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Core team member Vicki Holmes had the pleasure of interviewing 17 year old Lexxi Evans about her experience as a young female Digital Engineering apprentice.

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Digital Construction Week Summary

Digital Construction Week didn’t disappoint yet again this year, on its fourth year running!! As industry partners it is certainly a great event to attend and be a part of as it allows us to keep up to speed with the latest technologies and processes enabling a more productive construction industry. Women in BIM hosted a networking breakfast thanks to Glider BIM and we had a wonderful morning meeting old friends and making new ones. We look forward to next year where we will be in full force again and act as industry partner to push BIM and Digital Forward.

Our core team members have their say about DCW and the WIB Breakast Event..

“The network of people in the industry that I know are fantastic. The idea of walking around a space like DCW a couple of years ago would have made me feel very isolated and uncomfortable, but this year it was great! I caught up with a lot of old friends and contacts and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.” (Vicki Holmes)

“In an industry where so often our skills and capabilities are scrutinised and doubted, where we need to prove ourselves over and over again – WIB meetings are a space where we can gather and feel comfortable and confident to share experiences knowing that there will be truly genuine appreciation waiting for us.” (Katya Veleva)

London Build 2018

Women in BIM also acted as industry partners with London Build this month, supporting the event and in particular the BIM And Digital Construction Zone. Our core team members were in full force on stage in this area and we all contributed to the event across the two days.

Our highlight was the Women in BIM Panel session which was moderated by our Chair Rebecca De Cicco and included key members of the core team Vicki Holmes, Katya Veleva as well as other Women in BIM Supporters form Skanska and Wates. We discussed topics such as our digital skills shortages as well as the importance of drawing young women into industry. It was a wonderful session where we all came out of it really well and had some fantastic feedback. One important point our core team member Vicki made on the panel was the fact we only need to add 1% more women into the Construction industry to raise numbers to an astounding value of 270,000 numbers. We all need to work together to grow the 13% of Women in Construction (and even lower in BIM) to much higher levels.

The majority of the core team also supported London Build as Women in Construction Ambassadors and attended the Breakfast Event on Day 2. It was great to see such a large network of women come together and share their experiences from working in Construction. We look forward to next year!

UPCOMING EVENTS: WIB Networking Event, Manchester, November 15th 2018  (ANNUAL GOLD SPONSOR: MULTIPLEX)

Women in BIM are hosting our last networking event for 2018 in Manchester. As usual this is an exciting opportunity to network with fellow WIB Members across the UK. We do only have limited space so please register today!  To find out more details and register for this event click HERE.

CitA Tech Live

Following on from our keynote at last year’s BIM Gathering, Women in BIM have partnered with CitA for this year’s Tech Live Event. We will have our own stand where you can come to find out more about us and will be telling our story on the BIM Stage on Day 2. Our members are eligible for a €100 discount*. Quote Women in BIM when booking.

*Please note you must be registered on our database www.womeninbim.net/register

DynamoDay – London

In the second half of June, one of our freshest core team members – Katya Veleva opened the speaking part of the first event of it’s kind in London – DynamoDay. The UK Dynamo User Group has been meeting for evening talks for a while now, but this was their first full day paid event.

We are calling out to ALL Women in BIM members as the Dymano User Group would like a speaker for their next event in London, November 22nd, 2018. If you are interested please get in contact with us by emailing info@womeninbim.net

Autodesk University – Diversity and Inclusion @AU
Wednesday, November 14
Women at AU Luncheon
12pm – 2pm
Connect with women at AU Connect with women at AU at a luncheon hosted by the Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion.This is an excellent opportunity to network and make connections within the larger conference. Women and allies attending AU are invited to attend. Register here to attend, capacity is limited.
Diversity Cocktail Reception
5pm – 7pm
This event provides an opportunity for attendees from all backgrounds to network with others looking to achieve greater diversity and inclusion. Register here to attend, capacity is limited.
FINALLY:

Don’t forget BIM Show Live Submissions for 2019. Call for papers closes November 1st, 2018.

