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The Blaze Podcast

The Blaze Podcast

By Blaze Inc.
Digital Transformation is disrupting every sector and the construction sector is not left out. The Blaze Podcast focuses on Digital Transformation trends in the construction sector, with emphasis on Africa. Here, we address practical ways to solve the challenges facing the construction sector, especially in Africa.
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BIM Implementation for SMEs, Practical Steps - with Kaouthar JEDDA
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained increased adoption in the built sector globally in recent years. While there has been a lot of awareness about BIM across Africa recently, a lot of SMEs still find it hard to kickstart their BIM journey. They have attributed their poor implementation to so many barriers. In this edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., we explored some practical steps that SMEs can take to kickstart their BIM journey. Our guest for this edition is Kaouthar JEDDA, founder and CEO of BIM Tunisia. Some of the issues we addressed are: - How an SME can define its BIM Goals. - How an SME can navigate the cost challenges associated with BIM. - Some templates and standards to put in place for optimal BIM implementation by SMEs. - Approaches to address the low level of BIM expertise in African SMEs. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=bim-implementation-for-smes Host: Onyema Udeze
42:35
December 29, 2021
Why We Need More R&D In The Building Construction Industry - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu
According to the 2021 Industry Report on Digitalisation of Design and Construction of Class 2 Buildings in New South Wales, close to 40% of the interviewed firms, on average, invest less than 1% of their annual turnover on R&D activities. In this edition of the Blaze Inc. Connected Construction Podcast Series, we discussed "Why We Need More R&D in the Building Construction Industry". The guest for this episode is Dr Zulfikar Adamu - an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London Southbank University. Some of the issues we discussed include: - Why there is currently a low level of R&D in the built sector. - How to build a strong R&D culture in a typical AEC Firm. - Some emerging trends that are worth investing research money on in the built sector. - How to create a link between Academic and Industry research in the Built Sector. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=more-r-and-d-built-sector Host: Onyema Udeze
44:55
December 28, 2021
BIM Implementation, A Contractors Experience - with Jamila Faniyi
Building Information Modeling is a technology-based process that has been disrupting the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction sector in recent years. It is gaining increased acceptance and adoption across the globe. How about in Africa? How about in Nigeria? What is the level of BIM Implementation? In this episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., Jamila Faniyi, the Managing Director of M & E Kaiser took us through her experience, driving BIM adoption in a contracting firm in Nigeria. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=how-expensive-is-bim Host: Onyema Udeze
32:54
December 27, 2021
Business and Architectural Practice in Nigeria - with Arc. Oludolapo Ojelabi
Oftentimes as Architects, we get too carried away with the technical side of the training and profession. But it takes a business mindset and discipline to create and run a successful practice that can outlast the founders. This episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., explored the business side of Architectural practice with Arc. Oludolapo Ojelabi. Some of the issues addressed are: - Lessons we can learn from the IT sector in creating scalable business in the built sector. - Strategies to create intergenerational Architectural Practices. - Ways to integrate business training right from the tertiary institutions in the profession, etc. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=built-sector-businesses Host: Onyema Udeze
36:47
December 27, 2021
Bridging the Facility Management Gap with Proptech - with Ife Makinde
Tech Infiltration into the built sector has been on the increase for the past few decades. However, a lot of the tech buzz seems to revolve around the design and delivery of built assets. For Developers, Real Estate/Facility Managers, their interests lie more on the final outcome - the properties. This has brought about a fast-rising sect known as PropTech. - But what exactly is PropTech? - How can PropTech reduce the Operational expenditure of built assets? - How can PropTech enhance user experience in our facilities? - What are the popular PropTech solutions in Africa? These are some of the questions we addressed in this episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. Our guest for this edition is Ife Makinde, a member of PropTech Nigeria. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=the-rise-of-proptech Host: Onyema Udeze
24:59
December 27, 2021
Architecture/ Construction Practice in Nigeria vs the USA - with Edes Ikhuoria
This episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Asmau Edes' Ikhuoria to throw some light on some of the similarities and differences between Architecture and Construction practices in Nigeria and the USA. Edes is an emerging Architect and Assistant Project Manager practising in Texas, USA. She holds a BSc. and MSc. in Architecture from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria, and Masters in Construction Management from the University of Houston, TX. With about four and a half years of professional practice in Architecture and Construction in the USA, working in Design-Build Architectural, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Engineering designs and project management, she has some experience with some International Building Code (IBC) editions and the path to architecture licensure in the USA. As a young professional in the field of Architecture, with experience in both Nigeria and the US, we started by exploring the difference in her experience in both contexts. From the comparison, we explored the role that the Higher Education Institutions and the professional bodies in Nigeria can play in supporting young professionals to become registered members of the profession. We also explored the role that the membership and regulatory bodies can play to make the practice more inviting to the young ones, to mitigate the apparent drain of young creative talents from the profession in the coming years. We also discussed the path to licensure in the USA, for someone with a foreign degree. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=architecture-nigeria-usa Host: Onyema Udeze
29:02
December 26, 2021
Big Tech, Digital Construction, IoT, and Smart Buildings. Will Over-reliance on Green Tech Erode Design Autonomy? With Peter Odoh
This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Arc. Peter Odoh - a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He started by explaining Design Autonomy and how we are beginning to lose it in the built sector? After that, we defined what Smart Buildings can be and the role of Big Tech and IoT in Smart Buildings? After that, we discussed the negative impacts of Green Tech on Design Autonomy in the built sector? Then we discussed the way forward to curtail the negative impacts of green tech on Design Autonomy without losing the promising advantages of green tech? Also, we discussed the role of the tertiary institutions in preparing the students for the massive Digital Disruptions in the built sector? Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=big-data-dangers Host: Onyema Udeze
42:26
December 26, 2021
Drone Technology in Construction - with Engr Alonge Olusola
This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Engr. Alonge Olusola, a Civil Infrastructure Engineer, BIM Expert, a Civil 3D and Autodesk Infraworks Trainer, and a Drone Pilot. He started by explaining what exactly Drone Technology is and the various types of Drone Technology - in contrast to other similar trends in the built sector. Such as Photogrammetry, Laser Scanning, Scan-to-BIM, etc. After that, he elaborated on the common applications of Drone Technology in the built sector, spanning the life cycle of a built asset - through Pre-design, Planning, and Design, Delivery, and Maintenance. He also explained how Drone Technology complements BIM and GIS technologies, from an Infrastructure viewpoint. After that, he deep-dived into the Untapped Opportunities of Drone Technology in the African built sector. What makes the technology a great fit for the African built sector. From his rich experience in the industry, he highlighted the common challenges of Drone Technology in the African built sector, using himself and Nigeria as a case study. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=drone-technology-in-construction Host: Onyema Udeze
32:27
December 26, 2021
So You Can Render, Now What? Are you too software-focused? With Victoria Ikede
This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Victoria Ikede, who was a BIM and Assistant Quality Manager at ATO Architects. She's also a Product, Web, and Process Designer. She was also a postgraduate teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, UK. Currently, she is an Erasmus Scholar at BIM A+. We started by addressing the reason for the topic: "So You Can Render, Now What?" After that, Victoria gave us some insights into what drew her to technology. She also gave some insights on why so many young professionals are fascinated by using software and learning to render? Working as a BIM Manager in a considerably large Architecture firm, she gave some insights on the place of software proficiency in the workplace? We also discussed some other aspects of the Architecture profession that younger professionals should learn to pay more attention to as they navigate their growth in the industry. Victoria also shed some light on the long-term impacts and dangers of young professionals being too software-focused. She also explained how she manages her visualisation tasks, being one of those tasks every Architect faces from time to time. Before we rounded up, we played a fun game: deciding which of these trends are either overrated or underrated and why: Hand sketching Rendering Knowledge of Construction BIM Smart Buildings Sustainability 3D Printing Coding Photoshop VR Animation Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=so-you-can-render-now-what Host: Onyema Udeze
37:26
December 24, 2021
The Year is 2050 and the Built Sector is Finally Transformed Like Never Before. The Most Futuristic Story You Will Hear About The Built Sector This Year by Onyema Udeze
The year is 2050, and the world is wholly connected with Web3.0 - while Web4.0 is making its entry. Blockchain applications have permeated every industry. Great News: the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry has been disrupted at a level never seen before.  How did it happen? This tell-tale episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. is a story from the year 2050 about a Native Integrated Company in the built sector and how it consolidated the value chain of housing delivery.  The podcast argues that the beautiful empires of the built sector are not yet born, judging by sister industries. It argues that these will be companies that can connect the value chain of built assets end-to-end. This can be achieved through a smart combination of Integration and Modularisation. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=the-year-is-2050-and-the-built-sector-is-finally-transformed-like-never-before To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
