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Today’s BIM Champions and tomorrow’s industry leaders

MillaSA welcomes you to the 3rd Building Information Modeling Africa Conference which will be held in Johannesburg in March 2018. Following the success of the previous events, this event is growing bigger and better. This year’s conference will focus on challenges and innovative applications of BIM by many disciplines currently operating in a BIM environment in Africa. The 3rd Annual BIM conference will be co-hosted by the BIM Institute, who has been actively applying BIM beneficially and driving BIM education and developing standards throughout Africa. The 2018 Conference will present examples of using BIM on a wide range of types of projects locally and in support of many roles, disciplines, and life cycle phases from project idea to facility management.

What to expect in 2018

  • BIM Institute Key Note
  • What BIM standards are in current development for Africa and who South Africa is aligning its standards with?
  • How BIM standards and classification systems will disrupt South African Professionals.
  • Affordable Applications for BIM Modelling in a design and construction environment
  • Aligning BIM design efforts through all the project development phases
  • Pitfalls of integrating 3D with 4D planning and model simulation
  • Benefits of BIM for on-site efficiencies and construction methods for contractors.
  • Innovating on Projects: The latest on 3D Laser scanning in the field.
  • Improving facilities management through BIM processes
  • O&M Challenges for FM and improving the handover process.
  • open BIM for clients , as a business process
  • Big data
  • Level of definition & objects
  • Information management and model checking
  • Mobile communication & virtual reality
  • Free Workshop Course and Certification

Who Should Attend

Construction executives, architects, engineers, contractors, building and product manufacturers and distributors. The material presented is relevant for public and private owners and operators, top management, developers, designers, general contractors, and trade contractors of industrial, oil and gas, mining, commercial, infrastructure, government departments, municipalities, institutional and residential projects.

Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Dates: 14-15 March 2018

German Otto Bodenbender
BIM Manager & Senior Architect
Boogertman and Partners
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    After graduated from the Architectural School in Argentina, German took the first steps into design and documentation of International projects across the globe through the implementation of the highest BIM standards and protocols. Currently, as head of the BIM Department in Boogertman and Partners, German is a passionate and energy driven individual focus in human centered design achieved through a holistic BIM approach. His passion and expertise was cultivated through several years in the industry and he is helping to manage and implement sustainable BIM processes across the different Architectural offices.

Nicholas Karassavas
BIM Lead Southern Africa
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    Nicholas is both strategic and hands on project BIM Coordinator, with experience working in an Architectural reference with 22 years behind him, to consulting, designing, implementing and training Engineering and Architectural Teams and organisations while being a director in the African Autodesk Technical AEC Channel for 11 years. Nicholas has worked on a wide range of Architectural, Structural Industrial and MEP projects, both as Principal, Senior Technologist and Lead Standards Creation, IPD (Integrated Projects Delivery) Manager, BIM Manager or Digital Engineering Lead and as such has significant insight and value of understanding the project and disciplines as a whole and in their individual disciplines and putting together systems and BIM Deliverables.

Chris Allen ICIOB
Lecturer: Department of Construction Management
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    Chris lectures in the Department of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University(NMMU), transferring knowledge learnt on the numerous projects he has been involved with to a new generation of construction managers, architects and quantity surveyors. In addition to the under-graduate building science course known as Environment & Services, which deals extensively with sustainable design and construction, he also presents a module in the Masters course on project strategy and methodology for project managers. He is currently chairman of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Eastern Cape and acts on the Construction Management Development Committee, a sub-committee formed between the CIOB and South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) to look at the future of construction management within the built environment disciplines

Sergio Castanheira
Mechanical BIM Lead, Africa
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    Sergio is National Mechanical BIM Lead for AECOM Africa, a BIM professional with 15 years in the UK Building Engineering sector, now applying his trade in South Africa. Familiar with the global drive to be BIM compliant & the requirement to have good processes in place to satisfy this requirement. Interested in seeking new ways in making the design & construction process more efficient & delivering rich data driven models during the design & construction cycle

Peter Barker, BA (Hons), FRSA
Managing Director
BIM Academy (Enterprises) Ltd
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    Peter leads the BIM Academy consultancy team, established as a joint venture by Ryder Architecture and Northumbria University in 2010. The highly successful and award-winning team now operates globally helping clients across the built environment to exploit the value of digital technologies and smarter working, particularly in business case development, implementation planning and asset management strategies. Peter graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Classics in 1981, prior to studying architectural technology at Northumbria University. This was followed by several years in practice in the industry, joining Ryder in 1995 where he is now a Partner. Peter has led teams delivering a wide range of projects in the leisure, education, manufacturing and healthcare sectors, as well as heading the systems improvement and innovation workstream which included the early adoption of BIM technologies across the practice from 2003.

