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Three Events, Two Days, One Venue

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is abuzz due to three upcoming and highly informative events taking place from the 22nd to the 23rd of February 2017.
Image: iStock - Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. Image: iStock - Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.

Smart buildings and infrastructure for KZN

The Smart Building and Infrastructure Summit will be taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) from 22 to 23 February 2017.

Aimed at the building fraternity (architects, developers, engineers, facility managers, government, municipalities, interior designers) the Summit is Africa’s only platform designed for decision-makers and analysts from the public and private sectors responsible for the design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets and or the specification and procurement of major infrastructure assets.

“Some 65% of South Africa’s population already live in urban areas and this number is growing by 1.2% annually. We also know that infrastructure demands in most African cities are expected to almost double by 2030. It is therefore not surprising that smarter approaches to city infrastructure are non-negotiable,” says Daniel Claassen, Programme Director.

The Summit will not only showcase new and better ways of working together with project stakeholders, but will equip delegates with tools to improve urban planning and drive sustainability.

“We have structured the Summit in such a way delegates will be given the opportunity to influence discussions, access a large pool of experts who are tackling similar challenges and to learn about new technologies that are suitable for the South African market. There are also some great networking opportunities with key industry stakeholders,” concludes Claassen.

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KZN to host construction trade expo

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Construction Trade Expo 2017 will be taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, KZN from 22 to 23 February 2017.

KZN Construction Trade Expo is the region’s only dedicated event for the built environment. With dozens of exhibitors, six dedicated zones in the exhibition (showcasing concrete, construction, tools and equipment, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, digital construction, surfaces and finishes), free to attend hands-on-training workshops, networking opportunities and more.

With an audience including contractors, architects, civil engineers, quantity surveyors and features a number of knowledge and technical training opportunities, the KZN Construction Trade Expo 2017 is the ultimate marketing experience for suppliers and solution providers to the construction industry.

“We are expecting over 40 companies to exhibit at the expo. This includes suppliers and solution providers involved in pre-build, construction and finishing phases of the construction cycle. Chemicals, tools, equipment, finishes, materials and contracting services suppliers will also be on hand showcasing the latest technologies and solutions,” says Soren du Preez, Content Director.

Expo highlights include the Stakeholder Engagement Forum (a morning networking event where crucial infrastructure conversations facing the construction sector across KZN will take place), a selection of free technical training workshops, and live demonstrations from key industry players showcasing the latest approaches and technologies available the market.

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Digital construction takes off in Durban

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute will be hosting an internationally-accredited workshop for architects, engineers and other building professionals at the Durban Exhibition Centre, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) from 22 to 23 February 2017.

Now in its second year, the BIM Institute has evolved to include BIM-educational activities owing to the growing needs of the built environment professionals such as QS, architects, engineers, to be educated about three dimensional design, Building Information Modelling and working in an open data environment where all professionals that are working on a complex infrastructure project can access the same information via the cloud.

“The key objective to promoting BIM continuing education is to upskill delegates in BIM methodologies and to optimise the effectiveness of processes and workflows on a BIM project,” says Vaughan Harris, Executive Director, BIM Institute.

The BIM BAM BOOM* workshops are held over two day events in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. They are targeted at professionals keen to become acquainted with BIM protocols while gaining knowledge exchange from design professionals, contractors and asset managers in the built environment.

“We believe this will assist in closing the knowledge gap that exists between us and other first world countries,” adds Harris.

The workshops will provide a special platform to educate industry professionals and other key decision makers on implementing international BIM standards and processes on projects in Africa. This will also allow members to engage and understand templates (i.e. BIM execution plan).

“3D Modelling is just part of the BIM process and will only drive transformation if it’s combined with wider and deeper support from the industry, including behaviour, culture, transparency and processes,” concludes Harris.

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