Women In Construction

#WomenInConstruction What do you do after having children?

The statistics in the image is not a good picture and there are many things to say on this issue.

However, I want to address the result from a survey #AECPeople conducted, with one of the questions asking what the top 3 issues are that prevent you from taking action and setting up your own business? Here are the issues:

  1. Getting clients
  2. Capital to setup a practice
  3. Knowledge about Business setup (Admin, IT, Tax etc.)

And I want to point out that 9 out of 10 women who had children are facing issues in returning to work. But, only 16% of those women over-come these 3 issues and set up a business one their own.

What if point 1 could be assisted with and point 2 and 3 could be practically removed from your doubts and from your business “to do” list. And, you received technical and business training and support at no extra cost.

Would that help in increasing the 16% to 25 or 50 or 75%??

It’s #NotATrap and #NotAFunnel

Please do leave a comment or get in touch with any questions you might have.

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#WomenInArchitecture #WomenInEngineering #Architect #Engineer #Designer #Developer #WomenInBusiness

Reference 1: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/women-in-architecture-survey-9/10-women-say-children-hinder-careers/10003375.article

Reference 2: https://www.ddcsolutions.co.uk/womeninconstruction/

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BIM for Contractors

One of the aspirations the UK government has for the UK construction industry is that by 2025, construction should drive growth across the entire UK economy. The projects cost should be reduced by 33% and delivered 50% faster. We, in this relatively small UK community, are in a great position to play a dominant part in the forecasted 70% growth and annual £200 Billion global construction industry.

How much of that we end up taking home in the UK, well that depends on us.

One thing is for sure, the developers need to get on board. Sustainability is a major topic and closely linked to technology and process and it starts with the construction client.

However, it would be unrealistic and unfair to put the whole responsibility on the developers, after all, the design and contractor sectors have had a significant amount of time to adopt BIM Level 2 and even though the adaptation looks fairly good on paper (70% in 2018). The reality of BIM efficiency has some way to go before it meets its real potential. Design team driven BIM being the main culprit. Again, another reason why the developer needs to take ownership of the project from day one.

Allowing the developers to catch up by supporting them with the standards, processes and technologies that favour the intended business model would be the correct way forward.

The Design and Build contracts (predicted to surpass the traditional contract in 2019) allow for some of this support, IF, the contractors have implemented the required standards, processes and technologies. In a way that are streamlined with the government’s aspirations mentioned above. Having a correctly implemented BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 standard could be used to help convincing the developer that BIM would benefit their own business objectives. For example:

  • Planning the project – assessing risks, impact on neighbouring infrastructure and traffic and cost projections based on 3D and database simulations.
  • Asset management and maintenance – access to vast amount of different types of data through purposeful interfaces.
  • Faster and precise decisions – conditional and associated information can be obtained and evaluated from different angles, remotely.
  • A tried and tested system – BIM is a process that cater for the points above and structuring the planning and collaboration, using technology to develop and monitor the information the developer is paying for.

 

If we are looking at an international market, as we should. Judging from the predicted growth of 4.3% PA in emerging economies. It is even more important to be prepared to support the clients from a very early stage. With streamlined routines that are designed to meet the growth, sustainability and importantly setting standards for UK leadership. The UK have provided the foundation for the ISO 19650 to be utilised globally, we have the experience and we have a reasonable support from our government to grow and develop. No other economy is as well prepared as the UK to lead on the infrastructure development in for example India and Africa to support a predicted doubling of their populations in the next decade.

Bluntly put, it is in the hands of the contractors to make this happen. But there are support available to implement and update new and existing standards, processes and technologies.

Here is the questions we put on to the contractors.

Do we, as a UK industry, want to take home the financial rewards and establish ourselves as the leading industry? We don’t have that much time, if we at all consider deadlines.

Ask yourself. Is your BIM process adequate for the demands put on us to truly support your clients and for us to be a global leader in construction?

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#Contractors #professionalism #BIM #ISO19650 #BIMLevel2 #process #standards

Reference 1: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210099/bis-13-955-construction-2025-industrial-strategy.pdf

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Developer driven BIM

What is the difference between design team driven BIM and developer driven BIM?

BIM has finally arrived to where it belongs, with the developers them self. We are looking at a brighter future in-terms of reducing risks, increased financial gain and improved abilities to manage the built assets. But only if we implement standards and processes (BIM) in the right places and to its full potential.

Looking back at the experience we have gained since BIM Level 2 became official back in 2016. We have collected a lot of best practices and we have developed technology and solutions. But we have also learned what not to do and where the weaknesses and issues are with BIM. Even though gaining this experience has been challenging and frustrating at times. We can now apply BIM more effectively within the developers organisations with a focus on the business objectives.

Quick re-cap on what is going on with BIM in the UK.

From April 2016 BIM Level 2 was made official and its adoption has been gradually growing by roughly 10% per year since. This growth is mainly within the design sector and we are now looking at an 80% UK market adoption. So, the design sector should be ready to hand over the BIM torch.

The drive behind BIM in the UK is a Government led ambition intended to help improving its construction interest. We have seen a growth in the popularity across the industry both nationally and internationally and the BIM concept is proven to be beneficial. As a result, and timely coordinated with the UK governments plans for the future of the UK construction industry. The ISO 19650 was published in December 2018. In short, this ISO is derived from the UK BIM Level 2 process and focus on the developer’s ownership of the Information and BIM management on the projects. Meaning that BIM should favour the developer’s business objectives. As such, the adoption of BIM from 2019 should be tailored to the developers business needs.

What is the issue with BIM?

Over the years, in my experience, most of the BIM projects (50+) I have supported have been design team led. Sure, the upswing of the Information Manager (IM) function has helped to shift focus slightly to the client needs, but not sufficiently. Meaning that the design teams have defined the scope for BIM and advised the clients on what should/will be delivered and how. In many cases this type of design team collaboration has also been driven by software preferences and often solely focused on 3D coordination. Even with the appointment of an IM, projects are still very much design focused. Why is this an issue? Because, the developers are by-passed in the time and cost management of the design stages that are defined by factors such as collaboration, technology, process and abilities. The output (the design) is derived from these factors. And if the production of the output does not meet the developer’s business objectives. The risk, cost and time will not only increase during the design stages but also for the entirety of the asset life span. As it is now, the developers pay for this as an additional cost that was never considered.

Moving forward

It is not a difficult answer to; what we should do about the risk, cost ad time issues?

Implement the control of the standards, processes, technology and ability in the developers organisations and drive the project from the top and in advance of RIBA PoW Stage 1.

DDC Solutions

At DDC Solutions we implement standards, processes and technology directly in to the business and enable the client to instruct, advice and support the design team down the chain.

To prepare for developer driven BIM projects we have also adapted the BIM implementation for the contractors to work directly from the client’s business objectives and drive the design stages from the top.

For the design teams we have a completely different implementation approach. We prepare the design practice to be compliant with the developers or contractors requests and needs. And to be fully functional as an ISO 19650 coordinated team that can deliver what, how and when is required.

Meaning that the Architects and Engineers can focus on being Architects and Engineers. Leaving the developers and contractors to focus on their functions.

 

 

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#Developers #Contractors #construction #BIM #iso19650 #BIMLevel2 #process #standards #Assetdevelopers #constructiondevelopers #builders #buildingcontractor

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