Celebrating 5 Years of Innovation and Growth

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In the dynamic world of construction and design, BIM Library East Africa (the BLEA) stands tall as a beacon of innovation and collaboration. As we celebrate the remarkable milestone of five years since its inception, it's time to reflect on the journey so far and envision the promising future that lies ahead.

The BLEA's Transformation Journey

Five years ago, a visionary group of professionals recognized the need for a centralized hub for construction product information and Building Information Modelling (BIM) resources in East Africa. This led to the birth of the BLEA, a pioneering initiative aimed at fostering collaboration, efficiency, and excellence in the region’s architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

From its inception, the BLEA has been driven by a vision to revolutionize the East African construction industry by harnessing the power of BIM. BIM, a digital representation of a building project, fosters collaboration, enhances efficiency, and optimizes resource utilization throughout the construction lifecycle.

The BLEA’s transformative impact has been multifaceted. The company has established itself as a premier provider of construction technology (ConTech). The BLEA platform has also become a hub for knowledge sharing and training, empowering industry professionals to embrace BIM and its transformative potential.

“Innovating the blueprint of progress, the BLEA is paving the way for a future where collaboration meets excellence, and every structure tells a story of transformative design and construction.”

Celebrating Milestones and Achievements

Over the past five years, the BLEA has achieved several significant milestones including:

  • Partnering with leading local and international construction brands to provide access to their products and services.
  • Establishing a vast library of BIM objects, encompassing a wide range of construction products and materials.
  • Conducting numerous BIM training workshops and seminars, and product use trainings – upskilling industry professionals across East Africa.
  • Receiving recognition & nominations for the following awards; Kenya E-Commerce Awards, SOYA Awards, and FOYA Awards.
  • Receiving recognition for its innovative approach to eCommerce, including winning the eCommerce Startup Competition‘ at the eCommerce Day Africa 2023 organised by Ecommerce Institute in partnership with USAID, eTrade Alliance, and the American Chamber of Commerce, Kenya.

Looking Towards the Future

As the BLEA embarks on its next chapter, it stands poised to further redefine the ConTech space in Africa. The future holds immense potential for further growth, innovation, and influence in the African construction and design landscape. The company’s vision for the future is anchored in three key areas:

  • Technology Integration: The BLEA aims to stay at the forefront of technological advancements in building design and construction. The integration of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality into the BIM/ ConTech ecosystem will unlock new dimensions of efficiency and creativity.
  • Regional Expansion: Building on its success in Kenya, the BLEA envisions expanding its footprint across the EAC. By reaching new territories and collaborating with a broader network of professionals, the BLEA aims to create a pan-African community dedicated to advancing design and construction practices.
  • Sustainability Focus: Recognizing the growing importance of sustainable design and construction, the BLEA is poised to enhance its product catalogue with a focus on environmentally conscious products and BIM resources. This strategic shift aligns with global efforts to create a more sustainable built environment.


As we celebrate five years of the BLEA, we applaud the visionaries, contributors, and collaborators who have played a pivotal role in this transformative journey. The BLEA is not only revolutionising the way professionals approach construction, design and project management, but is also laying a strong foundation for a future where innovation, collaboration, and sustainability will continue to thrive.

Innovating the blueprint of progress, the BLEA is paving the way for a future where collaboration meets excellence, and every structure tells a story of transformative design and construction. Here’s to the next five years and beyond—a future where the BLEA’s impact reverberates across borders, shaping the destiny of East Africa’s built environment. Cheers to innovation, collaboration, and a fruitful future!

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