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The FINSA parquet floor manufacturer has entrusted BIM&CO with the creation and management of its BIM objects  - bimBIM&CO

The FINSA parquet floor manufacturer has entrusted BIM&CO with the creation and management of its BIM objects

Specialized in wood solutions, especially in floor coverings such as parquet flooring and laminate flooring, FINSA has been a leader for over 80 years in Spain and Europe.

"FINSA has managed to evolve without losing its essence. Now we are ready to take on new challenges" - FINSA has indeed applied this motto as it was most definitely the manufacturer who made the choice to move to BIM. The thirst for innovation and the views of its customers have convinced the Spanish company to take the plunge: "We are aware of the difficulties encountered by the various experts during each phase of a construction project. We quickly realized that BIM was a methodology that, thanks to the information available in the digital model, facilitated collaborative management of architectural projects." explains Emma Romero Brey, Prescription Manager at FINSA.

In order to ensure the relevance of the objects created, BIM&CO offers manufacturers a private space in which a first prototype object is subjected to analysis by business experts. This space has a discussion area allowing everyone to provide their point of view on the accuracy, usefulness and quality of the object. During the FINSA modeling project, the Luis Vidal + Architects agency, the  Implanta architecture agency and the Apogea design department contributed to the development of the first object. Once everyone agreed, additional items were created. "This progressive approach has enabled us to both discern the relevant information and data to be integrated into BIM objects, correlated with the needs of professionals involved in each phase of the project, and to interact directly with users of our future objects. A method that we thought was essential and perfectly adapted to our digital transformation," comments Emma Romero Brey.

BIM&CO’s strategy is to accompany the manufacturer in their transition to BIM, giving them the keys to their own autonomy. Through tools to structure, manage and share their data, manufacturers can publish BIM Ready objects, adapted to all stages of the BIM process, from design to construction, operation and maintenance. By publishing its products according to the Spanish local classification GuBIMClass, but also to international classifications such as Masterformat, Uniformat or Omniclass - thanks to the interoperability system developed by BIM&CO - FINSA guarantees the visibility and use of its objects.

"BIM&CO’s unique feature is to offer greater flexibility in the management and publication of its BIM objects, while allowing the manufacturer to easily reach its target clientele by providing them with a real value-added service. With BIM&CO, the manufacturer also has the opportunity to develop their BIM skills by progressively transferring skills in-house: this is what convinced FINSA to work with our teams," explains Muriel Bourgeay, Country Manager Spain at BIM&CO.

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FINSA intends to manage and publish more BIM objects on in the future and independently.

The BIM objects of the Finsa brand are available using this link.

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  • F2A, an equipment manufacturer specialising in HVAC components, has chosen the platform for the management  of its products in BIM - bim

    F2A, an equipment manufacturer specialising in HVAC components, has chosen the platform for the management of its products in BIM

    Specialising for more than 30 years in the design and manufacturing of airflow solutions for balancing air distribution, F2A has decided to call on BIM&CO for the modelling and management of its products in BIM format.

    A first meeting at the Pôle d’Excellence Aéraulique Frigorifique et Thermique (Centre of Excellence for Airflow Refrigeration and Heating) in l'Ain, with the technical teams of F2A, installer clients and design offices, enabled us to define the specific needs of each of the stakeholders involved in the BIM project.

    BIM&CO's experimentation groups, dedicated working environments, then allowed the various experts to collaborate on the modelled objects in order to obtain a final, unanimously agreed version of each type of product.

    Julien Musset, director of marketing, F2A, explains: "We particularly appreciated the proximity of BIM&CO's technical and commercial teams. It was very important for F2A to workshop thoroughly with all the stakeholders working with our products, so that once modelled in BIM format, they fully met the needs of each. BIM&CO's approach of addressing geometry and data separately therefore completely fulfils our requirements."

    The OPMS (Open Properties Management System) technology developed by BIM&CO does indeed process the data separately from the geometry. This approach allows advanced management of data in order to be able to respond to multiple needs, such as regulations and the specific requirements of each stage of the project.

    F2A was also convinced by the different tools dedicated to manufacturers offered by BIM&CO. Thanks to the BIM&CO for Manufacturers offer, F2A benefits from visibility on the public platform, while maintaining full autonomy over its objects. The iframe (inline frame) integrated into the manufacturer's website also allows it to invite customers and users to directly access the modelled products and gain more visibility. F2A has chosen to publish its products in the Onfly private library of its customer ENGIE; the manufacturer makes its modelled products directly available to its customer, who can then manage them and use them from his own library.

    Vincent Berlioz, business manager at BIM&CO explains: "By publishing its BIM objects in ENGIE's Onfly private library, F2A integrates directly into its client's workflow. For ENGIE, this means that all of its design teams have a central platform dedicated to product data from its suppliers. The harmonisation of information and product data, as well as their automatic translation, facilitate collaboration and reduce the workload of both partners."

