Women in BIM to speak on Diversity at COMIT Conference #COMIT2017
Women in BIM have been invited to speak on diversity at the Construction Mobile IT conference on 24th & 25th May 2017. WiB members will also be able to attend the conference at the reduced Member’s Rate.
What is COMIT?
Construction Mobile IT brings together Construction and Technology companies into a co-operative environment so that they can work on how Mobile IT can be best applied to construction. Members include many large contractors and software companies, but also small startups and academics. Founded in 2003 when in the early days of mobile IT, COMIT runs demonstration projects and case studies which document examples of use of Mobile IT in construction, the results of which are shared during ‘community days’ and at its annual conference.
COMIT have been enthusiastic supporters of Women in BIM for some time, recognising the need to take a practical approach to improving diversity in the construction industry and particularly in digital construction. Jason Scott of COMIT explains their interest:
“For a long time COMIT has been conscious of the poor gender balance in construction and the urgent need to address it. This is not only an equalities issue – although that alone is reason enough to tackle it – it is also an issue that is fundamentally important to the future of our industry. Construction has a rapidly ageing workforce and significant and growing skills shortages. It is crazy that we continue to ignore nearly half the working population.”
“COMIT believes that WiB and organisations like it are essential in helping to turn this situation around. They help show that not only can construction be a fruitful and rewarding career for women, but that the industry actively wants them and will support them in making the gender imbalance a thing of the past. COMIT are delighted that WiB has agreed to speak at our conference, not just to highlight the great work it is doing in the area of BIM, but to help spread the word to the rest of our industry: construction just needs talented people.”
This year’s 2-day conference on ‘Mobilising Digital Assets’ takes place at the Building Centre in London on 24-25 May 2017. Speakers include Mark Bew, Phil Jackson of the University of Surrey, Chair of BIM4Water Andrew Cowell, Cyber Security expert Hugh Boyes and Head of Innovation at the Thames Tideway Tunnel, Paul Morris. Topics will include:
- BIM level 3
- Disrupting Technology
- Mobile Safety
- Innovation in Road, Rail, Water & Power
- Asset Recognition
- Diversity in Construction
- Wearable Photogrammetry
- HoloLens in Construction
- Interactive Information
- Digital evolution
Women in BIM have invited Chrissi McCarthy, MD at Constructing Equality and fervent supporter of Women in BIM, to join Cristina Savian, WiB’s Attract and Promote Lead, to present in our diversity slot on 24th May. Chrissi will outline the challenge of equality and diversity in construction, her experience of trying to develop solutions over the last seven years, and an example of a different way Constructing Equality are now working with the issue, which focuses on individuals.
Cristina will then introduce Women in BIM and our work, giving a progress report on our database and what we are doing next. We’re hoping that the session will provide not only food for thought but also practical ideas for what people can do in their own work to support women in our industry.
Reduced Entrance fee for Women in BIM
Members of the Women in BIM Database can attend the conference at the reduced member rate as a member of an affiliated organisation (Women in BIM). Please note you must have signed up to the Women in BIM Database to qualify for the discount. Full details of the conference are available via the conference page on the COMIT website or you can book direct here.
The conference will be live blogged again this year by WiB Vice Chair Su Butcher. To get a flavour of the fascinating content of a COMIT conference, you can view the live blog from the 2016 conference here.