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Bentley Systems Unveils New Cloud Services for Users

22.11.2017 15:49  

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BP wins Advancements in Asset Performance category for Khazzan Gas Production project

13.11.2017 1:00  

Exton, PA, November 15, 2017 – BP Oman has won the prestigious BIM Advancements in Asset Performance of Utilities and Industrial Facilities category in Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards program. The announcement was made during Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference, held in Singapore last month.

The Khazzan Project in Oman is one of BP’s seven major projects in 2017, and started its production in September 2017. BP Oman was selected as a finalist from more than 400 nominations of projects around the world, and as the winner out of the three finalists in its category.

BP Oman has created a Central Information Store (CIS) to manage and maintain information needed for operations, including all documents, tags, associated metadata and 3D model visualization. It identified the Bentley solution, as it enables seamless migration of all this information from the project CIS, that is supporting the capital project process, to the operations CIS in an efficient way to support safe and reliable operations. With safety at the heart of all operations, BP ensures it continuously maintains the integrity of operational information.

BP is leveraging its many years of experience using Bentley’s AssetWise for engineering content management. The solution is deployed in projects around the world, and BP Oman is the first operating company to deploy AssetWise to support operations. The CIS supports the BP operations in Oman and its support offices, as well as certain third parties with whom they contract work.

The CIS maintains the integrity of BP asset information to provide an accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive digital baseline for configuration. It shortens approval times when changes are required and ensures the latest information is always available. It also provides a master set of information that supports information sharing across both the project and operations teams.

Dave Campbell, COO and VP Operations, BP Oman, said, “I’m delighted we have received this award, which recognizes the robust and integrated information management solution we have put in place to manage and maintain the integrity of our information, in support of safe and reliable operations, at our new Khazzan facility in Oman.”

He added, “We have approximately 60,000 documents and 160,000 tags, so the deployment of AssetWise gives me the assurance we have the right tool in place to manage this scale of information, and provide easy access, 24/7, for my operations team.”

Bentley’s Process Industry Marketing Director Anne-Marie Walters, said, “BP’s Khazzan project stands out for its degree of complexity, scope, and innovation in replacing handover with seamless migration of asset lifecycle information—from the design phase through construction and into operations. Using a Microsoft Azure-based cloud deployment of Bentley’s AssetWise, the project team delivered information integrity to support a safe, reliable, and efficient operation throughout the life of their assets.”

Andy Hunter, Operations Information Manager for BP Oman, advised: “It was essential to deliver on our mandate of implementing a fully integrated information management solution, that will ensure information integrity, in support of the Khazzan Operations Readiness Plan. The AssetWise deployment was a global first for BP Operations, and needed a ‘One Team’ approach to ensure successful delivery, which we have achieved, and winning this award is a solid endorsement that the team got it right.”

BP has implemented Bentley’s connected data environment through AssetWise on Microsoft Azure.

About the Be Inspired Awards
The annual Be Inspired Awards competition recognizes BIM advancements in infrastructure and is an integral part of Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure Conference, which brings together infrastructure professionals and members of the media from around the globe to share innovative practices in infrastructure project design, engineering, construction, and operations. 

Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards program has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards program is unique – the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists for each category. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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AviPLAN 2.0 Adds 3D Terrain Capability to Airside Planning

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Bentley Best Infrastructure Projects Announced

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AECCafe at Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2017

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Bentley Embraces Microsoft Azure for Cloud-Based Project Management

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AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition

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TechFest | Raising the bar with technology

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New Civil Engineer, UK

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3D Model for Preventive Maintenance of Water Supply Dam

8.11.2017 20:12  

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All change – the evolution of data

8.11.2017 20:06  

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Bentley Systems Embraces Digital Transformation

8.11.2017 19:47  

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Using Data to Change Business Models

19.10.2017 21:24  

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Local Infrastructure Projects Among Finalists in Bentley’s 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program

19.10.2017 21:01  

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Bentley announces Finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards program

19.10.2017 2:00  

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of 2017 Be Inspired Awards

16.10.2017 2:00  

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the winners of the 2017 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala at their Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, Bentley acknowledged 17 Be Inspired Awards winners and six Special Recognition Awards winners.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is Bentley’s annual global gathering of leading professionals in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes, technology demonstrations, industry forums, and panel discussions, the agenda included presentations by finalists in the Be Inspired Awards program, culminating in the selection of the winning projects.

This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the Be Inspired Awards winners from 51 project finalists. These finalists were chosen from more than 400 submissions by organizations in over 50 countries.

Projects receiving Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards are uniquely innovative and demonstrate visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the standing Be Inspired Awards categories. These projects were reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives, who evaluated them based on the criteria established for each award.

The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:
Asset Information Management Advancement
Oregon Department of Transportation – TransInfo —A Connected Data Environment for Transportation – Salem, Oregon, United States

Comprehensive BIM Advancement
Guangdong Hydropower Planning & Design Institute – Guangdong Pearl River Delta Water Resources Allocation Project – Guangdong Province, China

Conceptioneering Advancement
HNTB Corporation – I-94 Modernization Project – Detroit, Michigan, United States

Constructioneering Advancement
China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, and Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – Sanya, Hainan, China

Inspectioneering Advancement
SEIKEY Enterprise Drone Solutions – Cell Tower Inspections 4G and 5G – Caronno Pertusella, Varese, Italy

Operationeering Advancement
Outotec – Design for Reliability Project in Counter Current Decantation (CCD) – Helsinki, Finland

The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:
BIM Advancements in Bridges
Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. – Heihe-Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project – Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, China

BIM Advancements in Buildings and Campuses
Morphosis – Bloomberg Center Project – New York, New York, United States

BIM Advancements in Construction
Leighton Asia – Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Environmental Engineering
NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. – JICA Assisted Ganga Action Plan II – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

BIM Advancements in Manufacturing
Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. – Sustainable Solutions for Control & Protection Systems – Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Mining and Offshore Engineering
Offshore Oil Engineering Company Limited – Field Jacket Design and Development of ‘Fixed Offshore Structure Design Tool’ – Tianjin, China

BIM Advancements in Municipal Operations
Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited, PowerChina – Application of BIM Strategy for Shenzhen Qianhai Municipal Infrastructure – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Power Generation
China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Wugachong Reservoir Project in Pu’an County of Guizhou Province – Pu'an County, Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China

BIM Advancements in Project Delivery
Mott MacDonald and the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture – East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – London, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Rail and Transit
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. – Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project - Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Reality Modeling
CEDD-AECOM- The Earth Solutions – Development of Anderson Road Quarry Site – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Roads
CCCC First Highway Consultants, Co., Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy on the of Transformation of Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Road and Rail Asset Performance
Highways England – Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS) – Strategic Road Network, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
BP – Khazzan Central Information Store – Khazzan Field, Block 61, Ad Dhahirah Governorate, Oman

BIM Advancements in Utilities Transmission and Distribution
Pestech International Berhad – Automation and Integration of Substation Design Project – Kratie and Kampong Cham, Cambodia

BIM Advancements in Water and Wastewater Plants
Beijing Institute of Water – Tongzhou Water Works of Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Project – Beijing, China

BIM Advancements in Water Networks
AEGEA – AEGEA Prolagos Sewerage Master Plan 2041 – Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bentley Systems has posted highlights of this year’s winning projects on its website. Detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the print and digital versions of its 2017 Infrastructure Yearbook,which will be published in early 2018. To review the past editions of this publication, which together feature more than 3,200 world-class projects recognized in the Be Inspired Awards program since 2004, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

About the Be Inspired Awards Program and The Year in Infrastructure Conference
Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards program has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards program is unique – the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists for each category. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

Follow us on Twitter @bentleysystems and follow the news about this event using these hashtags: #YII2017 and #GoingDigital. Like Bentley Systems on Facebook: http://facebook.com/bentleysystems, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance.

This year’s conference included:

  • The Buildings and Campuses Forum
  • The Digital Cities Forum
  • The Industrial Forum
  • The Rail and Transit Forum
  • The Roads and Bridges Forum
  • The Utilities and Water Forum
  • Alliance Partner Pavilion and Sessions
  • The Project Delivery Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit (by invitation only)
  • The CIO Summit (by invitation only)
  • Pre-conference Learning Academies (BIM Advancement, Construction, and Reality Modeling)
  • The Be Inspired Awards Ceremony

The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Sponsors

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: ARC Advisory Group, BNP Media, Engineering News-Record, Informed Infrastructure, New Civil Engineer, PennEnergy, Reliabilityweb.com, SPAR 3D, Water & Wastewater International

See more details and complete list of sponsors, including Silver level.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AssetWise, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Bentley Systems Announces Winners of 2017 Be Inspired Awards

16.10.2017 2:00  

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the winners of the 2017 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala at their Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, Bentley acknowledged 17 Be Inspired Awards winners and six Special Recognition Awards winners.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is Bentley’s annual global gathering of leading professionals in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes, technology demonstrations, industry forums, and panel discussions, the agenda included presentations by finalists in the Be Inspired Awards program, culminating in the selection of the winning projects.

This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the Be Inspired Awards winners from 51 project finalists. These finalists were chosen from more than 400 submissions by organizations in over 50 countries.

Projects receiving Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards are uniquely innovative and demonstrate visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the standing Be Inspired Awards categories. These projects were reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives, who evaluated them based on the criteria established for each award.

The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:
Asset Information Management Advancement
Oregon Department of Transportation – TransInfo —A Connected Data Environment for Transportation – Salem, Oregon, United States

Comprehensive BIM Advancement
Guangdong Hydropower Planning & Design Institute – Guangdong Pearl River Delta Water Resources Allocation Project – Guangdong Province, China

Conceptioneering Advancement
HNTB Corporation – I-94 Modernization Project – Detroit, Michigan, United States

Constructioneering Advancement
China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, and Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – Sanya, Hainan, China

Inspectioneering Advancement
SEIKEY Enterprise Drone Solutions – Cell Tower Inspections 4G and 5G – Caronno Pertusella, Varese, Italy

Operationeering Advancement
Outotec – Design for Reliability Project in Counter Current Decantation (CCD) – Helsinki, Finland

The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:
BIM Advancements in Bridges
Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. – Heihe-Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project – Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, China

BIM Advancements in Buildings and Campuses
Morphosis – Bloomberg Center Project – New York, New York, United States

BIM Advancements in Construction
Leighton Asia – Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Environmental Engineering
NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. – JICA Assisted Ganga Action Plan II – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

BIM Advancements in Manufacturing
Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. – Sustainable Solutions for Control & Protection Systems – Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Mining and Offshore Engineering
Offshore Oil Engineering Company Limited – Field Jacket Design and Development of ‘Fixed Offshore Structure Design Tool’ – Tianjin, China

BIM Advancements in Municipal Operations
Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited, PowerChina – Application of BIM Strategy for Shenzhen Qianhai Municipal Infrastructure – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Power Generation
China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Wugachong Reservoir Project in Pu’an County of Guizhou Province – Pu'an County, Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China

BIM Advancements in Project Delivery
Mott MacDonald and the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture – East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – London, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Rail and Transit
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. – Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project - Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Reality Modeling
CEDD-AECOM- The Earth Solutions – Development of Anderson Road Quarry Site – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Roads
CCCC First Highway Consultants, Co., Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy on the of Transformation of Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Road and Rail Asset Performance
Highways England – Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS) – Strategic Road Network, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
BP – Khazzan Central Information Store – Khazzan Field, Block 61, Ad Dhahirah Governorate, Oman

BIM Advancements in Utilities Transmission and Distribution
Pestech International Berhad – Automation and Integration of Substation Design Project – Kratie and Kampong Cham, Cambodia

BIM Advancements in Water and Wastewater Plants
Beijing Institute of Water – Tongzhou Water Works of Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Project – Beijing, China

BIM Advancements in Water Networks
AEGEA – AEGEA Prolagos Sewerage Master Plan 2041 – Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bentley Systems has posted highlights of this year’s winning projects on its website. Detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the print and digital versions of its 2017 Infrastructure Yearbook,which will be published in early 2018. To review the past editions of this publication, which together feature more than 3,200 world-class projects recognized in the Be Inspired Awards program since 2004, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

About the Be Inspired AwardsProgramand The Year in Infrastructure Conference
Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards program has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards program is unique – the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists for each category. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

Follow us on Twitter @bentleysystems and follow the news about this event using these hashtags: #YII2017 and #GoingDigital. Like Bentley Systems on Facebook: http://facebook.com/bentleysystems, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance.

This year’s conference included:

  • The Buildings and Campuses Forum
  • The Digital Cities Forum
  • The Industrial Forum
  • The Rail and Transit Forum
  • The Roads and Bridges Forum
  • The Utilities and Water Forum
  • Alliance Partner Pavilion and Sessions
  • The Project Delivery Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit (by invitation only)
  • The CIO Summit (by invitation only)
  • Pre-conference Learning Academies (BIM Advancement, Construction, and Reality Modeling)
  • The Be Inspired Awards Ceremony

The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Sponsors

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: ARC Advisory Group, BNP Media, Engineering News-Record, Informed Infrastructure, New Civil Engineer, PennEnergy, Reliabilityweb.com, SPAR 3D, Water & Wastewater International

See more details and complete list of sponsors, including Silver level.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AssetWise, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Going Digital: Bentley Completes Rollout of its CONNECT Edition Application Portfolio, Fully Enabling a Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Infrastructure

11.10.2017 2:00  

Highlights BIM Advancements in Interdisciplinary Digital Workflows
for Roads, Rail, Water, and Airports at The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the completion of its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all project delivery disciplines, directly meeting the challenges presented from the most demanding infrastructure projects.  

At Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, held this year in Singapore, the Bentley product keynote presentation showcased digital workflows for digital cities newly enabled by the full CONNECT Edition application portfolio. Featured were four interdisciplinary vignettes on the design, construction, and operation of road, rail, water and wastewater, and airport infrastructure. These project vignettes illustrated the intersection and interdependence of civil, utility, building, and plant applications, and the digital workflow collaboration between interdisciplinary teams made possible by the CONNECT Edition portfolio, to deliver complex and multi-faceted projects.

Roads
Dustin Parkman, vice president, civil and reality modeling, presented CONNECT Edition digital workflows for a road project, from its conception through construction. He began by bringing engineering-ready digital context into OpenRoads ConceptStation, starting with highly precise reality meshes of the underlying terrain prepared using ContextCapture and streamed into the application through ContextShare. He then brought in orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds to use in combination with detailed surveying data. With this digital context, he rapidly created an interactively costed conceptual design. Then, moving to OpenRoads Designer for detailed design, he incorporated the digital context and geometry from the conceptual design, along with the bridge designed in OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition and the geotechnical data for the substrata along the bridge footings and piles. He was then able to analyze the actual segmental bridge elements, ensuring form, function and structural integrity as he designed the roadways and other structures. Mr. Parkman then demonstrated a digital workflow for construction, through federation of ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Topcon’s Magnet Enterprise cloud services, showing the OpenRoads design driving an autonomous paving machine. He concluded by showing Topcon drones capturing imagery of the completed highway, bringing that data via Topcon’s MAGNET Enterprise through ContextCapture Cloud Processing Serviceto create an as-constructed reality mesh for use in the new AssetWise road network management, maintenance, and inspection workflows.

 Rail
Jeremy Shaffer, vice president rail solutions, announced Bentley’s new OpenRail solution, taking a rail project from planning through performance. He emphasized the importance of progressive assurance of operational requirements at the project outset, and of systems engineering as the framework for digital workflows for project delivery of complex rail systems. Mr. Shaffer began with conceptional design, bringing ContextCapture created digital context into OpenRail ConceptStation and leveraging digital components from Components Center to interactively design a section of track. Then he used AECOsim Station Designer to design a complex, multi-faceted rail station. The station was seamlessly coordinated with the detailed civil design, created with OpenRail Designer, to provide a view of the overall scheme and an optimal blend of form and function.  Platform, facilities and road and parking changes were performed in parallel with bridge, tunnel, track, electrification, and signaling design, all taking advantage of the CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment, to ensure delivery of a fully functional station. Mr. Shaffer then introduced Navigator Web, first exploring in a zero-footprint browser a large 3D model of the designed station and track for design and construction review, and then later interactively examining the 3D model for an operational inspection. He concluded by reviewing the new ConstructSim Completions cloud service for commissioning and mechanical handover, underscoring the importance of delivering the digital engineering models and digital context of the railroad for operational use in AssetWise.   

Water and Wastewater
Robert Mankowski, vice president, asset performance, began his session using the CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS to simulate the behavior of a water distribution network and a wastewater collection system to show how engineers can rapidly evaluate thousands of planning scenarios to identify optimal improvements to meet the future needs of the city. Focusing next on treatment plants, Mr. Mankowski introduced OpenPlant Modeler CONNECT Edition, which leverages digital components from Components Center for multi-discipline digital workflows, and used Navigator Web to interactively query a large and complex 3D OpenPlant model with just a web browser. He then demonstrated new AssetWise capabilities purpose built for water and wastewater operators to capture asset activities or interventions, including CCTV condition surveys, sanitary sewer overflows, pipe cleaning, and more. Owners can use this data combined with spatial and network analytics to make analytically and data-driven decisions for more targeted and optimized OPEX and CAPEX spending. He also announced that AssetWise now leverages machine learning services from Microsoft Azure to help owners find structure in their data, identify anomalous behavior, and predict future outcomes based on past performance. Finally, he showed how real-time sensor data combined with simulation models that will help operators forecast future system behavior to improve decision making and reduce costs.

Airports
The vignette on airports was presented by Andy Smith, Director Product Management, Design Modeling. Mr. Smith explained how the CONNECT Edition’s multi-discipline digital workflows are ideally suited to resolve land use, engineer the airfield, design the terminal, and support facility operations. Mr. Smith began by bringing in engineering-ready digital context of existing site and building conditions using ContextCapture. He created master and land use plans for the airport, demonstrating Bentley Map CONNECT Edition’s ability to combine GIS and BIM data. He then used OpenRoads Designer for detailed engineering of the runways and storm water management. Turning to the terminal itself, he used AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition’s GenerativeComponents to explore innovative and unique building forms, the chosen structure then physically modeled and analyzed using STAAD CONNECT Edition. Design review was conducted with Navigator Web, where Mr. Smith interactively explored large complex models in a browser. The final design was then brought to life with stunning realism, using AECOsim Building Designer and its now included LumenRT functionality.

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley Systems’ chief product officer said, “Going digital is exemplified by aligned interdisciplinary digital workflows. Complex projects such as airports or railways require detailed coordination, particularly between horizontal and vertical infrastructure. The alignment of track, for example, has direct bearing on the design and structure of a rail station. The CONNECT Edition's applications meet these requirements, as we illustrated in the vignettes presented today.”

When upgrading from V8i versions to CONNECT Edition applications, users face no change in file formats. And thereafter, as CONNECT Edition applications are auto-updated, BIM advancements are continuous and never disruptive.

“We are excited to now offer the full portfolio of CONNECT Edition applications and to provide a connected data environment scalable to even the most complex of projects. By adopting the CONNECT Edition now, users can immediately take advantage of digital context, digital components, and digital workflows across the infrastructure lifecycle for on-time project delivery and better performing assets,” Mr. Singh said.

Update on Bentley Application Support Policies
With the scheduled availability of its full CONNECT Edition application portfolio, Bentley Systems’ technical support for pre-V8i versions of applications will end on January 1, 2019. The V8i generation of applications was introduced in 2008.

Users can be assured that Bentley Systems’ technical support, and support in ProjectWise, for V8i versions of applications will continue until July 1, 2019.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

About The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of forums, presentations, technology demonstrations, and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. For more on the conference, visit www.bentley.com/yii2017.

The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference will be held in London, 16-18 October.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AECOsim Building Designer, AssetWise, ConstructSim, ContextCapture, GenerativeComponents, LumenRT, MicroStation, Navigator Web, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenPlant, OpenRail, OpenRoads, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, SewerGEMS, STAAD, and WaterGEMS are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Going Digital: Bentley Completes Rollout of its CONNECT Edition Application Portfolio, Fully Enabling a Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Infrastructure

11.10.2017 2:00  

Highlights BIM Advancements in Interdisciplinary Digital Workflows
for Roads, Rail, Water, and Airports at The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the completion of its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all project delivery disciplines, directly meeting the challenges presented from the most demanding infrastructure projects.  

At Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, held this year in Singapore, the Bentley product keynote presentation showcased digital workflows for digital cities newly enabled by the full CONNECT Edition application portfolio. Featured were four interdisciplinary vignettes on the design, construction, and operation of road, rail, water and wastewater, and airport infrastructure. These project vignettes illustrated the intersection and interdependence of civil, utility, building, and plant applications, and the digital workflow collaboration between interdisciplinary teams made possible by the CONNECT Edition portfolio, to deliver complex and multi-faceted projects.

Roads
Dustin Parkman, vice president, civil and reality modeling, presented CONNECT Edition digital workflows for a road project, from its conception through construction. He began by bringing engineering-ready digital context into OpenRoads ConceptStation, starting with highly precise reality meshes of the underlying terrain prepared using ContextCapture and streamed into the application through ContextShare. He then brought in orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds to use in combination with detailed surveying data. With this digital context, he rapidly created an interactively costed conceptual design. Then, moving to OpenRoads Designer for detailed design, he incorporated the digital context and geometry from the conceptual design, along with the bridge designed in OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition and the geotechnical data for the substrata along the bridge footings and piles. He was then able to analyze the actual segmental bridge elements, ensuring form, function and structural integrity as he designed the roadways and other structures. Mr. Parkman then demonstrated a digital workflow for construction, through federation of ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Topcon’s Magnet Enterprise cloud services, showing the OpenRoads design driving an autonomous paving machine. He concluded by showing Topcon drones capturing imagery of the completed highway, bringing that data via Topcon’s MAGNET Enterprise through ContextCapture Cloud Processing Serviceto create an as-constructed reality mesh for use in the new AssetWise road network management, maintenance, and inspection workflows.