15:00
December 24, 2021
Digital Transformation of the Built Sector - The Need for more R&D by Onyema Udeze
According to the 2021 Industry Report on Digitalisation of Design and Construction of Class 2 Buildings in New South Wales, close to 40% of the interviewed firms, on average, invest less than 1% of their annual turnover on R&D activities. This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explores some critical reasons why we need more R&D in AEC firms. While many research works are ongoing in academic and research institutions across the globe, the podcast focuses on R&D activities within business corporations in the built sector. Some of the reasons outlined in the podcast include: - Less Reliance on Other Sectors - Better Products and Services to End-users - Increased Efficiency and Productivity - Profitability and Business Bottomline - Industry Attractiveness - Talents and Investments  The podcast also explores the role of structured training within AEC firms, which is currently low. Lastly, the podcast seeks the various ways we can bridge Academic and Industry research projects in the built sector. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=more-r-and-d-built-sector Host: Onyema Udeze
15:00
December 24, 2021
How Expensive is BIM? By Onyema Udeze
According to NBS, BIM is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project throughout its life cycle. As part of this process, a coordinated digital description of every aspect of the built asset is developed, using a set of appropriate technology. This digital description likely includes a combination of information-rich 3D models and associated structured data such as product, execution and handover information. A lot of firms in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction sector approach BIM implementation as a necessity. - A necessity to abide by government policies, if there are policies in place. - A necessity to look good to clients and win new projects. - A necessity to look good to the other stakeholders in the industry, etc. - But how about the necessity to "remove tobacco products from their stores" for good, as is the case with leading firms in sister industries?  - How expensive is BIM? - What is the Price of not embracing BIM by a firm? - What is the Opportunity Cost of BIM? These are some of the issues explored in this episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=how-expensive-is-bim Host: Onyema Udeze
12:31
December 23, 2021
Gamification of the Built Sector - by Onyema Udeze
According to The Farmer Review of the UK Construction labour model 2016, there will be a 25% reduction in labour in the built sector by 2025. A good part of the skilled workforce in the built sector is fed up with the geriatric processes bedevilling the industry. Gamification is a promising tool/process that could play an important role in making the industry more attractive to young, creative talents and the labour market generally - through immersive, engaging, and task-based experiences  This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explores the various ways that Gamification can be applied to various aspects of the built sector value chain. It also highlighted some current limitations of gamification in the Built Sector, while projecting what the future of gamification might look like in the built sector. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=gamification-of-the-built-sector To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
12:31
December 22, 2021
Why the Built Sector Hardly Produces Scalable Business Entities - by Onyema Udeze
This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. uncovered some of the underlying reasons why the built sector has failed to produce leading global conglomerates, despite being one of the oldest and largest industries on earth. Some of the identified reasons are: - Lack of vertical integration at the company level, - Lack of vertical integration at the product level (built assets), - Lack of Digitisation, - The Education System, - Leadership, etc. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=built-sector-businesses Host: Onyema Udeze
17:30
December 21, 2021
The Rise of PropTech - Who is the Real Customer ? By Onyema Udeze
PropTech is a collective term used to define startups offering technologically innovative products or new business models for the real estate markets. But it seems like most PropTech solutions today are more property-centric than user-centric - designed for developers, investors, and property management companies. This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. posits that to produce the level of disruption seen in sister industries in the past few decades, PropTech requires a ground-up approach that integrates the three main branches of the real estate industry: property development, sales, and management.  This requires the active participation of professionals in the built sector and is not a speciality for Data Analysts and IT Experts. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=the-rise-of-proptech Host: Onyema Udeze
10:01
December 19, 2021
BIM and Design Automation for Architects and Designers - by Onyema Udeze
