In a pioneering initiative to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Eng. Elijah Ochieng, a distinguished BIM Specialist and Professional Engineer from Civistruct Integrated Ltd, took the stage at the Civil Engineering Lecture Theatre (CELT) in the Department of Civil & Construction Engineering, University of Nairobi. The guest lecture, facilitated by Eng. Muthomi Munyua and graced by the Chairman, Eng. Simpson Osano, provided fourth-year students with a deep dive into the transformative world of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

About Eng. Elijah Ochieng:

Eng. Elijah Ochieng is not only a seasoned Professional Engineer but also a specialist in the realm of Building Information Modelling (BIM). His wealth of experience and expertise has made him a trailblazer in the application of BIM methodologies, revolutionizing the way projects are conceptualized, designed, and executed in the engineering and construction industry. Eng. Elijah Ochieng works for Civistruct Integrated Ltd. 

The High-Level Overview of BIM:

The guest lecture commenced with an insightful high-level overview of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Eng. Ochieng elucidated the significance of BIM in transforming traditional construction practices into collaborative and data-driven processes. The students were immersed in the understanding that BIM is more than just a 3D model; it is a holistic approach that integrates various dimensions of information, facilitating efficient collaboration and decision-making throughout the project lifecycle.

From Revit Modelling to Structural Analysis in Robot RSAPro 2024:

Eng. Ochieng seamlessly transitioned the students through a practical example, showcasing the power of BIM in action. The session began with modelling in Revit 2024, a widely-used BIM software, allowing students to witness the intricate process of bringing architectural designs to life in a digital space. The journey continued with structural analysis in Robot RSAPro 2024, providing a glimpse into the analytical capabilities of BIM tools.

Back to Detailing in Revit: A Complete BIM Workflow:

In a captivating demonstration, Eng. Ochieng illustrated the symbiotic relationship between various stages of a project by taking the students back to detailing in Revit. This seamless integration showcased the efficiency and accuracy achieved through a complete BIM workflow. The students gained a comprehensive understanding of how BIM transcends siloed workflows, fostering a collaborative environment that enhances project quality and reduces errors.

A Courtesy Visit from the Chairman:

The Chairman of the Department, Eng. Simpson Osano, graced the lecture with a courtesy visit, emphasizing the significance of such industry-academic collaborations. Eng. Osano commended the efforts to expose students to real-world applications of cutting-edge technologies, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities in the engineering profession.

Empowering the Next Generation:

Eng. Elijah Ochieng's guest lecture served as a catalyst for empowering the next generation of engineers. By providing students with practical insights into the applications of BIM, the lecture not only enhanced their technical skills but also instilled a forward-thinking mindset, aligning them with the evolving landscape of the engineering industry.

The Department of Civil & Construction Engineering extends its appreciation to Eng. Elijah Ochieng for his invaluable contribution to the academic growth of the students. This lecture is a testament to the department's commitment to providing a holistic and industry-relevant education to its students.

As the University of Nairobi continues to nurture industry partnerships, students can anticipate more transformative experiences that bridge the gap between academia and practice, preparing them for successful and impactful careers in engineering.



For inquiries or further information, please contact the Department of Civil & Construction Engineering.

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