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BIM Sandwich workshop 5 Dec 2019

What on earth is a BIM Sandwich?

If we see everyone in the BIM mix (architects, construction professionals, engineers, quantity surveyors etc) as the filling in the sandwich you will realise that the 2 slices of bread holding the sandwich together are missing. They are the property owners and facilities managers. The ones who commission the work and the ones who need to manage the asset.

We'd begun having our first conversations at the end of November at a BIM dinner which brought some of these roleplayers together.

And on the 5th of December 2019 we had our first workshop, aimed at bringing these parties together to begin unpacking the role of BIM in their context and what was needed to begin collaborating properly.

There are another 3 sessions planned for this year, so if you’d like to attend please send a mail to Angela:

Each group was given the opportunity to explore 2 questions:

  1. What value could we get from BIM in 2030?

  2. In order for that to happen, what must be true in 2023?

Those 2 questions allowed the groups to work back towards action steps we need to take today to move us toward 2023 and 2030.







The last session was the development of some practical action steps:

The workshop was hosted by Aecom, facilitated by Aurecon and refreshments were sponsored by Autodesk.

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Feb 05, 2020

Thank you for your comment @BIM Institute. Our community has 4 very simple ‘Rules of Engagement’ and 1 lodestar. Our lodestar is to ‘Raise the BIM tide’ - whatever action or decision you take, it should raise the tide for everyone. It’s based on the adage of a rising tide lifting all boats. Don’t do anything from selfish intent because we all win if we all win. Our Rules of Engagement are GIVE: G = Generous but discreet (share your time, knowledge and resources generously but be discreet where necessary); I = Inspirit (cheer each other on and stimulate positive action and behaviours); V = Value (every voice counts and is valuable, regardless of rank or position); E = Equal…


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Feb 05, 2020

An enthusiastic industry beats individual experts or companies that voice their accomplishments and have their own ingrained ideas. One tree can make a thousand matches, but one match can burn a thousand trees. The dynamism that comes from all industry players uniting from all corners of this continent, from all races, professional backgrounds and genders, powers and empowers the industry to come together and become enthusiastic and build on lessons learned. We are the builders of BIM in Africa, and the one most important factor missing in the workflow above is the unwritten Rules of Engagement among professionals. This remains our biggest challenge in this industry.

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