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Women in BIM by Karenfugle - 6M ago

Women in BIM also acted as industry partners with London Build this month, supporting the event and in particular the BIM And Digital Construction Zone. Our core team members were in full force on stage in this area and we all contributed to the event across the two days.

Our highlight was the Women in BIM Panel session which was moderated by our Chair Rebecca De Cicco and included key members of the core team Vicki Holmes, Katya Veleva as well as other Women in BIM Supporters from Skanska and Wates. We discussed topics such as our digital skills shortages as well as the importance of drawing young women into industry. It was a wonderful session where we all came out of it really well and had some fantastic feedback. One important point our core team member Vicki made on the panel was the fact we only need to add 1% more women into the Construction industry to raise numbers to an astounding value of 270,000 numbers. We all need to work together to grow the 13% of Women in Construction (and even lower in BIM) to much higher levels.

The majority of the core team also supported London Build as Women in Construction Ambassadors and attended the Breakfast Event on Day 2. It was great to see such a large network of women come together and share their experiences from working in Construction. We look forward to next year!

    

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Digital Construction Week didn’t disappoint yet again this year, on its fourth year running!! As industry partners it is certainly a great event to attend and be a part of as it allows us to keep up to speed with the latest technologies and processes enabling a more productive construction industry. Women in BIM hosted a networking breakfast thanks to Glider BIM and we had a wonderful morning meeting old friends and making new ones. We look forward to next year where we will be in full force again and act as industry partner to push BIM and Digital Forward.

Our core team members have their say about DCW and the WIB Breakast Event..

“The network of people in the industry that I know are fantastic. The idea of walking around a space like DCW a couple of years ago would have made me feel very isolated and uncomfortable, but this year it was great! I caught up with a lot of old friends and contacts and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.” (Vicki Holmes)

“In an industry where so often our skills and capabilities are scrutinised and doubted, where we need to prove ourselves over and over again – WIB meetings are a space where we can gather and feel comfortable and confident to share experiences knowing that there will be truly genuine appreciation waiting for us.” (Katya Veleva)

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Women in BIM by Katyaveleva - 6M ago

Last week Turner and Townsend hosted a BIM Alliance event on BIM and FM. It was a set of three presentations with networking time before and after. The room wasn’t as busy as a free event would be, but the audience was of top quality. The discussions that were sparked were as interesting as the presentations themselves.

Shaun Farrell, whose face some of you may know from the most recent WIB networking event, opened the event by reminding us briefly what the BIM Alliance is. Shaun highlighted the need for the industry to support the organisation as a mechanism for change and pointed to some immediate functional needs in the engagement, project management and admin areas. More details below.

Christine Gausden, the next speaker, impressed us with a resume that included running 25% of the assets of the London Underground and arrived at a Lecturing position in Greenwich University. This brilliant mix of experience and research background was a master recipe for an impeccably structured talk on challenges and positives that have crystallized in the FM world since the Government BIM mandate. Christine reminded us of some essential reads (see below-referenced texts) and gave us some fresh additions to our reading lists. Even though palpably academic, her presentation was easily digestible and quite practical. Some distilled pearls of BIM wisdom were immediately echoed in the Twitterverse. My personal favourite was: “Decide, Design, Deliver, Dwell” – the actual stages of a project. Christine moved onto comparing different clients and admitted that there is a significant difference in working with younger organisations and younger individuals responsible for making decisions. Namely, that you don’t have to waste time convincing them of the benefits of BIM. She also shared some frustration regarding the concept of FM. It looks like BIM and FM share the life of the “mysterious abbreviation”, even though people seem to have finally learned what the letters stand for, there are a lot of misconceptions about both. Facilities Management, contrary to common belief, is NOT a person with a broom and a bucket and even though the caretaker is an essential part of things happening, there is so much more to running a building, or a campus or a train station – any built asset. Christine shared her hope and joy of the election of Cath Fontana as the new President of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, using her image to show what the actual face of FM can look like.