 Rail
Jeremy Shaffer, vice president rail solutions, announced Bentley’s new OpenRail solution, taking a rail project from planning through performance. He emphasized the importance of progressive assurance of operational requirements at the project outset, and of systems engineering as the framework for digital workflows for project delivery of complex rail systems. Mr. Shaffer began with conceptional design, bringing ContextCapture created digital context into OpenRail ConceptStation and leveraging digital components from Components Center to interactively design a section of track. Then he used AECOsim Station Designer to design a complex, multi-faceted rail station. The station was seamlessly coordinated with the detailed civil design, created with OpenRail Designer, to provide a view of the overall scheme and an optimal blend of form and function.  Platform, facilities and road and parking changes were performed in parallel with bridge, tunnel, track, electrification, and signaling design, all taking advantage of the CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment, to ensure delivery of a fully functional station. Mr. Shaffer then introduced Navigator Web, first exploring in a zero-footprint browser a large 3D model of the designed station and track for design and construction review, and then later interactively examining the 3D model for an operational inspection. He concluded by reviewing the new ConstructSim Completions cloud service for commissioning and mechanical handover, underscoring the importance of delivering the digital engineering models and digital context of the railroad for operational use in AssetWise.   

Water and Wastewater
Robert Mankowski, vice president, asset performance, began his session using the CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS to simulate the behavior of a water distribution network and a wastewater collection system to show how engineers can rapidly evaluate thousands of planning scenarios to identify optimal improvements to meet the future needs of the city. Focusing next on treatment plants, Mr. Mankowski introduced OpenPlant Modeler CONNECT Edition, which leverages digital components from Components Center for multi-discipline digital workflows, and used Navigator Web to interactively query a large and complex 3D OpenPlant model with just a web browser. He then demonstrated new AssetWise capabilities purpose built for water and wastewater operators to capture asset activities or interventions, including CCTV condition surveys, sanitary sewer overflows, pipe cleaning, and more. Owners can use this data combined with spatial and network analytics to make analytically and data-driven decisions for more targeted and optimized OPEX and CAPEX spending. He also announced that AssetWise now leverages machine learning services from Microsoft Azure to help owners find structure in their data, identify anomalous behavior, and predict future outcomes based on past performance. Finally, he showed how real-time sensor data combined with simulation models that will help operators forecast future system behavior to improve decision making and reduce costs.

Airports
The vignette on airports was presented by Andy Smith, Director Product Management, Design Modeling. Mr. Smith explained how the CONNECT Edition’s multi-discipline digital workflows are ideally suited to resolve land use, engineer the airfield, design the terminal, and support facility operations. Mr. Smith began by bringing in engineering-ready digital context of existing site and building conditions using ContextCapture. He created master and land use plans for the airport, demonstrating Bentley Map CONNECT Edition’s ability to combine GIS and BIM data. He then used OpenRoads Designer for detailed engineering of the runways and storm water management. Turning to the terminal itself, he used AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition’s GenerativeComponents to explore innovative and unique building forms, the chosen structure then physically modeled and analyzed using STAAD CONNECT Edition. Design review was conducted with Navigator Web, where Mr. Smith interactively explored large complex models in a browser. The final design was then brought to life with stunning realism, using AECOsim Building Designer and its now included LumenRT functionality.

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley Systems’ chief product officer said, “Going digital is exemplified by aligned interdisciplinary digital workflows. Complex projects such as airports or railways require detailed coordination, particularly between horizontal and vertical infrastructure. The alignment of track, for example, has direct bearing on the design and structure of a rail station. The CONNECT Edition's applications meet these requirements, as we illustrated in the vignettes presented today.”

When upgrading from V8i versions to CONNECT Edition applications, users face no change in file formats. And thereafter, as CONNECT Edition applications are auto-updated, BIM advancements are continuous and never disruptive.

“We are excited to now offer the full portfolio of CONNECT Edition applications and to provide a connected data environment scalable to even the most complex of projects. By adopting the CONNECT Edition now, users can immediately take advantage of digital context, digital components, and digital workflows across the infrastructure lifecycle for on-time project delivery and better performing assets,” Mr. Singh said.

Update on Bentley Application Support Policies
With the scheduled availability of its full CONNECT Edition application portfolio, Bentley Systems’ technical support for pre-V8i versions of applications will end on January 1, 2019. The V8i generation of applications was introduced in 2008.

Users can be assured that Bentley Systems’ technical support, and support in ProjectWise, for V8i versions of applications will continue until January 1, 2021.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

About The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of forums, presentations, technology demonstrations, and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. For more on the conference, visit www.bentley.com/yii2017.

The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference will be held in London, 16-18 October.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AECOsim Building Designer, AssetWise, ConstructSim, ContextCapture, GenerativeComponents, LumenRT, MicroStation, Navigator Web, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenPlant, OpenRail, OpenRoads, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, SewerGEMS, STAAD, and WaterGEMS are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Going Digital: Bentley Announces iModel 2.0 Cloud Platform and Its iModelHub Cloud Service – Automating Change Synchronization, Digital Alignment, and Immersive Visibility

11.10.2017 2:00  

Seamlessly Overlays Current BIM Processes, Augmenting ProjectWise Design Integration to Enable Digital Workflows for Connected Projects and Connected Assets

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Today, Bentley Systems’ founder Keith Bentley introduced the company’s “iModel 2.0” cloud platform and its first new service, iModelHub, to accelerate “going digital” for users of its ProjectWise Design Integration services. Without requiring changes to existing BIM applications or processes, the iModelHub cloud service, invoking application-specific “iModel bridges” triggered automatically by ProjectWise:

  • synchronizes and distributes changes made through discipline-specific BIM applications;
  • aligns semantically and physically their constituent digital components; and           
  • maintains immersive visibility for comprehensive and continuous design reviews across all project disciplines and participants. 

Change Synchronization
The ProjectWise Design Integration service is relied upon as the “workhorse for work sharing” by 43 of the ENR Top 50 Design Firms. It manages the file-based workflows for project delivery which correspond to contractual roles and which acknowledge the asynchronous and often disconnected nature of infrastructure project work packaging and collaboration. Adding iModelHub takes advantage of Microsoft Azure cloud services to fully enable a connected project – synchronizing all checked-in project changes, and automatically updating a composite project iModel for comprehensive and continuous design reviews, highlighting progress and risks in digital workflows across disciplines.

iModelHub journals all project changes on a timeline, and notifies project participants, based on their ProjectWise workflow configuration, about the availability of relevant changes.  Participants can choose to synchronize (or not) to and from particular timeline milestones, and can visualize, summarize, analyze, and interpret the impact of ongoing changes.

To fully enable analytics across multiple projects, and for connected assets, “iModel agents” can be programmed for each analytics subject, to be notified of project-level changes by iModelHub, and to filter appropriately for efficient incremental updates to enterprise “data lakes,” assuring secure accessibility of current infrastructure engineering model data for compliance and safety.

Digital Alignment
Bentley’s widely-utilized i-model (“1.0”) containers for BIM deliverables makes their native structures usefully self-describing in their own right, but that approach was not intended for aggregation and understanding across disciplines.  iModel (“2.0”) advancement relies upon the iModelHub cloud service, and iModel Bridges, to achieve maximum possible digital alignment across iModels.

An iModel Bridge aligns information from an application’s native format into the iModelHub‘s  registry of semantics, structure, units, and coordinates. Bentley Systems is providing iModel Bridge programs for its applications and for other common BIM applications, such as Autodesk REVIT, and will provide an API for the creation of bridges from other applications.  

Immersive Visibility, Anywhere
By adding change synchronization and digital alignment to the connected data environment shared across ProjectWise and Bentley’s AssetWise operations services, iModelHub increases the value of digital workflows within and between connected projects, connected assets, and enterprise data lakes. By distributing and synchronizing copies of iModels anywhere, the iModel 2.0 cloud platform is designed to support massive scale-out for reliable, ubiquitous, and asynchronous project visibility. For example, Bentley’s new Navigator Web enables any authorized user on any modern browser to access project and asset digital component information securely through intuitive 3D immersion. Immersive visibility includes alignment of BIM models and digital components within their digital context of engineering-ready reality meshes, created by Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modeling software, for instance from continuous UAV surveying.

For the first time, project delivery and work packaging can reliably and accountably “industrialize” BIM, supported by the necessary tracking and management of constant change through design and construction workflows, and immersive design review visibility into ongoing project and site status. And for the first time, this fully connected data environment can enable digital engineering models to serve as the digital DNA for infrastructure asset performance modeling, connected to operational technology inputs and enterprise data lakes through Bentley’s market-leading AssetWise reliability services and operational analytics.

Keith Bentley’s Perspective
Keith Bentley said, “With our ‘iModel 2.0’ cloud platform, I foresee an accelerating ecosystem of innovation for true digital workflows around infrastructure assets.  To get there, our first priority has been to make possible substantial improvements in infrastructure project delivery and asset performance outcomes, without needing to change current BIM workflows. iModelHub cloud services provide the solution for many infrastructure engineering challenges where BIM modeling has created the potential for advancement, but where information misalignment has limited its value.  Indeed, we have engineered the iModel 2.0 cloud platform to instill digital alignment, change-based accountability and synchronization, and immersive visibility as its core tenants. The best news is that ProjectWise Design Integration users can set up their iModel Bridges to connect to iModelHub without retraining users or changing their existing applications or work processes - and without introducing any risk to their projects. If nothing else, the value of change-based visualization through Navigator Web will prove so indispensable, I predict most organizations will never want to do another project without it.

I would like to personally invite early-adopter organizations to put us and iModelHub to work in your going digital!”

For more about the iModel 2.0 cloud platform and iModelHub cloud service, read the white paper.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, ContextCapture, MicroStation, Navigator Web, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Going Digital: Bentley Completes Rollout of its CONNECT Edition Application Portfolio, Fully Enabling a Comprehensive Modeling Environment for Infrastructure

11.10.2017 2:00  

Highlights BIM Advancements in Interdisciplinary Digital Workflows
for Roads, Rail, Water, and Airports at The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

 
revised November 11, 2017

 

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the completion of its CONNECT Edition application portfolio for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling of infrastructure. The CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment supports aligned digital workflows across applications for all project delivery disciplines, directly meeting the challenges presented from the most demanding infrastructure projects.  

At Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, held this year in Singapore, the Bentley product keynote presentation showcased digital workflows for digital cities newly enabled by the full CONNECT Edition application portfolio. Featured were four interdisciplinary vignettes on the design, construction, and operation of road, rail, water and wastewater, and airport infrastructure. These project vignettes illustrated the intersection and interdependence of civil, utility, building, and plant applications, and the digital workflow collaboration between interdisciplinary teams made possible by the CONNECT Edition portfolio, to deliver complex and multi-faceted projects.

Roads
Dustin Parkman, vice president, civil and reality modeling, presented CONNECT Edition digital workflows for a road project, from its conception through construction. He began by bringing engineering-ready digital context into OpenRoads ConceptStation, starting with highly precise reality meshes of the underlying terrain prepared using ContextCapture and streamed into the application through ContextShare. He then brought in orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds to use in combination with detailed surveying data. With this digital context, he rapidly created an interactively costed conceptual design. Then, moving to OpenRoads Designer for detailed design, he incorporated the digital context and geometry from the conceptual design, along with the bridge designed in OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition and the geotechnical data for the substrata along the bridge footings and piles. He was then able to analyze the actual segmental bridge elements, ensuring form, function and structural integrity as he designed the roadways and other structures. Mr. Parkman then demonstrated a digital workflow for construction, through federation of ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Topcon’s Magnet Enterprise cloud services, showing the OpenRoads design driving an autonomous paving machine. He concluded by showing Topcon drones capturing imagery of the completed highway, bringing that data via Topcon’s MAGNET Enterprise through ContextCapture Cloud Processing Serviceto create an as-constructed reality mesh for use in the new AssetWise road network management, maintenance, and inspection workflows.

 Rail
Jeremy Shaffer, vice president rail solutions, announced Bentley’s new OpenRail solution, taking a rail project from planning through performance. He emphasized the importance of progressive assurance of operational requirements at the project outset, and of systems engineering as the framework for digital workflows for project delivery of complex rail systems. Mr. Shaffer began with conceptional design, bringing ContextCapture created digital context into OpenRail ConceptStation and leveraging digital components from Components Center to interactively design a section of track. Then he used AECOsim Station Designer to design a complex, multi-faceted rail station. The station was seamlessly coordinated with the detailed civil design, created with OpenRail Designer, to provide a view of the overall scheme and an optimal blend of form and function.  Platform, facilities and road and parking changes were performed in parallel with bridge, tunnel, track, electrification, and signaling design, all taking advantage of the CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment, to ensure delivery of a fully functional station. Mr. Shaffer then introduced Navigator Web, first exploring in a zero-footprint browser a large 3D model of the designed station and track for design and construction review, and then later interactively examining the 3D model for an operational inspection. He concluded by reviewing the new ConstructSim Completions cloud service for commissioning and mechanical handover, underscoring the importance of delivering the digital engineering models and digital context of the railroad for operational use in AssetWise.   

Water and Wastewater
Robert Mankowski, vice president, asset performance, began his session using the CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS to simulate the behavior of a water distribution network and a wastewater collection system to show how engineers can rapidly evaluate thousands of planning scenarios to identify optimal improvements to meet the future needs of the city. Focusing next on treatment plants, Mr. Mankowski introduced OpenPlant Modeler CONNECT Edition, which leverages digital components from Components Center for multi-discipline digital workflows, and used Navigator Web to interactively query a large and complex 3D OpenPlant model with just a web browser. He then demonstrated new AssetWise capabilities purpose built for water and wastewater operators to capture asset activities or interventions, including CCTV condition surveys, sanitary sewer overflows, pipe cleaning, and more. Owners can use this data combined with spatial and network analytics to make analytically and data-driven decisions for more targeted and optimized OPEX and CAPEX spending. He also announced that AssetWise now leverages machine learning services from Microsoft Azure to help owners find structure in their data, identify anomalous behavior, and predict future outcomes based on past performance. Finally, he showed how real-time sensor data combined with simulation models that will help operators forecast future system behavior to improve decision making and reduce costs.

Airports
The vignette on airports was presented by Andy Smith, Director Product Management, Design Modeling. Mr. Smith explained how the CONNECT Edition’s multi-discipline digital workflows are ideally suited to resolve land use, engineer the airfield, design the terminal, and support facility operations. Mr. Smith began by bringing in engineering-ready digital context of existing site and building conditions using ContextCapture. He created master and land use plans for the airport, demonstrating Bentley Map CONNECT Edition’s ability to combine GIS and BIM data. He then used OpenRoads Designer for detailed engineering of the runways and storm water management. Turning to the terminal itself, he used AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition’s GenerativeComponents to explore innovative and unique building forms, the chosen structure then physically modeled and analyzed using STAAD CONNECT Edition. Design review was conducted with Navigator Web, where Mr. Smith interactively explored large complex models in a browser. The final design was then brought to life with stunning realism, using AECOsim Building Designer and its now included LumenRT functionality.

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley Systems’ chief product officer said, “Going digital is exemplified by aligned interdisciplinary digital workflows. Complex projects such as airports or railways require detailed coordination, particularly between horizontal and vertical infrastructure. The alignment of track, for example, has direct bearing on the design and structure of a rail station. The CONNECT Edition's applications meet these requirements, as we illustrated in the vignettes presented today.”

When upgrading from V8i versions to CONNECT Edition applications, users face no change in file formats. And thereafter, as CONNECT Edition applications are auto-updated, BIM advancements are continuous and never disruptive.

“We are excited to now offer the full portfolio of CONNECT Edition applications and to provide a connected data environment scalable to even the most complex of projects. By adopting the CONNECT Edition now, users can immediately take advantage of digital context, digital components, and digital workflows across the infrastructure lifecycle for on-time project delivery and better performing assets,” Mr. Singh said.

Update on Bentley Application Support Policies
With the scheduled availability of its full CONNECT Edition application portfolio, Bentley Systems’ technical support for pre-V8i versions of applications will end on January 1, 2019. The V8i generation of applications was introduced in 2008.

Users can be assured that Bentley Systems’ technical support, and support in ProjectWise, for V8i versions of applications will continue until July 1, 2019.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

About The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of forums, presentations, technology demonstrations, and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. For more on the conference, visit www.bentley.com/yii2017.

The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference will be held in London, 16-18 October.

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AECOsim Building Designer, AssetWise, ConstructSim, ContextCapture, GenerativeComponents, LumenRT, MicroStation, Navigator Web, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenPlant, OpenRail, OpenRoads, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, SewerGEMS, STAAD, and WaterGEMS are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology, Highlights Joint Development Projects with Bentley Systems at <em>Year in Infrastructure</em> 2017 Conference

10.10.2017 14:24  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

Shares updates about joint development activities to advance product, production and performance “digital twins”

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – In his keynote at Bentley’s annual event for sharing thought leadership relevant to infrastructure design, construction, and operations, Helmuth Ludwig, Global Head of Information Technology for Siemens, presented a scenario illustrating the companies’ shared contributions towards digital workflows and digital cities, and provided an update on the various joint development projects underway with Bentley Systems, initiated as part of their strategic alliance that was announced in November 2016. These jointly funded and resourced development projects will result in jointly offered cloud services to advance their respective users’ strategies in going digital.

“Siemens and Bentley recognize the unprecedented opportunity that ubiquitous connectivity brings for assets with digital engineering models that incorporate both their physical and functional characteristics,” said Mr. Ludwig. “Siemens’ PLM has a head start in what we call the product digital twin, production digital twin, and performance digital twin. Combined with Bentley’s BIM head start we will especially take the performance digital twin to a new level, and we can accelerate realizing the full potential of digital cities, such as here in Singapore. Our cooperative developments are advancing rapidly, which I think can be attributed to our shared commitment to openness and interoperability.”

Mr. Ludwig’s presentation illustrated the approach Siemens takes to integrating and digitalizing the entire customer value chain in general, and as a particular example, he described the advances for connected asset visibility that can be achieved with the integration of Siemens and Bentley technologies. In the workflow described by Mr. Ludwig, a process plant was captured, through digital photography, in its as-operated state with Bentley’s ContextCapture software, providing immersive visual context of the plant. That 3D “production digital twin” was then linked to the IoT-enabled components in the operating plant via MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, Internet of Things operating system. Using Bentley’s AssetWise, the MindSphere inputs were configured in a browser, and in the context of the 3D model, as the user navigated the “performance digital twin” to query asset health of various components—in particular a motor vibrating to failure. The “product digital twin” of a replacement motor was accessed with Siemens PLM software, and bespoke motor mounts designed and analyzed to solve the vibration problem—and then 3D-printed. The same logic can be applied to digital cities, so that through such connected asset visibility, engineering problems can not only be detected but also solved, leveraging fully digital workflows to improve asset performance.

Other digital projects are uniquely bridging Siemens and Bentley technology to address some of today’s critical infrastructure imperatives. For example, in energy management, new distributed energy resources (DER) like wind, solar, and energy storage, require electrical grids to be bi-directional, so the GIS and network design capabilities in Bentley’s OpenUtilities are being linked with Siemens PSS SINCAL for network analysis modeling to deliver an integrated DER planning and design assessment solution.

The global push for urbanization and the increasing requirements of mobility of people and goods have accelerated the demand for rail electrification via overhead and rigid contact lines. To meet this demand, the two companies are working together to industrialize the electrification process by integrating Siemens Sicat Master, for rail catenary overhead contact line modeling and analysis, with Bentley’s newly announced OpenRail Designer.

These new joint developments build on the continued collaborative work done between Siemens and Bentley converging Bentley’s BIM and reality modeling software with Siemens’ product design and production process engineering solutions, and with the integration of Siemens’ COMOS and Bentley’s OpenPlant. Additional joint projects spanning other Siemens divisions will be announced over the coming year.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

About The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of forums, presentations, technology demonstrations, and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. For more on the conference, visit www.bentley.com/yii2017.

The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference will be held in London, 16-18 October.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AssetWise, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenPlant, OpenRail, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

<em>Going Digital:</em> Bentley Systems’ New <em>OpenRail</em> is First to Advance BIM for the Full Rail and Transit Lifecycle – Systems Engineering from Planning Through Performance

10.10.2017 14:24  

Through connected data environment (CDE), digital components and digital context converge for digital workflow benefits for rail infrastructure

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – Today, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley introduced the OpenRail solution, comprising applications and services for the comprehensive planning, engineering, project delivery, and operations of rail and transit infrastructure. OpenRail’s foundation is Bentley’s connected data environment (CDE), shared by ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise operations services, and which for OpenRail nowbrings together digital components and digital context, through digital workflows. OpenRail applications will include OpenRail ConceptStation, now available for conceptual railway planning and design; OpenRail Designer, for detailed engineering and 3D design of track, overhead line, tunnels, bridges, and related civil infrastructure, and AECOsim Station Designer, for the comprehensive modeling of rail and transit stations, each available early in 2018.

Mr. Bentley said, “Bentley Systems has a proven record in providing industry-leading solutions to improve project delivery and asset performance for the most challenging rail and transit projects around the world. Most of our portfolio applications are used on rail projects, and we’ve advanced BIM for rail, in particular, with our Rail Track offering, rail corridor maintenance optimization through Optram, and via ComplyPro railway requirements compliance progressive assurance. However, the conception of these specific tools for specific purposes preceded the aspiration for what we now call digital workflows, where engineering deliverables are meant to be reused throughout the asset lifecycle.

