The potentials of a bottom-up knowledge diffusion approach towards achieving digitization of the built industry are limitless. Exposing Tertiary Institution Students to the capabilities and modalities of Building Information Modelling (BIM) before their entry into professional practice creates a gradual knowledge diffusion and process adoption. The Educational system all over the World forms the bedrock of any profession. Systems, Processes, Tools, and Methodologies taught in classes are utilized in practice.
Leveraging on this, the BIM Africa Student Advocacy Program is designed to teach and create awareness of BIM, its tools, and processes, amongst students undertaking courses related to Architecture, Engineering and Construction in Tertiary Institutions across Africa. The training is believed to ignite the zeal for more knowledge amongst Students who would later become Professionals in the field well equipped to implement the adoption of BIM.
A team of two students is selected in each represented university in various countries. These Student Advocates are trained virtually on BIM and how to present a BIM awareness and training program in their various institutions. The training are designed to encompass the tools, processes, and policies required to effectively integrate BIM into a construction practice.
With the required support, they then proceed to conduct and host BIM Tool training and Process Advocacy events in their campuses. The event staged in each institution are ranked according to established metrics to select the best performed and highest ranking. Advocates of top rank universities would then have the opportunity to attend a fully-funded BIM (or Construction related) conference outside their country of study.
University students (Undergraduates) studying courses related to Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
Be in their penultimate or final years of study in the University.
Be creative, outspoken, dynamic and able to influence others.
Collaborate with a Partner studying a different accepted course of study in the same University.
Diversity in gender of Partner is an added advantage.
Prior awareness of Building Information Modelling is not mandatory.
Are citizens of African countries and studying in any African University.
October 21, 2019 | Application opens
December 16, 2019 | Application closes
December 31, 2019 | Successful team notified
January 1, 2020 – March 1, 2020 |Training of all Student Advocates.
February 3, 2020 – Judges Announced
March 2, 2020 – August 1, 2020 | Project tasks and Local training in all represented Institutions
August 3, 2020 – August 31, 2020 | Ranking of local Institution training and performance.
September 2020 – December 2020 | International conference participation.
The application must be submitted by the team lead with the adequate consent and understanding of the partner.
Inclusion of individuals in multiple teams results in disqualification of application from both teams.
Successful application and selection represents the willful expression of participating in the activities of the program.
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