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Contracting firms rallied to embrace modern technologies

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

THE 25th Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association (ZBCA) Annual Conference has kicked off in Victoria Falls, with calls for building contractors to harness modern technologies.

The Government has resolved to include local contractors in major infrastructure development projects such as the construction of roads and dams as witnessed on the Harare-Beitbridge and Bulawayo – Victoria Falls Road rehabilitation projects.

The focus is now on embracing contemporary technologies to transform the sector as alluded to at the 25th ZBCA conference in Victoria Falls this Tuesday.

“The adoption of modern technologies is a must for contracting firms as this will guarantee the speedy implementation of projects, cuts on costs, and ensure the delivery of quality projects at the earliest possible time. The technologies that can be taken onboard include Building Information Modelling (BIM), drones, robots, and artificial intelligence, including Big Data and augmented reality,” said engineering consultant, Engineer Martin Manuhwa.

Other contractors are cognisant of the advantages brought about by modern technologies.

“Zimbabwe is not operating in isolation, we are competing in a global village so for us as contractors from Zimbabwe to be competitive, especially in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, we need these modern technologies,” said ZimBuild, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tinashe Manzungu.

“We are in the process of enhancing our operations so that we re-tool with the modern technologies as they will help us in timeously delivering quality projects,” said contractor, Ms Galdencia Sigauke.

ZBCA outlined the objectives of the conference which include sharing ideas on sustainable development.

“We are showcasing our achievements in the building environment as we have been implementing a lot of government projects in terms of building infrastructure, and agriculture. We are also sharing ideas as members especially transformation from the traditional way of developing infrastructure to where we are now deploying artificial intelligence in developing infrastructure and we thank the government for supporting us this far,” said Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association, president, Mr Petros Kagwere.

The New Parliament Building in Harare and the Hwange Thermal Power Station Unit 7 and 8 expansion projects have been completed in line with the vision to attain an upper middle-income society by 2030.

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