What is Women in BIM?
Women in BIM was set up in 2013 as a networking group to support and draw attention to the low number of women in BIM related roles in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and tech generally.
Women in BIM’s mission is to create a global online community of female BIM and digital construction professionals.
Why have an organisation just for women? Isn’t that a bit sexist?
The organisation isn’t just for women, but it is about women, and we are working to help women who work in BIM and digital construction to find each other.
We believe that as a group, women have greater influence to support, empower and celebrate each other in BIM and digital related roles. By identifying women working in BIM and working together we can have greater influence and provide an incentive for young women to enter the construction industry. And by supporting women’s career options and learning development opportunities we can all retain a more diverse industry in the long term.
What are your objectives?
We have three main priorities:
- To Encourage and Support Women in BIM
We will aim to encourage Women in BIM related roles and allow them to have a strong voice in the current workplace. Diversity is crucial to collaborative BIM and encouraging women in this sector is of critical importance. By bringing together women in BIM and digital related roles from around the world, we can empower and support each other.
- To Advance and Retain Women in BIM
We would like to see the number of senior women in BIM related roles increase. The retainment of women in the construction sector is an important issue. We aim to encourage Women in BIM to strive for the best, advance their position and move into senior roles. WIB is a platform to enable and incentivise. Women should be encouraged to strive for the best, advancing their position and moving into senior roles. We are here to support their progress and we want to create a platform to enable and incentivise them.
- To Attract and Promote Women in BIM
The construction industry is amidst a skill shortage crisis. We aim to attract young women into the industry, act as mentors to grow their skills and encourage them to enter BIM and digital related roles in the future. By bringing together women in BIM and digital related roles from around the world, we can empower and support each other in the strength of a group. Together we can equip Women in BIM with the tools and confidence to create a more diverse industry. We will value our collective talents, share our expertise and learn from our experiences.
Aren’t you just a protest group?
We are the opposite of a protest group. As you can see from our priorities, we’re passionate about improving diversity within the AEC industry, and rather than protesting about it, have decided to identify ways in which we can help that happen.
We believe that by gathering together and learning from each other, whe can help the industry become more diverse, to everyone’s benefit.
What initiatives are you involved with?
At the moment we are focusing on identifying how many women are working in BIM and digital construction around the world, finding them and putting ourselves in touch with each other. This is why our first initiative is the Women in BIM Database.
What is the Women in BIM Database?
The database will be used to:
- Create Hubs of Support for women to network, discuss and share ideas in the context of BIM around the globe.
- Gather data and create a series of infographics illustrating our reach globally.
- Inform industry as to where Women in BIM can grow and support within each geography.
- Provide information to help the industry and governments address diversity issues.
The database also gives women the opportunity to share their experience and offer their services as speakers and experts. We also hope to share the database with event organisers around the world to promote and encourage a more diverse speaker presence amongst the AEC Industry.
How can I get involved?
Women who work in BIM can join our database here: http://bit.ly/womeninbimdb
You’ll need a google account and you’ll be able to come back and update your entry using that account in future.
If you’re not ready to join the database yet please:
- Join our LinkedIn group http://bit.ly/womeninbimlinkedin
- Talk to us on Twitter http://twitter.com/womeninbim
- Join our mailing list! http://bit.ly/womeninbimmailinglist
I’m a man – how can I support Women in BIM?
We’re delighted to have your support. The database is pretty much the only thing that is women only, so please feel free to join us on the other platforms above.
You can help us by doing the following:
- Tell women you know who work in BIM about us
- Invite them to join the database
- Put us in touch with organisations who will help spread our message.
I’ve got another question!
No problem – just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you find the answer.