“Moreover, our railway engineer users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway—more so than any other infrastructure asset—is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset. So, rail has become our company priority for putting everything together—industrializing BIM for project delivery and leveraging digital DNA for asset performance. At this point, while there are still scheduled stops ahead on our OpenRail application journey, every rail project and asset can benefit now from OpenRail’s CDE and digital workflow services—starting their digital railway infrastructure advancement at any OpenRail ‘station’ and at any time.”

Connected Data Environment
OpenRail is based on a connected data environment, comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, as configured specifically for rail systems engineering workflows.During project delivery, ProjectWise facilitates the collaboration among distributed engineering teams, coordination of structured workflows, and connected project visibility. For OpenRail, AssetWise provides asset lifecycle information services for linear, network and geospatial referencing, corridor maintenance decision support, inspection workflows, and reliability and change management.

OpenRail CDE services include Components Center for digital components, ContextShare for digital context, ComplyPro for progressive assurance, and ConstructSim Systems Completions for accessing operational readiness. ComplyPro is the established market leader in rail globally for governance of collaborative assurance systems of technical and safety requirements from concept to project handover. OpenRail extends this scope to progressive operations assurance and regulatory compliance. ConstructSim Systems Completions automates the inspections process to accelerate systems progress and validate system readiness for efficient project turnover and closeout.

Digital Components
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The OpenRail Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic rail components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from significant providers such as Siemens, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

Digital Context
Reality modeling incorporates digital context in the rail infrastructure workflow. Bentley’s ContextCapture processes digital photography and/or laser scans, from UAVs or hand-held or train-mounted devices, to produce an engineering-ready “reality mesh” accurately representing the continuously surveyed conditions of a railway corridor, site, or station.

Throughout detailed design, the reality mesh, for example, can be used to consider sight lines for signal siting. Because the reality mesh can be captured continuously, construction progress can be tracked and compared to the expected progress of the detailed design. In operations, the reality mesh can be used to compare the as-operated 3D model with the as-designed model, and serve as an immersive 3D environment with hyperlinks to equipment sensors for operations visibility and emergency response training.

OpenRail ConceptStation
OpenRail ConceptStation, enabled by the combination of OpenRail’s digital components and digital context, uniquely extends BIM capabilities to rail conceptual planning and layout. Working in the 3D design environment of the geo-coordinated reality mesh as the digital context of the rail corridor, the user can access Components Center to drag and drop digital components into the design to quickly lay out rail lines, bridges, overhead lines, signals, tunnels, etc. With the context of the terrain, and the intelligence of the digital components, OpenRail ConceptStation can quickly calculate quantities of railway elements such as track, ballast, sleepers, contact and catenary wire, equipment, bridge decking, concrete, and steel, as well as the cut-and-fill earthwork required for the conceptual design, and interactively produce a preliminary cost estimate to evaluate feasibility. All the design information, components, and context in the conceptual design can be reused in a digital workflow to OpenRail Designer for detailed design of the railway infrastructure.

Digital Workflows
In digital workflows, data captured or created for one purpose is accessed by computer programs for other purposes, saving time, minimizing rework, and improving data quality over the asset lifecycle. Digital workflows can also converge the work of different disciplines for additional advancements in project delivery and asset performance. Examples enabled by digital workflows include conceptioneering, constructioneering, inspectioneering, and operationeering. Each of these workflows represent new opportunities for engineers and their work to add value beyond their traditional role in design, to include contributions to construction, inspections, and operations.

The advancement of digital workflows in OpenRail will help users to achieve faster delivery, system-wide visibility, assured compliance, and better decisions in design, construction, and operations of rail infrastructure.
Learn more about OpenRail.  

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AECOsim Station Designer, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim Systems Completions, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRail, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Going Digital: Bentley Systems’ New OpenRail is First to Advance BIM for the Full Rail and Transit Lifecycle – Systems Engineering from Planning Through Performance

10.10.2017 2:00  

Through connected data environment (CDE), digital components and digital context converge for digital workflow benefits for rail infrastructure

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – Today, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley introduced the OpenRail solution, comprising applications and services for the comprehensive planning, engineering, project delivery, and operations of rail and transit infrastructure. OpenRail’s foundation is Bentley’s connected data environment (CDE), shared by ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise operations services, and which for OpenRail nowbrings together digital components and digital context, through digital workflows. OpenRail applications will include OpenRail ConceptStation, now available for conceptual railway planning and design; OpenRail Designer, available early in 2018, for detailed engineering and 3D design of track, overhead line, tunnels, bridges, and related civil infrastructure, and AECOsim Station Designer, for the comprehensive modeling of rail and transit stations.

Mr. Bentley said, “Bentley Systems has a proven record in providing industry-leading solutions to improve project delivery and asset performance for the most challenging rail and transit projects around the world. Most of our portfolio applications are used on rail projects, and we’ve advanced BIM for rail, in particular, with our Rail Track offering, rail corridor maintenance optimization through Optram, and via ComplyPro railway requirements compliance progressive assurance. However, the conception of these specific tools for specific purposes preceded the aspiration for what we now call digital workflows, where engineering deliverables are meant to be reused throughout the asset lifecycle.

“Moreover, our railway engineer users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway—more so than any other infrastructure asset—is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset. So, rail has become our company priority for putting everything together—industrializing BIM for project delivery and leveraging digital DNA for asset performance. At this point, while there are still scheduled stops ahead on our OpenRail application journey, every rail project and asset can benefit now from OpenRail’s CDE and digital workflow services—starting their digital railway infrastructure advancement at any OpenRail ‘station’ and at any time.”

Connected Data Environment
OpenRail is based on a connected data environment, comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, as configured specifically for rail systems engineering workflows.During project delivery, ProjectWise facilitates the collaboration among distributed engineering teams, coordination of structured workflows, and connected project visibility. For OpenRail, AssetWise provides asset lifecycle information services for linear, network and geospatial referencing, corridor maintenance decision support, inspection workflows, and reliability and change management.

OpenRail CDE services include Components Center for digital components, ContextShare for digital context, ComplyPro for progressive assurance, and ConstructSim Systems Completions for accessing operational readiness. ComplyPro is the established market leader in rail globally for governance of collaborative assurance systems of technical and safety requirements from concept to project handover. OpenRail extends this scope to progressive operations assurance and regulatory compliance. ConstructSim Systems Completions automates the inspections process to accelerate systems progress and validate system readiness for efficient project turnover and closeout.

Digital Components
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The OpenRail Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic rail components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from significant providers such as Siemens, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

Digital Context
Reality modeling incorporates digital context in the rail infrastructure workflow. Bentley’s ContextCapture processes digital photography and/or laser scans, from UAVs or hand-held or train-mounted devices, to produce an engineering-ready “reality mesh” accurately representing the continuously surveyed conditions of a railway corridor, site, or station.

Throughout detailed design, the reality mesh, for example, can be used to consider sight lines for signal siting. Because the reality mesh can be captured continuously, construction progress can be tracked and compared to the expected progress of the detailed design. In operations, the reality mesh can be used to compare the as-operated 3D model with the as-designed model, and serve as an immersive 3D environment with hyperlinks to equipment sensors for operations visibility and emergency response training.

OpenRail ConceptStation
OpenRail ConceptStation, enabled by the combination of OpenRail’s digital components and digital context, uniquely extends BIM capabilities to rail conceptual planning and layout. Working in the 3D design environment of the geo-coordinated reality mesh as the digital context of the rail corridor, the user can access Components Center to drag and drop digital components into the design to quickly lay out rail lines, bridges, overhead lines, signals, tunnels, etc. With the context of the terrain, and the intelligence of the digital components, OpenRail ConceptStation can quickly calculate quantities of railway elements such as track, ballast, sleepers, contact and catenary wire, equipment, bridge decking, concrete, and steel, as well as the cut-and-fill earthwork required for the conceptual design, and interactively produce a preliminary cost estimate to evaluate feasibility. All the design information, components, and context in the conceptual design can be reused in a digital workflow to OpenRail Designer for detailed design of the railway infrastructure.

Digital Workflows
In digital workflows, data captured or created for one purpose is accessed by computer programs for other purposes, saving time, minimizing rework, and improving data quality over the asset lifecycle. Digital workflows can also converge the work of different disciplines for additional advancements in project delivery and asset performance. Examples enabled by digital workflows include conceptioneering, constructioneering, inspectioneering, and operationeering. Each of these workflows represent new opportunities for engineers and their work to add value beyond their traditional role in design, to include contributions to construction, inspections, and operations.

The advancement of digital workflows in OpenRail will help users to achieve faster delivery, system-wide visibility, assured compliance, and better decisions in design, construction, and operations of rail infrastructure.
Learn more about OpenRail.  

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AECOsim Station Designer, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim Systems Completions, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRail, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Going Digital: Bentley Systems’ New OpenRail is First to Advance BIM for the Full Rail and Transit Lifecycle – Systems Engineering from Planning Through Performance

10.10.2017 2:00  

Through connected data environment (CDE), digital components and digital context converge for digital workflow benefits for rail infrastructure

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – Today, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley introduced the OpenRail solution, comprising applications and services for the comprehensive planning, engineering, project delivery, and operations of rail and transit infrastructure. OpenRail’s foundation is Bentley’s connected data environment (CDE), shared by ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise operations services, and which for OpenRail nowbrings together digital components and digital context, through digital workflows. OpenRail applications will include OpenRail ConceptStation, now available for conceptual railway planning and design; OpenRail Designer, for detailed engineering and 3D design of track, overhead line, tunnels, bridges, and related civil infrastructure, and AECOsim Station Designer, for the comprehensive modeling of rail and transit stations, each available early in 2018.

Mr. Bentley said, “Bentley Systems has a proven record in providing industry-leading solutions to improve project delivery and asset performance for the most challenging rail and transit projects around the world. Most of our portfolio applications are used on rail projects, and we’ve advanced BIM for rail, in particular, with our Rail Track offering, rail corridor maintenance optimization through Optram, and via ComplyPro railway requirements compliance progressive assurance. However, the conception of these specific tools for specific purposes preceded the aspiration for what we now call digital workflows, where engineering deliverables are meant to be reused throughout the asset lifecycle.

“Moreover, our railway engineer users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway—more so than any other infrastructure asset—is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset. So, rail has become our company priority for putting everything together—industrializing BIM for project delivery and leveraging digital DNA for asset performance. At this point, while there are still scheduled stops ahead on our OpenRail application journey, every rail project and asset can benefit now from OpenRail’s CDE and digital workflow services—starting their digital railway infrastructure advancement at any OpenRail ‘station’ and at any time.”

Connected Data Environment
OpenRail is based on a connected data environment, comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, as configured specifically for rail systems engineering workflows.During project delivery, ProjectWise facilitates the collaboration among distributed engineering teams, coordination of structured workflows, and connected project visibility. For OpenRail, AssetWise provides asset lifecycle information services for linear, network and geospatial referencing, corridor maintenance decision support, inspection workflows, and reliability and change management.

OpenRail CDE services include Components Center for digital components, ContextShare for digital context, ComplyPro for progressive assurance, and ConstructSim Systems Completions for accessing operational readiness. ComplyPro is the established market leader in rail globally for governance of collaborative assurance systems of technical and safety requirements from concept to project handover. OpenRail extends this scope to progressive operations assurance and regulatory compliance. ConstructSim Systems Completions automates the inspections process to accelerate systems progress and validate system readiness for efficient project turnover and closeout.

Digital Components
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The OpenRail Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic rail components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from significant providers such as Siemens, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

Digital Context
Reality modeling incorporates digital context in the rail infrastructure workflow. Bentley’s ContextCapture processes digital photography and/or laser scans, from UAVs or hand-held or train-mounted devices, to produce an engineering-ready “reality mesh” accurately representing the continuously surveyed conditions of a railway corridor, site, or station.

Throughout detailed design, the reality mesh, for example, can be used to consider sight lines for signal siting. Because the reality mesh can be captured continuously, construction progress can be tracked and compared to the expected progress of the detailed design. In operations, the reality mesh can be used to compare the as-operated 3D model with the as-designed model, and serve as an immersive 3D environment with hyperlinks to equipment sensors for operations visibility and emergency response training.

OpenRail ConceptStation
OpenRail ConceptStation, enabled by the combination of OpenRail’s digital components and digital context, uniquely extends BIM capabilities to rail conceptual planning and layout. Working in the 3D design environment of the geo-coordinated reality mesh as the digital context of the rail corridor, the user can access Components Center to drag and drop digital components into the design to quickly lay out rail lines, bridges, overhead lines, signals, tunnels, etc. With the context of the terrain, and the intelligence of the digital components, OpenRail ConceptStation can quickly calculate quantities of railway elements such as track, ballast, sleepers, contact and catenary wire, equipment, bridge decking, concrete, and steel, as well as the cut-and-fill earthwork required for the conceptual design, and interactively produce a preliminary cost estimate to evaluate feasibility. All the design information, components, and context in the conceptual design can be reused in a digital workflow to OpenRail Designer for detailed design of the railway infrastructure.

Digital Workflows
In digital workflows, data captured or created for one purpose is accessed by computer programs for other purposes, saving time, minimizing rework, and improving data quality over the asset lifecycle. Digital workflows can also converge the work of different disciplines for additional advancements in project delivery and asset performance. Examples enabled by digital workflows include conceptioneering, constructioneering, inspectioneering, and operationeering. Each of these workflows represent new opportunities for engineers and their work to add value beyond their traditional role in design, to include contributions to construction, inspections, and operations.

The advancement of digital workflows in OpenRail will help users to achieve faster delivery, system-wide visibility, assured compliance, and better decisions in design, construction, and operations of rail infrastructure.
Learn more about OpenRail.  

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AECOsim Station Designer, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim Systems Completions, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRail, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology, Highlights Joint Development Projects with Bentley Systems at Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

10.10.2017 2:00  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

Shares updates about joint development activities to advance product, production and performance “digital twins”

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – In his keynote at Bentley’s annual event for sharing thought leadership relevant to infrastructure design, construction, and operations, Helmuth Ludwig, Global Head of Information Technology for Siemens, presented a scenario illustrating the companies’ shared contributions towards digital workflows and digital cities, and provided an update on the various joint development projects underway with Bentley Systems, initiated as part of their strategic alliance that was announced in November 2016. These jointly funded and resourced development projects will result in jointly offered cloud services to advance their respective users’ strategies in going digital.

“Siemens and Bentley recognize the unprecedented opportunity that ubiquitous connectivity brings for assets with digital engineering models that incorporate both their physical and functional characteristics,” said Mr. Ludwig. “Siemens’ PLM has a head start in what we call the product digital twin, production digital twin, and performance digital twin. Combined with Bentley’s BIM head start we will especially take the performance digital twin to a new level, and we can accelerate realizing the full potential of digital cities, such as here in Singapore. Our cooperative developments are advancing rapidly, which I think can be attributed to our shared commitment to openness and interoperability.”

Mr. Ludwig’s presentation illustrated the approach Siemens takes to integrating and digitalizing the entire customer value chain in general, and as a particular example, he described the advances for connected asset visibility that can be achieved with the integration of Siemens and Bentley technologies. In the workflow described by Mr. Ludwig, a process plant was captured, through digital photography, in its as-operated state with Bentley’s ContextCapture software, providing immersive visual context of the plant. That 3D “production digital twin” was then linked to the IoT-enabled components in the operating plant via MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, Internet of Things operating system. Using Bentley’s AssetWise, the MindSphere inputs were configured in a browser, and in the context of the 3D model, as the user navigated the “performance digital twin” to query asset health of various components—in particular a motor vibrating to failure. The “product digital twin” of a replacement motor was accessed with Siemens PLM software, and bespoke motor mounts designed and analyzed to solve the vibration problem—and then 3D-printed. The same logic can be applied to digital cities, so that through such connected asset visibility, engineering problems can not only be detected but also solved, leveraging fully digital workflows to improve asset performance.

Other digital projects are uniquely bridging Siemens and Bentley technology to address some of today’s critical infrastructure imperatives. For example, in energy management, new distributed energy resources (DER) like wind, solar, and energy storage, require electrical grids to be bi-directional, so the GIS and network design capabilities in Bentley’s OpenUtilities are being linked with Siemens PSS SINCAL for network analysis modeling to deliver an integrated DER planning and design assessment solution.

The global push for urbanization and the increasing requirements of mobility of people and goods have accelerated the demand for rail electrification via overhead and rigid contact lines. To meet this demand, the two companies are working together to industrialize the electrification process by integrating Siemens Sicat Master, for rail catenary overhead contact line modeling and analysis, with Bentley’s newly announced OpenRail Designer.

These new joint developments build on the continued collaborative work done between Siemens and Bentley converging Bentley’s BIM and reality modeling software with Siemens’ product design and production process engineering solutions, and with the integration of Siemens’ COMOS and Bentley’s OpenPlant. Additional joint projects spanning other Siemens divisions will be announced over the coming year.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

About The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference
Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of forums, presentations, technology demonstrations, and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. For more on the conference, visit www.bentley.com/yii2017.

The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference will be held in London, 16-18 October.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AssetWise, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenPlant, OpenRail, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Going Digital: Bentley Systems’ New OpenRail is First to Advance BIM for the Full Rail and Transit Lifecycle – Systems Engineering from Planning Through Performance

10.10.2017 2:00  

Through connected data environment (CDE), digital components and digital context converge for digital workflow benefits for rail infrastructure

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – Today, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley introduced the OpenRail solution, comprising applications and services for the comprehensive planning, engineering, project delivery, and operations of rail and transit infrastructure. OpenRail’s foundation is Bentley’s connected data environment (CDE), shared by ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise operations services, and which for OpenRail nowbrings together digital components and digital context, through digital workflows. OpenRail applications will include OpenRail ConceptStation, now available for conceptual railway planning and design; OpenRail Designer, for detailed engineering and 3D design of track, overhead line, tunnels, bridges, and related civil infrastructure, and AECOsim Station Designer, for the comprehensive modeling of rail and transit stations, each available early in 2018.

Mr. Bentley said, “Bentley Systems has a proven record in providing industry-leading solutions to improve project delivery and asset performance for the most challenging rail and transit projects around the world. Most of our portfolio applications are used on rail projects, and we’ve advanced BIM for rail, in particular, with our Rail Track offering, rail corridor maintenance optimization through Optram, and via ComplyPro railway requirements compliance progressive assurance. However, the conception of these specific tools for specific purposes preceded the aspiration for what we now call digital workflows, where engineering deliverables are meant to be reused throughout the asset lifecycle.

“Moreover, our railway engineer users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway—more so than any other infrastructure asset—is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset. So, rail has become our company priority for putting everything together—industrializing BIM for project delivery and leveraging digital DNA for asset performance. At this point, while there are still scheduled stops ahead on our OpenRail application journey, every rail project and asset can benefit now from OpenRail’s CDE and digital workflow services—starting their digital railway infrastructure advancement at any OpenRail ‘station’ and at any time.”

Connected Data Environment
OpenRail is based on a connected data environment, comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, as configured specifically for rail systems engineering workflows.During project delivery, ProjectWise facilitates the collaboration among distributed engineering teams, coordination of structured workflows, and connected project visibility. For OpenRail, AssetWise provides asset lifecycle information services for linear, network and geospatial referencing, corridor maintenance decision support, inspection workflows, and reliability and change management.

OpenRail CDE services include Components Center for digital components, ContextShare for digital context, ComplyPro for progressive assurance, and ConstructSim Systems Completions for accessing operational readiness. ComplyPro is the established market leader in rail globally for governance of collaborative assurance systems of technical and safety requirements from concept to project handover. OpenRail extends this scope to progressive operations assurance and regulatory compliance. ConstructSim Systems Completions automates the inspections process to accelerate systems progress and validate system readiness for efficient project turnover and closeout.

Digital Components
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The OpenRail Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic rail components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from significant providers such as Siemens, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

Digital Context
Reality modeling incorporates digital context in the rail infrastructure workflow. Bentley’s ContextCapture processes digital photography and/or laser scans, from UAVs or hand-held or train-mounted devices, to produce an engineering-ready “reality mesh” accurately representing the continuously surveyed conditions of a railway corridor, site, or station.

Throughout detailed design, the reality mesh, for example, can be used to consider sight lines for signal siting. Because the reality mesh can be captured continuously, construction progress can be tracked and compared to the expected progress of the detailed design. In operations, the reality mesh can be used to compare the as-operated 3D model with the as-designed model, and serve as an immersive 3D environment with hyperlinks to equipment sensors for operations visibility and emergency response training.

OpenRail ConceptStation
OpenRail ConceptStation, enabled by the combination of OpenRail’s digital components and digital context, uniquely extends BIM capabilities to rail conceptual planning and layout. Working in the 3D design environment of the geo-coordinated reality mesh as the digital context of the rail corridor, the user can access Components Center to drag and drop digital components into the design to quickly lay out rail lines, bridges, overhead lines, signals, tunnels, etc. With the context of the terrain, and the intelligence of the digital components, OpenRail ConceptStation can quickly calculate quantities of railway elements such as track, ballast, sleepers, contact and catenary wire, equipment, bridge decking, concrete, and steel, as well as the cut-and-fill earthwork required for the conceptual design, and interactively produce a preliminary cost estimate to evaluate feasibility. All the design information, components, and context in the conceptual design can be reused in a digital workflow to OpenRail Designer for detailed design of the railway infrastructure.

Digital Workflows
In digital workflows, data captured or created for one purpose is accessed by computer programs for other purposes, saving time, minimizing rework, and improving data quality over the asset lifecycle. Digital workflows can also converge the work of different disciplines for additional advancements in project delivery and asset performance. Examples enabled by digital workflows include conceptioneering, constructioneering, inspectioneering, and operationeering. Each of these workflows represent new opportunities for engineers and their work to add value beyond their traditional role in design, to include contributions to construction, inspections, and operations.

The advancement of digital workflows in OpenRail will help users to achieve faster delivery, system-wide visibility, assured compliance, and better decisions in design, construction, and operations of rail infrastructure.
Learn more about OpenRail.  