Design is a creative endeavour that taps into the innate expressive capabilities of Designers. As Architects and Designers, we shape the world around us through designs. When you visit any part of the world, one of the things that stick to memory the most is the Architectural/Engineering edifices that complement the natural elements. As creatives, our designs are often limited to our experience, exposure, and our natural talents. But the world around us is changing rapidly. These changes pose new challenges to designers. The more complex our design problems become, the more we need new tools and technologies to manage the complexities, to deliver more innovative solutions to the world.  Beyond the creative aspects of design are so many mundane/repetitive tasks, such as Project Documentation, Detailing, and Annotation tasks. In recent years, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has brought up new ways to iterate the design process, leveraging technology.  Instead of just simplifying common tasks, algorithms can now figure out how to solve complex problems on their own.  This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explores certain levels of Design Automation, various Tools for Computational and Generative Design, and the role of BIM in all of this. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=design-automation Host: Onyema Udeze
12:31
December 19, 2021
Barriers and Drivers Towards BIM Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa - Interview with Dr Mansur Hamma-adama
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is increasingly gaining global acceptance/adoption in the past few years. BIM Adoption in Africa, however, has been facing a lot of Barriers. There are also some Drivers that can accelerate BIM Implementation across Africa. As a professional in the built sector in/from Africa, do you have a sound understanding of BIM? Are you an adopter or a non-adopter of BIM? In this episode of The Blaze Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., I interviewed Mansur Hamma-Adama (B. Eng., MSc., PhD) on the topic: Barriers and Drivers Towards BIM Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=bim-in-ssa Host: Onyema Udeze
34:50
December 18, 2021
The BIM Journey of Africa - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
Africa, with its expansive landscapes and formidable animal life, the world's second-largest continent, is filled with natural features, historical landmarks, religious monuments, archaeological sites, parks, etc.  Coming down to the built sectors, one of the most discussed trends - both in Academia and Industry today - is Building Information Modelling (BIM).  BIM is becoming adopted and even mandated globally. How about in Africa?  This episode of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. traces the journey of BIM so far in Africa, referencing two major works: The African BIM Report 2020 by BIM Africa and a research paper by Mansur Hamma-Adama (B. Eng., MSc., PhD). Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=bim-in-ssa To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
11:37
December 18, 2021
How Much of Big Data can the Built Sector Sustainably Consume? By Onyema Udeze
Technologies are mostly solutions to human problems. Big-Data-Centric solutions are increasingly addressing age-long problems in the built sector in recent years. Do you think this will pose a threat to both professionals in the built sector and the end-users (privacy-wise)? This episode of The Blaze Connected Construction Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explores the impacts of the infiltration of IT tech giants into the built sector - with emphasis on residential building solutions. Such popular solutions as Google Home, Apple Home Kit, Amazon Smart Home System, etc. Here is the full video conversation: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=big-data-dangers To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
07:34
December 17, 2021
What Does BIM Mean To You? By Onyema Udeze
BIM means a multitude of things to a myriad of stakeholders, companies, and geographical locations, based on multiple factors...  This edition of the Blaze Connected Construction Podcast by Blaze Inc. explores the important role of cloud-based tools in this Era of Connected Construction - using Autodesk Construction Cloud as a reference. Here is the full video conversation: https://courses.blazeinc.net/pages/blog?p=what-does-bim-mean-to-you To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
10:05
December 16, 2021
The Intersection of BIM and Smart Buildings - by Onyema Udeze
This episode of the podcast features an exploration by Onyema Udeze - the current host of the podcast. He is a co-founder of Blaze Inc. He is the author of the book, Essentials of Smart Building Technology, which is available on all popular e-book platforms. He is an Instructor at Linkedin Learning and a founding director of BIM Africa Initiative... He started by establishing that such sister industries like the Automobile, Telecom, and Aviation sectors focus more on the end-user experience with their products than on the process that produces the products/services. He went ahead to establish the important role that BIM currently plays in the built sector. After that, he established that Digital Twin is the point of intersection between BIM and Smart Buildings. He went ahead to explain what Smart Buildings are and the components they are comprised of. Finally, by comparing the industry with sister industries, he established that we already have the infrastructure to make Digital Twins a reality - thus, delivering truly Smart Buildings. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://courses.blazeinc.net/pages/blog?p=bim-smart-buildings To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
12:30
December 15, 2021
The World is More Connected Than Ever - by Onyema Udeze