Christine spoke about the consequences and the receipt of the government 2016 BIM mandate in more detail, but I think her overall feelings can be summarised by her conclusion: “I would legislate for BIM, not mandate.” It is very true that the whole industry seems to have taken one 13th of the government strategy for improvement of the construction industry – that BIM bit – and run full speed ahead without paying much attention to the rest of the strategy. Hopefully, one thing that we learn from BIM is that we need to stop obsessing over singular things and start understanding systems and whole environments to make a positive change in how we are working.

In the context of legislation, there was a confident confirmation from the audience that the PAS 1192 suite is starting to transform into an ISO from November this year. This was great to hear because most sources have been fairly vague about dates on BS EN ISO 19650.

Various discussions were sparked towards the end of Christine’s talk and they were so lively and engaged that they had to be interrupted so that we could continue in a timely manner. Lots of educated input came from the audience. My favourite bit was a sober reminder that we need to take any research into its proper context. If something is “… based on credible sources, based on credible sources, based on something that happened in New York 8 years ago”, maybe we should look for more relevant research.

Following Christine, we welcomed Eoin Kiely and Rey Green, sharing a case study. Working for a large and experienced client like Shell sounded like a dream job, even though both of them wanted to reject that statement immediately and were not short on difficulties to share. It is the reality that there are rarely clients that actually understand their own requirements, as well as have a list of maintainable assets and be as organised as to provide their EIRs pre-tender. Yes, an ideal procurement process would be a dialogue where the first line would be EIR and then this would have a BEP chimed in response to it. Many of us, however,  have been in the situation where those documents are not prepared or agreed or even mentioned until quite late stages in the project. Eoin and Rey shared how transparency and openness had been key to making the process work. This all may seem like the regular fluff talk you always hear, but indeed all parties wanted to share work very openly and there was no covering up of skills and chargeable tools. In the same line of thought, a big driver to excellence was empowering the client with the models available on a tablet and having them fully engaged, often cornering the consultants with better awareness of the design. They spoke a lot about comparing the ways people have dealt with building documentation in the past – and alas, currently still are – dark rooms filled with boxes and boxes of paper that people continuously ignore, and the future: BIM and digitalisation. There was a brief discussion of drawings versus 3d visualisation that Shaun Farell wisely closed by concluding that different people will always prefer to read information differently. Shaun noted that what we are trying to do here is to work in a system when we can immediately produce various kinds of fully real-time coordinated sources – 2d drawings, 3d views, interactive models or schedules, as opposed to choosing one track of information representation. If you face needing a different source, you have to back-track information and reproduce the variant, you have an approach practically nurturing errors!

Shaun Farell closed the evening with a lot of energy. He mentioned some of his stellar previous experience and then moved on to BIM for FM. He addressed the importance of asking the right questions of the right people when it comes identifying the information required for FM. A lot of people shared experiences of not being able to reach “the right people” at all, and Shaun was very generous to share some of his tips on that with us:

  • Define what an asset means for the Client
  • Inquire about an asset list, or help them define and build one
  • Understand the organisation’s classification – make sure you are using the same language

Shaun’s interpretation of the Gartner Hype Cycle was a particular crowd pleaser. Many seemed to have felt the pain of the “Peak of Inflated Expectation” on the client side versus the “Trough of Disillusionment” when it comes to implementation.

He cleared some definitions in his presentation, but the echoing message was not about technology, or methods, but of culture. I can’t help but agree – for the BIM process to work there needs to be a significant shift in culture in the industry – this closed the circle nicely, connecting to Christine’s impressions of working with younger organisations.

It seemed that most of us there were on the same page about what can make our work better, which is always a great thing, so there is a natural question: why are the things we are talking about not being implemented? When I stopped to ask myself this, there were several things that I noticed. One, not a huge crowd. It seemed that the room was prepared to take double the amount of people. Second, from the questions and responses and some discussions I have, I think most of us were at similar places in our careers; not beginners and not the big shots, but people who have recently been down and dirty with the project work and can now afford to take time for events like this.