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AECOsim Station Designer, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim Systems Completions, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRail, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Bentley’s New CONNECT<em>services</em> Bring Comprehensive Learning, Mobility, and Collaboration Benefits to Bentley Application Subscribers

9.10.2017 14:24  

Going Digital: New Azure-based Services Accelerate Users’ Applications Mastery, and Empower Staying Connected Across Devices and Projects

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the introduction of SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that deliver comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to Bentley application subscribers. The most significant update of the SELECT program since its inception, CONNECTservices are new benefits to all subscribers of Bentley applications, whether through SELECT for perpetual licenses, Enterprise License Subscriptions (ELS), or Cloud Services Subscriptions (CSS) for term licenses. SELECT CONNECTservices help user organizations to advance project delivery and accelerate “going digital.”

CONNECTservices include Adaptive Learning Services, Personal Mobility Services, and ProjectWise Connection Services:

Adaptive Learning Services

  • Application subscribers’ application mastery is now advanced through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Learning benefits previously provided through optional LEARN subscriptions are now available to every Bentley application subscriber. Services include Quick Starts for new user onboarding, in-application feature videos, workflow videos, on-demand courses, live virtual training, personalized learning paths and knowledge maps, and more.

Personal Mobility Services

  • Application subscribers benefit from unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring they have access to all the right project information when and where they need it – at the office, in the field, or on the site. Project team members can access project data, communicate with other team members, submit and resolve issues, and more. Bentley Mobile Apps for iOS, Android, and Windows include ProjectWise Edge Mobile, ProjectWise WorkSite, Bentley Navigator Mobile, OpenRoads Navigator Mobile, and Bentley Map Mobile.

ProjectWise Connection Services

  • New services allow Bentley application subscribers to access BIM content and standards to support design, analytical, reality, and construction modeling and securely share application and other information via Azure cloud services. Application subscribers are also able to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, track, and manage transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. Teams benefit from dashboards to review project status and benchmark project performance.

CEO Greg Bentley said about CONNECTservices, “Our application users and their organizations are appropriately making going digital their business priority. In our own business at Bentley Systems, I feel that we should be correspondingly responsible to take full advantage of cloud services to advance applications users’learning, mobility, and collaboration. In going digital ourselves, we are provisioning our application subscribers with intrinsic Microsoft Azure services. With CONNECTservices, our contribution to subscribers’ project success is not limited to application executables and sporadically requested support. Now, through Azure cloud services, our “connected” support for applications is literally continuous, and literally contextual, across users’ learning curves, devices, teams, and workdays—and we have been enabled to virtualize this expanded advancement responsibility across our thousands of applications-masterful colleagues globally: together, going digital! Bentley application subscribers can and should ’get connected’ immediately.”   

About Bentley’s Subscription Programs
SELECT is Bentley’s comprehensive subscription program for its complete portfolio of applications for design, analytical, reality, and construction modeling. SELECT subscriptions provide application users of current and new perpetual licenses with 24/7/365 support, continuously updated software, access to Bentley’s entire application portfolio, and SELECT CONNECTservices. SELECT subscribers benefit from country-wide license pooling, which enables applications to be shared among users. Additionally, SELECT licenses are kept evergreen with portfolio balancing, an annual right to exchange perpetual licenses for other titles to best match current work requirements. 

Through the Autodesk License Upgrade Program, subscribers may also receive full credit for the current value of Autodesk licenses toward the purchase of Bentley perpetual licenses.

The Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) is Bentley’s enterprise subscription program for large user organizations and includes all the benefits offered to SELECT subscribers, but in addition provides global license pooling. The ELS provides an annually renewed license for unlimited use of Bentley’s comprehensive application portfolio. In effect, ELS subscriber organizations are entitled to continuous portfolio balancing. The annual fee for an ELS is fixed, with actual usage measured throughout the year to determine the subsequent year’s renewal fee.

The Cloud Services Subscription (CSS) is a subscription program, primarily for consumption of cloud services by SELECT and ELS application subscribers, and also for organizations preferring only term licensing. Under a CSS, a budget is determined that enables organizations to cover their anticipated consumption costs. Actual usage charges are applied monthly, and CSS balances never expire. A CSS is required for use of Passports and of ProjectWise and AssetWise Visas, for application cloud services (such as ContextCapture Cloud Service), and for Success Plans. CSS balances may also be applied towards term licensing of applications, and for professional services.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.  

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, Bentley Map Mobile, Bentley Navigator, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRoads Navigator Mobile, ProjectWise Edge Mobile, ProjectWise WorkSite, ProjectWise, and SELECT are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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Bentley Systems and Topcon collaborate for <em>Constructioneering Academy</em> initiative

9.10.2017 14:24  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Topcon

Companies join efforts to provide opportunities for construction professionals to learn best practices in integrated engineering and construction

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – Topcon Positioning Systems, a world leader in positioning instruments for survey and construction, and Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced today that they have joined efforts to provide opportunities for construction industry professionals to learn best practices in constructioneering, a process of managing and integrating survey, engineering, and construction data, to streamline construction workflows and improve project delivery.

“The future of construction automation continues to move forward today with efforts like constructioneering. Together with Bentley we are helping reshape the traditional surveying, engineering, and construction workflows,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems. “Our efforts are proving successful in several phases of project delivery, particularly in road resurfacing, but the opportunities to expand its benefits are tremendous. That’s a big driver for creating the Constructioneering Academy.”

Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said, “The growing momentum in demand for infrastructure project delivery across the world, against finite resources including an aging construction workforce, makes ‘going digital’ imperative.  We and Topcon, and early adopters of constructioneering over the past year, have become convinced that heavy civil construction can lead the way, starting by ‘industrializing BIM’ through digital workflows which make the work of surveyors, engineers, and constructors automated, continuous, and continuously more valuable, throughout the project lifecycle.  Also over the past year, we and Topcon have advanced our digital co-venture to jointly deliver constructioneering technologies through instant-on cloud services, federating our respective connected data environments and applications. 

“The benefits of constructioneering, with digital visibility into efficient and effective project outcomes, are so substantial that I believe civil infrastructure projects can finally become bankable, attracting abundant private financing to fill the funding gap.  The results can be significant—improved overall economic growth and quality of life!

“The challenge in going digital, now, is to motivate and empower the historically conservative engineering and contracting firms, so that people and processes can catch up with constructioneering technology acceleration.  We and Topcon enthusiastically accept this responsibility, and are pooling our experiences in promoting and sustaining digital advancement. At Bentley Systems, our Academy programs have helped major infrastructure owners to onboard their consultants, contractors, and supply chains into BIM and construction digital workflows which benefit every project delivery participant.  Topcon has likewise invested in advancing people and processes, and we look forward to applying the same resourcefulness and creativity in collaborating for Constructioneering Academies, as we have already successfully shown in our joint technical endeavors.”

Constructioneering enables engineers to begin work with an accurate 3D model of current construction site conditions (as captured by Topcon’s UAS photogrammetry and laser scanners) which then can be processed into engineering-ready 3D reality meshes (by Bentley’s ContextCapture software). Cloud services convey the engineers’ work directly to construction processes in the field. The resulting digital engineering models work with the 3D machine control that guides construction machinery. Compared to traditional workflows between design and construction in which data in the digital engineering models is often lost and inefficiently recreated, constructioneering provides seamless integration for constructible models that offer real-time updates and data exchange for improved efficiency and cost reduction. Topcon and Bentley will collaborate to create the Constructioneering Academy curriculum which will be implemented through existing learning centers located in Livermore, California (Topcon), Houston, Texas, and London, UK (Bentley).

Vinayak Trivedi, Bentley Institute vice president, commented, “The constructioneering collaboration with our digital co-venturer Topcon will appropriately extend our successful program of global Academies for sharing advancements to help user organizations and their supply chains in going digital. We will be opening new Academy locations in the coming months in Pune, India; in Dubai, UAE; and in Beijing, China.  Along with supporting Topcon’s training centers, our priorities also include virtualizing Constructioneering Academy offerings through universities with leading construction degree programs.”

About Digital Co-Ventures
Bentley Systems is undertaking to cooperate with other significant participants in the infrastructure asset supply chain, to accelerate benefits from going digital.  The parties work together to assure that their respective cloud services uniquely federate and interoperate effectively to deliver transformative digital workflows.  Each digital co-venturers can then bundle offerings which include the cloud services of both.  Current digital co-venturers are Microsoft, Siemens, Topcon and Bureau Veritas.

About Topcon
Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, U.S. (topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands. Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precision measurement and workflow solutions for the global construction, geospatial and agriculture markets. Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, and NORAC. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com), founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732). 

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AssetWise, ContextCapture, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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CONNECT Edition of Bentley Substation Improves Electrical Design through Workflow Updates and Collaborative Engineering

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the early access of Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition – substation design software that unifies electrical and physical design. The new release supports improved project collaboration and coordination and provides visibility into the project’s progress and the quality of construction deliverables.

Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition provides users with the ability to:

  • Increase productivity through a unified, more efficient, and consistent user interface and workflow
  • Improve consistency and standards adherence across all participating disciplines and all project stakeholders through common worksets
  • Quickly perform highly accurate lightning protection calculations

Riaan Dippenaar, project engineer, Aurecon Cape Town, said, “Bentley Substation’s design capabilities allow us to be proactive, accurate, innovative, and collaborative in a connected environment with our offices in South Africa and Australia.”

Slavica Bozic, senior product manager, Bentley Systems, said, “Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition enables seamless, interdisciplinary collaboration, and information standardization and reuse. The redesigned user interface ensures seamless transition between 2D and 3D workflows and improves the user experience. The addition of CONNECT Advisor provides direct access to extensive training content from different sources and tailors it to specific learning objectives, ensuring rapid onboarding of new users and helping existing users use the software to its fullest potential.”

The CONNECT Edition of Bentley Substation allows users to receive personalized support and learning recommendations directly within the design environment. Users gain better insights into product features, workflows, and best practices. The CONNECT Edition also provides users the ability to interact with product experts and discover live events.

About Bentley Substation
Bentley Substation, an integrated software application for intelligent electrical and physical substation design, empowers project teams to design substations at least 40 percent faster, increasing productivity, while also reducing errors and minimizing rework. Bentley Substation can be complemented with other Bentley design and simulation applications as well as collaboration and asset performance services to deliver a comprehensive lifecycle solution that accelerates delivery, increases reliability, and reduces operating costs of electric substations.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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AssetWise Provides Comprehensive Linear Road Network Infrastructure and Inspection Management

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces new capabilities for the CONNECT Edition of AssetWise providing comprehensive management of road and bridge network infrastructure and all associated information including road network assets and linear events. The new capabilities of AssetWise include built-in linear referencing that enable transportation agencies to locate and manage all roadway information in an integrated environment, improving data consistency and enhancing decision support. This AssetWise release enables efficient and integrated management and inspection of a full range of assets and associated attributes – from signs, guardrails, and street lighting to culverts, gantries, retaining walls, and bridges – enabling cost-effective lifecycle management of transportation assets located or associated with road and bridge networks.

Inherently spatial and linear network aware, AssetWise allows users to view assets and attributes together with other spatially located information. With disciplined information management, as well as a consistent and auditable process for data integrity, transportation agencies can make smarter operational and asset management decisions that support superior asset performance.

AssetWise now offers a new modern map-based Web UI that enables organizations to easily manage linear asset data for roads and bridges with logical business-based, data-driven workflows. Using AssetWise, users can quickly and effectively collect, analyze, manage, and report inspection data while working in the field or at the office. User-friendly graphical reporting provides the ability to query and report on data.

AssetWise improves the efficiency of the road and bridge network infrastructure with key new capabilities:

  • A centralized Asset Register for asset classes including bridges, culverts, gantries, and retaining walls
  • Spatial and linear referenced location management
  • Information to support network operations including weight and height restrictions
  • Asset inspections to record conditions, defects, observations, and related items
  • Activity scheduling based upon recurrence patterns, e.g. Inspection Intervals
  • Load management and assessments to record load related readings
  • Work order task ordering to manage repairs and other task related activities
  • Document and records management related to assets, inspections, and defects

AssetWise eliminates the ad hoc solutions typically required to consolidate and analyze transportation data for regulatory reporting requirements. It reduces the time and effort required to extract, assemble, and analyze data to prepare for and meet legislative or mandated reporting submissions (including HPMS, HDM4, or other regulatory reporting requirements around the world). AssetWise allows users to perform complex analysis and spatial reporting without relying on GIS or IT resources to collect, consolidate, and analyze the extent, condition, performance, and operating characteristics of the roadway or highway.

Lorena Lambert, project coordinator with the Oregon DOT, said, “Oregon DOT needed a faster, more efficient way to capture, aggregate, and analyze asset data, ensure accuracy, run reports, and make data readily available to downstream systems and processes. AssetWise provided a foundational system — a single source of truth that other asset management systems could connect to and access the very latest data.”

Alan Kiraly, Bentley’s senior vice president, asset performance, said, “The AssetWise capabilities for linear road network management and road and bridge inspection management offer a unique, comprehensive solution that is already proven to maintain and prolong linear networks and associated assets, optimize productivity and financial resources, and improve return on software investment.”

About AssetWise CONNECT Edition
AssetWise optimizes asset performance and supports an asset strategy of safety, reliability, regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. Built on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a common data environment, AssetWiseconverges and analyzes IIoT and other data sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering with accurate and reliable information, when it is needed, to make informed decisions, from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance.
Aligned with international asset management standard ISO 55001 and BIM standard PAS 1192 (Level 3), AssetWise ensures assets are delivering optimal value and meeting business needs. AssetWise applies information modeling and information management technologies to asset operations and, when combined with Bentley’s ProjectWise, provides a complete lifecycle information management solution for owner-operators. AssetWise solutions are advancing intelligent infrastructure for owner-operators in asset-rich industries including oil, gas and chemical, transportation, electric power, and water/wastewater utilities, which have a combined net infrastructure value of over $4.5 trillion. For additional information about AssetWise, visit
www.bentley.com/AssetWise.


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Reality Modeling Empowers Governments with Digital Cities and to Explore the Future for Autonomous Vehicles

9.10.2017 2:00  

Reality modeling assists governments to keep pace with changing environments and population growth by improving planning, design, construction, and operation of urban infrastructure. The Yangzhou City Planning Bureau and the Singapore Land Authority are visionary organizations building digital cities with the aid of reality modeling. Reality modeling also enables organizations such as Sanborn to produce highly accurate 3D HD maps for autonomous driving support that can be used in simulators, bringing areas such as Santa Clara County, California closer to realizing the true potential of self-driving vehicles.

Sanborn’s Advanced Technology group has developed proprietary HD Mapping technology that creates standardized, high-precision 3D base-maps specifically for the self-driving vehicle market. ContextCapture Center enabled Sanborn to quickly produce 3D reality mesh models of the existing urban environment in busy Santa Clara County, California from Sanborn high-precision oblique imagery – substantially reducing a process that was estimated to take up to six months with three modelers to complete with traditional methods. Through the 3D reality mesh, Sanborn has been able to showcase the quality of the HD Map data to its partner automotive firms. The partners take advantage of capabilities for performing precise measurements of distances, volumes, and surface areas directly within the 3D viewing interface and the ability to share and visualize 3D models on the Web allows stakeholders to easily review vector and point data superimposed digitally on top of the high-resolution 3D reality mesh. Data sets are available for all levels of autonomous drive testing complexity – freeway, complex urban, complex parking, and more.

Sharad V. Oberoi, Ph.D., director of IT and software engineering, Sanborn, said “Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea. Major auto manufacturers have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself. Through the 3D mesh generated using ContextCapture Center, Sanborn’s Advanced Technology group has been able to showcase the quality of the HD Map data, including true-ground-absolute accuracy, to its partner automotive firms. The automation of the production of 3D models of city sized projects by ContextCapture Center made the project much faster than previously possible.”

Testing automotive solutions in the real world is expensive and time-consuming. The RAND Corporation estimates that over 11 billion miles of driving is required to demonstrate that an autonomous car is only 20 percent safer than with a person behind the wheel. A thousand test cars — driving nonstop, 365 days a year — would take 50 years to reach 11 billion miles. Simulating the environment in the virtual world solves that problem in hours. The 3D reality mesh is being ingested into a simulation tool by a partner software firm for testing autonomous vehicles in the virtual world. 

The AAM Group completed a vehicle-based mobile mapping survey covering 5,500 kilometers of public roads for the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and produced highly detailed 3D models for all of Singapore’s roads and city furniture including bus stops, taxi stands, light poles, traffic signs, overhead bridges, covered walkways, bollards, electrical boxes, manholes, guard rails, and railings. The data was modeled to an accuracy level of 0.3 meters to the CityGML standard using MicroStation. AAM estimated that 3,000 resource-days were saved in the development of the National 3D Map using Bentley applications. 

The survey of Singapore’s roads produced 600,000 million LiDAR points and 3 million images. MicroStation provided a framework to easily integrate this data with other available data sources. ProjectWise was used throughout the life of the project to store vital information relating to subcontractors, invoicing, cashflow, monthly project meetings, and user acceptance testing (UAT) documentation. ProjectWise also allowed for seamless collaboration between the AAM office in Singapore and those in Australia. The National 3D Map will have a profound impact on Singapore’s Smart Nation agenda, providing a detailed and comprehensive 3D data set for various agencies and stakeholders to utilize for their business needs. One such example is the autonomous vehicle test site at One-North, where selected companies and researchers are conducting trials, using the 3D data set as a basemap.

In a third example, Haiwei Spatial Information Technology developed a 3D reality mesh for the Yangzhou City Planning Bureau as the foundation for a 3D GIS database to be shared with citizens and used for decision support by the city. Building the “Yangzhou 3D digital city” has great significance for the planning, construction, and management of the city – planning and design proposals can be presented to governmental decision makers in 3D reality space where the ultimate results of the plan can be easily visualized and analyzed. Image acquisition of oblique photograph data with a resolution of 3 centimeters and production of the models were completed within one month, taking advantage of the multi-node parallel computing capabilities of ContextCapture to process the very large volume of imagery in only 20 days – a task that previously took about 10 months. With the help of the mesh editing function of Descartes, three people finished revising 400 water surface models in three days and MicroStation allowed for integration of data from additional sources along with linking of attribution to the reality meshes. Labor and data acquisition costs were estimated to have been reduced by about CNY 1.2 million over previous methods.

Ming Zhang, director of marketing at Haiwei Spatial Information Technology, said, “Bentley reality modeling technology provides a complete solution, from data production, model editing, and model optimization to model application, so the incompatibility of data formats between different pieces of software and the conversion risks for data formats are avoided. The 3MX guaranteed the seamless connection of ContextCapture, Descartes, and MicroStation and reduced the time and costs of data conversion and delivery.”

Sanya New Airport Benefits from Innovative Structural Analysis for 290 Steel Cylinders Used to Create Artificial Island

9.10.2017 2:00  

Hainan Airlines Group Hilong contracted Petroleum Marine Engineering Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (Hilong) to provide engineering design and analysis for 290 steel cylinders, the safe transportation of the cylinders, and the subgrid of an annex as part of a new artificial island in Sanya, China. The transport route went from Nantong, Jiangsu to Sanya, Hainan, ranging approximately 1,285 nautical miles. Sanya Airport is designed to manage an annual throughput of around 60 million people.

Bentley software allowed Hilong to complete optioneering and engineering analysis for the largest diameter steel cylinder cofferdam in the world. The project team used SACS for the strength and stability analysis of the large, thin-walled cylinders measuring 30 meters in diameter and between 25 to 39 meters in height. The project required a 9-kilometer-long structure revetment to be analyzed in the shipyard, before being transported to the site. The team also used SACS to analyze drag and check the strength and the stability of the fixing pieces, the sub-grid, and the hull deck. Additionally, it used MOSES to analyze buoyancy, stability, longitudinal strength, and motion of the barge on the critical waypoints of the Taiwan Straits. Additional floating motion and anchorage analysis provided further confidence as the elements were transported to the site.

During the implementation phase of the project, Hilong provided the owner with detailed manufacturing and construction drawings to guide the actual operation, including delivery orders, memorandums, and the steel cylinder transport design book required to fully understand the analysis.

For this CNY 95.2 billion project, Hilong conducted the calculations and analysis of the floating hydrodynamic and ocean engineering structures, which greatly reduced the time for the engineering calculations the owner required. SACS’ built-in input interface for environmental parameters, such as wind, current, and wave and ship motion data, allowed for calculation of the potential force on the structure and ensured the cylinders could withstand a variety of elements.

“The marine engineering software of MOSES and SACS provided by Bentley provided a great help for the transportation design of the steel cylinder cofferdam of the south bank of the artificial island in Sanya New Airport by its technological advantages in the industry.”

Mingchao Wang, Marine Engineering Structural Engineer, Hilong Petroleum Marine Engineering Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Highways England’s Network Occupancy Management System Has Potential to Save GBP 7.02 Million per year

9.10.2017 2:00  

Highways England (HE) is the UK government organization charged with operating, maintaining, and improving England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN). As part of its work, HE manages lane closures across the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk roads that make up the network, and its license to operate requires that lane availability does not fall below 97 percent for a rolling year. Using its Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS), HE aims to reduce the number of lane closure events by 6,000 a month, with the potential to provide a cost savings of GBP 7.02 million per year.

NOMS is a core element of HE’s asset lifecycle information management solution, and has two specific duties: The planning and management of road closure events. Leveraging Bentley technology, NOMS provides its distributed asset management community with the ability to directly access and interrogate planned road closure events across the entire SRN. In addition to reducing road closures by 3,600 a year, HE expects NOMS to provide significant safety advantages for its workers, eliminating 14,400 hours of challenging nighttime work on the SRN. The reduction in closures is also expected to deliver a positive impact on the environment, saving an estimated 10,824 tons of carbon per year.