Hi, My name is Onyema Udeze. And I’m glad to welcome you to Blaze Connected Construction Podcast. This is the third season of The Blaze Podcast by Blaze Inc. This season is all about the exploration of trends and solutions that help make project delivery in the built sector more connected. It will feature loads of personal researches. It will also feature a lot of interviews with thought leaders, both in Industry and Academia in the built sector - with emphasis on Africa. Let the fun begin. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=the-world-is-more-connected-than-ever To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
05:03
December 14, 2021
Afrocentrism in African Built Sector - Interview with Arc. Ojuolape Saleh and Nmadili Okwumabua
Africa is like the last frontier waiting to be developed as much as the Americas, Europe, and Asia. But Africa is also the mother of all civilisations. As Africa gradually produces the world's leading cities, how do we define and strengthen our uniqueness across the built sector? Afrocentrism has been sweeping across every industry in recent years - Arts, Music, Culinary, Fashion, etc. In this edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., we discussed Afrocentrism in African Built Sector, from a very practical perspective. The guests were - Arc. Lape Odekunle Saleh, MD of HNL and 3DV Studio - recently completed The Green House, a Contemporary Afrocentric piece of Architecture. - Nmadili Okwumabua. Founder, CPDI Africa. - The Community Planning and Design Initiative Africa, a leading school on everything Afrocentric Architecture and the built sector. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=afrocentric-architecture-the-way-forward Host: Onyema Udeze
50:19
December 13, 2021
Afrocentrism in Architecture - Interview with Arc. Ojuolape Saleh
Afrocentrism is a phenomenon that is sweeping across every industry lately. From Arts to Fashion, to Music. Africa has a rich heritage and true Architecture is a reflection of the local culture and context. In this edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., our guest is Arc. Lape Odekunle Saleh, the Managing Director of HNL and 3DV Studio. - We discussed extensively Afrocentrism in Architecture. - The place of Local Materials in Construction, - How Afrocentrism blends with Sustainability, and - The importance of Localised Sustainability Certifications. Here is the full video conversation with interactive Q&A: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=afrocentric-architecture-the-way-forward Host: Onyema Udeze
29:02
December 12, 2021
Afrocentric Architecture, The Way Forward - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
According to Nmadili Okwumabua, Afrocentric Architecture is the translation of the Culture, Aesthetics, Spirituality, Local Materials, and Development Philosophies of African people into their built environment. This edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explores the multiple external influences that had influenced African culture and lifestyle today, which easily translates into its Architecture. Such factors as Colonisation, Slave Trade, International Trade, Religious Activities, etc. It traces the history of African Architecture from ancient to post-colonial times. It went ahead to define Afrocentric Architecture and the various elements that make up an ideal Afrocentric Architecture. Finally, it offered some practical steps to revive Afrocentrism in African Architecture, while mentioning some notable Architects across the continent. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=afrocentric-architecture-the-way-forward To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
19:21
December 11, 2021
Africa's Housing Menace, The Place of Tech - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
Urbanization is steadily on the increase in Africa, and this has brought about rapid population explosion in African cities. The continent cannot officially meet up with the housing and infrastructural demands of the burgeoning population. This edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. explored the challenges and the opportunities within Africa's Housing sector - and the role Technology can play to ameliorate the housing crisis. I began by analyzing the current challenges posed by rapid urbanization in Africa. After that, I identified housing as a catalytic tool for socio-economic growth. I outlined the Existing Constraints and Industry Challenges in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector in Africa. I also outlined the Untapped Potentials from the urbanization challenges — part of which is a Holistic Approach by the government and International Supports from global organisations. Finally, I outlined the role of Technology in housing delivery across African Cities. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=africa-housing-menace To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
19:21
December 10, 2021
How to Transform African Cities into Sustainable, Smart Cities - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
If we zoom out a bit to fixate the 'camera' on the dreams and aspirations of a typical African youth, a common thing 'we' seem to all share is the desire to seek greener pastures in other parts of the world. But what is it about other parts of the world that lures African youths? While global attention has been on the drastic urbanisation in Africa, relatively lesser attention is being paid to the colossal emigration rate. The big question is this "If Africa loses its top Human Capital to more attractive, sustainable, smart cities, what hope does Africa have of ever becoming sustainably developed?" In this edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc., I explored the nine dimensions that make for an attractive, sustainable, smart city, according to IESE Cities in Motion Index 2020. Then I went ahead to break down how we can make African Cities Attractive, Sustainable, and Smart. This is based on insights from another report: "How to Make a City Great" by McKinsey & Company. This requires Smart Growth. It requires Good Management of limited resources. It requires Sound Leadership. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=african-smart-cities To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