My thoughts follow the call for changing the culture. We change the culture with a new generation. The new people entering our world need to hear this and in order for them to hear it, the big shots need to be on the same page. And this is where we see the obstacle. I am particularly drawn to this conclusion because, recently, I heard how a significant residential construction company insisted that as they are a traditional business, they were not interested in BIM. They did not see themselves moving away from paper in the next 20 years. The truth is that the Client is the driver. You can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped. This is the Question we are left with – how do we educate the client to get on board with the new culture and a new generation?

If you are looking for a bit of light reading for the summer, here is some of the literature mentioned:

To support the UK BIM Alliance:

Email: info@ukbimalliance.org   |   Website: www.ukbimalliance.org

Chair: Anne Kemp chair@ukbimalliance.org

Communities Leads: Andy Boutle & Pam Bhandal communities@ukbimalliance.org

Communications/Events/PR Lead: Pam Bhandal pam@pambhandal.com

Newsletter bit.ly/UKBIMAnews

Slack bit.ly/JoinUKBIMAslack

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Women in BIM by Simrankalyan - 6M ago

28th June – WIB London Networking event

Come and join Women in BIM at their June networking event at the Herman Miller showroom in Holborn, London, on the evening of the 28th June. Meet the core team and connect with other BIM professionals over an informal glass of wine and a few nibbles. Register HERE

EVENTS

BILT ANZ 2018
Our Chair Rebecca De Cicco presented via the BILT robot last week in Brisbane on her session ‘ A strategic framework for the adoption of BIM’. She was unable to attend in person and therefore the committee kindly supported her in delivering this session remotely (chairmen Wes Benn pictured below).

Her talk discussed the key components to successfully delivering a BIM strategy and how to effectively do this regardless if you are a large government department or a small private practice.

The session was a hit with the crowd and if you would like a copy of her presentation contact Rebecca here as she is happy to share the presentation with you.

BILT ANZ WIB Meet Up
BILT ANZ also chaired a diversity session on Day 02 of the event and discussed the importance of Diversity in the Construction and BIM space. The session was well received and our team followed up with a lunch time networking session to support the cause.

United Kingdom Events:

13th June: Join Rebecca DeCicco at NXT BLD

AEC Magazine, the organiser of NXT BLD, has been at the forefront, covering the technology, processes and companies which have been driving the move to digital construction.

NXT BLD takes this one step further, bringing next generation technologies to life in an exclusive one day conference and exhibition, covering emerging technologies which facilitate new ways of designing, enhancing the use of 3D models, applying Artificial Intelligence and offering new possibilities in digital fabrication and construction.

Register here.

13 June: Join May Winfield at the 42nd Global Legal & IP ConfEx
Register here.
May will be speaking in the following sessions;
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM  Computer Forensics, Electronic Discovery and Electronic Evidence

02:30 PM – 03:10 PM Legal World and Cybersecurity: How Can Lawyers Keep Their Client Data Confidential?

27 June: Join May Winfield at the Blockchain Summit in London. 
Register here.

We are also happy to announce we are again supporting partners with Digital Construction Week. To find out more about the event visit their website here. We will have some exciting opportunities for Women in BIM relating to this event so please don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels to learn more.

Irish Events:
12th June: CITA Digital Transition Series 
CITA will be hosting their next Digital Transition Series event in Dublin on the 12th of June. Our Global Vice Chair, Louise Kelly and Irish Regional Lead Emma Hayes will be in attendance. Register here.

If you have an event you would like us to include please .

A Call for your help…

Finally, this organisation is only successful due to your participation and support.  We are always looking for further enthusiastic assistance and support (whether direct financial contribution or equally important support via hosting events or others), and have many potential areas for members to get involved in. If you are interested in supporting us or have an idea for a Women in BIM event or activity, please email us at  info@womeninbim.net.

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Women in BIM by Simrankalyan - 6M ago

Hello Members!

