April 22, 2024
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PRINCIPAL SECRETARY FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC WORKS, MR. JOEL ARUMONYANG, has taken a moment to tell us about the Digital Transformation in the built environment.

“Digital transformation in the built environment adopts the use of technology to improve the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed, and managed through a range of digital tools and technologies, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, drowns, and data analytics.

One key aspect of digital transformation in the built environment is the use of BIM, which involves creating a digital representation of a building or infrastructure project that can be used to manage its design, construction, and operations. BIM enhances collaboration amongst stakeholders and supports the identification of potential issues before construction begins, leading to greater efficiency and fewer errors.

In the State Department for Public Works we have embraced digital technology in most of our projects. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure the use of BIM by the technical officers in the state department on the projects and services offered to our clients: Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

digital transformation in this industry has the potential to revolutionize the way we design, construct, and manage buildings as well as infrastructure. This leads to greater efficiency, sustainability and cost savings.

In addition to what I have mentioned above, allow me to highlight more benefits to be accrued from the digital transformation such as reducing overall cost, cutting down on human error, time efficiency on jobs, eliminating instances of repeat jobs, easy calculation verification, and improved collaboration between stakeholders. The use of digital technology will improve the project’s clarity as it tracks how information is shared among the various stakeholders involved in the project.

In order for us to stay relevant, we are required to embrace and adapt to changes that arise as a result of Digital Transformation in the industry to increase our efficiency, uphold a competitive advantage and increase profitability.

Finally, as I conclude, I want to leave a challenge for the symposium, what innovative ways can you initiate and champion to address the barriers to digital transformation in quantity surveying in the area of personnel competency, cost and affordability, data and cyber security issues as well as stakeholders’ concerns.

I thank all of you for attending this special event, and I hope that you will make the most of this opportunity to learn and grow. I am excited to hear the presentations and participate in the interactive sessions, and I look forward to the discussions and networks that will be made.”

The PS spoke as he officially opened the IQSK SYMPOSIUM AND AGM that is taking place ON 25TH – 26TH MAY, 2023 HELD AT SAROVA PANAFRIC HOTEL, NAIROBI.

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