New Innovative Digital Platform Promises to Change the Future of Affordable Housing in Communities for Good

Affordable housing in South Africa is going digital - bringing more quality homes, faster.

[Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 November 2020] –

iLima Digital Foundary will officially launch the AI-driven Afrika Construction Innovation Platform (ACIP) at the 36th Annual AUHF Conference this week. The conference will focus on drawing in investors, developers, and professionals to discuss and debate market growth and opportunities in green development, infrastructure building, services, job and inclusive economic growth.

The ACIP AI platform will be demonstrated for the first time in public and features an open digital platform offering many new alternative construction technologies to improve the lives of communities through efficient delivery of affordable housing to South Africa and Africa. The conference theme centers around “Investing in the SDGs – Finding a Market Opportunity in Affordable Housing”. 

ACIP addresses a number of the Sustainable Development Goals set for 2030 with the main focus on increasing resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies.

Why ACIP?

By bridging the existing gap between the digital and physical layers and creating a closed-loop system with Single Source of truth data, ACIP addresses a number of industry pain points. Instead of having separate, fragmented solutions, our platform spans across the entire lifecycle of a building, creating a consolidated database that can be used to significantly reduces the cost and time and enhance the quality and sustainability, and transparency of building affordable housing.

ACIP AI-driven platform is a distributed architecture data storage and processing platform that manages the data (digital and physical) collected and disseminated for the end-to-end construction process. ACIP is configured as a hybrid platform to support both the transactional and developmental activities. ACIP collects as-built data as well as as-designed data in real-time to build the “Single Source of Truth” (SST). Via its Smart Building Advisor User Interface ACIP the “UBER platform for Construction”, it matches the Producer Side (PS) and the User Side (US) and supports the user with instructions, analytics, and predictive advice throughout the Building lifecycle.

Seeing is Believing

Moladi, iLima’s recent new partner specialising in reusable plastic formwork and established in 20 African countries as well as in South America, will demonstrate how the ACIP Platform can be used to reach construction communities in South Africa and across Africa and provide them with alternative technologies to build durable structures of quality in the shortest period of time.

iBuild Global, will also demonstrate the integration of their SaaS-based Affordable Housing Marketplace into the ACIP Platform offering an immediate link to the institutional user.

Also, the integration of the ACIP Platform with BIM360 Construction Lifecycle Management software (Autodesk) and Felix offline-first data collection and analysis tool (NewStory) will be demonstrated.

We want to transparently and securely connect all the stakeholders involved in the design, build and operate process of the building so we can create a democratic value chain where everybody can offer their services to the affordable housing sector.”

About iLima

“iLima is an Independent Company based in Johannesburg and San Francisco, disrupting the current construction process by harnessing Big Data and Industrialised Construction technologies to accelerate the construction of  Affordable Housing for Africa. This will be achieved through our unique AI-driven Afrika Construction Innovation Platform (ACIP) matching producers and users across the complete building lifecycle enabling the building of Affordable housing “cheaper, faster with more quality and sustainability”. Everything “Afrika Ready” Our Core IP creates a single source of truth accessible to all stakeholders in the construction lifecycle, delivering significant benefits to Africas construction industry, economy, and ultimately, the people of Africa.