IQSK has officially launched the construction cost handbook as a comprehensive guide that provides valuable insights into the costs of construction projects in Kenya.
According to the State Department for Public Works Principal Secretary Joel Arumonyang, the aim is to achieve Digital Transformation in the Built Environment.
“It is not only timely but also appropriate in view of the current situation in the construction industry where the uptake and use of technology have become inevitable in the country and globally,”He said.
Speaking during IQSK symposium in Nairobi on Wednesday, the PS said that 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.
He pointed out that 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 Modeling (BIM), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, drowns, and data analytics.
The PS noted that 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.
He added that 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,” said Mr Arumonyang.
He revealed that 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, he highlighted 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.
“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.
By Sophie Adhiambo