Women in BIM have launched a database of women around the world who work in Building Information Modeling (BIM). The database will support women who work in this sector of the construction industry and act as a resource for learning.
‘Women in the UK construction industry currently account for under ten per cent of the workforce, reflecting their under-representation in an industry that fails to attract and retain women’
As a significant and growing sector of the industry, BIM faces a perfect storm of diversity challenges, to ensure that the skills of half the population are not lost.
This confidential database will be used to:
- Create hubs of support for women to network, discuss and share ideas in the context of BIM and other digitisation working practices around the globe.
- Gather data and create a series of infographics illustrating our reach globally.
- Inform the industry as to where Women in BIM can grow and give support within each geography.
- Provide information and a practical framework to help the industry and governments and professional institutes address diversity issues in the backdrop of a digitised sector.
The database also gives women the opportunity to share their experience and offer their services as speakers and experts.
‘A fundamental issue is not having enough women in senior positions who serve as role models and subsequently further attract other women into the industry, motivating them to climb the corporate ladder’.
Speaking at the launch of Digital Construction Week 2016, Rebecca de Cicco, Chair of Women in BIM, remarked that:
“Women who work in the construction industry benefit from the support of their peers. Women in BIM was set up with this aim in mind. Our first task is to work out how many women exist in these roles, where they are located and how can we put them in touch with each other. We invite all women working in BIM worldwide to join our network.”
David Philp*, head of BIM Implementation in the UK also commented:
“Fostering a diverse, progressive and highly innovative construction workforce is essential to the future of our sector. As an industry we need to attract more than ever the next generation of workers whilst competing against other cutting-edge sectors; we must ensure that generation Y perceive construction as an industry which is technologically advanced and one where diversity is celebrated. Moreover being fair to all is simply the right thing to do! Women in BIM are helping champion this undertaking and I look forward to working with them to promoting a better industry for all.”
Women can join the database by filling out the form on this link:
*David Philp MSc BSc FICE FRICS FCIOB FCInstES FGBC
Global BIM/MIC Consultancy Director AECOM
Chair SFT BIM Working Group
Chair CIOB Digital Technologies Group