NOMS allows HE to share road closure event data with local authorities across the UK, and the traveling public, as well as manage road closure events requests from third parties. Its direct integration with Bentley’s asset lifecycle information management solution allows the scheduling of operational, maintenance, and scheme activities, and provides, for the first time, all HE’s asset managers with the ability to visualize every planned road closure on a map.

“Bentley's NOMS solution is key to us integrating asset information so that we can share information across the business. This reaps cohesive and comprehensive benefits in collaboration opportunities across the entire business.”

Richard Arrowsmith
Highways England Asset Information Group Leader.

Bentley’s OpenPlant CONNECT Edition Improves Multi-discipline Plant Design Productivity

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the early access of OpenPlant CONNECT Edition. OpenPlant CONNECT Edition is the latest evolution of Bentley’s plant design software that enables users to improve design and operations with a collaborative, intelligent, 2D and 3D plant design environment based on open data standards. OpenPlant CONNECT Edition improves collaborative, multi-discipline plant design productivity by connecting to project collaboration services, supporting cloud-based asset tag management, and synchronizing lifecycle information with enterprise data stores. This release allows collaboration between individuals and teams with the ability to coordinate work, easily share information within the extended supply chain, and manage the exchange of plant design deliverables such as orthographics, isometrics, bills of material, and reports for pipe, supports, equipment, and instrument lists. Users can also take advantage of issues resolution and act on insights through project metrics and KPIs without IT set-up or additional investments.

OpenPlant CONNECT Edition also improves plant design productivity and saves project time with:

  • Faster multi-discipline design through an updated, streamlined interface that provides an optimized common workflow and is consistent across CONNECT Edition applications
  • Streamlined loading of data from other 3D design applications including PDMS, SP, E3D, and PDS into OpenPlant for fast production of isometrics and orthographics
  • Enhanced model interaction via multiple data access points through Web or mobile platforms. Utilize consistent and centralized tags, standard reports, Web editing of data, and improved insights into project progress
  • Increased collaboration and improved consistency by enforcing common standards across disciplines and among owner-EPCs with common worksets
  • Increased productivity by reusing user-defined data across different projects and ensuring that the most up-to-date and approved manufacturer parts database is used on a project through Components Center

William Leite Avelino, piping designer, GEA Equipamentos E Solucoes, said, “OpenPlant software enabled us to model components, extract isometrics, and prepare plant options rapidly, reducing project delivery by 10 percent. Our coffee extract concentration plant project was delivered in just 35 days, including construction and assembly.”

Rob Harper, director of product management, Bentley Systems, said, “OpenPlant CONNECT Edition increases the productivity and efficiency of Bentley’s plant users. For example, the redesigned user interface streamlines frequently used workflows, while the interdisciplinary coordination and consistency workflows between 2D and 3D models are vastly improved. The CONNECT Edition also provides new Web capabilities for data management, querying, reporting, and monitoring the health of our users’ projects. The addition of CONNECT Advisor provides users with context sensitive searches of learning content from multiple sources as an in-product experience.”

About OpenPlant
OpenPlant provides advancements for multi-discipline engineering of plants. It is widely adopted by leading plant EPCs and owner-operators as a practical and scalable solution to comprehensively support project delivery. Through its use of iRING/ISO 15926 as an intrinsic data model, OpenPlant enables users to coordinate and share information across multiple disciplines and the infrastructure lifecycle.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Bentley AssetWise Users to Benefit from Situational Intelligence through Azure-based Machine Learning

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announced the early access of new data science and machine learning capabilities, powered by Microsoft Azure, for AssetWise CONNECT Edition. AssetWise users can now leverage machine learning as an extension of the embedded analytics already available within AssetWise Operational Analytics and Asset Reliability services. Beyond situational awareness and the visual operation, AssetWise now also provides an elevated level of situational intelligence to guide actions and provide early warnings of impending asset failure or operational issues that previously remained undetected, paving the way for smarter and faster ways to make data-driven decisions.

As operational data continues to grow exponentially due to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the challenge is how best to interpret and make sense of large volumes and multiple types of data and turn it into actionable information. Bentley’s machine learning capabilities provide a new level of insight into your data. Early adopters of AssetWise machine learning have taken advantage of pre-selected template algorithms and adaptive models to help predict events with little or no human intervention.

AssetWise collects and aggregates data and uses machine learning, powered by the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning platform, to deliver advanced analytics and actionable insights for data-driven decision making in maintenance and operations including predictive and prescriptive maintenance, asset health indexing, asset utilization and asset life extensions, demand forecasting, asset and workforce optimization, and strategic asset planning.

AssetWise users will better understand the patterns contained within their data, in less time. What makes the introduction of machine learning so valuable to AssetWise users is the way it combines multiple proven data science capabilities, including R for linear regression analysis, self-learning neural networks to organize data points and visualization capabilities for rapid situational awareness. This new level of situational intelligence can augment the decision-making process for critical assets.

AssetWise users in asset-intensive industries such as oil, gas, process and chemical, road and bridge, rail and transit, and electric and water utilities will benefit from this major advancement. Situational intelligence provides the ability to not only monitor and react to what is going on in real time, but also to understand potential future events through the power of predictive analytics.

Jim Newman, senior director of product management, Bentley Systems, said, “The new machine learning capabilities within AssetWise will allow our users to do even more with their data. Using a combination of R analysis, machine learning, and neural networks, our users can transform their business with the provision of comprehensive and advanced data analysis to help drive assets and operations to optimum performance.”

About AssetWise
AssetWise optimizes asset performance and supports an asset strategy of safety, reliability, regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation. AssetWise is built on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a common data environment. Itconverges and analyzes IIoT and other data sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering professionals with accurate and reliable information to make informed decisions, from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance.
Aligned with international asset management standard ISO 55001 and BIM standard PAS 1192 (Level 3), AssetWise ensures assets are delivering optimal value and meeting business needs. AssetWise applies information modeling and information management technologies to asset operations and, when combined with Bentley’s ProjectWise, provides a complete lifecycle information management solution for owner-operators. AssetWise solutions are advancing intelligent infrastructure for owner-operators in asset-rich industries including oil, gas and chemical, transportation, electric power, and water and wastewater utilities, which have a combined net infrastructure value of over $4.5 trillion. For additional information about AssetWise, visit www.bentley.com/AssetWise.

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Communications Organizations Capitalize on ContextCapture to Reduce Costs and Safety Risks of Tower Inspections

9.10.2017 2:00  

Communications tower inspections typically require the site to be shut down and the tower climbed by an expert rigging team. If the tower is non-climbable, an elevated work platform must be used to allow close-up inspection of the antennas and equipment. Capturing imagery and other information with drones enables significant cost savings, eliminates health and safety risks of tower climbs, and reduces the time required to assess tower conditions. The 2017 Be Inspired Awards submissions included several compelling examples of the use of reality modeling for tower inspections. 

SEIKEY S.r.l. is using an innovative method for inspecting the operating parameters of 11,800 radio base stations (RBS) in Italy for risk prevention, compliance, and the maintenance and development of the 3, 4, 4.5, and 5G networks. Inspections are carried out through high definition photography, LiDAR sensors, thermographic cameras, and spectrum analyzers. During the inspection phase, it is possible to view the data that the drone is acquiring in real-time through ProjectWise. Using ContextCapture, MicroStation, and Bentley Map, data is collected, processed, and managed in ProjectWise where, through Bentley Navigator, 3D visualization provides a comprehensive and realistic view of situations requiring intervention. The management of flight schedules, the collection and preparation of the necessary permits, and the management of collected and processed data posed significant challenges. ProjectWise proved to be essential for this operational management. The inspection method led to a reduction in the risk to human life and a reduction in inspection times, where previously it took five days to perform an RBS inspection, it can now be done in six hours. 

Cristiano De Leonardis, CEO and founder of SEIKEY S.r.l., said, “ProjectWise made it possible to quickly coordinate among the stakeholders, providing telecommunications operators with immediate access to up-to-date information and a huge amount of data (e.g. a detailed photogrammetric reconstruction with ContextCapture takes around 1,700 40MP photos, up to 30GB of photos for each RBS, and more than 400TB of data for all the RBSs). ProjectWise provides the documentation base to support continuous asset management.”

iSpatial Global Systems, working with RBI Technical Solutions International (RBI), developed the iGlobe Tower Management System (iGTMS), a proof of concept (POC) exploring the use of unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV), 3D reality modeling, and geographic information systems (GIS) for the maintenance and engineering of cellular towers. RBI is an engineering inspection company with offices across South Africa that performs risk-based inspections for a broad range of industries. The project goals included reducing the time from inspection to a workable 3D model on the engineer’s desktop and, of course, drastic reduction of the need for tower climbs.

ProjectWise played a key role for the distributed teams in managing content and workflows from the information collected in the field right to final reports. All reports and inspections are linked to the geospatial information in Bentley Map as well as the spatial folders in ProjectWise. Bentley’s ContextCapture was used to generate rich reality meshes shared through the iGTMS portal. Bentley Map was used as the foundation of the underlying spatial content bringing together WMS layers from providers like TomTom and Google. The POC confirmed that reality modeling can enable the maintenance, engineering, and planning teams to make decisions based on common information and that planning in the office is now much more accurate, ensuring the correct technology and crews are sent to the site for any subsequent work. 

Eye-bot Aerial Solutions produces 3D engineering ready meshes of structures, such as the monopole cell tower in Springdale, Pennsylvania, using ContextCapture. Modeling vertical structures with UAV photogrammetry is extremely difficult when the structure has complex cross bracing that can be seen through. Eye-bot relies on the unique capability of ContextCapture to use photogrammetry and UAV laser scanning to consistently generate accurate models of such complex towers. Lease holders take advantage of the model for remote inspection rather than each company sending a team to inspect their equipment, reducing work in a far safer environment than the traditional method of climbing towers. The models can be used to check for structural deformities that may have been caused by excessive stress and the surface area of components can be measured for wind and ice load calculations, allowing for well-informed decisions that no longer rely solely on the person climbing the tower. 

Jake Lydick, founder and CEO of Eye-bot Aerial Solutions, said reality modeling with ContextCapture allows his team to “Deliver a vast and complete, verified accurate, up-to-date record of the current state and position of the client’s tangible assets contained in an easily consumable source.”

SiteSee used ContextCapture to create reality meshes for as-built auditing and analysis of a Telstra telecommunications tower in Brisbane, Australia and reported a reduction in asset inspection and maintenance costs of 69 percent along with a reduction in project delivery lead time of 86 percent. ContextCapture enabled SiteSee to export a dense point cloud for further analysis in their web-based application for remote site inspection to support automated corrosion detection and antenna identification with model, height, azimuth, and mechanical tilt, as well as preliminary radiation hazard EME simulation within the 3D reality mesh scene. Since Bentley’s ContextCapture supports Cesium 3D Tiles, SiteSee developed the web application based on Cesium tiles. SiteSee’s 3DTile viewer enables users from field teams, engineering, health and safety, real estate, and asset management to remotely view and analyze assets and run reports. The reality mesh can also be linked to the user’s internal asset management system to align records with the data extracted from the reality mesh, bridging the gap between reality and the database of record. 

A Collaborative BIM Process Reduces Design Time by 60% on the Olympic Stadium in Hangzhou

9.10.2017 2:00  

The Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center contracted Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) to plan and design a new stadium for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. This 400,000-square-meter stadium included car park, commercial facilities, and the Olympic swimming pool.

For the Olympic swimming pool BIAD leveraged AECOsim Building Designer’s computational design capabilities for parametric design of the building. By adding algorithms for the structural analysis, BIAD determined the shape and detail of each component. Using this methodology ensured that an optimized design for the interior and exterior, as well as the relational dependencies, would be achieved.

The project team applied a BIM methodology to the structure, curtain walls, rainwater, lighting, ventilation, and underground commercial buildings by using innovative applications and new work processes. Challenging terrain caused by the Qiantang River required careful planning, and BIAD used automated complex modeling techniques in conjunction with parametric design to extract logic for the surface size and shapes. Consistency was needed between the steel structure and the architectural design, all carefully coordinated with the structural load analysis.

For this CNY 4.5 billion project, BIAD standardized on a BIM methodology to assemble all the components for the planning and design stages. With enhanced 3D modeling, the team could conform to design standards and ensure integration with the electromechanical systems. The comprehensive BIM models provided accuracy and integrity for all phases of the lifecycle and data consistency ensured validity through all phases of the project. Bentley Navigator supported clash detection and BIM review, ensuring errors were resolved before construction, saving valuable time and resources. ProStructures and STAAD were used for steel structure calculations, reducing design cycle time as well as providing engineering analysis for integrity.

ProjectWise created a common data environment, which enabled engineering data to be shared by a distributed team in structured BIM workflows. This interoperable digital workflow provided greater fidelity, flexibility, and transparency for the designers, construction firms, and the owner.

By using Bentley’s comprehensive modeling and common data environments, BIAD reduced design time by 60 percent. Moreover, clash detection and pipeline collision testing saved the project team 100 resource days.

“Powerful logic capabilities provided by AECOsim Building Designer delivered calculations not expressed by the human brain. MicroStation uses a common and simple way to achieve seamless links between the complex 3D model and the traditional 2D drawing. ProjectWise organized the complex file management and process control.”

Yapeng You, Director Architect, BIAD Huyue Studio

Going Digital: Bentley Announces Microsoft Azure-based Cloud Services Extending ProjectWise CONNECT Edition for Comprehensive Project Delivery

9.10.2017 2:00  

Also, New ProjectWise “365 Services” Leverage Microsoft Office 365 as Project Delivery Organizations Increasingly Embrace Microsoft Azure

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — 9 October 2017 — Today, Bentley Systems announced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services, powered by Microsoft Azure. The Azure-based services complement ProjectWise Design Integrationservice, the proven workhorse for work-sharing across collaborating engineering teams—which can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud service, or in any hybrid combination. By virtue of the shared Azure platform, project delivery organizations using both ProjectWise CONNECT Edition’snew “365 Services” and Microsoft Office 365 will increasingly benefit from digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. Along with “365 Services,” Bentley’s connected data environment, shared between ProjectWiseand AssetWise, now includes Components Center, ContextShare, ConstructSim Completions, and iModelHub services.

New ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services for comprehensive project delivery include:

  • Deliverables Management to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs;
  • Issues Resolution to submit, manage, and resolve issues;
  • Field Data Management for configurable forms-based data collection;
  • Project Performance Dashboards for insight into project progress;
  • Share to broadly and securely share general project information; and
  • Construction Management for contract, cost, change, and risk management.

As to Construction Management, Ron Perkins, vice president, HDR, Inc., said, “The integration between ProjectWise Construction Management and ProjectWise Design Integration will help make projects more efficient by improving the coordination between design and construction teams. The ability to access design drawings and information will simplify the delivery of design content to our construction partners, and will help save time and reduce errors by eliminating redundant data entry.”

Connected Data Environment
Services contributing to both project delivery and asset performance, benefiting users of ProjectWise and/or AssetWise, include:

  • ContextShare, to access and share engineering-ready reality meshes;
  • iModelHub, to synchronize and distribute changes in BIM workflows;
  • ConstructSim Completions;
  • Components Center; and
  • “365 Services”.

For immersive visibility, Bentley also previewed Navigator Web, which enables users to access project models and engineering content directly from a browser. Highly performant with even large and complex 3D models, Navigator Web will be leveraged by all CONNECT Edition cloud services which benefit from interactive viewing, visualization, querying, or analysis of models in a standard browser interface.

ConstructSim Completions
A critical phase of any project is verifying that the asset that is being delivered meets the detailed requirements and specifications contracted for by the owner. ConstructSim Completions helps both project delivery organizations and owner operations progress and validate system readiness for efficient project closeout and turnover. Fully integrated with ConstructSim Work Package Server, ConstructSim Completions enables organizations to eliminate manual data collection with automated check sheets and to easily monitor, control, and automate testing and inspection workflows for real-time project status and reporting. Support is also provided for mechanical completion review and commissioning, including dashboard-based status reports and mobile digital smart forms. ConstructSim Completions delivers crucial design and construction information, at the point of commissioning and just as an asset “goes live,” accelerating systems readiness, reducing risk and complexity, and delivering improved safety and over current methods.

Components Center
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from manufacturers and vendors, including formats such as RFA, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

“365 Services”
Bentley’s connected data environment services are implemented to take full advantage of native Microsoft Azure capabilities—so that infrastructure engineering enterprises, in going digital, can leverage their ongoing Microsoft investments in tools and data—for digital workflows to comprehensively advance project delivery and asset performance. Examples to date include:

  • Microsoft Flow connector to facilitate configurable workflows with native Microsoft Office 365 interfaces, including for real-time communication, email consolidation, and other document-centric work processes;
  • Microsoft Azure Search for immediate access to project and operational information;
  • Microsoft SharePoint federation to enable documents stored in Microsoft SharePoint to be referenced through ProjectWise and AssetWise workflows; and
  • Microsoft Power BI integration, forproject and operational analytics across engineering and enterprise data sources.

Bill Smith, ‎CIO, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), said, “With so many enterprise collaboration tools available, the challenge is to bring together the right ones in a cohesive and painless user experience that drives adoption and return on our IT investment. Bentley’s strategy to integrate ProjectWise with Office 365 addresses this challenge, making it possible to increase collaboration quality and business process standardization while enabling unified access to all data types related to the project.”

Global engineering, management and development company Mott MacDonald uses ProjectWise and Microsoft Office 365 as foundations for a frictionless knowledge management and collaboration experience across its global network of 16,000 experts. Derek Murray, Mott MacDonald’s global head of digital projects, said: “The integration of ProjectWise and Office 365 will advance this frictionless experience by creating seamless workflows across both systems, breaking down barriers between information repositories, and making engineering progress insights more accessible to management. These advantages will transform how we work with partners and drive enhanced outcomes for our clients.”

Rob Howard, director, Office Ecosystem, Microsoft Corporation said, “Microsoft and Bentley have enjoyed a strong relationship for decades. We are pleased to see that Bentley is unifying, accelerating, and improving collaboration, project and operational insights, and organizational performance through comprehensive integrations with Microsoft Office 365. Unified access to design and non-design project data will drive value to our joint customers by enabling digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. It will be great to see Bentley build upon the commitment they’ve made to the Azure platform by executing on this new vision.”

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Going Digital: Bentley Announces Microsoft Azure-based Cloud Services Extending ProjectWise CONNECT Edition for Comprehensive Project Delivery

9.10.2017 2:00  

Also, New ProjectWise “365 Services” Leverage Microsoft Office 365 as Project Delivery Organizations Increasingly Embrace Microsoft Azure

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Today, Bentley Systems announced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services, powered by Microsoft Azure. The Azure-based services complement ProjectWise Design Integration service, the proven workhorse for work-sharing across collaborating engineering teams—which can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud service, or in any hybrid combination. By virtue of the shared Azure platform, project delivery organizations using both ProjectWise CONNECT Edition’s new “365 Services” and Microsoft Office 365 will increasingly benefit from digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. Along with “365 Services,” Bentley’s connected data environment, shared between ProjectWise and AssetWise, now includes Components Center, ContextShare, ConstructSim Completions, and iModelHub services.

New ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services for comprehensive project delivery include:

  • Deliverables Management to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs;
  • Issues Resolution to submit, manage, and resolve issues;
  • Field Data Management for configurable forms-based data collection;
  • Project Performance Dashboards for insight into project progress;
  • Share to broadly and securely share general project information; and
  • Construction Management for contract, cost, change, and risk management.

As to Construction Management, Ron Perkins, vice president, HDR, Inc., said, “The integration between ProjectWise Construction Management and ProjectWise Design Integration will help make projects more efficient by improving the coordination between design and construction teams. The ability to access design drawings and information will simplify the delivery of design content to our construction partners, and will help save time and reduce errors by eliminating redundant data entry.”

Connected Data Environment
Services contributing to both project delivery and asset performance, benefiting users of ProjectWise and/or AssetWise, include:

  • ContextShare, to access and share engineering-ready reality meshes;
  • iModelHub, to synchronize and distribute changes in BIM workflows;
  • ConstructSim Completions;
  • Components Center; and
  • “365 Services”.

For immersive visibility, Bentley also previewed Navigator Web, which enables users to access project models and engineering content directly from a browser. Highly performant with even large and complex 3D models, Navigator Web will be leveraged by all CONNECT Edition cloud services which benefit from interactive viewing, visualization, querying, or analysis of models in a standard browser interface.

ConstructSim Completions
A critical phase of any project is verifying that the asset that is being delivered meets the detailed requirements and specifications contracted for by the owner. ConstructSim Completions helps both project delivery organizations and owner operations progress and validate system readiness for efficient project closeout and turnover. Fully integrated with ConstructSim Work Package Server, ConstructSim Completions enables organizations to eliminate manual data collection with automated check sheets and to easily monitor, control, and automate testing and inspection workflows for real-time project status and reporting. Support is also provided for mechanical completion review and commissioning, including dashboard-based status reports and mobile digital smart forms. ConstructSim Completions delivers crucial design and construction information, at the point of commissioning and just as an asset “goes live,” accelerating systems readiness, reducing risk and complexity, and delivering improved safety and over current methods.

Components Center
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from manufacturers and vendors, including formats such as RFA, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

“365 Services”
Bentley’s connected data environment services are implemented to take full advantage of native Microsoft Azure capabilities—so that infrastructure engineering enterprises, in going digital, can leverage their ongoing Microsoft investments in tools and data—for digital workflows to comprehensively advance project delivery and asset performance. Examples to date include:

  • Microsoft Flow connector to facilitate configurable workflows with native Microsoft Office 365 interfaces, including for real-time communication, email consolidation, and other document-centric work processes;
  • Microsoft Azure Search for immediate access to project and operational information;
  • Microsoft SharePoint federation to enable documents stored in Microsoft SharePoint to be referenced through ProjectWise and AssetWise workflows; and
  • Microsoft Power BI integration, forproject and operational analytics across engineering and enterprise data sources.

