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Discussing gender equality in construction with Women in BIM

Gender equality in the workplace remains a challenge for the construction industry, trailing behind many other sectors. Glider recognises the significance of addressing this disparity, viewing it as pivotal for advancing digital construction innovation and fostering a more impartial industry.

To find out more Glider turned to Women In BIM, who is driving change in gender equality for the construction sector. Women in BIM seeks to support, empower and celebrate female BIM and digital construction professionals through networking events and mentorship schemes amongst other activities. WIB is successful in empowering women across the globe in making game-changing contributions to the digital development of the built environment.

Nick Hutchinson, Glider Managing Director and Co-Founder, recently sat down for a conversation with Women in BIM about why the construction industry needs a more inclusive workforce. Nick said: “Currently women make up only 13% of the workforce across the industry, and improving this statistic is crucial to a successful future. If we do not approach it head on collectively as an industry we will be left behind, and our work will not be reflective of society.

“Collaboration is essential in the construction industry. It is a method and a value that our whole supply chain and working systems are based upon – on any given project, we must work cohesively and considerately to achieve shared goals.”

Within this context, equality and inclusion are necessary to ensure a fluid and healthy working ecosystem, which ultimately reflects upon the resulting built environment. Nick added that at Glider, every person is valued equally, it’s all about the skills, knowledge and proficiency that are brought to the table.

Over the last 20 years there has been a huge digital transformation of the construction industry, for example, with the growth of BIM and emergence of digital twins. We need new skills, ideas and knowledge to support and capitalise on this shift. As an industry we need to show people the imaginative potential of the built environment and how they can take part.

You can read the full interview with Nick here: Women in BIM talks to Nick Hutchinson about gender equality in the construction industry