By David Philp, Co-Regional Lead Women in BIM and Director – Digital Consulting, Strategy & Innovation – Europe, AECOM.

The Scottish Region of Women in BIM (WIB) celebrated a decade of WIB at Glasgow Caledonian University.

WIB Co-Regional Lead David Philp ran the event and remarked that WIB continues to grow within Scotland, driving change for diversity and inclusion across the construction industry and wider built environment in the region.

In Glasgow we welcomed some incredible industry leaders to deliver inspiring talks, including:

Kirsty Duncan,  Associate Impact Manager – Digital at BE-ST who talked about taking a plunge into diversity.  Kirsty highlighted that a vision for a better built environment must be underpinned by inclusivity and economic, social and environmental impact for all.

Michael McGuire, Lecturer: Digital Construction at Glasgow University amazed us with the World Skills participants, their training and the outcomes they are achieving.  

Robyn Rooschüz, Digital Information Specialist at Digital Guerrilla Consultancy Ltd presented on the on the imperative of Information Management and the use of standard approaches to unlock value across the lifecycle. Robyn also highlighted her own industry experience and career path working with project teams providing training and support for coordination, collaboration and delivery of BIM projects.
We also had a wonderful discovery workshop with participants, (facilitated by David Philp and fellow WIB Co-Regional Lead, Diane Ramage, BIM Manager at Keppie Design) scouting the next three horizons and the priority focus themes for our WIB Scottish community.

Horizon 1 (0-2 years) was seen as “doing it right” getting the basics such as information management embedded especially within SMEs and creating the conditions for sector equality.

Horizon 2 (3-5 years) was about achieving marginal gains through wider digital engineering approaches and support low carbon journeys.

Horizon 3 (6-10 years) was about transformation, a sector of diversity where secure data sharing and digital twinning are become more common.

Overall an amazing night of collaboration and celebration.
Thank you as always to our core team Dave Philp and Diane Ramage, Louise Gardiner, Robyn Rooschüz,  Dr Jennifer Macdonald, and  Kathryn Donald
 Also thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University for their fabulous meeting space and Ideate Software for their sponsorship, food and refreshments.
Finally thank you to all those who attended, we hope you had a great night. Help us grow, and we hope to see more women and men representing our Scottish built environment at our future events.