Promote the federation via a hybrid digital platform
Improving its image and spread its publications, the double challenge of FIDIC
The Inovae agency met our 3 main criteria: Drupal expertise, knowledge of the NGO’s / non-profit environment and geographic proximity. The company had a solid background in projects related to this type of organisation. This confirmed to us that she had real knowledge and a real mastery of the specificities related to our sector.
Founded in 1913, FIDIC is charged with promoting and implementing the consulting engineering industry’s strategic goals on behalf of its Member Associations and to disseminate information and resources of interest to its members. Today, FIDIC membership covers over 100 countries of the world.
FIDIC, in the furtherance of its goals, publishes international standard forms of contracts for works and for clients, consultants, sub-consultants, joint ventures and representatives, together with related materials such as standard pre-qualification forms.
FIDIC mandated Inovae to promote the federation and make publications available to as many people as possible through an efficient e-commerce module. The objective was to create a coherent digital platform using the latest technologies: website, extranet as well as an online store.
Create complementary tools to meet the needs of members and the public
FIDIC is renowned for its international standard forms of contract for use on national and international construction projects. We publish standard forms of contracts for works and agreements for clients, consultants, sub-consultants, joint ventures, and representatives. FIDIC also publishes various business practice documents such as policy papers, guidelines and training manuals. One of the missions of the project was therefore to develop an online store for the sale of these contracts and the accompanying documents.
FIDIC co-organises events and trainings around this contractual system. The site helps promote and manage these events (registrations, sale of books corresponding to the course, etc.).
Finally, a whole part of the site, as well as the extranet, is aimed at members of the Federation and makes it possible to contribute online to the life of this international organisation. Here again, the online store is not far away, with offers and discounts reserved for members.
Solutions and technologies
Manage data complexity with the power of Drupal
One of the major challenges of the project was to implement various external modules necessary for the proper functioning of the FIDIC site. For the choice of technology, the organisation wanted to use an open source tool, in order not to depend on a publisher, but also to rely on a tool capable of supporting their requirements.
We opted without hesitation for Drupal 7, a version mature enough to serve the technical needs of the project. Regarding the choice of the e-commerce module, after an evaluation of Ubercart and Drupal Commerce we finally chose the latter for its flexibility and sustainability.
Encryption of documents, specific developments, creation of a back office... concrete responses to the customes's needs.
According to François Baillon, Commercial Director of FIDIC: 'The Inovae teams have integrated FileOpen, a PDF document encryption feature allowing the management of access rights, printing and editing of digital versions of books. We also wanted to have simplified access to the backoffice so that we could easily add or modify content on the site. The idea was really to allow this manipulation to employees who do not necessarily have very deep technical knowledge.'