With an international reputation, the Spanish brand, Airzone, has over twenty years’ experience in manufacturing heating zoning systems. The company’s solutions consist of three different areas: Airzone thermostats, heating and cooling equipment and the Airzone central control unit, creating systems that allow the temperature in each room to be controlled and putting energy efficiency and innovation at the heart of its business.
The company was motivated to move to BIM by a desire for innovation, as Montserrat Ventura, Airzone’s Engineering Projects Director explained: “Integrating BIM methodology within our business has been part of our global strategy since 2016. This represents a genuine commitment to innovation: in our view, BIM embodies the progressive implementation of innovation in the construction sector.”
Indeed, Airzone immediately grasped the challenges that the switch to BIM involves for manufacturers: “In addition to modelling our product catalogue, moving to BIM is also synonymous in our view with providing a genuine service to architects and engineers, empowering them to complete their calculations and incorporate our products in a digital design. We aim to make the most of this collaborative methodology, enabling information, files and workflows to be shared with our customers and end clients on a national and global scale.”
By selecting BIM&CO as a partner, the company has achieved worldwide visibility while retaining control over the distribution of its data and benefiting from levels of support that aim to ensure that its objects offer the broadest possible compatibility. In particular, this has enabled Airzone to offer products that are compatible with the Spanish GuBIMClass classification as well as international classifications including Masterformat, Uniformat and Omniclass.
Airzone was also particularly impressed by the ability to update its catalogues and objects while working fully independently. “With BIM&CO for Manufacturers, we provide manufacturers with a complete toolkit that enables them to manage and distribute their products as BIM Ready objects, thanks to a team of experts and a selection of proven technologies. This bespoke support, combined with the guaranteed ability to work fully independently, was what ultimately convinced Airzone. This successful collaboration is something that we are both very proud of, and will transform Airzone into a leading supplier of digital design data,” stated Muriel Bourgeay, Country Manager for Spain at BIM&CO.
By subscribing to the Analytics service, manufacturers can additionally gain access to detailed statistics about downloads and usage of their models, as well as engaging in dialogue with their users: “BIM constitutes an excellent marketing tool for identifying new customers and end clients among the user base for our BIM models,” said Montserrat Ventura in conclusion.
Airzone is a member of the Altra Group. With a highly ethical team, the company specialises in temperature regulation systems. The business’s activities focus on research, development, manufacturing and marketing innovative products and services with the aim of providing greater comfort for its customers while enabling them to put the energy that they consume to more effective use.
With a commitment to innovation and developing new technologies, the group operates on a systematic, holistic basis to create and develop high-quality, more energy-efficient products.
Since its creation in 2015, BIM&CO has constantly continued to innovate. Initially serving manufacturing and industry, the company's services are now increasingly being solicited by construction companies. To meet this growing need, Philippe Joron, who comes armed with 15 years' experience in engineering and construction, is joining the BIM&CO team as Commercial Director.
Reporting directly to the CEO, Philippe JORON, 40, is tasked with helping and supporting engineering and construction companies, architects and property developers undertake their digital transformation using BIM&CO technology. And into the bargain, this means significant gains in productivity thanks to better management of their collaborative BIM processes.
After studying electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical engineering then supplementing this with a diploma in technical sales, with a specialism in electricity, Philippe JORON joined a large specialist software house, where he developed his career initially in France then on the international stage, eventually becoming Director of Exports. He now joins the ranks of BIM&CO, a move he is highly enthusiastic about:
"I've always had this curiosity. I like to take on complex challenges in professional environments that advance and progress rapidly in markets that require a considerable capacity for listening and adaptation, such as BIM. Add to this the highly technical nature of the BIM&CO team and the fact their technology is unique in the marketplace, and I'm convinced we are going to go a very long way! " explains Philippe.
The uniqueness of BIM&CO resides in its BIM object/data management and sharing technology, which is essential for properly structuring the way actors in the construction industry approach BIM. Endowed with a fine and detailed understanding of the engineering and construction sectors, Philippe is passionate about technology and will now be applying all his knowledge and know-how to the commercial development of this French gem of the BIM world, particularly with respect to its new Onfly solution.
"Philippe has an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset. He enjoys structuring teams and taking them further whilst at the same time being passionate about sales. I'm delighted to welcome him to the team!" — Baptiste Mullie, CEO of BIM&CO.
We apply [Scrum + Kanban] combination in the Trello app to organize our work.
We suggest you exploring, especially Solo - Scrum approach. There are probably many projects which you can apply these Agile methods.
In our case, we decided to set up a Trello board based mainly on Kanban, limiting The To-Do number of tasks but also applying Scrum simplified Sprints and Story estimations.
It may seem odd to apply those methodologies in such those business or project sizes, but we foster it due to the good results and challenge you to try it.
What is BIM?
BIM is a process that makes it possible to design, build, operate and modify buildings. It enables each of the parties involved (architects, design offices, builders, fitters, operators, maintenance officers) to work hand in hand on a common plan. The model is used for thermal or electrical simulations as well as for the construction and operation of the building. Being referenced or associated with the BIM model ensures your brand’s visibility during the whole life cycle of the building.
Today, solar-panel installations are designed, simulated, sized and optimised using tools such as the Archelios suite, which draws on BIM software and object libraries to provide products that meet the technical prerequisites and constraints of designers .
In this field, providing reliable, up-to-date data is essential in order to survive in the face of the competition. But how can you manage the updates of hundreds of references for the fifty-or-so existing PV tools, which all use different bills of materials (BOMs)?
BIM&CO develops open connectors that can be used with the different solar-management and BIM solutions on the market (Archelios, PV-SYST, Revit, etc.) to guarantee the distribution of your data to the experts that recommend your products. Moving to BIM with the support BIM&CO means:
Making it easier to obtain recommendations for your products
If your data is not present at the right time in your customers' decision-making cycle, your products cannot be recommended.
Create value for your customers by making your data directly usable in their BIM and trade-specific software.
Quick fact: The panels and inverters proposed in the software packages are 10 times more likely to be recommended than panels that are not.
Raising the visibility of your range
Give exposure to your entire range, not just your flagship product. By creating your BIM objects in 3D, your products will also be seen by architects, who can then associate you with their projects or have you develop specific products.
Managing your catalogue updates
Each year new products are released, while other disappear. Manage all your product updates in a single place and ensure the reliability of the data provided.
Quick fact: It is estimated that a designer needs to spend 8 hours per object in order to add, verify and correct the data of a product that comes with little or poor information.
Have you developed a new innovative product? You can share its technical characteristics and 3D model even before the product is actually available on the market, in order to anticipate the start of your production and measure the attractiveness of your new solution.
Being present when maintenance and replacements are carried out
By linking your maintenance and installation guides to your BIM objects in the product sheet, you make life easier for the technicians in charge of the maintenance. In addition, when an operator is looking for an alternative solution for an end-of-life product, you may be recommended if your product matches the technical constraints of the one being replaced.
Quick fact: It costs half as much to keep an existing customer than to win over a new one. In terms of operating a building, service quality and product characteristics are more important than brand awareness when it comes to replacing a product.
Looking to the future with peace of mind
The world is changing and standards too; this is why BIM&CO has developed an OPMS®, a connected dictionary that means your data is not locked to any particular standard. We link the data to present and future standards on the fly.