It’s been a busy month of April for the Women in BIM core team as we attended various events to grow the initiative and support a diverse industry. Read about all our adventures below!

GDPR and WIB

ACTION REQUIRED!

With 25th May just around the corner, WIB is required to meet all aspects of personal data collection, its privacy and use.  Women in BIM will therefore STOP using the current database in May 2018.

To continue receiving updates from us, make sure you sign up to our new GDPR complaint database on www.womeninbim.net and access our members only area.

28th June 2018 – WIB Networking event

Our next members networking event will take place in London @ Herman Millen office on Thursday, June 28th. We will send more info about signing up for the event. In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE!

Winfield Rock Report

The Winfield and Rock Report, written by May Winfield and Sarah Rock, provide the most thorough and detailed review of the legal side of BIM ever produced in the UK. If you have not download it yet, you can do it for free HERE.

Read May Winfield article on BIM+ 
After reviewing too many contracts containing vague obligations and undefined terms such as “The project will be delivered to BIM Level 2”, and encountering disputes resulting from incomplete or vague BIM documentation, we felt it was time to do something proactive to move things forward to support the legal side of BIM.
[Read more here]

Read Vicky review of the BIM4Legal event.
The BIM4Legal Launch Event on 26th April brought together a broad and diverse group of experts from both the digital and legal sides of the Construction world. Hosted at the beautiful Gowling WLG offices, which provided a stunning backdrop of the Thames and London Bridge, the event’s primary focus was to review and discuss the feedback received in response to the recently released Winfield Rock Report: Overcoming the legal and contractual barriers of BIM.
[Read more here]

EVENTS

WICE AWARDS 2018
The European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards Forum 2018 took place at the Hilton hotel in London. The award has been designed to find the most exemplary women in construction and engineering across Europe. Several WIB members were shortlisted and core team members supported the Forum.
[Read more here]

Geo Smart Asia
Our Chair Rebecca De Cicco presented a keynote last month in Australia at the Geo Smart Asia conference. A conference focused on the future of Geo and GIS in the way we design, built and manage our cities. It was a successful event and she was proud to represent Women in BIM in the Geo Spatial sector.

Upcoming Events

Australia:
24-26 May: BILT ANZ
Rebecca De Cicco will be speaking at BILT in Australia this year discussing the application of a strategy for the implementation of BIM. Join her on the first day of the conference where she discusses BIM/DE Implementation and a Strategy toward education and training. Not to be missed.
Register here.
United Kingdom:

13th June: Join Rebecca DeCicco at NXT BLD.
Register here.

13 June: Join May Winfield at the 42nd Global Legal & IP ConfEx.
Register here.
May will be speaking in the following sessions;
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM  Computer Forensics, Electronic Discovery and Electronic Evidence
02:30 PM – 03:10 PM Legal World and Cybersecurity: How Can Lawyers Keep Their Client Data Confidential?

27 June: Join May Winfield at the Blockchain Summit in London.
Register here.

We are also happy to announce we are again supporting partners with Digital Construction Week. To find out more about the event visit their website here. We will have some exciting opportunities for Women in BIM relating to this event so please don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels to learn more.

A Call for your help…

Finally, this organization is only successful due to your participation and support.  We are always looking for further enthusiastic assistance and support (whether direct financial contribution or equally important support via hosting events or others), and have many potential areas for members to get involved in. If you are interested in supporting us or have an idea for a Women in BIM event or activity, please email us at  info@womeninbim.net.

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Women in BIM by Simrankalyan - 1y ago

Hello Members!

It’s been a whirlwind month of March for the Women in BIM core team as we attended various events for International Women’s Day 2018. Read about our adventures below!

SAVE THE DATE – 28th June 2018

Our next members networking event will take place in London in Thursday June 28th. We will have more information in next months update!

GDPR and WIB

Women in BIM will stop using our current database in May 2018. To continue receiving updates from us, sign up to our new database on www.womeninbim.net and access our members only area.

