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Digital Transformation is disrupting every sector and the construction sector is not left out. The Blaze Podcast focuses on Digital Transformation trends in the construction sector, with emphasis on Africa. Here, we address practical ways to solve the challenges facing the construction sector, especially in Africa. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blaze-podcast/support

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Digital Transformation is disrupting every sector and the construction sector is not left out. The Blaze Podcast focuses on Digital Transformation trends in the construction sector, with emphasis on Africa. Here, we address practical ways to solve the challenges facing the construction sector, especially in Africa. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blaze-podcast/support

    BIM Implementation for SMEs, Practical Steps - with Kaouthar JEDDA

    BIM Implementation for SMEs, Practical Steps - with Kaouthar JEDDA

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained increased adoption in the built sector globally in recent years. While there has been a lot of awareness about BIM across Africa recently, a lot of SMEs still find it hard to kickstart their BIM journey. They have attributed their poor implementation to so many barriers.

    In this edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., we explored some practical steps that SMEs can take to kickstart their BIM journey. Our guest for this edition is Kaouthar JEDDA, founder and CEO of BIM Tunisia.

    Some of the issues we addressed are:
    - How an SME can define its BIM Goals.
    - How an SME can navigate the cost challenges associated with BIM.
    - Some templates and standards to put in place for optimal BIM implementation by SMEs.
    - Approaches to address the low level of BIM expertise in African SMEs.

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=bim-implementation-for-smes

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 42 min
    Why We Need More R&D In The Building Construction Industry - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu

    Why We Need More R&D In The Building Construction Industry - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu

    According to the 2021 Industry Report on Digitalisation of Design and Construction of Class 2 Buildings in New South Wales, close to 40% of the interviewed firms, on average, invest less than 1% of their annual turnover on R&D activities.

    In this edition of the Blaze Inc. Connected Construction Podcast Series, we discussed "Why We Need More R&D in the Building Construction Industry". The guest for this episode is Dr Zulfikar Adamu - an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London Southbank University.

    Some of the issues we discussed include:
    - Why there is currently a low level of R&D in the built sector.
    - How to build a strong R&D culture in a typical AEC Firm.
    - Some emerging trends that are worth investing research money on in the built sector.
    - How to create a link between Academic and Industry research in the Built Sector.

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=more-r-and-d-built-sector

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 44 min
    Business and Architectural Practice in Nigeria - with Arc. Oludolapo Ojelabi

    Business and Architectural Practice in Nigeria - with Arc. Oludolapo Ojelabi

    Oftentimes as Architects, we get too carried away with the technical side of the training and profession. But it takes a business mindset and discipline to create and run a successful practice that can outlast the founders.

    This episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., explored the business side of Architectural practice with Arc. Oludolapo Ojelabi.

    Some of the issues addressed are:
    - Lessons we can learn from the IT sector in creating scalable business in the built sector.
    - Strategies to create intergenerational Architectural Practices.
    - Ways to integrate business training right from the tertiary institutions in the profession, etc.

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=built-sector-businesses

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 36 min
    Bridging the Facility Management Gap with Proptech - with Ife Makinde

    Bridging the Facility Management Gap with Proptech - with Ife Makinde

    Tech Infiltration into the built sector has been on the increase for the past few decades. However, a lot of the tech buzz seems to revolve around the design and delivery of built assets.

    For Developers, Real Estate/Facility Managers, their interests lie more on the final outcome - the properties. This has brought about a fast-rising sect known as PropTech.

    - But what exactly is PropTech?
    - How can PropTech reduce the Operational expenditure of built assets?
    - How can PropTech enhance user experience in our facilities?
    - What are the popular PropTech solutions in Africa?

    These are some of the questions we addressed in this episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc.

    Our guest for this edition is Ife Makinde, a member of PropTech Nigeria.

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=the-rise-of-proptech

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 24 min
    Architecture/ Construction Practice in Nigeria vs the USA - with Edes Ikhuoria

    Architecture/ Construction Practice in Nigeria vs the USA - with Edes Ikhuoria

    This episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Asmau Edes' Ikhuoria to throw some light on some of the similarities and differences between Architecture and Construction practices in Nigeria and the USA.

    Edes is an emerging Architect and Assistant Project Manager practising in Texas, USA. She holds a BSc. and MSc. in Architecture from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria, and Masters in Construction Management from the University of Houston, TX. With about four and a half years of professional practice in Architecture and Construction in the USA, working in Design-Build Architectural, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Engineering designs and project management, she has some experience with some International Building Code (IBC) editions and the path to architecture licensure in the USA.


    As a young professional in the field of Architecture, with experience in both Nigeria and the US, we started by exploring the difference in her experience in both contexts.
    From the comparison, we explored the role that the Higher Education Institutions and the professional bodies in Nigeria can play in supporting young professionals to become registered members of the profession.
    We also explored the role that the membership and regulatory bodies can play to make the practice more inviting to the young ones, to mitigate the apparent drain of young creative talents from the profession in the coming years.
    We also discussed the path to licensure in the USA, for someone with a foreign degree.

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=architecture-nigeria-usa

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 29 min
    Big Tech, Digital Construction, IoT, and Smart Buildings. Will Over-reliance on Green Tech Erode Design Autonomy? With Peter Odoh

    Big Tech, Digital Construction, IoT, and Smart Buildings. Will Over-reliance on Green Tech Erode Design Autonomy? With Peter Odoh

    This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Arc. Peter Odoh - a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


    He started by explaining Design Autonomy and how we are beginning to lose it in the built sector?
    After that, we defined what Smart Buildings can be and the role of Big Tech and IoT in Smart Buildings?
    After that, we discussed the negative impacts of Green Tech on Design Autonomy in the built sector?
    Then we discussed the way forward to curtail the negative impacts of green tech on Design Autonomy without losing the promising advantages of green tech?
    Also, we discussed the role of the tertiary institutions in preparing the students for the massive Digital Disruptions in the built sector?

    Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=big-data-dangers

    Host: Onyema Udeze


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    • 42 min

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