Rebecca De Cicco and the Digital Node team attended the BILT ANZ Conference in Melbourne Australia in May; as a keen advocate for diversity and growing the number of women in BIM-related roles, Rebecca hosted a Women in BIM roundtable lunch session.

This year, BILT ANZ saw a 21% increase in the number of women attending the event on the previous year. This is something Rebecca and Women in BIM championed, such an increase is an excellent endorsement for women in construction.

At the Women in BIM lunch session, the key themes covered some of the practical challenges of growing a diverse construction industry. Not only were the discussions surrounding BIM related skills shortages, but also the ways in which we can begin to attract more women into this space as well as retain female leadership across the industry.

Rebecca commented: “It was extremely encouraging to see many women in this session who are passionate about BIM and are interested in seeing some real change. As an industry we have many talented women who are leaders in their field, we need to use this leadership to encourage more women to select a career on construction.

“We were a little disappointed however at the lack of female representation on the stage, we would have liked to see more women speakers, but we’re confident this will begin to change as Women in BIM continues to help event organisers source speakers in BIM related topics.”

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