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A first for Africa: Digital Construction on the map in 2016

In partnership with the BIM Institute, the African Construction Expo and Totally Concrete Expo on 9 -11 May is set to bring yet another first to the construction event arena: the Construction Information Technology  Summit and Expo (CIT.)

Simply put, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the collection of all building data organised into a structured database that is easy to query both visually and numerically. But BIM is all of that and so much more …

Ranging from feasibility analysis of a development to maintenance or demolition, BIM covers the entire leading and managing architecture and engineering process, including estimating and planning. This new process in technology is already revolutionising the way new construction projects are being designed, and how existing building projects are being tackled.

The inaugural, two day CIT Summit and Expo is set to deliver a strategy-focused summit that aims to foster industry dialogue and peer collaboration through insightful keynote presentations and interactive executive discussions while exhibitors will also be show casing their digital solutions.

A successful construction industry is essential to us all and now is the time for us to rethink our quality control systems for us all to benefit from high quality information technology that is constructed and developed efficiently for a construction environment to thrive. At its worst the South African construction industry displays poor standards and a lack of sustainable development, but there is no doubt that substantial improvements in quality and efficiency are possible.

The BIM Institute aims to see these dramatic improvements come to life by helping deliver the standards and requirements of the Building Information Modelling Strategy for Africa and promote the software and IT processes and standards required to strengthen South Africa’s construction industry. A large part of this directive to improve the industry and connect key players is to host the Construction Software and IT Summit and Expo.

The Construction IT Summit and Expo will cover a broad range of construction Information technology aspects, from innovative visual design construct solutions, intelligent estimating and ERP solutions, cloud technology, 3D printing for construction and the public will be entertained with virtual enlightment on Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLense displaying the future of construction technology. The show will challenge the processes that represent the status quo for the African construction industry, the Construction Software and IT Summit and Expo promises to be the major annual networking event for construction software and IT professionals, that informs, connects and boosts this complex industry and its dedicated players. 

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