BIM AFRICA INNOVATION AWARDS 2023 – Call for nominations

Building Information Modeling (BIM) focuses on the digital representation of a building, from planning and design to construction and operations. 

By Yvonne Tagoe on
27th February 2023

BIM Africa focuses on advancing this modeling across the continent. The organization is a network of professionals advancing innovative and cutting-edge ideas to drive the digital transformation of the African architecture engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Nominations for the BIM Africa Innovation Awards 2023 are open to recognise exceptional individuals, projects, teams, and institutions in the construction sector going above and beyond to deploy innovative solutions towards Africa's development. Winners will be unveiled in Marrakech, Morocco, at the Awards Dinner of the BIM Africa Summit (BAS) 2023 on 19 May 2023.

Members of the Jury include leading professionals across the continent who are outstanding industry leaders with track records of excellence.

Four of the members are:

Vikram Bhujun, the Managing Director of Prodesign, Mauritius, a leading BIM expert, and a Chartered Building Services Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a leading expert in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and a pioneer in using innovative technologies to advance the sector.

Vikram is the founder of Prodesign, a highly successful and technologically advanced consulting engineering firm in Mauritius. His expertise in BIM is unparalleled, having introduced the technology to Prodesign in 2007 and leading numerous R&D projects to promote its use. Bhujun has a deep interest in digital construction and the application of technology to improve productivity, reduce waste, and help clients build faster and greener buildings.

Dahbia Meddahi, the Founder and Director of IPFIG Technological Innovations, Algeria. At IPFIG, she develops quality partnerships with product companies (Autodesk, FARO, ALPI, PROSYS, CGS LAB, etc.) to support clients with technological solutions that optimize their processes and help them master their data in the areas of AEC, GIS, industry and heritage. IPFIG is, in her opinion, a Start-up that must continuously monitor technology and adapt its products and services according to the needs and requirements of its customers and technological developments.

As an Architect & BIM Manager, Dahbia specialises in digitization and reverse engineering, Scanning to BIM, and has had the opportunity to participate in several BIM projects involving the realization of Digital Twin beneficial for Exploitation & operation maintenance.

Vity Claude Nsalambi, the Vice-President of Ordem dos Arquitectos de Angola (OA). Vity is an Angolan architect and graduate of UAN (University Agostinho Neto) and the International Master’s in BIM (Zigurat Global Institute of Technology & Universidad de Barcelona). He is a practising architect based in Luanda – Angola, and a lecturer/studio teacher at UAN. He is the founder of TOUCHÉ, LDA., participating in several projects from architecture to urban planning.

As a world Citizen, communicating in five languages, Vity believes that it is possible to change the world in a balanced way through education, in full respect of nature, contributing positively to improve the quality of people's life and well-being.

Vity is also the Commissioner of - Education Commission Africa South Region - AUA (African Union of Architects), a Council Member - of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and a Steering Committee Member - of EDUCOM (Education Commission) & VCAE (Validation Council for Architectural Education) - UNESCO-UIA. He has participated as a Jury in various design contests, like UIA International Innovative Health Design Awards 2022, BAKU 2019 International Award, and the 1st UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Design Prize for Responsible Architecture.

Sileshi Tesema, Vice-Chairman of Ethiopian BIM Society (EBIMS). Sileshi was awarded a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Kingston University and an MSc in Building Information Management (BIM) from the University of Westminster. He was awarded EngTech from the Engineering Council UK and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and BRE.

Sileshi is a Certified BIM Practitioner with Global BIM Certification from BRE, UK. He volunteers for the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) local networks and the Ethiopian community in the UK as Secretary of E4E UK (Ethiopians for Ethiopian UK).

The award categories include:

Outstanding Start-up Award

Exceptional Firms in an African country established in less than five years and operating within the building and infrastructure industry with a result-backed record of an outstanding business product (software, hardware, service, equipment, etc.).

Innovation in the Built Environment

Exceptional Projects or Firms in an African country with a result-backed record of deploying the innovative use of digital design processes and systems, sustainability performance, and overall outcomes in AECO or the built environment.

Research Excellence Award

Exceptional individuals of African descent in the Academia (or a Research Team/Project) that have developed and completed research works involving the deployment of innovative digital technologies and processes toward driving the building and infrastructure industry's transformation.

Best Woman in African construction

Exceptional Woman of African descent with outstanding performance, amazing feats, and/or immense contribution to the African construction industry's growth.

Other categories involve corporate institutions, teams, individuals, students, researchers, projects, or government agencies.

To nominate, visit Nominations close on Monday, 6 March 2023.

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