17:25
December 09, 2021
Smart City Planning - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
How do African cities leverage data and technology to make life more livable in the cities? This edition of Africa's Story Podcast Series by Blaze Inc. delivers a practical Smart City Planning guide for African Cities. The outlined strategies include the following: THE GRAND STRATEGY (Smart Leadership) JOINT EFFORTS (Smart Community) THE DIGITAL BACKBONE (Smart Infrastructure) HOLISTIC PLANNING (Smart Economy) SOCIAL INCLUSION (Smart Livability) SUSTAINABILITY (Smart Environment) FEEDBACK/MANAGEMENT (Smart Technologies) Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=smart-city-planing To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
19:21
December 08, 2021
Components of a City - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
Learn more about the components of a Smart City - and how Africa can meet the urbanization demands by leveraging these smart city components in this edition of Africa's Story podcast Series by Blaze Inc. The outlined components of a great city include the following: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIMENSION: Government Policies, Cross-sector Activities, and Financing PHYSICAL DIMENSION: Reasonably-priced Land, Natural Resources, and Support Infrastructure WORK AND TRANSPORTATION: Transport System, Humane Workplaces, and Proximity SUSTAINABILITY: Decarbonisation, Sustainable Materials, and City Planning TECHNOLOGY: City Data, AI/IoT, and City App THE VALUE CHAIN: Integrated Delivery, Prefabrication, and Lean Methodology THE MANAGEMENT: The Leaders, The System, and The Tools Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=oh-my-africa To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
23:14
December 07, 2021
Sub-Saharan Africa's Housing Sector, Challenges and Opportunities - Africa's Story by Onyema Udeze
This is an introductory episode that sets the tone for the upcoming episodes of The Blaze Podcast by Blaze Inc. It explored Sub-Saharan Africa's Housing Sector from a value chain perspective, drawing references from a World Bank 2015 Study titled “Stocktaking of the Housing Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa; Challenges and Opportunities”. From the supply side of the value chain, the identified challenges are Land Problems, Insufficient Infrastructure, and a Dysfunctional Construction Sector. From the demand side, the identified challenges are Poor Access to Finance and Non-securitized Remittances. The podcast ended by exploring the untapped opportunities lying within the sector and offering recommendations from there. Two recommendations were offered. The first is a bottom-up approach that focused on how to involve the informal sector which currently provides up to 90% of the housing solutions in the region. A second recommendation is a top-down approach, which focused on how to assist the formal sector to go further down the market and reduce informality in the process. Here is the written version of the podcast: https://www.blazemy.com/pages/blog?p=africa-housing To learn more about the host, visit https://onyema.me
26:59
December 06, 2021
Robotics in Construction - with Hafiz Oyediran
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Hafiz Oyediran - a Graduate teaching assistant and a PhD student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. He is also a founding director of the BIM Africa initiative. He started by explaining Robotics and Automation, with regards to the built sector. He went ahead to highlight the most common applications of Robotics in the built sector. He also explained how Robotics helps to minimize wastes during construction. After that, he explained how Robotics complement Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and other emerging technologies to offer more holistic solutions for the built sector. He also explained why Robotics shouldn't be a threat to the workforce - especially in developing economies. Host: Onyema Udeze
27:15
March 26, 2021
Beyond Design, Engineering QC for Lifecycle Preservation of Built Industry Assets - with Kehinde Adeyemi
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Kehinde Adeyemi - a practising Civil and Structural Engineer with interests in smart buildings, cities, and infrastructure for sustainable living, with over a decade of design and field experience. He is the founder of KadeyPrime Group Limited. He started by giving a thorough insight into how Engineering QC impacts the Lifecycle of built industry assets, with emphasis on the preconstruction phase of projects. After that, he highlighted the key areas of QC during the construction phase of projects. He went ahead to explain the areas that clients should look out for in the  Post-construction phase of projects - for preservation and extensibility of Asset life. He also unwrapped how Engineering QC come into play at the lifecycle termination of Assets. Finally, he shared his memorable experiences in ensuring QC on Projects. Host: Onyema Udeze
36:25
March 19, 2021
Augmented Reality in Construction - with Edes Ikhuoria
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Edes Ikhuoria - a practising Architectural Designer and Project Manager in Texas USA, with projects designed and constructed both in Texas and Nigeria. She started by giving an in-depth explanation of Augmented Reality (AR) - in contrast with Virtual Reality (VR). She proceeded to explain the role that AR plays during the Design Stage of projects. After which she highlighted the important applications of AR during the Construction Stage of projects. She also clarified why professionals in the built sector would likely benefit more from AR than the employers (clients). Finally, she emphasized what she sees as the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of AR in the built sector, especially across Africa. Host: Onyema Udeze
