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.
Cythelia Energy, software developer for the design and monitoring of photovoltaic facilities based on an innovative "PV BIM" concept, is starting construction of its new head offices at Savoie Technolac. Cythelia Energy's plan is to build a positive energy building in full BIM in order to operate it through native BIM solutions. The company turned to BIM solution experts in France to ensure the success of this ambitious project. In this context, BIM&CO and Axxone System (publisher of AxeoBIM) have come together to share their expertise and collaborate on the project's data management and BIM objects.
The AxeoBIM platform is a Shared Data Environment which allows all those involved in the construction of "business" functions to work together around structured information and project models in order to achieve their goals.
BIM&CO's Onfly solution also allows these same people to work together, but at another level of granularity: the BIM object library. Onfly is a solution for construction companies, engineering, developers and facility managers whose goal is to manage and centralize data and documents linked to BIM objects in a single private library which is securely accessible to all project stakeholders. The BIM&CO public library is also accessible via an API.
The collaboration of these two companies allows those involved with the Cythelia Energy building project to directly enrich the digital model managed on AxeoBIM with data from their private Onfly library or from the BIM&CO portal via the API: technical properties, classifications and documentation for installation, maintenance or certificates can be extracted automatically. "Finding information and adding accurate documents to your model can be quite tedious. Using the API from BIM&CO, AxeoBIM allows you to automatically download the documentation from BIM objects in the model and to enrich it in a very ergonomic and reliable way throughout the project. In this way, users of our platform can easily access information and view documents related to the objects in the model. In the end, the personalized digital final implementation file can be generated in just a few clicks," explains Patrick Lahaye, Sales Director for AxeoBIM.
Baptiste Mullie, CEO of BIM&CO, reflects, "Documenting equipment is a long and tedious task which currently needs to be repeated for each project. The goal of this collaboration is to be able to do it just once! BIM&CO's API achieves this goal and makes it possible to automate data exchanges between the AxeoBIM and Onfly platforms.
This represents a real time savings when producing the digital final implementation file for the project owner."
For more than 50 years, Madel has specialised in the design and production of components for the diffusion, adjustment and monitoring of the air in air conditioning installations.
It was in 2014 that the company began to express an interest in BIM: with the increase in demand on the part of engineering consultancy and architectural firms showing no sign of slowing, the manufacturer decided to take the leap and offer its products in BIM format. Jordi Delgado, an industrial engineer at Madel, explains: "For some of our services, the ideal of having our products in 3D seems completely logical. However, we are aware that the most important thing was the information contained within these objects, and not just the geometry in itself."
Working in close collaboration with the Madel technical teams, BIMETRICAL, a Spanish company with expertise in BIM modelling and Content Partner to BIM&CO, was given the responsibility of defining the manufacturer's specific needs, and then realising the creation of digital copies of its products. "We were quickly faced with the problem of parameters, as we wanted to offer a coherent catalogue of products, containing all of the necessary information, without overloading the file, so as to guarantee the fluid use of the BIM objects, without making abstractions of the numerous variants and options relating to our products. Collaboration with a trusted partner was therefore essential to the success of the project," explains Jordi Delgado.
Madel was also attracted by the BIM&CO platform as a tool for the autonomous management of its objects and BIM data: as a matter of fact, the BIM&CO for Manufacturers offering enabled Madel to offer BIM objects compliant with international classification standards, such as Uniformat or Omniclass, but also with the Spanish classification system GuBIMClass, while still remaining in control of its data (manageable without professional tools). Using the Analytics tool the manufacturer was also able to visualise the growing success of its products among users and to identify potential prescribers with ease.
The technology developped by BIM&CO resolves the issue of the separation of data and geometry. Muriel Bourgeay, Country Manager in Spain, explains: "Processing geometry and data separately enables the advanced management of the data. Using the OPMS (Open Properties Management System), the technical information relating to the equipment can be organised and managed with a view to meeting all of the requirements specific to each stage of the life cycle of the building. Thus, the manufacturers have the guarantee that the are offering products that meed each professional requirement within the BIM process."
Through collaboration with Bloc in Bloc, BIM&CO now allows users of the Bimandco.com and Onfly.io platforms to visualise items from their BIM mock-up directly on site using augmented reality, or to choose an alternative item based on the space it takes up in a building.
The core purpose of BIM is to let various kinds of professionals collaborate, making it a natural starting point for cutting-edge technology firms BIM&CO and Bloc in Bloc to come together and enhance the service they offer to their respective clientele. As part of this technological exchange, Bloc in Bloc provided expertise in on-site augmented reality while BIM&CO contributed exclusive technology for data standardisation, interoperability and object collaboration.
BIM&CO develops cloud solutions for construction companies and construction suppliers, enabling them to manage their object data and make that data compatible with any software. A centralisation tool allows users to provide a single, reliable source for their data. All technical and 3D data can now be managed in the same place, and made accessible through BIM&CO's API.
"We're delighted to be integrating BIM&CO's expertise into our application. It gives manufacturers a new tool that can show a BIM object in augmented reality. The collaboration between our two businesses has been the most natural thing in the world. BIM&CO and Bloc in Bloc have so much in common: the way our teams work, the technologies we create and the environment in which we operate. These similarities have formed a strong basis for an effective partnership," said Laurent Bartholomeus, co-founder of Bloc in Bloc.
Now that Bloc in Bloc has integrated the API, manufacturers can use AR to visualise the digital versions of products they have uploaded, and engineers and architects can access these BIM objects, integrate them directly into their digital mock-ups and see them in augmented reality (video available here).
It also makes a useful decision-making tool, as the application can test out an object of any size or weight on site. "I'm proud to welcome Bloc in Bloc into the ranks of our API users. Bloc in Bloc is a true French technology pioneer, bringing AR to building sites, and this collaboration will create greater exposure for our clients' products," said Baptiste Mullie, CEO of BIM&CO.
Both companies are always looking for a new challenge and would love to hear from anyone in the construction industry who wants to push the boundaries of how augmented reality can help them in their work. There's no such thing as impossible for BIM&CO and Bloc in Bloc.