Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute

የኢትዮጵያ ኮንስትራክሽን ፕሮጀክት ማኔጅመንት ኢንስቲትዩት

Cultivating effective Construction Management Cultures
ውጤታማ የኮንስትራክሽን ማኔጅመንት ባህል ለማስፈን እንተጋለን!


Few organizations and companies in Ethiopia have begun to delve into BIM topics in the past few years and widen the application of information technology in the construction industry. Despite this, it can be said that BIM is at its infancy stage in Ethiopia.

As mandated body to fulfill the target set in GTP II - pilot and appraise the applicability of BIM to the Ethiopian Construction Industry; ECPMI acquired a genuine server-based BIM software package in 2010EC after two years of the unsuccessful procurement process. Milestone activities that the institute has so far undertaken since 2010 EFY are outlined below:

  • 2017/2018
    • Acquisition of genuine server-based BIM software package and BIM compatible desktop computers
    • Training and Certification of 18 BIM Trainers
    • Additional practices on BIM technology to sharpen trainees' capabilities
  • 2018/2019
    • BIM Piloting on two projects,
    • BIM Promotion at various venues for Industry Stakeholders,
    • Plenary sessions on BIM, and
    • Formulation of Roadmap for BIM Adoption & Implementation in ECI
  • 2019/2020
    • Signage of MoU with Autodesk,
    • Autodesk Training Center (ATC) processing,
    • Engagement with concerned bodies to include BIM in Engineering Education Curriculums,
    • Acquisition of free Student version of AEC package for distribution to relevant academic and training institutions,
    • Undertake BIM EXECUTIVE ROUND-TABLE EVENT in collaboration with Autodesk,
    • Delivered first round of BIM training to 20 professionals drawn from professional associations, Universities with Institute of Technology and Federal government institutions, and
    • Preparatory works for BIM Implementation on building projects.

BIM Piloting

The piloting of BIM carried out by converting the Conventional design packages to Integrated Design using BIM technology, on 2B+G+13 building and B+G+7 prefab building has made it possible to identify the major problems in the original design packages including over and underestimation of quantities, missed items and incomplete designs, difficulty in constructability of some design elements and mismatches among various design documents.

The piloting projects have also verified that BIM can bring about new capabilities in terms of powerful visualization, clash detections, constructability and design reviews, building Assembly (in case of ICT Park prefab element), Construction Sequencing, scope definition and model-based estimation, Integrations, improved communications, and documentation.

Partnership with Autodesk

The piloting projects at ECPMI have proved that it is important to develop BIM as a standard in the Ethiopian AEC Industry. To this respect and while recognizing the importance in developing the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) which is becoming the universal system used for development and construction projects, ECPMI and Autodesk SA concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October 2019 to establish partnership and develop collaborative efforts towards the adaptation and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a standard in the design, engineering and construction industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The MoU among others considers that technological development will take into account the economic situation in the country and all actions taken towards this goal should be presented, advised, and amended by the industry and academic experts before final implementation, with the support and expertise provided from Autodesk.

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