One way we have made this possible is by investing in building information modelling (BIM) software, a collaborative 3D modelling process that gives architects and engineers tools that help them plan, design, construct and manage data center projects. A key advantage of BIM is that it provides a ‘single source of truth’, which reduces the amount of time that would otherwise be dedicated to documenting version control. It also makes it less likely that errors creep in because people are working with different design documents. This is particularly effective in improving collaboration between customers and suppliers, since it enables designers to plan, design, and construct in a smarter, faster, and more sustainable way, and provides better visualizations of the project throughout. This also assists with the ongoing operation and maintenance of the installation after completion with a full record of the engineering process and as-built installation details.
Kohler has been providing power solutions for more than a century, and now provides highly optimized integrated industrial power systems for emergency, prime and continuous applications worldwide. Most of its data center generators for EMEA are designed, built, tested, and inspected at its 42,800m2 plant in Brest, France, where it hosts its headquarters functions, design facilities, in-line and cell-based manufacturing systems, test cells, laboratories, and training areas. The facility gives Kohler the end-to-end design and manufacturing facilities necessary to enable rapid customization, fast innovation, and close control over its supply chain necessary to respond quickly to evolving customer needs.
Such rich collaboration, both within Kohler and between Kohler and our clients, really can help accelerate data center delivery schedules.