7/25/2018

Manufacturers of solar panels and solar PV inverters: BIM is an essential tool to be identified and specified!

The BIM revolution has already started.

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 productsMoving 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.



Promoting your innovation

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.




face Charlotte Pellerin