Empowering Change: The Intersection of BIM, Diversity, and Digital Transformation

by Cohesive

Over the past decade, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has undergone a significant evolution, reshaping how we design, deliver and operate our built assets. BIM’s journey reflects broader changes within the industry, initially focusing efficient modelling, information management and expanding to address multifaceted societal needs such as a low-carbon transition and infrastructure resilience.

As the industry looks beyond BIM, there’s a growing emphasis on digital twinning and the potential roles of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This shift signifies not only technological advancements but also underscores the necessity for behavioural changes within the workforce, demanding an innovative and diverse environment.

The Women in BIM conference in London underscored diversity’s pivotal role in shaping the industry’s future, showcasing its value beyond gender, and emphasising the need for inclusivity. Trust and confidence emerged as critical factors in building a thriving community, with strong role models providing practical insights into designing for confidence and trust.

The conference, featuring first-time speakers and the inspiring keynote speech from Rupal Patel, highlighted the importance of creating safe spaces within the industry. The realisation that perfection isn’t a prerequisite for participation encourages individuals to take risks and contribute to the community’s growth.

The intersection of diversity and technological advancement is a key theme in the evolving landscape of the built environment. Embracing change, especially behavioural change, is crucial for a stronger digital future. Support for these changes needs established on diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment where the built sector and out planet can flourish.

Success in the built environment hinges on digitalization, data management, and the emergence of digital twins, recognizing that advanced technologies like AI and machine learning depend on quality data.

Dave Philp, Cohesive’s Chief Value Officer, emphasised the correlation between unlocking new inter-related outcomes and the necessity for diverse capabilities, including but also extending beyond gender to encompass various adjacent industries and skill sets crucial for navigating the evolving landscape.

Alison Watson added another layer to the discussion, showcasing initiatives that introduce young people hands on to a digitised, innovative vision of the built environment, challenging traditional stereotypes and fostering real-word interest in the sector careers.

Women in BIM, serving as a catalyst for change, represents a diverse spectrum of individuals across the value chain. From clients to procurers and service providers, everyone plays a role in driving transformation. The call to action from the Women in BIM conferences signals the magnitude of change and the collective effort required to propel the industry forward.

Recognising the essential interplay between BIM, diversity, and digital transformation, the industry is poised for a paradigm shift. Embracing behavioural changes, fostering inclusivity, and leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the construction and design sector is on the cusp of a new era defined by innovation, collaboration, and a diverse workforce. However, this shift won’t just happen, we can’t sit and wait, so get involved with WIB and the power of allyship today.

Main image: Dave Philip, Chief Value Officer, Cohesive


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