Representatives from Building Information Modelling (BIM) Africa visited Nile University earlier today to discuss a potential collaboration between both institutions. The BIM Africa Initiative is a consortium of professionals (both in academia and industry) formed to facilitate the digitization of the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry across Africa.

Addressing the four-person, Dr. Zulfikar Adamu-led BIM delegation, Assoc. Prof. Abdulhameed Mambo (HOD Civil Engineering), who orchestrated the visit, stressed the importance of a partnership between Nile University and BIM. According to him, as the institutions responsible for grooming the next generation of engineers, the fate of the industry rests in the hands of universities. Thus, collaborations between academic institutions like Nile University and reputable, innovative organizations like BIM are essential to equip the next set of engineers (students) with the right tools to not only solve the problems of today, but also those of the future.

Concurring with Assoc. Prof. Mambo, Dr. Adamu stated that future of the world is digital and only those who can keep pace with this change will thrive, hence his organization’s (BIM) desire to— through its numerous workshops— ensure that students and professionals are taught important digital skills to help them solve the problems of the 21st century. In light of this, he continued, Nile University will prove a fertile ground for BIM’s activities.

Other individuals present at the meeting were Prof. Dr. Nurettin Can (DVC RICOR), Prof. Ibrahim Keles (Director of Corporate Relations), and Dr. Petrus Nzerem (HOD Petroleum & Gas Engineering), to name a few.