Bill Smith, ‎CIO, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), said, “With so many enterprise collaboration tools available, the challenge is to bring together the right ones in a cohesive and painless user experience that drives adoption and return on our IT investment. Bentley’s strategy to integrate ProjectWise with Office 365 addresses this challenge, making it possible to increase collaboration quality and business process standardization while enabling unified access to all data types related to the project.”

Global engineering, management and development company Mott MacDonald uses ProjectWise and Microsoft Office 365 as foundations for a frictionless knowledge management and collaboration experience across its global network of 16,000 experts. Derek Murray, Mott MacDonald’s global head of digital projects, said: “The integration of ProjectWise and Office 365 will advance this frictionless experience by creating seamless workflows across both systems, breaking down barriers between information repositories, and making engineering progress insights more accessible to management. These advantages will transform how we work with partners and drive enhanced outcomes for our clients.”

Rob Howard, director, Office Ecosystem, Microsoft Corporation said, “Microsoft and Bentley have enjoyed a strong relationship for decades. We are pleased to see that Bentley is unifying, accelerating, and improving collaboration, project and operational insights, and organizational performance through comprehensive integrations with Microsoft Office 365. Unified access to design and non-design project data will drive value to our joint customers by enabling digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. It will be great to see Bentley build upon the commitment they’ve made to the Azure platform by executing on this new vision.”

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, ConstructSim, MicroStation, Navigator Web, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, ProjectWise Construction Management, ProjectWise Design Integration, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Going Digital: Bentley Announces Microsoft Azure-based Cloud Services Extending ProjectWise CONNECT Edition for Comprehensive Project Delivery

9.10.2017 2:00  

Also, New ProjectWise “365 Services” Leverage Microsoft Office 365 as Project Delivery Organizations Increasingly Embrace Microsoft Azure

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — 9 October 2017 — Today, Bentley Systems announced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services, powered by Microsoft Azure. The Azure-based services complement ProjectWise Design Integrationservice, the proven workhorse for work-sharing across collaborating engineering teams—which can be deployed on-premises, as a cloud service, or in any hybrid combination. By virtue of the shared Azure platform, project delivery organizations using both ProjectWise CONNECT Edition’snew “365 Services” and Microsoft Office 365 will increasingly benefit from digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. Along with “365 Services,” Bentley’s connected data environment, shared between ProjectWiseand AssetWise, now includes Components Center, ContextShare, ConstructSim Completions, and iModelHub services.

New ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services for comprehensive project delivery include:

  • Deliverables Management to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs;
  • Issues Resolution to submit, manage, and resolve issues;
  • Field Data Management for configurable forms-based data collection;
  • Project Performance Dashboards for insight into project progress;
  • Share to broadly and securely share general project information; and
  • Construction Management for contract, cost, change, and risk management.

As to Construction Management, Ron Perkins, vice president, HDR, Inc., said, “The integration between ProjectWise Construction Management and ProjectWise Design Integration will help make projects more efficient by improving the coordination between design and construction teams. The ability to access design drawings and information will simplify the delivery of design content to our construction partners, and will help save time and reduce errors by eliminating redundant data entry.”

Connected Data Environment
Services contributing to both project delivery and asset performance, benefiting users of ProjectWise and/or AssetWise, include:

  • ContextShare, to access and share engineering-ready reality meshes;
  • iModelHub, to synchronize and distribute changes in BIM workflows;
  • ConstructSim Completions;
  • Components Center; and
  • “365 Services”.

For immersive visibility, Bentley also previewed Navigator Web, which enables users to access project models and engineering content directly from a browser. Highly performant with even large and complex 3D models, Navigator Web will be leveraged by all CONNECT Edition cloud services which benefit from interactive viewing, visualization, querying, or analysis of models in a standard browser interface.

ConstructSim Completions
A critical phase of any project is verifying that the asset that is being delivered meets the detailed requirements and specifications contracted for by the owner. ConstructSim Completions helps both project delivery organizations and owner operations progress and validate system readiness for efficient project closeout and turnover. Fully integrated with ConstructSim Work Package Server, ConstructSim Completions enables organizations to eliminate manual data collection with automated check sheets and to easily monitor, control, and automate testing and inspection workflows for real-time project status and reporting. Support is also provided for mechanical completion review and commissioning, including dashboard-based status reports and mobile digital smart forms. ConstructSim Completions delivers crucial design and construction information, at the point of commissioning and just as an asset “goes live,” accelerating systems readiness, reducing risk and complexity, and delivering improved safety and over current methods.

Components Center
Components Center is an Azure cloud service of libraries which align, across disciplines and applications, the semantic content of catalogued components, potentially including vendor data, fabrication details, component requirements (for example, electrical specifications and connections), reliability characteristics, and representational views required for documentation (for example, 3D, plan, schematic). A digital component is reused across BIM workflows in design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling, and asset registries—from catalogued component, to engineered component, to installed component, to operated component.

The Components Center is being initialized with libraries of generic components with appropriate intelligence, and libraries from manufacturers and vendors, including formats such as RFA, but is intended to be maintained and extended by user organizations.

“365 Services”
Bentley’s connected data environment services are implemented to take full advantage of native Microsoft Azure capabilities—so that infrastructure engineering enterprises, in going digital, can leverage their ongoing Microsoft investments in tools and data—for digital workflows to comprehensively advance project delivery and asset performance. Examples to date include:

  • Microsoft Flow connector to facilitate configurable workflows with native Microsoft Office 365 interfaces, including for real-time communication, email consolidation, and other document-centric work processes;
  • Microsoft Azure Search for immediate access to project and operational information;
  • Microsoft SharePoint federation to enable documents stored in Microsoft SharePoint to be referenced through ProjectWise and AssetWise workflows; and
  • Microsoft Power BI integration, forproject and operational analytics across engineering and enterprise data sources.

Bill Smith, ‎CIO, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), said, “With so many enterprise collaboration tools available, the challenge is to bring together the right ones in a cohesive and painless user experience that drives adoption and return on our IT investment. Bentley’s strategy to integrate ProjectWise with Office 365 addresses this challenge, making it possible to increase collaboration quality and business process standardization while enabling unified access to all data types related to the project.”

Global engineering, management and development company Mott MacDonald uses ProjectWise and Microsoft Office 365 as foundations for a frictionless knowledge management and collaboration experience across its global network of 16,000 experts. Derek Murray, Mott MacDonald’s global head of digital projects, said: “The integration of ProjectWise and Office 365 will advance this frictionless experience by creating seamless workflows across both systems, breaking down barriers between information repositories, and making engineering progress insights more accessible to management. These advantages will transform how we work with partners and drive enhanced outcomes for our clients.”

Rob Howard, director, Office Ecosystem, Microsoft Corporation said, “Microsoft and Bentley have enjoyed a strong relationship for decades. We are pleased to see that Bentley is unifying, accelerating, and improving collaboration, project and operational insights, and organizational performance through comprehensive integrations with Microsoft Office 365. Unified access to design and non-design project data will drive value to our joint customers by enabling digital workflows between their engineering work processes and enterprise productivity tools. It will be great to see Bentley build upon the commitment they’ve made to the Azure platform by executing on this new vision.”

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, ConstructSim, MicroStation, Navigator Web, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, ProjectWise Construction Management, ProjectWise Design Integration, ProjectWise, and SELECT are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS Integrate Enterprise Data Sources for a More Efficient Network Operation

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the general access of WaterGEMS CONNECT Edition and SewerGEMS CONNECT Edition, hydraulic modeling software for water distribution and wastewater collection systems, respectively. These new releases allow utilities and their consultants to get more out of their enterprise data systems (such as GIS, SCADA, and more), improving the interoperability between those systems and Bentley’s simulation products.

With the CONNECT Editions of these applications, users now have better visibility into how their enterprise data has changed, better insight into how those changes might impact their hydraulic models, and better control over which changes they choose to synchronize with the model. This new functionality provides the ability to:

  • Easily replicate the steps used to connect external data with model data by saving and re-running automated steps for any number of data source connections
  • Preview source data changes before bringing them into the model, allowing the user to control which data to include while synchronizing
  • Track the history of changes made within each model, to review the work of other modelers, confirm modifications, and troubleshoot any data-related problems that might arise

Stephen Jackson, senior engineer at Artesian Water, said, “Our hydraulic model is a critical part of our decision-making process, and to have confidence in those decisions, we need to have confidence in our modeling data. With Bentley’s software, not only do we have better control over how our models synchronize with GIS, customer records, and other data, but we have better visualization and analysis capabilities to ensure the integrity of model inputs and results. We are also very impressed by the response rate and expertise of Bentley’s technical support for their hydraulic modeling applications.”

Gregg Herrin, director of software development, Bentley Systems, said, “By continuing to streamline and expand our unique abilities to share and manage information across systems and departments, we enable our users to have more reliable models. The interoperability and flexibility that we provide leads them to make more effective decisions about everything from long-range planning to immediate emergency response.”

About WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS
WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS are hydraulic modeling applications for water distribution and wastewater collection modeling, respectively. Utilities and their consultants use these applications to support smarter decision making for every aspect of the system lifecycle, from master planning, to capital planning and design, to operations and maintenance.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority Leverages Common Data Environment to Advance Integrated Transportation for Expo 2020 and Beyond

9.10.2017 2:00  

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is responsible for the planning and provisioning of an integrated transport system capable of achieving Dubai's vision of safe and smooth transport for all. As one of RTA’s strategic and primary business units, its Rail Agency was created to provide all modes of railway transportation and to help ease congestion within Dubai. Faced with a lack of a single source of truth for information relating to the operation and maintenance of the world’s longest driverless metro, it initiated a business transformation program to improve its performance in initiating, planning, designing, managing, maintaining, and operating of all its rail networks. Through the implementation of best practices for configuration management (CM), collaborative information management (CIM), and building information modeling (BIM), all provisioned on a common data environment (CDE) enabled by Bentley technology, the RTA anticipates a reduction of 12 percent in time and effort of managing its capital projects and 10 to 15 percent of maintenance costs within three years of implementation.

As the first major entity within the government of Dubai to recognize and undertake such a BIM transformation, the RTA has established a robust vision and strategy that provided the foundation for a four-year road map to meet and exceed the UK government’s Level 2 BIM maturity. To facilitate the implementation of CM, CIM, and BIM processes and standards within the implementation plan, the RTA selected its “Route 2020” Project as a pilot project, and engaged Bentley as a strategic partner and provider of its CDE, a core requirement for BIM Level 2.  

The “Route 2020” Project is a 15-kilometer extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station to the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South (previously known as Dubai World Central), a self-contained city that currently includes Dubai’s Al Makhtoum International Airport. The 15-kilometer project includes 11 kilometers of elevated and 4 kilometers of underground sections, seven stations (five elevated and two underground), through communities inhabited by around 240,000 people.

RTA’s CDE is built upon Bentley’s ProjectWise and AssetWise and will significantly impact the project in the following ways:  

  • Creation of a single source of truth for all project data.
  • Data structured in accordance with RTA’s standards and practices, including BS 1192.
  • Ensured quality, consistency, and mobility of models and data produced by the RTA’s supply chain, in line with its BIM standards and manuals.
  • Accelerated feedback to RTA’s supply chain to streamline project workflows and better coordinate on deliverables.
  • Provision and access to structured, accurate, and trusted information throughout the CAPEX and OPEX phases, ensuring information value is retained.

 “The RTA believes that Bentley’s CDE solution is the best overall implementation of a ‘central information store,’ and provides us with a comprehensive digital representation of the physical asset.”

Ahmed Dwidar, Engineering Support Manager, Rail Agency, Roads and Transport Authority

“Our implementation strategy is focused on enabling better outcomes through better decision making informed by a better quality of information.”

Salah Al Dilimi, Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Section Manager, Rail Agency, Roads, and Transport Authority

Greenfield and Brownfield Substation Projects Reap Design, Collaboration, and Construction Benefits from BIM and Reality Modeling

9.10.2017 2:00  

Whether designing greenfield substation projects from the ground up or performing brownfield design associated with existing substation infrastructure, intelligent 3D substation design employing BIM processes and reality modeling demonstrates cost and time saving benefits. 

In a greenfield project in Cambodia, PESTECH undertook a project for Diamond Power Limited for the conceptual design through commissioning of the 230-kilovolt Kratie and Kampong Cham Substation and Transmission System. The project will support the growing population and tourism industry. The Kratie 230/22-kilovolt substation will connect with the Sesan hydropower plant, which is under construction in the upper Mekong area, and also serve as a major collection center of power from several mini hydropower plants, connecting to the national power grid of Cambodia.

Visualization of the 3D substation design was essential to prepare and plan work before and during construction. The site was located far from the town within forest and hilly roads and visualization of the design with accurate dimensions was a significant challenge, which was successfully overcome using Bentley Substation and Bentley Navigator. ProjectWise was used for collaboration across departments on-site and offsite including procurement, management, engineering, and construction. The project is expected to be completed in November 2017 and PESTECH will also be responsible for operating the power transmission system for a concession period of 25 years.

The design of past projects was done manually, via hand-drawn and manual calculation of components and third-party CAD software. This approach was prone to human error, time consuming, and resulted in inconsistent quality. PESTECH’s engineering team reported many benefits of Bentley Substation from the unified design environment facilitating cross-discipline collaboration, automated design drawing and reports, enforcement of engineering standards, and more. These included cost savings in procurement, reduction in errors, and substantial time savings. A detailed analysis comparing the use of Bentley applications with previous methods estimated time savings of up to 70 percent were achieved. 

In contrast, approximately 95 percent of Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) annual USD 1 billion substation budget is spent on existing brownfield substations. Since 2016, PG&E has been pioneering the use of a combination of aerial equipment such as man lifts, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and on-ground photo equipment to capture images of existing substations. Bentley’s ContextCapture is used to process these images and produce accurate 3D reality meshes, which can be referenced into Bentley Substation to complete the entire substation design in 3D. ContextCapture models allow effective collaboration between the Transmission Line, Land Planning and Zoning, and the Electrical and Civil Substation Engineering departments. ProjectWise is used to manage the models and facilitate collaboration. With up-to-date 3D models, all stakeholders can clearly see the impact of each department on the project, avoiding costly conflicts in the field and allowing for more streamlined, effective, and sustainable long-term planning.

For community and government relations, this method can be used to capture and retain historical infrastructure in 3D before new construction takes place. In areas where thick ballistic walls for security are required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC), realistic renderings of the existing substation and new security walls in 3D helps to gain community acceptance. 3D models generated by ContextCapture can also be utilized as a mesh to generate quick and low-cost digital terrain models and enables PG&E to identify and categorize existing substation assets for condition-based maintenance substation asset inventories.

PG&E expects to reduce cost spent on recreating existing substation equipment in 3D by 50 percent, a reduction from 120 hours to less than 60 hours on average. Improving captured 3D model’s accuracy to within inches will eliminate field measurements on cleared and energized equipment. PG&E also expects a 50 percent reduction of substation personnel travels to and from substation facilities.

Ralph Hansen, construction supervisor, PG&E, said, “Having a complete 3D model at the time of constructability review allows us to measure electrical and physical clearance in real time, which helps eliminate costly conflicts during the construction phases. With today’s increasing substation complexity and decreasing substation footprint, having a 3D model is a must.”

The South Street 115/11.5/23-kilovolt Indoor Substation project executed by TRC for National Grid involved rebuilding South Street Substation in Providence, Rhode Island, converting the existing three 115-kilovolt overhead line supply circuits to underground cable circuits, and re-routing the existing 23- and 11.5-kilovolt underground feeder getaway facilities. To complete the project on time and on budget required TRC to integrate existing conditions to the new construction while the substation remained in operation. This project was also in a highly visible and congested area, which caused concern over the aesthetics of the site and building.

The project had a very complicated building design and required incorporating a large number of subcontractor files in third-party formats to a single master design model for cross-discipline checking. These files were placed in ProjectWise and provided an indisputable record of what was received from subcontractors. Bentley Substation was used to integrate these different formats into the Bentley Substation models by TRC staff in design centers across the country. As a result, TRC identified issues before construction or fabrication that would have led to delays at the site and cost overruns. Bentley Substation was used to do full 3D client walkthroughs for interior and exterior design reviews and the 3D models were also used in the renderings for the planning board and for public comment. 

Jason Poissonnier, TRC ProjectWise administrator, said, “Bentley Substation along with ProjectWise was instrumental in successfully completing the South Street project, which was in a congested, highly visible area. TRC utilized resources from several offices who collaborated on over 2,000 CAD files as well as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, PDF, TIFF, and other files. The ability to incorporate different types of design files from subcontractors into the 3D model made the design reviews truly all-encompassing and resulted in identifying many areas that needed redesign, thereby avoiding costly changes later during construction.”

Iconic Bridge Project Connecting Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau Adopts BIM Methodology, Reducing Construction Costs by 12%

9.10.2017 2:00  

The Leighton-Chun Wo joint venture standardized on a BIM methodology to drive consistency on this large multi-discipline design project that will connect Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai. This revolutionary project includes 50 kilometers of bridges and tunnels and will create a distinctive entry point to Hong Kong. Leighton Asia conducted the civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, subsurface, and building work as the lead contractor for this ambitious project. The 130-hectare site will include site formations, roads, bridges, clearance buildings, footbridges, steel roofs, and various public facility buildings. Despite the challenge of a project team spread across several countries using a range of software applications, Leighton Asia provided consistency and uniformity for the design, survey, and construction of this transportation gateway, scheduled for completion in 2018.

For this USD 4.6 billion project, Leighton Asia leveraged Bentley technology to meet a variety of construction challenges. By standardizing on MicroStation’s DGN format, architects, engineers, contractors, and surveyors had simplified access to their design models and associated data. For the roadway design, the team used OpenRoads for conceptioneering the proposed designs. It then cross-referenced against the as-built, which ensured accuracy and improved error resolution. iModels were used as the data exchange format to ensure fidelity and integrity of engineering data. Bentley Navigator was used for clash detection and analysis, which resolved errors and issues prior to construction, reducing construction costs by 12 percent. Moreover, the team used ProjectWise as the connected data environment ensuring the engineering data could be access by a distributed project team.

Implementing BIM processes enabled a new method for working, which created a new culture within the organization that improved efficiency and streamlined workflows. By following BIM processes, project participants were trained using the same comprehensive modeling environment and BIM applications. Additionally, surveyors and design teams used Bentley’s reality modeling solution to capture and enliven digital photographs and point-cloud data of the existing site conditions. Leighton Asia contracted The Earth Solutions for technical and training support to integrate the reality mesh into the engineering environment, ensuring 3D BIM models could be cross-referenced with continuously surveyed models. This coordination reduced the cost associated with surveying by 15 percent by streamlining their workflows and adding expertise.

“Bentley’s civil BIM advancements bring BIM to the next stage by multiplying its benefits, especially in challenging and large-scale infrastructure projects. This platform has enhanced our collaboration with various stakeholders to import, acquire, and exchange valuable information.”

Sr. Michael Kin Wong, Survey Manager, Leighton Asia

Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

9.10.2017 2:00  

To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ACTION Modulers’ water modeling software business based near Lisbon, Portugal. The team of environmental modeling scientists and researchers, led by general director, Frank Braunschweig, develops ACTION Modulers modeling software products including MOHID Studio, ACTION Server, ACTION Flood, ACTION Forecast, ACTION Seaport, ACTION Beach, and ACTION Weather.

For more information about ACTION Modulers, visit www.actionmodulers.com.

About ACTION Modulers, Research and Development Unit
Action Modulers was founded in 2004. Established with strong, and maintained, connections to the University of Lisbon’s School of Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico – the research & development team has built a strong reputation for expertise in applying numerical modeling tools to complex water situations including: flooding from overflowing drainage systems; environmental impacts of pollutants distributed by waterflow, tides, and winds; operational flood early warning systems for valuable resources. The ACTION Modulers team are regular participants in European Union funded research projects.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Bentley Systems Adds Procurement Management Offering through Acquisition of eBid Systems

9.10.2017 2:00  

ProcureWare Solution Streamlines Procurement Lifecycle and Mitigates Risk Through Visibility into Decision Making

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – 9 October 2017 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired Bainbridge Island, Washington-based eBid Systems, provider of ProcureWare, a cloud-based procurement management solution. ProcureWare encompasses the complete sourcing lifecycle and standardizes supplier qualification and management – from supplier selection and pre-qualification through online bidding, analysis, award, and contract management – streamlining the bidding process, promoting cost savings through increased supplier competition, and mitigating risk through visibility into decision making.

Eric Law, Bentley Systems’ senior director, construction product management, said, “On behalf of Bentley, I welcome our new team members from eBid Systems, including founder Keith Jones. The ProcureWare solution helps us achieve our vision for an integrated, end-to-end engineering-procurement-construction lifecycle. With the addition of an integrated procurement solution, Bentley users will be able to execute all phases of a project with a complete project delivery portfolio.”

Mr. Jones, who will serve as senior director, procurement solutions, project delivery at Bentley Systems, said, “The eBid Systems team is very excited to join Bentley’s global organization. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to bring the benefits of procurement process efficiency and best practices to Bentley users worldwide.”

Through ProcureWare, eBid Systems’ flagship offering, users have access to online bidding with the project delivery supply chain, saving weeks in the requisition to award cycle for the procurement of contractor services.

