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.


#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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Support the underdogs

Are we creating a class system in the construction industry where large projects are for the elite, supported by BIM to keep the underdogs at bay?

After reading an article in AJ, on small businesses struggle to win larger projects. I do recall seeing the PQQ questions on finance and insurance over the years, while implementing BIM Level 2 at large practices. What we did was to standardise these PQQ responses to make the response a semi-automatic admin task.

Over 2018 and 2019 DDC Solutions have focused on helping smaller practices to get on board with the BIM process and technology. And the AJ article clarified that SMEs are playing the same game as large practices, but with different rules.

What I have seen while working with clients who have lots of resource, is that even though they also need to comply with BIM Level 2 requirements on large projects and they do need to fill in the tiresome PQQs. The larger practices are privileged with policies and requirements that apply to their financial status. Many of which didn’t exist when these practices were just starting up as an SME.

BIM is now creating an additional “ability” barrier for SMEs to comply with, if they have any aspiration to grow as a company and wanting to compete for large projects. By now we have all probably heard the “prophesy” “adopt to BIM or go under”. And it is easy to say when you look at it from the top.

What the glory of Highrise projects and BIM Level 2 looks like for the small practices are quite different.

I am not talking about architectural abilities, design or ambitions here. What I am highlighting is that an SME is trying to grow in an industry that have setup targets that an SME often cannot meet.

In AJ three of these rules were mentioned:

  • Insurance
  • Turnover
  • Previous experience

And we also have the BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 requirement to meet and in many cases a specific software is also required.

After speaking to a few small practice directors, asking what the perceived risks seem to be from a developer’s point of view, risks that have set the financial and insurance thresholds. The concerns seem to be around the delivery of correct information, on time. So, it is a technology, process and support issue then? If the small practice has the correct software, they have the correct process (BIM /ISO 19650) and can demonstrate what information will be produced and when and how it will be delivered, they have the support behind them to develop and deliver and they have the required knowledge. Is a small practice still a risk element to a project?

What if, the developer had the ISO 19650 implemented and worked with a small practice who could meet every point of the ISO 19650 requirements set by the developer and on top of that had a faster response time with collaboration and communication and the direct attention of an architectural director. Would this not reduce the risk compared with to large practice who might not be ISO19650 compliant, have a slow response time and the project is not rigorously monitored by a director?

As for Experience. Sure, going from a kitchen extension to building the next HSBC tower, might be a little bit of a step. But, applying different targets and policies depending on project types and the abilities of the SME would help the industry by opening up the playing field and competition.

Regarding the BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 requirements set in the PQQs. Sure, being BIM or ISO compliant will not help with the automatic rejection on insurance and turnover in the PQQs. But, it will help when there is an opportunity to influence and demonstrating capabilities and capacities. Having the BIM / ISO compliancy in place, both for developers and small SMEs will automatically demonstrate efficiency at the very start of communication on the project.

E.g. the developer is asking for process and deliverables at day 1 and the BIM / ISO compliant SME can respond with the process and deliverables proposal on day 2 including full 3D coordination testing of the site, capability statements, BEP, CDE process and collaboration, modelling and training strategies and knowledge evidence for all team members. Something that usually takes weeks or months to achieve on any given project. Would an SME that can demonstrate this level of capability not lower the risk to the project?

But if an SME is automatically rejected based on PQQ and not given a chance to compete. Where is the incentive to try to progress and grow?

If we are to reach the goals set for the UK construction industry and continue being a dominant market. We need to change the direction of creating a monopoly-based industry and let talents and ambitions be heard and be given the opportunity to contribute. Still with-in controlled environments but with policies, targets and processes that enable people to grow, rather than preventing them access.


#SME #smallbusiness #architects #professionalism #BIM#BIMLevel2 #process #standards #pqq

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BIM for Small Businesses

How to make the move to BIM and minimise risk to cash flow and disruption to the projects.


Question: Why is it that about 30-40% of small practices are not BIM compliant, when medium to large practices are reaching 80% for compliancy?

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Is it due to the misconception that:

  • There is a high initial investment involved moving to BIM
  • BIM Implementation causes disruption to the practice
  • BIM doesn’t apply to small businesses
  • Small businesses don’t have the time or resources to manage the move to BIM

Possibly a mix of all those points mentioned?

The move to BIM and or Revit does not, should not, be that dramatic and problematic. Especially, for small businesses. Small businesses are in a really good position to make the move relatively fast and easy, as there is virtually no need for:

  • Complex chains of decision making
  • Planning for the effect on multiple departments and roles
  • Creation of a large-scale change management strategies
  • Provision of a continuous long-term training strategy for a large amount of people
  • Provision of simultaneous technical support for multiple projects for larger project teams
  • Issues that a large organisation would need to consider when making the implementation of BIM as smooth and effective as possible.

