorera started Golden Construction Ltd, which in October of the same year gave birth to the Nziza Training Academy. This school has changed the lives of many ambitious engineers and allowed them to work on their passions.

Nzirorera graduated in 2019 from Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC Kigali). Believing that the sky is the limit, he has gone on to gain more skills including advanced skills in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) in architectural modeling at Archystore in Madagascar, architecture imagination at Harvard University, and Ecodesign for cities and suburbs from British Columbia University in Canada. 

The Executive Director of BIM Africa, Moses Itanola, said, “Nzirorera meets the requirements of standing as a country representative, his experience in helping professional engineers and architects gain competitive skills on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) will help him structure a way they can adopt the use of BIM as an advanced construction technology compares to CAD.”

Nzirorera understands the importance of implementing BIM technology and says that the 150 plus professionals that he has trained will easily adopt this technology. He also explained, “If a construction project requires many companies or professionals in planning, designing, constructing, and managing buildings, the technology will help them to work together online on the same screen without necessarily moving from different areas or countries and sitting in one room. This also reduces the cost.”

“Rwandan professionals are going to be trained on BIM technology through the BIM Africa cooperation so that they start using its construction projects. This solves the issue of difficulty in completing designs or studies, delayed projects, and other issues”, he said.

Photo: Engineer Alexandra Nzirorera (Courtesy, The NewTimes Rwanda)

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