TOP 25 Project
Women in BIM are proud to be organising a global Women in BIM project with key leading figures across the world. The aim of the project is to bring together a key group of Women in BIM related roles in one space for a roundtable discussion on the global impacts of BIM. The event is aimed to support how BIM is being addressed globally and comparisons against differing regions of the world. We are currently looking at collating a group of Women across the world to be invited to this exclusive event.
We require support on two fronts.

  1. Recommendations on Women in BIM in executive roles across the world.
  2. Sponsorship to support the event.

If you are interested in being involved please contact us on info@womeninbim.net.

If you have already been in touch we will be formalising the event over the course of the year and will keep you updated as soon as we can.

BIM Show Live – Review

Women in BIM partnered with BIM Show Live 2018 to offer support and and were happy to be involved in this key BIM event in the UK. Core team members Rebecca De Cicco, May Winfield and Simran Kaylan attended the annual BIM conference in Newcastle in February and they had some feedback on the event…. Read more here

#IWD2018 EVENTS

Vicki Homes attends: Women in Construction Summit

The atmosphere was a buzz of positivity and excitement as I walked in to the beautiful conference room of 8 Northumberland Avenue last Tuesday. There were hundreds of women gathered to discuss what it is to be a female working in the construction industry, and how we can help change the image of construction from an outdated white-male-dominated profession, to that of diversity, opportunity and digital revolution.
[Read more here]

Vicki Holmes speaks at: She Draws: She Builds – Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, RIBA and NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) presented a screening of She Draws: She Builds, revealing the experiences and insights of women working in architecture. There were also presentations from Architects for Change, Women in BIM, Women in Social Housing (WISH) and Women in Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
[Read more here]

Karen Fugle facilitates at: Must Do Better: Improving Gender Diversity in Architecture. 

As well as the Women in construction Summit (excellent!) and the RIBA/NAWIC She Draws: She Builds event (both fantastic and I hope will be become yearly events), I also attended the RIBA/Dezeen evening talk/workshop “Must Do Better: Improving Gender Diversity in Architecture”. If you haven’t seen the Dezeen report revealing the lack of gender diversity in the top 100 architectural firms then read it HERE. The evening included talks from practices that were already addressing gender imbalance (White Arkitekter, Scott Brownrigg, Jane Duncan Architects) plus business exemplars and stats linking diversity and financial performance from McKinsey & Company.
[Read more here]

PRESS RELEASE

Research by Randstad has revealed that the gender pay gap goes unchecked by construction organisations.

Companies with more than 250 employees will soon be forced to publish details of their gender pay gap. The attempt at transparency comes as the average gender pay gap in construction stands at up to 45%* in favour of men.

  • Women in construction paid up to 45% less than men
  • 42% of companies do not check gender pay gap
  • Women three times more likely to miss out on promotion
  • 93% believe promoting women would have a positive impact

Owen Goodhead, Managing Director of Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering said: “At a time when equality and diversity is making leaps forward, construction is still playing catch up in some areas. Companies need to band together to build an environment that nurtures and rewards successful, hard working women to move up the career ladder.

The full report is live here.

Winfield Rock Report

If you haven’t read the full Winfield Rock Report, written by May Winfield and Sarah Rock, and launched at BIM Show Live, then you can download it for free HERE.

The report is intended to provide the most thorough and detailed review of the legal side of BIM ever produced in the UK.

Upcoming Events

UK:
26th April BIM4Legal Launch Event. Register here.

Ireland:
11th April CITA Digital Transition Series. Register here

Australia:
Chair Rebecca De Cicco will be hosting the first BIM SA (South Australia) event in April to support growth of Women in BIM In this region. The event will include an exciting presentation from SA Power Networks, a smaller affiliation to UK Power Networks discussing their digital transformation. Follow @BIM_S_A for more details on the event. 

A Call for your help…

Finally, this organization is only successful due to your participation and support.  We are always looking for further enthusiastic assistance and support (whether direct financial contribution or equally important support via hosting events or others), and have many potential areas for members to get involved in. If you are interested in supporting us or have an idea for a Women in BIM event or activity, please email us at  info@womeninbim.net.

