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Women in BIM Newsletter – The year so far…

Women in BIM – COVID 19 Response

Women in BIM would like to take a moment and ensure that all of our members and wider community of supporters are keeping safe and healthy during this difficult time. Due to the government advice regarding isolation we have placed a hold on all of our face to face events globally. We at Women in BIM will continue to collaborate and communicate with our members virtually and keep you up to date with our activities as the months go by. Our Mentoring Scheme couldn’t have come at a better time as this will continue to progress online and we are very happy and overwhelmed by the number of registrations we have received. To read more about our next steps click here. We are still sourcing Regional Leads across the UK and worldwide therefore if you are interested please do get in touch. Any questions or queries that you may have for us please send these through to info@womeninbim.org. And remember to stay indoors and keep healthy!

This is what we have been up to for the first few months of 2020…

Belonging in Construction Summit – February 13

On Thursday 13th February our UK Lead Vicki Reynolds had the honour of chairing UK Construction Week’s Belonging in Construction Summit at the ExCel in London. This summit takes a look at how the construction industry has approached different diversity streams around gender, race, LGBT, etc. It also looks to other sectors and how the narrative is moving away from labelling groups toward a more holistic approach that creates an environment where anyone from any background can belong. Vicki expressed she left feeling inspired and empowered and is looking forward to next years event.

Women in BIM Networking Event – February 19

On the 19th of March we held our very first networking event of the year. For a second time our dear friends at Silverskills hosted a busy event. We took the chance to share our 2020 sponsors GliderBIM and CertCentral and reminded our attendees where we started way back in 2012 when the group was created by Chair Rebecca De Cicco. The main act of the evening was a fascinating presentation by Francesca Taglieri from Grimshaw, who shared with us the buzzing Hive that information management for a large master planning project is. We finished the presentation part of the evening with an announcement we have been brewing for a while! Women In BIM is launching a Mentoring Program! We are so thrilled to be able to provide another tool to support the gender diversity in our industry.

Due to the current situation, we are investigating ways to bring members together for small online sessions. We will keep you updated on our progress!

BIM Show Live – February 26 & 27

Women in BIM were media partners for the event once again this year. Vicki Reynolds took part in a panel discussion on the theme for BIM Show Live 2020, BIM for Good, with David Miller from David Miller Architects, Richard Waterhouse from The NBS, and Colin Bell from Sir Robert McAlpine in which they discussed the real value that is gained when BIM is done well. Vicki Reynolds mentioned that ‘there was a notable change in attendees at BIM Show Live this year versus previous years, and there was a change in content, too. This year was full of new and exciting success stories, case studies, and conversations about next steps, and the attendees came from a far more varied cross section of the industry.’

Futurebuild – March 5 – 7

We were delighted to support Futturebuild for the first time this year in several different ways as media partners.

Our very own Vicki Reynolds chaired the Digital Impact stage on day two, opening up with a WIB organised panel titled, “Cutting through the hype: Realistically, what can we expect from the next 5 years of construction technology?”. May Winfield of Buro Happold, Jamile Tuma of Grimshaw and Katya Veleva from our WIB core team discussed how the industry must become more agile, adaptable, diverse and collaborative to get the most out of the technology we already have available, but the outcome was also extremely positive, with the future looking bright as we look at the new talent and ingenuity coming in to the industry. The audience was packed, and the response was great. We also had the opportunity to host a small networking session where we met some great people in the industry wanting to learn more about Women in BIM.

We had our very own stand that hosted many thrilling and diverse conversations and opened our organisation to a new audience. We heard about the struggles familiar to most of our members and had the opportunity to explain our WIB Mentor Scheme in depth to those who were interested.

We are extremely happy with the organisers of Futurebuild and cannot wait to partner again in the future!

UK BIM Alliance East – Behaviours & Collaboration within the Built Environment 

March 25th 2020 was planned to include a networking event in Cambridge, hosted by the UK BIM Alliance to talk about ‘Behaviours and Collaboration.’  But with the nation in lock down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was moved online.  The move to digital space hindered neither attendance, nor discussion.  In fact, as built environment professionals reflected upon their recent and rapid transition to totally online collaboration, the context of Covid-19 provided some valuable perspectives on how our digitalised construction industry might operate.

Core team member, Senior Lecturer and Researcher for the University of Central Lancashire, and Director of CoLAB Jenni Barrett presented her findings on BIM teams and recorded their interactions across different types of media – online forum, conference call, and in traditional face-to-face meetings. To read more about the event and her presentation click here.

We are very lucky to have such a esteemed and academic woman apart of the core team and look forward to hearing more about her findings

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