A cooperative partnership is setting up to push BIM (building information modeling) to achieve greater enhancements to building lifecycle management applications. Global energy management concern Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com, and Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., a provider of design and engineering software, have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

According to this agreement, Schneider Electric and Autodesk plan to collaborate to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on BIM, a process that begins with the creation of an intelligent 3D model to capture, explore, and maintain building data associated with planning, design, construction, and operations. The information in the model remains coordinated and consistent throughout the project and supports simulation, analysis, and collaboration for better decision-making.

“The journey to sustainable high-performance buildings starts with taking a comprehensive holistic view of a building lifecycle, from design, construction, and operation including adaptation to ever changing needs of businesses and organizations,” says Jean-Luc Meyer, senior vice president, strategy and innovation, Schneider Electric.

As part of the collaboration, the two companies are exploring ways to complement each other’s strengths to make buildings more energy efficient from the design and construction through operation and end-of-life phases. The collaboration may include new solutions and services in the areas of energy management, building automation and control, and workspace management.

“We see a huge potential in digitizing buildings project lifecycle,” Meyer continues. “We believe that the cooperation with Autodesk will help drive a deep and long-term transformation in the construction industry, providing greater value to each user and contributing to solve the energy challenge.”

The joint efforts look to combine Schneider Electric’s expertise in electrical distribution, energy and building management solutions with Autodesk’s portfolio of BIM-based design and construction software such as Autodesk Revit and Autodesk BIM 360.

“Autodesk has been an active proponent of sustainable building design and construction for years, in part by equipping our customers with BIM tools to do rapid and meaningful energy analysis,” remarks Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president, Information Modeling & Platform Group.

“The operation and maintenance phase of the building,” Hanspal adds, “presents a huge opportunity to drive greater energy efficiency over the long-term for building owners, and we’re thrilled to be teaming with Schneider Electric to explore how we can bring new solutions to market that connect energy efficiency throughout the entire building lifecycle.”

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