Design Software Corporation Autodesk on Thursday 25th July held “The Future of Making” forum at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. This forum brought together various stakeholders from the construction and manufacturing sectors with the aim of elaborating on the transformation in the design industry as a result of innovative technologies.
Experts at the forum demonstrated how technologies and processes such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Reality Capture, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can enable greater efficiency, enhance productivity and address labor shortfalls within the industry.
Speaking at the forum, Autodesk South Africa Lead and Channel Manager, Simon Bromfield expressed the need for Africa to embrace innovative technologies to solve the problem of housing deficit in urban areas. In his presentation, Bromfield stated that 68% the African population will be living in urban areas by 2050 hence the need to use technology in maximizing the available scarce resources to meet the rising housing demand.
Mr. Bromfield further elaborated that 70% of manufacturing spare parts go to waste and due to design challenges a problem that can be solved by use of innovative design technologies. He further stated the construction industry accounts for 30% of the global waste and how this can be minimized by through a technological approach from the design level.
Present at the forum was Peter Ongeri, the Business Development Manager for Autodesk in Kenya together with representatives from the National Construction Authority (NCA) and presenters from Aspera Design, and Boogertman and Partners.