African BIM Survey (ABS) 2020

Session synopsis

Despite having the huge potential to digitize and upgrade its approach, the construction industry is known to be slow in adopting innovation when compared to other sectors like transportation, finance and health. The situation is worse in developing countries which are often languishing on the disadvantaged side of the digital divide. With the advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM), governments and organisations have been driving the BIM crusade in the construction industry due to the immense benefits attached to its implementation. However, developing countries are lagging in their implementation and are often underrepresented in BIM reports. The African Continent’s population is expected to be doubled by 2050 which would lead to an increase in demand on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry coupled with the current infrastructural deficit on the continent. This puts the African AEC in a strategic position towards the development of the continent, and adoption of technologies in the industry would, without doubt, be of immense benefits. Albeit, the industry is bedeviled with myriads of challenges on the continent, it also offers opportunities for presenting innovation solutions. The Research and Development Committee of BIM Africa embarked on a continent-wide survey of BIM in Africa between November and May 2020 which was the first of its kind. It aimed to track the awareness and adoption on the continent. This presentation presents a summary of the findings from the survey, lessons learnt and prospects of the survey in Africa. It is hoped that the findings would contribute to the growing discussion of digital construction in Africa.

Why should people attend?

This session gives insights about the progress of BIM awareness and adoption in Africa based on the findings of the African BIM Survey (ABS) 2020 organised by the Research and Development committee of BIM Africa initiative.




  • Abdullahi Saka
    Abdullahi Saka
    Team Lead (Research and Development Committee) - BIM Africa

    Abdullahi is currently the lead for the research and development committee of the BIM Africa initiative. He is a doctoral Researcher at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong where he does research on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Developing countries, and Construction Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (HKIPM), and a member of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).


Oct 14 2020

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