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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.

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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.

    The Intersection of BIM and Smart Buildings - by Onyema Udeze

    The Intersection of BIM and Smart Buildings - by Onyema Udeze

    This episode of the podcast features an exploration by Onyema Udeze - the current host of the podcast. He is a co-founder of Blaze Inc. He is the author of the book, Essentials of Smart Building Technology, which is available on all popular e-book platforms. He is an Instructor at Linkedin Learning and a founding director of BIM Africa Initiative...


    He started by establishing that such sister industries like the Automobile, Telecom, and Aviation sectors focus more on the end-user experience with their products than on the process that produces the products/services.
    He went ahead to establish the important role that BIM currently plays in the built sector.
    After that, he established that Digital Twin is the point of intersection between BIM and Smart Buildings.
    He went ahead to explain what Smart Buildings are and the components they are comprised of.
    Finally, by comparing the industry with sister industries, he established that we already have the infrastructure to make Digital Twins a reality - thus, delivering truly Smart Buildings


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    • 12 min
    Robotics in Construction - with Hafiz Oyediran

    Robotics in Construction - with Hafiz Oyediran

    This episode of the podcast features an interview with Hafiz Oyediran - a Graduate teaching assistant and a PhD student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. He is also a founding director of the BIM Africa initiative.


    He started by explaining Robotics and Automation, with regards to the built sector.
    He went ahead to highlight the most common applications of Robotics in the built sector.
    He also explained how Robotics helps to minimize wastes during construction.
    After that, he explained how Robotics complement Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and other emerging technologies to offer more holistic solutions for the built sector.
    He also explained why Robotics shouldn't be a threat to the workforce - especially in developing economies.


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    • 27 min
    Beyond Design, Engineering QC for Lifecycle Preservation of Built Industry Assets - with Kehinde Adeyemi

    Beyond Design, Engineering QC for Lifecycle Preservation of Built Industry Assets - with Kehinde Adeyemi

    This episode of the podcast features an interview with Kehinde Adeyemi - a practising Civil and Structural Engineer with interests in smart buildings, cities, and infrastructure for sustainable living, with over a decade of design and field experience. He is the founder of KadeyPrime Group Limited.


    He started by giving a thorough insight into how Engineering QC impacts the Lifecycle of built industry assets, with emphasis on the preconstruction phase of projects.
    After that, he highlighted the key areas of QC during the construction phase of projects.
    He went ahead to explain the areas that clients should look out for in the  Post-construction phase of projects - for preservation and extensibility of Asset life.
    He also unwrapped how Engineering QC come into play at lifecycle termination of Assets.
    Finally, he shared his memorable experiences in ensuring QC on Projects.


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    • 36 min
    Augmented Reality in Construction - with Edes Ikhuoria

    Augmented Reality in Construction - with Edes Ikhuoria

    This episode of the podcast features an interview with Edes Ikhuoria - a practising Architectural Designer and Project Manager in Texas USA, with projects designed and constructed both in Texas and Nigeria.


    She started by giving an in-depth explanation of Augmented Reality (AR) - in contrast with Virtual Reality (VR).
    She proceeded to explain the role that AR plays during the Design Stage of projects.
    After which she highlighted the important applications of AR during the Construction Stage of projects.
    She also clarified why professionals in the built sector would likely benefit more from AR than the employers (clients).
    Finally, she emphasized what she sees as the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of AR in the built sector, especially across Africa.


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    • 30 min
    Buildings are Destroying Our Planet! - with Moses Itanola

    Buildings are Destroying Our Planet! - with Moses Itanola

    This episode of the podcast features an interview with Moses Itanola, the Executive Director of BIM Africa and a Project Associate at Family Homes Funds Limited.


    He started by quoting some insightful statistics on how buildings are 'destroying' our planet - from reputable organisations and researches.
    After that, he highlighted some global efforts by various organisations across the globe to curb the negative impacts of buildings on our planet.
    Bringing it down to Africa, he outlined how stakeholders in the built sector can drive the reduction of carbon emissions from built assets across the continent.
    He proceeded to lay a lot of emphasis on the role of Innovation in fast-tracking the much-needed transformation of the built sector.
    He also outlined the important roles that BIM Africa and Family Homes Fund are playing in Housing and the Digital Transformation of the built sector across the African continent.


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    • 25 min
    BIM Mandate: The Role of the Government and Academia in the Digital Transformation of the built sector in Africa - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu

    BIM Mandate: The Role of the Government and Academia in the Digital Transformation of the built sector in Africa - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu

    This episode of the podcast features an interview with Dr Zulfikar Adamu, Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London South Bank University, UK.


    He started by reviewing the upsides and downsides of the BIM Mandate by the UK government.
    After that, he made recommendations on how best to drive the Digital Transformation of the built sector across Africa.
    He proceeded to make recommendations on how best to bridge the gap between Academia and the Industry in Africa's built sector.
    He also offered some advice to students on how best to prepare themselves for the industry practice ahead of them.
    Finally, he offered practical tips for SMEs in Africa's built sector to embark on the Digitalisation of their business processes and projects.


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    • 50 min

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