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BIM for Community Participation in Slum Upgrading Projects
Dr. F.H. Abanda, Reader in Construction IT School of the Built Environment, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment of Oxford Brookes University, proposes to use BIM
to upgrade the housing in slums through collecting, analyzing, and modeling housing performance data; managing development and upgrading projects’ information. BIM would also allow to include residents and other stakeholders in the lifecycle of the projects and the information exchange to make data-driven decisions about progress and outcomes. And we’ve seen already many failed upgrading projects due to the lack of citizen participation, so finding ways to make them more inclusive is of utmost importance. In his research, Dr. F.H. Abanda proposes a BIM-based framework to enhance such involvement and help the dwellers understand the proposals.
Source: BIM Africa / African BIM Report 2020, page 37. The framework proposed by Dr. F.H. Abanda
The cycle commences with a sketched model for the upgrading project client requirements. The next step would be to include a BIM modeller to transform this sketch into a rich model, which is then presented to the people living in those settlements. Due to the visual power of BIM design tools, the model will be presented in a way that they can easily understand the proposal. Depending on how the proposal is received by the dwellers, it’s either returned to the client for refinement or handed over to the contractor. When everyone has agreed upon the model, it can be uploaded to the Common Data Environment (CDE) and the accesses shared to the cloud will be shared with community groups. To access the model, the dwellers can use mobile apps to give feedback about the progress.
All in all, the framework presented by Dr. F.H. Abanda provides an opportunity for the
“commencement of an exploratory study in the field of mobile BIM in the delivery of slum upgrading projects”.
Author: Mirjam Johannes, Content Curator at Zigurat Global Institute of Technology
Main photo credits: AECOM