30:50
March 11, 2021
Buildings are Destroying Our Planet! - with Moses Itanola
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Moses Itanola, the Executive Director of BIM Africa and a Project Associate at Family Homes Funds Limited. He started by quoting some insightful statistics on how buildings are 'destroying' our planet - from reputable organisations and researches. After that, he highlighted some global efforts by various organisations across the globe to curb the negative impacts of buildings on our planet. Bringing it down to Africa, he outlined how stakeholders in the built sector can drive the reduction of carbon emissions from built assets across the continent. He proceeded to lay a lot of emphasis on the role of Innovation in fast-tracking the much-needed transformation of the built sector. He also outlined the important roles that BIM Africa and Family Homes Fund are playing in Housing and the Digital Transformation of the built sector across the African continent. Host: Onyema Udeze
25:20
March 04, 2021
BIM Mandate: The Role of the Government and Academia in the Digital Transformation of the built sector in Africa - with Dr Zulfikar Adamu
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Dr Zulfikar Adamu, Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London South Bank University, UK. He started by reviewing the upsides and downsides of the BIM Mandate by the UK government. After that, he made recommendations on how best to drive the Digital Transformation of the built sector across Africa. He proceeded to make recommendations on how best to bridge the gap between Academia and the Industry in Africa's built sector. He also offered some advice to students on how best to prepare themselves for the industry practice ahead of them. Finally, he offered practical tips for SMEs in Africa's built sector to embark on the Digitalisation of their business processes and projects. Host: Onyema Udeze
50:30
February 26, 2021
The Role of Innovation in Nigeria's Architectural Practice - with Hassan Anifowose
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Hassan Anifowose, an Architect and a Serial Entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Chronos Studeos, Chronos Stores, and Printmydrawings. He started by comparing the built sector with the IT sector, highlighting some lessons we can learn from the IT sector to improve problem-solving and design-thinking in the built sector. He then outlined some strategies with which Architectural firms can encourage intrapreneurship and innovation within. He also talked extensively about the role of technology in automating and eliminating redundant tasks within Architectural firms. He also mapped out some strategies with which Architectural firms in Nigeria and beyond can enhance their market value. Finally, he revealed his biggest business lesson as a serial entrepreneur and innovator in the built sector. Host: Onyema Udeze
33:30
February 21, 2021
The Prospect of Integrated Project Delivery in Africa - with Christopher Ibegbulem
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an Interview with Christopher Ibegbulem, Director of Design Technology at Blaze Inc. He's also a Computational Design and BIM Specialist. He talked about the most predominant contract methods currently in Nigeria, and what he sees as the shortcoming of such methods. He also highlighted what he sees as the greatest deterrent keeping firms and the various disciplines from embracing more integrated project delivery contract methods. He outlined some ways to unify the value chain on projects, using improved efficiency as the primary KPI. He also explained the role of leadership and management in delivering projects using more integrated project delivery methods. Finally, he recommended some tools and solutions for unifying the various stakeholders on a project. Host: Onyema Udeze
32:45
February 12, 2021
The BIM Manager Role and the Architectural Practice in Nigeria - with Victoria Ikede
This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an interview with Victoria Ikede, a BIM Manager at ATO Architects. She's also a Product, Web, and Process Designer. She was a postgraduate teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, UK. She explained what her role as a BIM Manager feels like. She contrasted her experience in the UK with her experience in Nigeria so far. She highlighted her favourite tools and hacks - including soft skills, which are very important for her role. She mentioned what her choices would look like if she were to start her career all over. Finally, she talked about her experience so far as a female professional in the industry. Host: Onyema Udeze
30:51
February 01, 2021
Housing and the Circular Economy: Opportunities for Africa's Economic Transformation - with Lot Kaduma
S1E2 This episode of The Blaze podcast by Blaze Inc. features an Interview with Lot Kaduma, one of the founding members of Blaze Inc. and also a Director of BIM Africa. He explored the concept of the Circular Economy. He provided an overview of the potential impacts of a Circular Economy to Africa’s development. He highlighted how housing contributes to the Circular Economy. He also explored how the digitalization of housing would enable a Circular economy in Africa. Lastly, he emphasized the opportunities that will emerge from the uptake of Circular housing products in Africa. Host: Onyema Udeze
29:22
January 25, 2021