Bim Harambee

Student competition

Calling all African student teams in the built environment.

Produce the highest quality BIM as-Built Model within the shortest amount of production time (BIM Production Sprint) while exploring how we can use BIM to make existing buildings smarter, and become Smart City ready.


The Student Competition will build on the BIMHarambee.Africa 2021 theme of BIM in 2030 (and its role in Smart Cities).  The learnings from the Student Competition will inform the Panel Discussion on 21 October 2021.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s architects, engineers, contractors, project owners and developers. This is an opportunity to embed BIM (Building Information Modeling) thinking and practices into planning and development but also explore ways in which students are able to innovate in this space.

We believe that BIM is the most comprehensive instrument in our toolkit for taking digital asset inventory, delivering and managing responsible buildings for the future.

How will BIM help to improve the management and sustainability of our existing buildings stock in Africa?

How could we use BIM to get existing African buildings Smart City-ready?

$1500 first prize

$500 innovation award

Student Competition


We are proud to announce the winners of our Student Competition. Details in the attached pdf (Click on the button below). We will be interviewing the Team Leads of the two winning teams in our Panel Discussion on Thursday 21 October at 14h00 GMT+2

Student Competition


We are proud to announce the judges who will be adjudicating the Student Competition Submissions.
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Calayde Davey

Chairperson (Lean Built Africa) and Post Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Pta (Africa Digital Twin Cities)

Regen50 Urban Strategy Lean Built Environment – Afrika and Lecturer at University of Pretoria

Calayde is a future-oriented strategist and a Lean built environment champion. She focuses on city futures and built environment innovation — helping project teams to let the good ideas come through and the great ideas last. Calayde holds a PhD Environmental Design, Economics & Planning from the USA and Masters degree in Architecture from South Africa. She has worked internationally in architecture, real estate development, Lean construction management, corporate strategy, urban planning and policy development. Calayde has worked in the role of project architect on high-rise projects in South-East Asia, and as Lean facilitator for the world’s largest Passive House (90% energy efficient real estate) residential project in the United States. She is the co-author of “Mastering Lean Leadership” with global expert Hal Macomber, co-chair of Lean Built Environment Afrika and Director of Regen50 – Urban Strategies. Calayde is currently completing a post-doctoral research project with the University of Pretoria and the Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers, Sweden, on African Digital Twin Cities. Calayde teaches at various universities in topics of urbanism, built environment innovation, urban strategy, sustainable development and the future state for the African built environment sector.
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Andrew Mason


Workplace Fundi

Andrew Mason boasts a chequered career. After achieving his BSc degree in Building Surveying he went on to gain his Royal Charter from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1986. In 1991 he established TMD Building Consultancy with clients such as The Duke of Westminster, Paul and Linda McCartney, Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Helena Bonham-Carter and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne. He has worked on historical and National Trust monuments, some dating back 600 years. He has designed and repurposed buildings at the end of their useful life as well as construction new state of the art facilities. He has worked on palaces, castles, hotels, casinos, theatres, factories, offices, data centres, schools, churches, stadia, hospitals and even a zoo. He has held senior executive and directorship roles at the two biggest integrated FM operators in Africa with experience in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe as well as further afield in Malaysia, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He writes regularly for property journals and has delivered presentations and keynotes on Workplace and FM at the Euro FM conference in Madrid, Holland and Bulgaria, FMCE conference in Kenya and Botswana, twice at the RICS Africa Summit, SAFMA Conventions and the FM Expo in South Africa. Andrew now runs Workplacefundi. an independent Workplace and Facilities Management consultancy.
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Nick Tenner

Technical Director


Nick is a multi-skilled contractor, with extensive experience in buildings, civil Infrastructure (structures, pipelines, roads, etc.) as well as opencast mining. With a combination of his quantity surveying, estimating, cost control and project management skills, as well as a passion for technology and improvement, Nick offers a range of pre-construction and construction services, aimed at successful project delivery. TAECIM embraces the digital transformation by moving from the traditional 2D to 3D QTO, 5D estimating/costing, 4D planning/scheduling services and is exploring further digital service offerings. TAECIM promotes the adoption of BIM and IPD approaches to projects in the built environment.

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Giles Pendleton

CDO Attacq and Chair of GBCSA

Attacq Developers and GBCSA (Green Building Council of South Africa)

I’m an Australian / South African award winning ,C Suite property developer and a specialist in large sustainable and smart masterplanned precincts , districts and cities. A specialist in property sustainability strategy and ESG reporting, I have been involved in developing new and existing property assets for both development and income funds globally for the past 25 years based in London, Warsaw, Sydney, Dubai and Johannesburg. Chairman and Non Executive Director of the Green Building Council of South Africa FRICS-An Invited Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors AIPM MPD -Level 6 Project Director accreditation of the Australian Institute of Project Management GBC AP-Green Building Council Accredited Professional I have worked for Developers, Government, Consultants and Contractors, and have worked in Public and Private sector Developments in Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East in Executive Development roles as well as in Senior Delivery and Design roles. I have worked on projects in 25 countries and been involved in opportunities in another 8 countries. I have delivered projects across multiple Continents simultaneously and have won industry awards for project excellence for projects delivered in Australia , South Africa and Canada. I am passionate about good functional and responsible design, transparent and accurate reporting ,sustainable businesses and projects and creating Public friendly responsible environments.
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Bernd Oellerman

Programme Manager

Dept of Trade and Industry and Competition

Bernd is director in Regional Industrial Development at the dtic. Recent work covers industrial parks and SEZ’s. Bernd’s diverse international experience covers sustainable development, renewable energy, water, health, agriculture, engineering, R&D, education and training, ICT, mining and financial sectors. His work spans strategy, planning, governance, administration and implementation involving government, industry, labour, communities, youth, academia, research and non-profit environments. He is passionate about people and sustainable development, driven by the belief in the restoration of Creation and every person to their original purpose and identity through a systemic, integrated and collaborative approach to find solutions to today’s multidimensional, complex challenges.

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Stefanie Chetty

Director Urban Policy Development and Management, Department of Cooperative Governance

Stefanie Chetty is a Professional Town and Regional Planner registered with the Council SACPLAN. Her areas of interest include, spatial planning, spatial co-ordination, land use management, drafting developing and managing policy and legislation, urban design, GIS and project management. She has a wide dynamic understanding of the three spheres of government and the important role that national government has to play. She has a Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Pretoria 2017 and currently manages the overall implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) which is South Africa’s National Urban Policy. She gained international experience through her urban Development and policy work. She shared best practice experiences with the UN Habitat First Assembly in May 2019, and Guadalajara, Mexico in December 2019, and collaborated on her current work initiatives with partners such as the UN Habitat, WRI, CUT, SAPI, BASA and BEITT. She is an external MPT member for the City of Tshwane, and has experience as a Presiding Officer. The pandemic has given her the opportunity to connect globally and participate in Global Webinars and share in my experiences as a Professional Planner and she has represented the department in global webinars.
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Fatine Choujae

Chef de departement

Chef de department, ETAFAT

Having spent most of her career in engineering consultancies, Fatine Choujae has been able to acquire skills in infrastructure and urban planning studies. As well as in the planning and management of projects. Since 2016, she has been in charge of the implementation of new working methods and the implementation of BIM in the core activities of the company. Currently holding the position of BIM department head, her role is to integrate the BIM approach into the building and infrastructure projects carried out by the company and ensure that all stakeholders adopt the BIM processes by providing the necessary support to expand the BIM ecosystem across Morocco and the African continent.