    F2A product catalogues, modelled in Revit format, are available here.



    In a BIM project, hundreds of BIM objects are needed to model a building. Onfly is a library of objects and standard components linked to BIM Tekla and Revit software, which allows the digital model to be used throughout the life cycle of the work. In the design phase, it saves time and improves collaboration with the architects. In the execution phase, it promotes coordination with the Technical Studies Offices. In the operation phase, it guarantees GA customers the use of BIM throughout the life of the building.

    By coding the objects, precise analyses can be carried out on the BIM model in terms of cost control and analysis of the life cycle.

    "Integrating the Onfly solution allows us to set up the long-term management of a centralised library. This is a new way of managing the large information flows contained in the BIM database and thereby improves productivity and quality while reducing the risk of errors" says Rémi Visière, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at GA Smart Building.

    "By developing a database of standardised BIM objects via OnflyGA establishes a common language with its partners and subcontractors, guaranteeing easier collaboration and better operation of BIM models during projects. We are proud to work with GA Smart Building with whom we share a taste for innovation and the optimisation of business processes" adds Baptiste Mullie, CEO of BIM&CO.

    About GA Smart Building

    A committed real estate and construction player, GA Smart Building has made the choice to build for life (#weBuildforLife) and to develop projects that have a positive impact. The Group's offer is thus global and integrated, with capacity to imagine, design and construct smart and sustainable buildings that will form the city of tomorrow.

    The historical uniqueness of GA lies in the off-site constructive process that has been developed with the factory fabrication of structural and facade components of buildings and their fittings. It is all produced in the Group's five French factories before being transported and then assembled on site. This perfectly controlled industrial process makes it possible to minimise

    as far as possible the nuisance of building sites for residents and to be more ethical from an environmental point of view. It is also the guarantee of perfect execution quality and the fulfilment of commitments, in terms of deadlines and prices. It was complemented last year by the integration of Ossabois, a company specialising in modular wood prefabrication and construction.

    In 2017, the Group carried out a structuring operation of its capital after which GA employees became majority shareholders with 60% of GA Smart Building. This operation aimed to guarantee the future and the success of the Group by allowing it to control its destiny, to ensure our independence and to carry out a long-term plan.

    The GA Smart Building turnover for 2018 is close to € 300 million.

  •  GRIFERÍAS GALINDO shares its BIM objects on BIM&CO - bim

    GRIFERÍAS GALINDO shares its BIM objects on BIM&CO

    GRIFERÍAS GALINDO specializes in the design and fabrication of taps and mixers. With four generations of experience under its belt, the manufacturer is known for offering products that are aesthetic, modern and high quality. With the development of the first connected taps, GRIFERÍAS GALINDO is revolutionizing the world of home automation and demonstrates its enthusiasm for offering products in tune with the times. It's this particular affinity for digital which has led the company to offer its products in BIM.

    David Claudel, Business Developer for GRIFERÍAS GALINDO, explains: "As a pioneer and leader in our sector, we're always on the lookout for new technologies. This led us to launch our BIM project three years ago with the GRUPO PRESTO IBÉRICA group. We were convinced that in the future, all projects would be carried out using this process, thereby greatly simplifying tasks and reducing costs."

    Like PRESTO IBÉRICA, parent company of GRIFERÍAS GALINDO, the manufacturer was attracted by the proximity of BIM&CO's technical teams. "In deciding to move to BIM, we realized that it would be difficult to gather and organize all the data necessary for creating BIM objects. For PRESTO IBÉRICA, the move to BIM was a success. We were really able to rely upon BIM&CO’s experience and know-how."

    By partnering with BIM&CO, the company is also confident in its ability to offer objects that are compatible with international classifications, all while maintaining control over their objects. The publication of GRIFERÍAS GALINDO products conforming with the GuBIMClass Spanish classification as well as with international classifications such as Masterformat, Uniformat and Omniclass allows the company to fully rely on the interoperability of the system developed by BIM&CO and on the platform's international visibility. "Today, the dissemination of information to our potential subscribers is a priority. Having a state-of-the-art platform like BIM&CO guarantees that we'll reach our prospects," adds David Claudel.

    "BIM&CO has the distinction of offering manufacturers great flexibility in the publication and management of their BIM data as well as allowing them to easily reach their target customer. GRIFERÍAS GALINDO, in fact, has the opportunity to see the usage history for its objects, which is a real advantage for sales prospecting," concludes Muriel Bourgeay, Country Manager of BIM&CO. 


    More than sixty BIM objects from GRIFERÍAS GALINDO are already available !