Witas is a software service provider operating in the installation engineering sector, and more specifically in digital construction. One of the challenges it faces is that clients have very high expectations of what might be possible if they take the step towards digitalisation. Standardisation is therefore crucial for Witas. It also makes it possible to engage with partners much more easily, and so offer extra services. This is how Witas started a partnership with Hysopt, which perfectly complements the service they already provide.

Standardisation initiatives

Wim Tas, Business Manager at Witas, explains how they deal with client expectations and why standardisation is crucial: ‘Standardisation is the source where everything starts. Once it’s been standardised, you can start to automate. We tackle the challenge facing our clients, who are asking themselves what’s possible, by incorporating existing Flemish, Belgian and international standardisation initiatives on one hand. And on the other hand, we also undertake and implement our own initiatives where we see any gaps in the standardisation – and there are plenty of them. So we train organisations for this and transfer ownership rights if necessary.’

Hysopt as the perfect complement

Standardisation makes it possible for Witas to engage partners with its own initiatives more easily. They can then provide extra services together with these partners. One of their partners is Hysopt. Tas is enthusiastic about the collaboration: ‘One of Hysopt’s advantages is that the software is based in the cloud, which is the future – all software will ultimately be cloud-based. So you’re already on the right track. On the other hand Hysopt also fills a very big gap in a very specific domain. It provides calculation stools, hydraulic simulations, and lots more besides. We noticed that our clients had a real need for this, so it perfectly complements the service we already provide.’

A bridge to the future

‘We see a very concrete collaboration with Hysopt in the future. They have the ideal software for creating and calculating P&IDs (Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams), which means we can create geometric models. You need to combine these two aspects to be able to reconcile and check them against each other. It provides the link between calculating and drawing. Witas also has a spin-off company called ThorbiQ, which is actually a platform. With ThorbiQ we’re already well on the way to developing this link further to ultimately bridge the final gap between calculating and drawing. It means we’ve already built the bridge to the future,’ says Tas.