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Irish buildings tech company IFS announces global expansion with creation of 100 jobs

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Irish buildings tech company IFS announces global expansion with creation of 100 jobs

Irish buildings tech company IFS announces global expansion with creation of 100 jobs
December 15
11:10 2021
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Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS), the Dublin-based leading provider of digital asset management solutions for infrastructure and real estate, has announced it is to expand its operations into the US, UK, and Scandinavia with the recruitment of 100 new staff over the next three years. To support its growth and expansion, the company is also launching its new corporate brand identity and digital platform. The organisation, now known as Fexillon, is currently based in Dublin.

In addition, Fexillon has also confirmed that it is partnering with Microsoft in the development and testing of a range of solutions, including Digital Twins, HoloLens technology and Building Information Modelling (BIM) integration.

The expansion of the relationship will see Fexillon utilise Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to support bespoke, detailed, and interactive digital replicas of Microsoft’s built infrastructure, allowing for the real time management of assets and leading to greater operational efficiencies, while leveraging the security benefits of the Microsoft Cloud.

Digital twins are already in use across several sectors including construction, energy, healthcare, automotive and infrastructure sectors. In each case, digital twins take in vast amounts of data, including streams from Internet of Things sensors, to monitor current operations and historical behaviour, and plan for what may happen next. 

Fexillon, which builds and provides access to validated and secure Digital Building Information for design, construction, and facilities management teams, was founded 22 years ago by George Harold and Kieran Beggan who were both graduates of Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street. 

“Over the past 22 years, we’ve built a strong reputation for quality and innovation,” said Fexillon co-CEO and co-Founder, Kieran Beggan (pictured on the left). “The equity built under our previous identity is a valuable asset and has helped us grow and expand into targeted markets in Europe and the US, targeting doubling our revenue and headcount, and aiming to create 100 new jobs by 2024.

“However, evolving our name marks a strategic pivot in our future direction and enables opportunities to market the Fexillon brand in pursuit of future growth and expansion. In all, the rebranding and our global expansion embodies an Irish organisation that is reinventing itself and building upon its history of innovation and expertise but is still committed to its original mission; to build a more connected, sustainable, and intelligent future for our built world.” 

George Harold (pictured right), co-CEO and co-founder, said: “We have long established ourselves as experts in the business of what we do. To reinforce this among our customers and to aid them in their journey with our brand, we decided the time was ripe to strengthen ourselves further based on our long legacy of technical excellence. By further leveraging our expertise through this strategic rebrand and growth, we can continue to create a single source of truth for a more sustainable, connected and innovative future for the built world.” 

Fexillon works with blue-chip firms in the public and private sectors to provide a more streamlined approach to buildings and property management. Its software and value-added services provide a secure environment for managing building information from planning and design stage, construction and handover to operations and maintenance for the building owner and operator. Fexillon enables its users to make proactive, data-led decisions in real time, to grow profits and productivity, and better manage safety risks. Its new platform will enable a ‘single source of truth’ to end users, providing a single interface allowing actionable insights for all asset data, spanning multiple business functions and project stages. 

The company supports a number of leading blue-chip companies across Ireland, the UK and Europe such as Bank of Ireland, Mater Hospital, Hines, University of Strathclyde, Dublin Zoo, Fingal County Council, and other multi-national technology companies. For example, working for Children’s Hospital Ireland has allowed the Fexillon team to partner with its facilities management team in the coordination of Build Information, required for the safe operation of the Hospital’s infrastructure. 

On the heels of the rebrand, Fexillon has experienced immense growth over the past year. The company raised €2 million in equity through The Davy EIIS Fund, an employment and investment incentive scheme which is managed on behalf of investors by BES Management DAC, a joint venture between BDO and Davy. This funding ensures Fexillon is well positioned to support mission critical building owners with regional and global footprints as the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry embarks on an accelerated digitisation journey and makes significant advancements over the next five to ten years.

As part of its expansion, Fexillon will also be recruiting for strategic regional leadership roles including software developers, building information managers and smart buildings IoT engineers across its new regional bases. 

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