Nepal BIM Forum and Global construction technology leader Trimble hosted Nepal’s first-ever Building Information Modeling (BIM) conference for the country’s fast-growing construction industry. Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) also supported, the ‘Nepal BIM Conference 2019’ initiative focusing on necessary digital BIM tools and processes to drive the digital transformation of the Nepalese construction industry. Senior representatives from different governmental organizations, contractors and consulting firms as well as architects, engineers and designers attended the event.
The event was focused towards introducing digital tools, technologies and processes to showcase how these could drive and support the digital transformation of the Nepalese construction industry. As an initiation to introduce BIM, a general introduction about the key concept of BIM was introduced by the chairperson of the NBIMF Mr Sunil Suwal.
The key personnel that participated in the event from NBIMF were vice-chairperson and secretary of NBIMF Mr Mahesh Karki and a founding member Mr Bhupendra Basent. Similarly, country advisor for NBIMF Mr Bishundas Lama also attended the program. Likewise, Regional sales director for India and SAARC, Mr Harsh Pareek, Mr Mitra Dutta Business Development Manager and Technical Manager Ms Manju bhargavi participated in the event from Trimble solutions. Ms Manju showcased Trimble products to support the ongoing digital processes and how Trimble products could easily be utilized.
The event was well-received by both private as well as public organizations. The event introduced digital tools importance of BIM as well as ongoing developments around the world. It focused on providing knowledge about BIM tools and processes as well as why constructible, connected and content-enabled digital construction is a necessity in today’s world. The event continued with a panel discussion where the main focus was around efficient construction and the digital solutions.
The panellists involved key representatives from both private and public organizations as well as academic institutions. The key panellist during the sessions were Professor of Institute of Engineering (IOE) and a prominent structural engineer Mr Rajan Suwal, Infrastructure expert Mr Surya Raj Acharya, President of Youth Community for Nepalese Contractors (YCNC) and an advisor for Federation of Contractor Association of Nepal (FCAN) Mr. Birendra Raj Pandey, President of Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA) Ms. Anju Malla Pradhan and Regional sales director for India and SAARC Mr Harsh Pareek.
The panellists addressed the challenges Nepalese AEC industry is facing and suggested the possible way of adopting BIM into the Nepalese market. Similarly, different values of BIM and construction scenario were discussed during the event. Mr Rajan Suwal highlighted the ongoing hurdles Nepalese construction industry has and promoted the digital tools and processes as a key for change for the built environment projects throughout the lifecycle. Similarly, he also emphasized the importance of educating young professionals in the field. Mr Surya Raj Acharya appreciated the BIM initiation taken by Nepal BIM Forum and congratulated the team members. Similarly, he also expressed his views concerning the need for the digitization in Nepalese AEC sector as the country needs to develop it’s infrastructure rapidly to meet the demands of people.
Mrs Anju Malla Pradhan further discussed on the benefits for the architects that the BIM systems provide during the architectural design process. She also highlighted the importance of collaboration aspects in the projects to minimize errors, reduce rework, smooth information exchange and highlighted it as a platform to interpret an architect’s design aspects and visions of a project.
Mr Birendra Raj Pandey discussed on the current practices and different surprises on the existing construction project management and saw BIM and digital technologies as a platform to complete the projects on time, within the budget and with better quality. He emphasized BIM or digital way as a way to go forward in today’s time for a reliable and efficient way to deliver the projects.
Similarly, Mr Harsh Pareek, said, “We are glad to introduce Nepal’s industry stakeholders to world-class and BIM-enabled digital construction processes at Nepal’s first-ever BIM Conference. Globally, constructible BIM has emerged as the gold standard for digital model-based construction, and we are confident that this conference will encourage engineers, contractors and other stakeholders to embrace and benefit from constructible BIM in their future projects.”
Mr Sunil Suwal, Founder and Chairperson, Nepal BIM Forum said, “Our construction industry is ripe for embracing digitalization of construction processes, which can significantly enhance profitability, efficiency and competitiveness. Organizing Nepal’s first-ever BIM conference for the local industry players is an important step in this direction and we are happy to see enthusiastic participation from the who’s who of architecture, engineering and construction world, from both public and private sector enterprises and the government and academia.”