NOTE: With the DDC Solutions Small Business BIM Start-up Pack Options, there are also no need for:

  • Large investments (financial or time)
  • Long-term consultancy contracts


A small practice is in a position to make the decision to move to BIM on a relatively informal basis and could inform the project teams with the news and why, in a Monday morning office meeting. (The “why” is important though, so do tell the teams please).

So, what can a small business do to prepare for the move and minimise the concerns for disruptions, change management and financial/time cost?

The first thing to do (and its free): In-house Marketing. i.e. let the teams know a change is in the pipeline and illustrate the positives of why the practice is making this change. Put up a poster in the coffee area and hold a few forums for information and Q&A to let the people know they are involved and can have their say. Make sure that the teams know that it is not an overnight change and that support on technical skills and processes etc. will be provided. And finally, that their jobs are not on the line if they don’t adapt within a certain time period. The idea is that the practice will grow and develop as a team, together and in phases.

Next. (also, free) Arrange for an implementation plan. It is critical to see a plan and understand the time line and how it will affect cashflows and project plans. The plan should include practical training, document handover and technical resources and it should be clear on what the BIM status will be after the implementation. The proposed implementation plan should be free.

As for the investment in the move to BIM (i.e. implementing the agreed plan). It does not have to be all or nothing. It can be implemented in stages with consideration to cashflow and project needs. One thing to remember. It is often cheaper and less stressful to be prepared than to react to a demand.

There are lots of reasons why a small practice should make the move and you can read about the reasons and get an idea of the costs here:


What you should know is that where ever you are in the process of making a decision about BIM. It does not have to be all or nothing, from day one. There are things you can do for free to help the practice and the actual cost and efforts, to make the move when you are ready, does not have to be that alarming.


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Small Business – BIM Startup Pack

Small Business BIM Startup Pack

This is not your average promotion! There will be no quick superficial information or pointless download links.

This promotion is serious, small business!

If you are a small business 1 – 20 staff and BIM is on your radar, this is for you.

DDC Solutions have put together a couple of options for small businesses to help getting on the BIM train.

If you respond to this promotion and sign up to one of the options, we give you all required documents for BIM Level 2 and ISO19650 compliancy for free. It is not integrated in to the fee in any other way and we don’t get it back through upselling or creating dependability.

This is genuine support for small businesses.

All options include: All documents (free), Full BIM Level 2 Revit Resources, 2 days training, Payment plan and discount on all other DDC Solutions services.

Option 1 – BIM/Revit Ready: £2199

Option 2 – BIM/Revit Project Startup £3995 – £4845 depending on number of days required.      Including Option 1 and:

  • Revit Resource Customization
  • Project setup and coordination
  • BIM Awareness training
  • EIR/BEP review and development


Option 3 – BIM/Revit Implementation £5395 – £6295 depending on number of days required. Including Option 2 and More customization, more training. more support


The offer is available until the 30/04/2019. But if you sign up to an option in February you get an additional 10% discount.


Now, let us prove to you why this is the way to go and why it is advisable to make the move sooner rather than later.

1. By not signing up to “full BIM” on day-one. The practice can ease in to the new standards and processes and the risk of cash flow issues and disruptions can be better managed. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

2. Small practices have the benefit of easier change management than larger practices and the implementation process is faster. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

3. About 30-40% of small businesses are still non-BIM compliant. With the major challenges to make the move to BIM being:

  • Knowledge and Skills
  • High initial investment cost
  • Time shortage

The Startup BIM pack help with all of this.

4. Start competing for contracts that require BIM Level 2, or from 2019, ISO19650 and offering an improved “BIM” and consistent service to your clients. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

5. The Centre for Digitally Built Britain and the UK Government, in combination with the publication of ISO19650. Is focusing attention of following the BIM process, to the developers from 2019. We have already seen examples of the requirements of complying to the new ISO19650 standards. And even if we at DDC Solutions don’t think it’s a “code red” type situation. We do believe that the demands of BIM and ISO19650 from the developers, will increase faster than it did for the designers back in 2016. It is better to be prepared than to respond to a requirement for BIM in any shape or form. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

6. Watch this video linked from our website for a practical example and feedback from a known practice on how BIM can benefit a small practice.



In 2018 DDC Solutions implemented BIM and Revit for:

Stiff & Trevillion – Medium Practice

DSDHA – Medium Practice

Catja De Hass – Small Practice

Consarch – Small Practice


Contact us today for further information and with reference to this BIM Startup Pack promotion to apply the 10% discount offer.

Call us on: +44 203 8840975

Email: jimi@aecpeople.co.uk


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