Women in BIM Scottish Innovation Factory event summary

David Philp, Women in BIM (WIB) Regional Lead for Scotland and Director Digital Consulting, Strategy & Innovation for AECOM, recently chaired our WIB Scotland event on Wednesday 25 May hosted by Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) and sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

The event celebrated equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment and it was a dedicated call to action to build a powerful diverse, collaborative network.

The in-person turnout was fantastic with over 50 guests in attendance, with a wonderful line-up of speakers, including:

During the event our speakers covered a wide range of topics with a strong focus on the value of equity and diversity, and how we need a major shift towards a low carbon-built environment 4.0 model.

There was also a focus on retained estate with both Historic Environment Scotland and NHS Scotland discussing their digital estate approaches. Both conferred how they are getting the most out of existing built assets by improving how they produce, manage, share and use data. This was through an ecosystem of integrated technologies (AIM-CDE, Asset Registers, CAFM Systems, Statutory Compliance databases, etc.) and systems to inform strategic asset management and facilities management.

Joann Russell and Paul Dodd both shared their workings for an information management-led approach which enables the digitisation, integration and curation of appropriate digital models (unifying existing data and records) to enable efficient management of real-estate portfolios.

The challenges of legacy data and information were discussed and how this often lives within silos and is often not computer readable, making searching difficult and a manual process. Better information management was the call to action with a need for better interoperability.

There were also discussions on the need to start any digital transformation with a clear purpose and vision to ensure that any enabling activities are always aligned to goals, ensuring everyone realises how they contribute to the big idea.

The event also included a tour of the BE-ST Innovation Factory highlighting how Industry 4.0 is supporting the journey to sector modernisation and net zero. The tour reinforced that we need to ensure that everyone understands the climate crisis we are living in, and that by 2045 we need to decarbonise our entire built world.

The potential for embracing digitisation for the built environment is huge and the innovation factory highlighted how it can unlock the potential of this digital world to transform productivity, safety, build resilience and get to zero carbon.

To find out more about WIB Scotland and any future events, contact David Philp.