Craig Howie
BIM Manager Buildings & Places, Africa
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    Craig is the National BIM Manager for AECOM Africa, and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture.
    His role forms part of a multidisciplinary consulting engineering team based throughout Africa comprising of Architects, Structural, Civil and MEP Engineers, Sustainability and Quantity Surveyors.
    He has implemented and trained BIM processes to hundreds of people across Southern Africa and also internationally. He has been involved in BIM coordination on numerous projects for key clients in both the public and private sector, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Heineken, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Department of Public Works, Shell and Barclays.
    He is a regular speaker at industry BIM events and is on the Steering Committee for the South African BIMinstitute, an African initiative to drive BIM Standards locally within the AEC industry

Janine Strachan
BIM Manager
DSA Architects
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    Janine is a BIM Manager at DSA Architects. She develops and oversees the BIM/Revit Workflows and Standards. Her role includes continuous staff development, user and project based support, maintaining the DSA Revit template and family libraries and overseeing the implementation of BIM workflows on projects. After completing her BTech Architectural Technology at Tshwane University of Technology, Janine worked in the private sector focusing mainly on residential design. In 2015 she was approached by Modena Design Centres who needed a Revit trainer. In 2016 she was outsourced to DSA as a BIM Consultant, becoming a full-time employee the next year.

Vaughan Harris
BIM Institute
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    Vaughan has been involved in various sectors of the construction industry locally and internationally since graduating with a National Higher Diploma in Quantity Surveying 1994. Whilst working as an Estimator for a construction company, Grinaker-lta he had the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of building international relationships with the professional’s teams. Vaughan then became interested in specialising in information management systems to better coordinate the construction processes within the construction industry. As a result he began studying and specializing in various information systems while working with various clients throughout South Africa and Australia. His experience while working with a cloud based project management system, ProjectCentre in Australia gave him insight to working with transport and defence clients.

    His seven years with one of South Africa’s largest Construction Software development companies, Construction Computer Software gave him the opportunity of working closely with most of South Africa’s largest contractors in defining their internal systems and processes as well as being involved in implementing the information management systems on large capital projects.
    Vaughan is a lecturer at the Department of Construction and Economics Management at the University of Cape Town, transferring knowledge learnt on new generation technology for the construction industry. In addition to his valuable role within the construction industry in South Africa, he is founder of the BIM Blog and has recently been awarded the top 30 BIM Blogs on the internet. After founding BIM Institute in 2015 and developing the BIM National Guide for South Africa, Vaughan, successfully established the BIM Academy Africa and has recently steered the BIM implementation program for the Ethiopian Government (ECPMI) in 2017.

Douglas Ackerman
Regional Director
WSP, Africa
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    Douglas Ackerman is a Regional Director at WSP, Africa, and is the Head of BIM & VDC (Building Information Modelling and Virtual Design & Construction) for the Africa Region. He has 21 years of experience in the field of civil engineering, specializing in the design of the civil engineering components related to commercial, residential, industrial and office developments, as well as rural and urban roads, interchanges, and bulk infrastructure. Douglas has extensive experience in the field of BIM & VDC, as well as high-end 3D visualization, for all engineering disciplines with a focus on large-scale multi-disciplinary projects.

Willem Adriaan Brits
PERI Formwork
Scaffolding Engineering

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    Riaan Brits is the current Engineering Director for PERI Sub Saharan Africa Business Unit He is a registered Professional engineer and holds a B.Eng (Civil) Engineering degree (UP). Riaan has approximately 18years of experience in the construction sector in South Africa and has worked in the fields of consulting engineering, construction and temporary works. Riaan also serves on the South African National Standards (SANS) panel responsible for the rewriting of the current scaffolding, the panel responsible for the temporary works (formwork and falsework) code and serves as a National Executive Member the Institute for Working at Heights (IWH). Riaan in the past were also a Committee Member of the Concrete Society and other professional bodies.

Building Information Modeling Africa Conference 2018

R 9,188.50 Including VAT



Cost per delegate excluding VAT, travelling and accommodation.
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