Baker Baynes

Young Professional in BIM Nomination Competition 

Welcome to the Young Professional in BIM Competition!

Are you a visionary shaping the future of Building Information Modelling (BIM)? Do you believe your innovative contributions deserve recognition? Look no further! Baker Baynes proudly presents the ‘Young Professional in BIM’ competition, dedicated to celebrating the exceptional talent and dedication of emerging leaders in the BIM industry.

About the competition?

The ‘Young Professional in BIM’ competition is an esteemed initiative by Baker Baynes, aimed at honoring the remarkable achievements of up-and-coming professionals in the field of Building Information Modelling. We’re excited to introduce a self-nomination feature this year, empowering BIM champions like you to step forward and share your inspiring stories of innovation and leadership.

How to Enter

Entering the competition is straightforward! Either you or someone who recognises your impact in the BIM community can complete the nomination form. The form is designed to capture detailed insights into your contributions across four main areas:

People-focused: How have you inspired BIM adoption and promoted diversity within the industry? Showcase your leadership and advocacy for inclusivity.

Process-focused: What innovative BIM workflows have you developed? Share your strategies for streamlining processes and driving efficiency in BIM projects.

Technology-focused: How have you integrated new technologies into BIM practices? Highlight your expertise in leveraging cutting-edge tools and software to enhance project outcomes.

Project-focused: Provide an example of a BIM-enabled or digitally-transformed project that you have been instrumental in delivering. Describe the challenges overcome and the positive outcomes achieved, demonstrating your ability to translate BIM concepts into real-world success.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees should exhibit the following characteristics:

Transformative Characteristics: Showcase how you are driving change and progress in the BIM industry through innovation and leadership.

Success in BIM: Demonstrate your achievements in enhancing project outcomes using BIM, illustrating your impact on project efficiency and quality.

Leadership in BIM Adoption: Highlight your advocacy and leadership in BIM integration, showcasing your role in driving adoption and implementation within your organisation or community.

Real-World Application: Provide concrete examples of practical BIM project executions, demonstrating your ability to translate BIM concepts into tangible results.

BIM Champion: Inspire others through your dedication and expertise in BIM, showcasing your commitment to advancing the field and mentoring the next generation of BIM professionals.

What Prize Awaits the Winner?

The winner of the ‘Young Professional in BIM’ will receive a prestigious Pinnacle Series license, granting access to CPD accredited Autodesk training to pursue at their own pace. Additionally, the winner will be featured across various media outlets, receive a professional photoshoot, and gain significant exposure across digital platforms.

Why We Run This Competition

At Baker Baynes, we are committed to fostering innovation, diversity, and excellence within the architecture and construction fields. Through this competition, we aim to spotlight the critical role young professionals play in advancing BIM and digital transformation, inspiring more leaders and innovators to shape the future of the built environment.

Meet Our Esteemed Panel of Judges

Our panel of judges consists of industry experts dedicated to recognising excellence in BIM:


Suvaniya Pillay

As a highly skilled Building Information Modelling (BIM) specialist and architect, Suvaniya possesses a keen eye for detail and a holistic understanding of the entire building life cycle. Her deep understanding of the industry and commitment to staying at the forefront of advancements have allowed her to adapt and implement cutting-edge BIM technologies, enhancing collaboration among multidisciplinary teams and streamlining project delivery.

Nikki van der Walt

Dr. Calayde Davey

With involvement in platforms like BIMCommunity and BIMHarambee, Dr. Davey highlights her dedication to driving industry-wide transformation. As a Senior Lecturer, she brings valuable insights to the academic world, inspiring the next generation of architects.


Michelle Lawrence

A Civil Engineer with over eight years of experience, Michelle consistently pushes the boundaries of BIM and technology, relentlessly seeking improved ways of working and delivering superior projects. Her journey serves as an exceptional inspiration to emerging female leaders not only in Civil Engineering but also within the expansive realm of BIM.


Leon Pinaar

Lecturer – Computer Applications in Architecture Stream, Tshwane University of Technology. Head of the m² LAB fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in design.

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility

The campaign is open to female professionals in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector. Employees of Autodesk, Baker Baynes, their family members, or anyone else connected in any way with the campaign or helping to set up the campaign shall not be permitted to enter. The judges of this nomination campaign are also not permitted to enter this campaign. An entrant must be a legal resident of the Republic of South Africa. Proof of residency may be required during the entry process. Only a natural person will be eligible to enter the competition and not a juristic entity.

2. Nomination Process

Entrants can be nominated by others or self-nominate through the completion of the nomination form provided by Baker Baynes. All nominations must be submitted by 23 August 2024 on the competition landing page to be located at Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Baker Baynes is not responsible for any entries which are not received, whether timeously or at all, regardless of the cause thereof. Without limitation, Baker Baynes and its affiliates are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failure or malfunction, traffic congestion (whether physical, or on the Internet, telephone lines or at any service provider, web site or other device or medium), or any combination thereof, or any other technical or other problems.

3. Judging and Decision

The panel of judges will evaluate all valid entries based on the criteria outlined. The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into concerning the outcome.

4. Prizes

The winner will receive a trip to San Diego, USA, to attend Autodesk University in October 2024, including flights, event tickets, accommodation for 5 nights, and visa assistance, valued at R100 000.00 (one hundred thousand rand). Prizes are as stated and are not transferable. No cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. The winner must possess whatever documents and permissions that may be required in order to accept and use a prize, including, as regards international travel, a valid passport and all necessary visa and travel documentation, which documents and permissions are responsibility to obtain at your own cost (should it exceed the value of the prize), and which documents and permissions must remain valid in such minimum form and for such minimum period after the prize date as may be required by the relevant authorities.

5. Intellectual Property and Marketing Consent

Intellectual Property: By entering this campaign, you agree that any materials you provide, including but not limited to responses, photos, and videos, may be used by Baker Baynes in any and all media, including for marketing and promotional purposes, without compensation or notice.

6. Data Privacy/Security

Personal information collected from participants will be used only in accordance with the competition and will not be disclosed to any third party without the participant’s prior consent, except to meet regulatory, legal, or sponsor obligations. Baker Baynes and its affiliates will be considered co-responsible in terms of POPIA.

7. Changes to the Campaign and Terms/Cancellations

Baker Baynes reserves the right to cancel or amend the campaign and these Terms and Conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God, or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside Baker Baynes’ control (force majeure). Any changes to the campaign will be notified to entrants as soon as reasonably possible by Baker Baynes.

8. Acceptance

Your entry into the competition and/or your acceptance of a prize (in the event that you win a prize) constitutes your binding acceptance of these Terms and Conditions at your own risk.

9. Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted by Consumer Protection Act and any other applicable law:
The entrant and/or winner(s) hereby indemnifies Baker Baynes against any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages or loss of any kind regardless of how this was caused, and whether it arose under the law of contract or delict or otherwise.
Baker Baynes and its affiliates will not be responsible, and disclaim all liability, for any loss, liability, injury, expense or damage (whether direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause, which is suffered the entrants participation in the competition or the acceptance and/or use by the entrant of any prize, or by any action taken by Bakers Baynes or any of its affiliates in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.


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