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The BIM4Legal Launch Event on 26th April brought together a broad and diverse group of experts from both the digital and legal sides of the Construction world. Hosted at the beautiful Gowling WLG offices, which provided a stunning backdrop of the Thames and London Bridge, the event’s primary focus was to review and discuss the feedback received in response to the recently released Winfield Rock Report: Overcoming the legal and contractual barriers of BIM.

Anne Kemp, Chair of the UK BIM Alliance, provided a brief intro and May Winfield and Sarah Rock presented their Report. The emphasis of the evening was around making BIM digestible and understandable for the masses; after all, if a contract isn’t written in plain language then how is anyone expected to deliver it successfully?

Some of my favorite points were direct quotes from the interviewees of the report, such as a stark reminder that BIM is not just CAD on steroids, and that Level 2 is nearly impossible to find a clear definition for. However, the biggest indicator of it’s ti

mely release was the number of times it had been downloaded in less than a month (over 500 times), and how geographically vast the readers had been spread out (there had been downloads throughout Europe, Australia and the USA).

The Q&A session that concluded the event was lively, with discussions about whether the BIM Execution Plan should be considered a contractual document carrying on well in to the Twitter-sphere the next day, yet the tone still remained friendly and progressive. Overall, the evening was a fantastic insight in to the effort and thought that May and Sarah have put in to taking some critical steps towards securing our industry’s digital future. But the real emphasis still needs to remain on the Report itself; an absolute must-read for anyone working in Construction.

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Women in BIM by Cristinasavian - 1y ago

The European Women In Construction & Engineering Awards Forum 2018 took place on Thursday 26th April at the Hilton London Heathrow T5 hotel. The award has been designed to find the most exemplary women in construction and engineering across Europe.

WIB welcomed the initiative and several members were shortlisted as well as core team members taking part as judges.

WIB member and Best Woman Architectural Technologist Finalists is Marina Villanueva Díaz from Jacobs engineering whom I had the pleasure to catch up with since our last encounter in September last year in hot Mumbai! 

After being a speaker last year at the WICE Forum, this year I was invited to join the crew of 60 judges who had the very difficult tasks to evaluate 200 very talented finalists.  I was joined by two other judges, Rand Watkins and Tedroy Newell in the assessment of the finalist’s 1-minute pitch in which contestants were asked to give their reasons for why they should win. From the start of the day, it was clear that every single finalist deserved to win. Like many of us, I spent most of my professional life surrounded by men. There are not many occasions in my life when I had the chances to spend the entire day with such a high calibre of bright and talented women. It was a true honour.

Despite the extremely challenging and demanding task, which at times required a substitute judge as I did not feel comfortable to judge finalists I personally knew well, it was an amazing and enriching experience. The atmosphere and the buzz throughout the day were amazing. The variety of candidates, personalities, nationalities, backgrounds was overwhelming and enlightening at the same time. I wished there were such competitions years ago when I started my career!

WIB Strategic Support Anne Kemp was also a judge for the Best Woman Architectural Technologist and Best Woman in Digital Innovation and found the event extremely enjoyable. Our chair Rebecca DeCicco also a finalist for the Best Woman Consultant due to unforeseen circumstances could not attend the event and was greatly missed.

I personally learnt a great deal, despite the challenges we all faced and we still encounter in the industry we still have our beautiful smiles on our faces and energy to challenge anyone, as we should, who believes we do not belong to the industry. I can reassure you that we all do!

I would like to challenge anyone who still has doubts about advancing and retaining women in the industry to take part in one of these events and learn how women bring collaboration, empathy, technical skills as well as a new perspective. Women can have a fulfilling career as architects or engineers but also be caring mothers, passionate wives, proud daughters, supporting sisters as well as work hard every day and be confident that they have got what it takes to build a better future for all of us.

Winners will be announced on the 24th May at The Royal Lancaster in London. Good luck to all finalists!

Cristina Savian

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