“I am happy to hear that eBid, as well as its founder Keith Jones, is becoming part of Bentley Systems, and I’m excited to see the future evolution of ProcureWare as part of Bentley’s software solutions,” said Community Transit’s Procurement Director, Kunjan Dayal. “ProcureWare has helped us modernize and streamline our procurement process, and it gives me better insights into our bidding activities and results.”

eBid Systems provides procurement solutions to hundreds of organizations including engineering, architecture, and construction firms and public-sector organizations that collectively manage more than 270,000 vendor accounts. Since the company’s founding in 1999, eBid Systems software has processed more than 4 million bids resulting in 11 billion USD in awarded contracts.

Find out more about Bentley Systems’ ProcureWare offering.

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Bentley Systems and Siemens Alliance will Accelerate Digitalization for Power Utilities and Industrial Power Facilities

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as a first step in its partnership with Siemens Energy Management Division. These jointly developed applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) decision support capabilities, helping to reduce costs, improve reliability, and build-in resilience in response to global marketplace changes.

As part of this initiative, Bentley Systems’ OpenUtilities applications will be integrated with Siemens’ Power System Simulation (PSS) suite. Bentley and Siemens will integrate their products so that capabilities are available in a single unified application. The resulting solution will combine Bentley’s expertise in infrastructure design and engineering with Siemens’ solutions for the economical, reliable, and intelligent transmission and distribution of electrical power.

New capabilities include:

  • Integrated analysis that leverages geospatial network management to supply a common model to designers, planners, and engineers, significantly reducing errors and eliminating redundancy in current disconnected processes.
  • Design optimization for three-phase unbalanced networks, considering the effects of distributed energy resources, allowing designers to create viable, least-cost designs, and avoid costly mistakes and negative impacts on reliability and resilience related to DER / renewable energy sources.
  • OpenUtilities distributed energy resources decision support, to be available as a cloud service, to help organizations respond to and manage DER connection requests, improve reliability, and build-in resilience.

Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens Energy Management division, said, “The energy industry trend toward decentralization represents a significant challenge as well as a great opportunity for power producers and consumers alike, and our strategic alliance with Bentley Systems will help our customers better leverage this changing landscape through the combination of our powerful solutions.”

Vonnie Smith, vice president, Utilities Asset Performance, Bentley Systems, said, “We are excited to provide new value to power utilities and industrial power customers as a result of this strategic partnership with Siemens. Through a connected data environment, these new applications will help utility owners and operators share critical information to realize the potential of their network models for continuous benefit throughout the day-to-day running of their organizations.”

About OpenUtilities
OpenUtilities is for owner-operators who design, construct, manage, and/or operate utility infrastructure. With OpenUtilities, these organizations can integrate geospatial network management and design to manage geospatially dispersed network assets, perform thematic and spatial analysis, create map products, comply with regulations, and plan work.


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Geometric Innovation for Iconic 1 Blackfriars London Inspires the Next Generation of Designers

9.10.2017 2:00  

One Blackfriars is a new iconic, mixed-use development situated on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge overlooking the River Thames. Its prime location has unobstructed views of St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as the river toward Westminster and Tower Bridge. RAM Concept was utilized for the centerpiece of the development, which is a stunning 170-meter-high tower. The building is a geometric masterpiece that creates an elegant silhouette on London’s skyline. The 50-story tower accommodates 274 homes, a private viewing lounge, and a multi-level penthouse crowned within the glass rooftop structure. Taking advantage of RAM Concept, the tower’s column configuration was optimized for the complex 3D geometry ensuring the design was at once structurally sound and visually iconic. The vison for the project was to inspire future generations of designers and add a stylish statement to London’s skyline.

WSP was contracted to design the structural framing solution that would fit the proposed apartment layouts. The entire development is built over a three-story basement structure housing a swimming pool and spa facilities. A private cinema, wine storage, and parking for residents are also provided in the basement. A top-down construction sequence for the basement saved time on construction. The piling configuration was arranged to enable temporary and permanent works to be combined to increase efficiency. All structures are reinforced concrete frame elements. The hotel and tower floors make use of thin post-tensioned slabs for a maximum floor to floor height efficiency. Once the design was completed, MicroStation-based structural drawings were issued to the design team, including the architect, client, contractor, and quantity surveyor for pricing. The cladding contractor was also able to utilize the model for façade design.

For this GBP 200 million project, WSP knew that with this innovative design no layout or floor plan would be the same. The design team used RAM Concept to model and design 225-millimeter thick post-tensioned concrete floors. Post-tensioned concrete was considered the most cost-effective solution based on minimum structural zone and reduced self-weight of floors, which allowed for maximum slab spans. RAM Concept’s ease of use allowed for multiple design development options to be explored throughout the design process.

RAM Concept enabled WSP to push the structural design to the maximum limit, providing innovative designs for each bespoke room and floor. The software saved considerable time throughout all stages of the project and allowed multiple iterations and changes to the design to be explored and adopted from initial design proposal stage through construction. With RAM Concept, WSP ensured that this innovative design was in full compliance with European design codes and automated drawing productions from MicroStation for client and design team coordination.

“Bentley’s RAM Concept and MicroStation software packages enabled WSP to design and deliver one of the most iconic projects in Europe. The software was very effective to coordinate and design cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for the benefit of the client and the local community. The project stands proud as a centerpiece for architectural and engineering excellence.” Aret Garip, Technical Director, WSP, UK.

Bentley Technology Applied in Innovative Projects to Address the Challenges of Aging T&D Infrastructure Around the Globe

9.10.2017 2:00  

Faced with aging transmission and distribution infrastructure and limited O&M budgets, utilities strive to maximize the lifespan of their current equipment by making optimal decisions on infrastructure replacement and maintenance while reducing costs and improving customer service. Here are three examples of how Bentley solutions addressed the unique and daunting challenges of aging T&D infrastructure. 

Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) began to collect substation indicator data in AssetWise for critical assets in 2011. In response to several publicly noticeable manhole events, IPL also began collecting data for the downtown underground network distribution system for indicators for manholes, vaults, network transformers, and network protectors. The goal was to use data to reduce the number of substation failures, improve proactive maintenance practices, and minimize the number of incidents in the downtown network system. Additionally, IPL wanted to improve the overall efficiency of the inspections and create an objective scoring method for asset health, criticality, risk, and follow-up work order priorities. 

Business logic was built in to step the inspector through the inspection process to ensure a complete and thorough inspection. A calculated indicator was configured to take the inspection data and calculate an overall health score for that asset. Management and field personnel were kept fully informed via automatic notifications of the health and status of critical assets and maintenance programs through an internal website. 

The sophistication of the inspection process (20,000 assets), automation of the data (300,000 indicators), and prioritization and follow-up work processes resulted in proactive maintenance practices that have reduced the number of equipment failures in the downtown network from 49 in 2011 to 15 in 2016. Similarly, substation transformer failures have been reduced to 0.2 percent, and the number of circuit breakers failing to close/open is trending down.

Energex determined via a condition-based risk management analysis that the 57-year-old Zillmere substation in Brisbane, Australia needed refurbishment. Existing in-service equipment had deteriorated requiring excessive maintenance on some of the 33-kilovolt circuit breakers and isolators. Aurecon was engaged to undertake the primary design for equipment that had reached retirement age – including the replacement of 5 x 33 kilovolt outdoor circuit breakers (including the foundations), the replacement of 6 x 33 kilovolt bus disconnectors (including the supporting structures), lightning masts, the replacement of the AC board, and installation of a new marshalling box for cutover of existing circuit breaker control circuits in the switchyard. 

Aurecon completed the designs in Bentley Substation so Energex would get the benefit of accurate drawings and bills of materials and to ensure that the design integrated with any existing substation equipment not earmarked for replacement. Aurecon used LiDAR to scan the target area of the substation to develop an as-built 3D rendered representation. This model was brought into Bentley Substation and subsequently into their virtual reality facility in Cape Town, South Africa, enabling Aurecon to do a follow-up virtual site visit, walking through the substation and discussing the site, close to 12,000 kilometers away from Brisbane.

This strategy provided significant insight into how to approach the integration of the new equipment into the substation and ensure new and replacement equipment was designed and fabricated to work with existing equipment. The model was shared with civil services to design the plinths for the substation equipment footings. All the services models were incorporated into one design model and the project was registered in ProjectWise. Weekly meetings were held between South Africa- and Australia-based project engineers and project managers.

Riaan Dippenaar, project engineer, Aurecon Cape Town, said, “Bentley Substation allowed us the opportunity to be proactive, accurate, innovative, and collaborative on a common design base between South Africa and Australia with a feeling of accomplishment.”

In Sofia, Bulgaria, infrastructure is managed for the metropolitan region by the Transport Infrastructure Department. A comprehensive inventory of available public lighting facilities for the Transport Infrastructure Department was necessary after an analysis of current street lighting information proved it to be incomplete and insufficient. The inventory focused on the quantity of street lighting and the current condition of the infrastructure. The government also sought to reduce spending public funds on maintenance, improve infrastructure overall, and lessen the duration of repairs. 

Sofia Municipality retained DAVID Holding Company to develop a geographic information system (GIS) to oversee and organize the infrastructure. DAVID Holding used Bentley OpenUtilities to manage the street lighting infrastructure and collected condition data. The project team used OpenUtilities’ pre-configured electric data model as the foundation for the customized street lighting data model, which lowered deployment costs and allowed DAVID Holding to meet the project deadline by cutting a significant amount of design time.

OpenUtilities provides a single source of information for Sofia planners, engineers, and operations professionals to understand the current physical state of the public lighting facilities and make better decisions about maintenance, improving customer service processes while reducing operational costs. The GIS also improved budget planning for the municipality. Upgrading the street lighting where needed, making requisite repairs swiftly, and lowering environmental impact will serve to benefit the nearly 1.3 million residents of the expansive Sofia Municipality.

Petya Todorova, senior expert, DAVID Holding, said, “Bentley OpenUtilities gave us the freedom to define a complex data model that best fits our needs. Moreover, OpenUtilities technology enables every participant in the management of the infrastructure to use a single source of information, which significantly improves our work.”

The Thames Tideway Tunnel Benefits from a Digital Strategy and Saves 32% on Design

9.10.2017 2:00  

Mott MacDonald provided innovative leadership on the UK’s largest-ever water industry infrastructure project by enabling a going-digital strategy for the CVB JV project team (a joint venture of Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, and Bachy Soletanche). The Thames Tideway Tunnel project sets the standard for construction projects around the world, as it connects diverse teams and improves collaboration.

The project’s primary objective was to reduce sewerage overflows into the River Thames, improve water quality, and create new infrastructure that lasts at least 120 years while meeting strict European environmental standards. An additional objective was meeting the government’s goal of adding 182,000 new engineers by 2022.

By adopting Bentley’s BIM methodology, Mott MacDonald ensured 3D digital engineering models would provide the immersive environment to support the planning and design phases. Project participants also took advantage of a connected data environment, leveraging an Azure cloud platform for improved collaboration and providing access to the right data at all times.

Mott MacDonald was the lead designer for the CVB JV responsible for the East contract from Chambers Wharf to Abbey Mills, as well as a connection tunnel from Greenwich to central London. Its responsibility included 10 kilometers of tunnel works located 70 meters below the city of London, with six publicly visible shaft sites. Faced with coordinating 12 design disciplines and numerous participating firms spread across Europe, Mott MacDonald had to ensure coordination and collaboration of all stakeholders. Some of the challenges included reducing the number of deliverables on the project (over 50,000), controlling the vast amount of data, standardizing processes, reducing rework, and streamlining the review process.

For this GBP 4 billion project, Mott MacDonald and the CVB JV venture leveraged Bentley applications for design and construction. The adoption of Bentley’s BIM methodology, which included 3D collaborative software, enabled better communication among the project disciplines to make informed decisions. Using ProjectWise, team members could access all deliverable information 80 percent faster than on similar projects. This advantage reduced the total number of deliverables on the project. Using Bentley Navigator, project participants could review models, secure approvals, identify issues, and reduce rework. This helped complete design time six months ahead of schedule.

Among the BIM processes adopted was COBie standards compliance for handover of project data to the owner-operator. BIM models were exchanged using iModels saving 22.5 hours per week. With all data stored in a cloud-enabled connected data environment, and all project participants adhering to the BS 1192 compliance workflow, the team saved 80 percent in project information delivery time and ensured everyone had access to the right data at the right time. Moreover, the 3D models leveraged an automated visualization method to identify potential hazards, ensuring data given to the field was fully compliant to desired safety standards.

Mott MacDonald drove significant change in process and culture, which was key to achieving these project results. By adopting BIM processes and a going-digital strategy, the project team improved collaboration and cooperation with the supply chain and stakeholders. 3D digital engineering models enabled immersive simulation for review and approvals, and provided engineering-ready data required for handover. Mott MacDonald and the CVB JV utilized Bentley applications to ensure a 32-percent savings on developed design.

“The project common data environment, hosted on ProjectWise, allows us to easily access the latest information and has improved and simplified design approvals. Bentley ProjectWise provided the tool to coordinate over 80,000 documents totalling 685 gigabytes of data to give 300 users across 12 design disciplines the latest controlled information on which to base design and construction decisions.”

Michael Gaunt, BIM Manager, Mott MacDonald

Integrated Engineering Analysis Workflows Result in Optimized Designs and Improved Analytical Productivity by up to 50%

9.10.2017 2:00  

Engineering analysis for complex structural, piping, and hydrodynamic systems requires expert input from distinct collaborating design teams. Many project teams rely on paper documents and manual data transfer to collaborate. It is not uncommon for design teams located in the same building to operate in silos. This disconnected workflow model tends to be error-prone, result in time lags, and discourage iteration, as the information is packaged, delivered, interpreted, and entered into distinctly managed systems. The lack of coordination among engineers often leads to project inefficiencies, design mistakes, and in some instances, costly operational failures. These workflows also do not support the real-time collaboration that is necessary for engineering innovation.

The common modeling environment that underpins Bentley’s analysis offering is changing this paradigm, paving the way for true collaboration, as several Be Inspired Awards submissions this year demonstrate, with new integrated, analytical workflows delivering significant and real ROI.

TOYO Engineering – used STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design to engineer the structure for a very complex ethylene plant in Malaysia. Spanning teams within the Toyo group across multiple locations, the project was the first to apply advanced engineering design codes in the country, with the team developing new EN codes for Malaysia. The combination of STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design enabled Toyo Engineering to reduce engineering hours by 30 percent and construction hours by 10 percent.  

CS Softdesk – the Żuchlów’ natural gas field in Poland is the largest deposit of natural gas in the area and since the compressor station started production in 1979, it has been subjected to many modifications and extensions. To reduce the vibrations during installation (which were causing significant noise and accelerating component wear) a comprehensive redesign and reconstruction was required. CS Softdesk was brought in to search for the causes of vibrations and come up with a design that minimized these vibrations. Using AutoPLANT, AutoPIPE, and PULS, CS Softdesk carried out a dynamic, iterative analysis and design of the piping network, and produced an innovative design to solve the problem. The seamless interoperability of the Bentley applications not only enabled CS Softdesk to create an innovative solution, it allowed the company to use half the resource hours compared to working with other engineering analysis systems.

PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard – in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam PV Shipyard was retained to build the Tam Dao 05 Jack Up rig, which can operate at a depth of 120 meters and can drill to a depth of 9,000 meters. It used SACS for offshore structural analysis and design, MOSES for transportation and installation analysis, with AutoPIPE and ProjectWise to synchronize data and detect clashes. After 32 months of design and construction, PV Shipyard cut the expected transport and installation schedule by 50 percent.

Shanghai Design Branch, China Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. – for this extension project in the Bohai Bay oil field complex off the coast of China, Shanghai Design used both SACS and MOSES to quickly design the jacket and carry out the installation analysis, reducing overall project time by four weeks and saving 30 percent in engineering design hours.  

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“Seamless integration of STAAD.Pro and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design has completely turned around the detailed engineering of RCC structures delivering automation, accuracy, and consistency. Iterative and complex design checks are possible with a single run synchronizing the delivery of drawings resulting in a 30 percent reduction in man-hours.” 

Ajay Marathe, Lead Engineer - Civil & Structural, Toyo Engineering

“Bentley applications allow us to preserve a multi-discipline approach in our design processes, and, at the same time, maintain a unique and specialized approach. The software allows for the engineering analyses to be performed at the scientific research level, provided that the applied method is implemented properly by knowledgeable staff.”

Maciej Rydlewicz, Ph.D. Eng., CEO Research & Development, CS Softdesk

“ProjectWise gave us the ability to coordinate over 3 million documents totaling 5 terabytes of data to give 500 participants the latest controlled information on which to base confident action. The repository provides the base of documents for ongoing asset management. The combination of SACS, MOSES, and ProjectWise enabled us to design, transport, and install a state-of-the-art jack-up rig, that increased drilling productivity for the owner and cut the expected delivery time in half.”

Phan Thanh Son, Engineering Manager, PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard

 
“Bentley SACS and MOSES software are essential tools for fixed offshore structural design.”

Yin Guangrong, Structural Engineer, Shanghai Design Branch, Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd.

Bentley’s OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition Enables Modeling with Reality Context

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces early access of OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition. OpenBridge Modeler integrates with OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition and now incorporates real-world conditions throughout the design and construction lifecycle.

OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition enables BIM modeling of bridges and can adjust dynamically to changes in the roadway design made in OpenRoads Designer. In addition, all bridge BIM modeling can now be done in context, incorporating reality modeling data such as reality meshes, imagery, point cloud, and other geo-coordinated data sources.

OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition uses 3D constraint modeling to create functional components for selected bridge elements. Easily adjusted variables allow bridge engineers to respond to new design requirements. And, using MicroStation’s Documentation Center, engineers can automate bridge plan and profile drawing generation with intelligent automated dimensioning and property-driven annotation.

OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition enhances the development of BIM bridge models within the context of an overall transportation project, directly enabling multi-discipline teams to:

  • Assemble contextual data rapidly from a variety of sources, such as point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, drone imagery, and geospatial information. 
  • Contribute accurate, intelligent 3D bridge information models to the overall project lifecycle, improving operational efficiency, minimizing business risk, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Exchange data bi-directionally with bridge analysis and design software to rapidly analyze and cost estimate multiple bridge types and alternatives early in the project.
  • Automatically generate accurate bridge plans and profile sheets with intelligent automated dimensioning.
  • Perform clash detection with existing infrastructure, and check for required minimum clearances between adjacent structures and bridge elements.

Eleven of the ENR top 20 design firms, and 24 U.S. Departments of Transportation are now using OpenBridge Modeler to develop complete BIM models of their bridges. Firms can mitigate risk by performing conflict analysis of the bridge structure with existing infrastructure to save time, eliminate building errors, and reduce project costs.

Julie Rivera, P.E., S.E., bridge engineer, HDR, said, “OpenBridge Modeler is very easy for bridge designers to use because you input all of your parameters as you would in an analysis program, and the software generates the graphical model for you. You don’t have to be a CAD expert to use the program, yet, it still has the familiar look of MicroStation.”

With the Amur River Bridge, the first road bridge over the Heilongjiang River between China and Russia, BIM modeling of the bridge allowed designers to accurately calculate the engineering quantity of members, effectively improve the accuracy of engineering costs, materials, and machines, ultimately reducing the project delivery cost. Using the PCL parametric modeling language, an accurate parametric bridge model was created for use in structural analysis, which improved modeling efficiency by more than 50 percent compared to previous projects.  

Xuyuan Liang, director, Technology R&D Center, said, “Bentley applications not only brought objective economic benefits for this project, but also provided efficient, convenient, and visible technical support for engineering management to cope with our complex project environment. Management efficiency has been increased by 25 percent, and a shining ‘digital label’ has been affixed to this century bridge.”

About OpenBridge Modeler
OpenBridge Modeler CONNECT Edition helps engineers develop intelligent 3D bridge models within the context of an overall infrastructure project. Users can calibrate design to terrain, roadways, access ramps, and related infrastructure by directly interoperating with Bentley’s civil design applications. You can enliven designs with lifelike renderings, minimize costly construction delays with traffic and construction simulations, and control costs using clash detection capabilities to reduce interference problems before construction begins.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Bentley OpenUtilities, Now Deployable as a Cloud Service, Expands District Energy Solution and Support for European Standards

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces new capabilities for OpenUtilities for owners and operators of utility infrastructure. These capabilities will better support global utilities seeking to incorporate renewable energy sources and provide new opportunities for deployment as a cloud service. The capabilities include:

  • Deployment as a cloud service leveraging Microsoft Azure to deliver OpenUtilities applications
  • Improved support for regional, national, and federal European standards for utility network documentation, engineering, and regulatory compliance by incorporating capabilities previously delivered through sisNET
  • New support for district energy, a cornerstone sustainable and renewable energy solution for efficient heating and cooling

The incorporation of sisNET capabilities builds on Bentley’s leading OpenUtilities solution, which provides utility-specific geospatial network management integrated with Bentley’s mapping and engineering design applications. OpenUtilities will interoperate with enterprise asset management (EAM) systems through a connected data environment to ensure utilities can leverage their network and engineering information throughout their operational workflows.
Dirk Moraw, GIS administrator, Stadtwerke Sindelfingen GmbH, said, “We are very enthusiastic about the expansion of the OpenUtilities to include the capabilities we need to be competitive and meet our operational challenges in Europe. The ability to maintain our network models in OpenUtilities and to leverage those to meet renewable energy targets, achieve regulatory compliance, and address other operational needs is extremely valuable to our organization.”

Vonnie Smith, VP of Utility Asset Performance, Bentley Systems, said, “We are very excited about the possibilities these new capabilities introduce for our users as they strive to excel in a changing marketplace. Bentley OpenUtilities enables utilities around the world to align their engineering and design processes and deliverables to exceed required engineering accuracy, to implement best practice mapping and geospatial standards, and to streamline operational workflows. More importantly, OpenUtilities enables workflows for managing information of infrastructure assets and allows owners and operators more control over CAPEX and OPEX expenditures to best manage the cost of their assets over their lifecycle.”

About OpenUtilities
OpenUtilities is for owners and operators who design, construct, manage and/or operate utility infrastructure. With OpenUtilities, these organizations can integrate geospatial network management and design to manage geospatially dispersed network assets, perform thematic and spatial analysis, create map products, comply with regulations, and plan work.

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Improved Efficiency, Integration, and Management of Information Lays the Foundation for Digital Railway Assets in China

9.10.2017 2:00  

The Dali to Ruili railway is a single-track passenger and freight railway being constructed at a total cost of CNY 25.7 billion in the Yunnan province of Southwest China. The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd., established as a subsidiary to China Railway Group Limited in 1952, is responsible for design and 3D modeling of the 330-kilometer project. Using Bentley’s BIM technology, the design team greatly improved design efficiency and shortened the design time by 1,000 hours. Moreover, using this technology provided the foundation for future 3D design and digitalization of the Chinese railway.

The line, which forms the western route of China’s rail link with Southeast Asia and is part of the Trans-Asian Railway, includes the Nujiang Bridge and Gaoligong Mountain Tunnel, which after completion will represent the world’s longest span for a railway arch bridge and longest railway tunnel in Asia. Facing collaboration and coordination challenges among disciplines with its existing technology, the project group conducted extensive research and development of all available software and chose to adopt Bentley’s technology to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Complex route investigation and definition for the Gaoligong Mountain Tunnel
  2. Transfer via IFC to achieve standardized Chinese Railway components
  3. Improved modeling efficiency for geology, tunnels, and bridges
  4. Efficient control of design changes including the Gaoligong Mountain Tunnel
  5. Transfer of the 3D BIM design model to construction management

Responsible for the implementation of BIM advancements on the project, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd. used Bentley’s comprehensive modeling and common data environments to manage all the information required by Chinese Railway standards and deliver effective and efficient collaboration for all the disciplines and users involved.

“By using the Bentley platform, the 3D collaborative design of the whole project was completed efficiently and rapidly, which brought hope and confidence for our future intelligent railway construction.”

Fengxiang Dong, Director of BIM Center
China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd.

Power Generation Projects in China Leverage Bentley’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment for BIM

9.10.2017 2:00  

Engineering analysis for complex structural, piping, and hydrodynamic systems requires expert input from distinct collaborating design teams. Many project teams rely on paper documents and manual data transfer to collaborate. It is not uncommon for design teams located in the same building to operate in silos. This disconnected workflow model tends to be error-prone, result in time lags, and discourage iteration, as the information is packaged, delivered, interpreted, and entered into distinctly managed systems. The lack of coordination among engineers often leads to project inefficiencies, design mistakes, and in some instances, costly operational failures. These workflows also do not support the real-time collaboration that is necessary for engineering innovation.

The common modeling environment that underpins Bentley’s analysis offering is changing this paradigm, paving the way for true collaboration, as several Be Inspired Awards submissions this year demonstrate, with new integrated, analytical workflows delivering significant and real ROI.

Siemens – the civil structural team in India uses STAAD, the industry standard application for structural analysis, but for piping it uses a range of applications usually driven by client preferences. Believing they could improve their processes, the structural team carried out a “borderless civil structural and piping” study involving the re-analysis of an existing project to quantify what could be achieved with the seamless interoperability between STAAD and AutoPIPE. The team estimated it would have achieved a 20 percent savings in engineering hours and a 10 percent reduction in steel costs using STAAD and AutoPIPE.

TOYO Engineering – used STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design to engineer the structure for a very complex ethylene plant in Malaysia. Spanning teams within the Toyo group across multiple locations, the project was the first to apply advanced engineering design codes in the country, with the team developing new EN codes for Malaysia. The combination of STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design enabled Toyo Engineering to reduce engineering hours by 30 percent and construction hours by 10 percent.  

CS Softdesk – the Żuchlów’ natural gas field in Poland is the largest deposit of natural gas in the area and since the compressor station started production in 1979, it has been subjected to many modifications and extensions. To reduce the vibrations during installation (which were causing significant noise and accelerating component wear) a comprehensive redesign and reconstruction was required. CS Softdesk was brought in to search for the causes of vibrations and come up with a design that minimized these vibrations. Using AutoPLANT, AutoPIPE, and PULS, CS Softdesk carried out a dynamic, iterative analysis and design of the piping network, and produced an innovative design to solve the problem. The seamless interoperability of the Bentley applications not only enabled CS Softdesk to create an innovative solution, it allowed the company to use half the resource hours compared to working with other engineering analysis systems.

PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard – in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam PV Shipyard was retained to build the Tam Dao 05 Jack Up rig, which can operate at a depth of 120 meters and can drill to a depth of 9,000 meters. It used SACS for offshore structural analysis and design, MOSES for transportation and installation analysis, with AutoPIPE and ProjectWise to synchronize data and detect clashes. After 32 months of design and construction, PV Shipyard cut the expected transport and installation schedule by 50 percent.

Shanghai Design Branch, China Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. – for this extension project in the Bohai Bay oil field complex off the coast of China, Shanghai Design used both SACS and MOSES to quickly design the jacket and carry out the installation analysis, reducing overall project time by four weeks and saving 30 percent in engineering design hours.  

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“Bentley’s initiatives toward digitization are very well appreciated. It’s about time the engineering community adopts these practices and brings revolution to the age-old engineering practices still being followed.”

Sandeep Bansal, Global Expert - Piping Stress Analysis, Siemens India

“Seamless integration of STAAD.Pro and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design has completely turned around the detailed engineering of RCC structures delivering automation, accuracy, and consistency. Iterative and complex design checks are possible with a single run synchronizing the delivery of drawings resulting in a 30 percent reduction in man-hours.” 
Ajay Marathe, Lead Engineer - Civil & Structural, Toyo Engineering

“Bentley applications allow us to preserve a multi-discipline approach in our design processes, and, at the same time, maintain a unique and specialized approach. The software allows for the engineering analyses to be performed at the scientific research level, provided that the applied method is implemented properly by knowledgeable staff.”

Maciej Rydlewicz, Ph.D. Eng., CEO Research & Development, CS Softdesk

“ProjectWise gave us the ability to coordinate over 3 million documents totaling 5 terabytes of data to give 500 participants the latest controlled information on which to base confident action. The repository provides the base of documents for ongoing asset management. The combination of SACS, MOSES, and ProjectWise enabled us to design, transport, and install a state-of-the-art jack-up rig, that increased drilling productivity for the owner and cut the expected delivery time in half.”

Phan Thanh Son, Engineering Manager, PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard

“Bentley SACS and MOSES software are essential tools for fixed offshore structural design.”

Yin Guangrong, Structural Engineer, Shanghai Design Branch, Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd.

Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

9.10.2017 2:00  

To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ACTION Modulers’ water modeling software business based near Lisbon, Portugal. The team of environmental modeling scientists and researchers, led by general director, Frank Braunschweig, develops ACTION’s modeling software products including MOHID Studio, ACTION Server, ACTION Beach, ACTION Fire, ACTION Flood, ACTION Forecast, ACTION Seaport, and ACTION Weather.

For more information about ACTION Modulers, visit www.actionmodulers.pt.

About ACTION Modulers, Research and Development Unit
Action Modulers was founded in 2004. Established with strong, and maintained, connections to the University of Lisbon’s School of Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico – the research & development team has built a strong reputation for expertise in applying numerical modeling tools to complex water situations including: flooding from overflowing drainage systems; environmental impacts of pollutants distributed by waterflow, tides, and winds; operational flood early warning systems for valuable resources. The ACTION Modulers team are regular participants in European Union funded research projects.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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Bentley Systems Adds Procurement Management Offering through Acquisition of eBid Systems

9.10.2017 2:00  

ProcureWare Solution Streamlines Procurement Lifecycle and Mitigates Risk Through Visibility into Decision Making

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure Conference – 9 October 2017 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired Bainbridge Island, Washington-based eBid Systems, provider of ProcureWare, a cloud-based procurement management solution. ProcureWare encompasses the complete sourcing lifecycle and standardizes supplier qualification and management – from supplier selection and pre-qualification through online bidding, analysis, award, and contract management – streamlining the bidding process, promoting cost savings through increased supplier competition, and mitigating risk through visibility into decision making.

Eric Law, Bentley Systems’ senior director, construction product management, said, “On behalf of Bentley, I welcome our new team members from eBid Systems, including founder Keith Jones. The ProcureWare solution helps us achieve our vision for an integrated, end-to-end engineering-procurement-construction lifecycle. With the addition of an integrated procurement solution, Bentley users will be able to execute all phases of a project with a complete project delivery portfolio.”

Mr. Jones, who will serve as senior director, procurement solutions, project delivery at Bentley Systems, said, “The eBid Systems team is very excited to join Bentley’s global organization. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to bring the benefits of procurement process efficiency and best practices to Bentley users worldwide.”

Through ProcureWare, eBid Systems’ flagship offering, users have access to online bidding with the project delivery supply chain, saving weeks in the requisition to award cycle for the procurement of contractor services.

“I am happy to hear that eBid, as well as its founder Keith Jones, is becoming part of Bentley Systems, and I’m excited to see the future evolution of ProcureWare as part of Bentley’s software solutions,” said Community Transit’s Procurement Director, Kunjan Dayal. “ProcureWare has helped us modernize and streamline our procurement process, and it gives me better insights into our bidding activities and results.”

eBid Systems provides procurement solutions to hundreds of organizations including engineering, architecture, and construction firms and public-sector organizations that collectively manage more than 270,000 vendor accounts. Since the company’s founding in 1999, eBid Systems software has processed more than 4 million bids resulting in 11 billion USD in awarded contracts.

Find out more about Bentley Systems’ ProcureWare offering.

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Bentley’s SACS Provides Optioneering and Revolutionary Performance Improvement for Wind Turbine Structures

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the general access of SACS Wind Turbine Analysis, an extension of Bentley’s Scenario Services. This new cloud service enables faster, more robust analysis of turbine structures subject to wind and wave loading. Leveraging the power of high performance parallel computing on the cloud, wind turbine structural analysis can now be performed in minutes rather than hours. This dramatically improved turnaround allows engineers to consider many more potential solutions to find the ideal and optimal design.

On typical wind turbine projects, engineers need to make tradeoffs between the number of design iterations they can practically perform in a certain period, the complexity of the idealized model, and the number and scope of wave, wind, and mechanical load conditions. Bentley SACS Wind Turbine Analysis eliminates the need for the engineer to provide crude idealization or reduce the number of load conditions, allowing them instead to consider multiple design alternatives in a fraction of the time it used to take to perform a comprehensive design.

This release comes with a new tiered performance capability that enables users to right size their cloud computing needs. Organizations can better control their analysis costs by selecting a tier that more closely matches the number of load cases, model complexity, and the desired time to complete the analysis.

Bentley’s new SACS Wind Turbine structural cloud analysis capabilities include:

  • Practical consideration of multiple design alternatives in parallel
  • Analysis and consideration of hundreds of load conditions in parallel on a single design
  • Tiered performance levels to fit the scope, cost, and schedule needs of the user
  • Transparent compute resource utilization and management controls

Zachary Finucane, P.E, project manager with Keystone Engineering Inc., said, “Bentley’s SACS Wind Turbine module allowed us to streamline the analysis process, thereby reducing the design cycle time, the cost to the client, and the risk of errors managing the tremendous amount of data needed to perform over 3,000 time-domain simulations.”

Raoul Karp, VP of analytical modeling development with Bentley Systems, said, “Performing comprehensive wind turbine analysis has always required significant compromises by engineers on the model complexity, loading completeness, and conservative assumptions. By unlocking the power of almost infinite cloud compute resources, engineers can now finally consider all load conditions and model complexities in far less time than using an in-house desktop solution.”

About SACS Wind Turbine
SACS Wind Turbine Structural Analysis Software allows engineers to explore design alternatives for safe, cost-effective offshore wind farm structures with confidence. Save time with comprehensive, automated capabilities to determine environmental and mechanical loading responses. The application reduces risks with integrated analysis for predicting fatigue and extreme loads for substructures and non-linear foundations. It also reduces runtime for the large number of time history simulations required for fatigue and strength analyses through distribution across multiple processor cores. SACS Wind Turbine improves the design process for offshore wind turbines with both fully coupled and uncoupled analyses.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Bentley Advances the Power, Accessibility, and Pervasiveness of Visualization and Virtual Reality for Infrastructure Projects

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of new capabilities for MicroStation CONNECT Edition that significantly advance the visualization and enhanced reality workflows for anyone involved in infrastructure modeling workflows. Key among the new enhancements is the incorporation of Bentley LumenRT Designer as a no-cost companion install, enabling every user of any Bentley CONNECT Edition design modeling application, such as MicroStation, AECOsim Building Designer, OpenRoads, and OpenPlant, to take advantage of real-time visualization capabilities to complement their existing extensive rendering and animation capabilities. Bentley LumenRT Designer offers a subset of Bentley LumenRT’s extensive environmental content library of vegetation, vehicles, and characters.

For more advanced visualization workflows, users can leverage Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition. Additional capabilities enable users to output even higher resolution images and Ultra HD videos as well as produce models for use on virtual reality devices such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR to provide both phone-based static VR and dazzling immersive VR environments. It also includes API integration with Bentley design modeling applications, Revit 2017, Archicad 20, Sketchup 2017, and City Engine 2016.1. Using immersive VR, users can:

  • Navigate and explore models in immersive 3D
  • Teleport to any point of view
  • Touch objects to view BIM information
  • Create immersive walk-thru training videos

MicroStation and Bentley LumenRT also provide native support for scalable meshes. Users can leverage Bentley’s ProjectWise ContextShare service to share and stream reality meshes for use in design and visualization workflows.

Speaking about the value of Bentley LumenRT in virtual reality workflows, Terry Walters of H.W. Lochner said, “Having tested numerous gaming platforms and other products, I can say with certainty that Bentley LumenRT’s ability to drive the VR environment right from our desktop cannot be matched in our industry at this time.”

Santanu Das, SVP, design modeling with Bentley Systems, said, “Bentley believes that enabling more users to leverage their design models to easily and quickly produce stunning and clear project visualizations, including for use with virtual reality devices, is another way to help ensure that users can realize a greater return on their investment in BIM workflows.”

About MicroStation
MicroStation offers advanced parametric 3D modeling capabilities to allow infrastructure professionals of any discipline to deliver data-driven, BIM-ready models and aggregate their work, including designs and models created with Bentley’s discipline-specific BIM applications. As a result, users can create comprehensive, multi-discipline BIM models, documentation, and other deliverables. MicroStation and all Bentley BIM applications are built on the same comprehensive modeling platform so that work can be easily progressed from MicroStation into discipline specific workflows with Bentley’s design and analytical modeling BIM applications.

About Bentley LumenRT
Bentley LumenRT is for any infrastructure professional who needs to visualize enlivened designs within a realistic environment to quickly and clearly communicate winning design ideas to project stakeholders. With Bentley LumenRT users no longer need to be computer-graphics experts to integrate lifelike digital nature into your simulated infrastructure designs, and create high-impact visuals for stakeholders. This revolutionary, real-time visualization medium is easy for any professional in the AECO industry to use and powerful enough to produce stunningly beautiful and easily understandable visualizations nearly instantly.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services helps users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provides unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 

 

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Highways England’s Network Occupancy Management System Has Potential to Save GBP 140.4 Million per year

9.10.2017 2:00  

Highways England (HE) is the UK government organization charged with operating, maintaining, and improving England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN). As part of its work, HE manages lane closures across the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk roads that make up the network, and its license to operate requires that lane availability does not fall below 97 percent for a rolling year. Using its Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS), HE aims to reduce the number of lane closure events by 6,000 a month, with the potential to provide a cost savings of GBP 140.4 million per year.

NOMS is a core element of HE’s asset lifecycle information management solution, and has two specific duties: The planning and management of road closure events. Leveraging Bentley technology, NOMS provides its distributed asset management community with the ability to directly access and interrogate planned road closure events across the entire SRN. In addition to reducing road closures by 3,600 a year, HE expects NOMS to provide significant safety advantages for its workers, eliminating 14,400 hours of challenging nighttime work on the SRN. The reduction in closures is also expected to deliver a positive impact on the environment, saving an estimated 10,824 tons of carbon per year.

NOMS allows HE to share road closure event data with local authorities across the UK, and the traveling public, as well as manage road closure events requests from third parties. Its direct integration with Bentley’s asset lifecycle information management solution allows the scheduling of operational, maintenance, and scheme activities, and provides, for the first time, all HE’s asset managers with the ability to visualize every planned road closure on a map.

“Bentley's NOMS solution is key to us integrating asset information so that we can share information across the business. This reaps cohesive and comprehensive benefits in collaboration opportunities across the entire business.”

Richard Arrowsmith
Highways England Asset Information Group Leader.

Integrated Engineering Analysis Workflows Result in Optimized Designs and Improved Analytical Productivity by up to 50%

9.10.2017 2:00  

Engineering analysis for complex structural, piping, and hydrodynamic systems requires expert input from distinct collaborating design teams. Many project teams rely on paper documents and manual data transfer to collaborate. It is not uncommon for design teams located in the same building to operate in silos. This disconnected workflow model tends to be error-prone, result in time lags, and discourage iteration, as the information is packaged, delivered, interpreted, and entered into distinctly managed systems. The lack of coordination among engineers often leads to project inefficiencies, design mistakes, and in some instances, costly operational failures. These workflows also do not support the real-time collaboration that is necessary for engineering innovation.

The common modeling environment that underpins Bentley’s analysis offering is changing this paradigm, paving the way for true collaboration, as several Be Inspired Awards submissions this year demonstrate, with new integrated, analytical workflows delivering significant and real ROI.

Siemens – the civil structural team in India uses STAAD, the industry standard application for structural analysis, but for piping it uses a range of applications usually driven by client preferences. Believing they could improve their processes, the structural team carried out a “borderless civil structural and piping” study involving the re-analysis of an existing project to quantify what could be achieved with the seamless interoperability between STAAD and AutoPIPE. The team estimated it would have achieved a 20 percent savings in engineering hours and a 10 percent reduction in steel costs using STAAD and AutoPIPE.

TOYO Engineering – used STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design to engineer the structure for a very complex ethylene plant in Malaysia. Spanning teams within the Toyo group across multiple locations, the project was the first to apply advanced engineering design codes in the country, with the team developing new EN codes for Malaysia. The combination of STAAD and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design enabled Toyo Engineering to reduce engineering hours by 30 percent and construction hours by 10 percent.  

CS Softdesk – the Żuchlów’ natural gas field in Poland is the largest deposit of natural gas in the area and since the compressor station started production in 1979, it has been subjected to many modifications and extensions. To reduce the vibrations during installation (which were causing significant noise and accelerating component wear) a comprehensive redesign and reconstruction was required. CS Softdesk was brought in to search for the causes of vibrations and come up with a design that minimized these vibrations. Using AutoPLANT, AutoPIPE, and PULS, CS Softdesk carried out a dynamic, iterative analysis and design of the piping network, and produced an innovative design to solve the problem. The seamless interoperability of the Bentley applications not only enabled CS Softdesk to create an innovative solution, it allowed the company to use half the resource hours compared to working with other engineering analysis systems.

PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard – in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam PV Shipyard was retained to build the Tam Dao 05 Jack Up rig, which can operate at a depth of 120 meters and can drill to a depth of 9,000 meters. It used SACS for offshore structural analysis and design, MOSES for transportation and installation analysis, with AutoPIPE and ProjectWise to synchronize data and detect clashes. After 32 months of design and construction, PV Shipyard cut the expected transport and installation schedule by 50 percent.

Shanghai Design Branch, China Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. – for this extension project in the Bohai Bay oil field complex off the coast of China, Shanghai Design used both SACS and MOSES to quickly design the jacket and carry out the installation analysis, reducing overall project time by four weeks and saving 30 percent in engineering design hours.  

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“Bentley’s initiatives toward digitization are very well appreciated. It’s about time the engineering community adopts these practices and brings revolution to the age-old engineering practices still being followed.”

Sandeep Bansal, Global Expert - Piping Stress Analysis, Siemens India

“Seamless integration of STAAD.Pro and STAAD Advanced Concrete Design has completely turned around the detailed engineering of RCC structures delivering automation, accuracy, and consistency. Iterative and complex design checks are possible with a single run synchronizing the delivery of drawings resulting in a 30 percent reduction in man-hours.” 

Ajay Marathe, Lead Engineer - Civil & Structural, Toyo Engineering

“Bentley applications allow us to preserve a multi-discipline approach in our design processes, and, at the same time, maintain a unique and specialized approach. The software allows for the engineering analyses to be performed at the scientific research level, provided that the applied method is implemented properly by knowledgeable staff.”

Maciej Rydlewicz, Ph.D. Eng., CEO Research & Development, CS Softdesk

“ProjectWise gave us the ability to coordinate over 3 million documents totaling 5 terabytes of data to give 500 participants the latest controlled information on which to base confident action. The repository provides the base of documents for ongoing asset management. The combination of SACS, MOSES, and ProjectWise enabled us to design, transport, and install a state-of-the-art jack-up rig, that increased drilling productivity for the owner and cut the expected delivery time in half.”

Phan Thanh Son, Engineering Manager, PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard

 
“Bentley SACS and MOSES software are essential tools for fixed offshore structural design.”

Yin Guangrong, Structural Engineer, Shanghai Design Branch, Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd.

Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

9.10.2017 2:00  

To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ACTION Modulers’ water modeling software business based near Lisbon, Portugal. The team of environmental modeling scientists and researchers, led by general director, Frank Braunschweig, develops ACTION’s modeling software products including MOHID Studio, ACTION Server, ACTION Flood, ACTION Forecast, ACTION Seaport, ACTION Beach, and ACTION Weather.

For more information about ACTION Modulers, visit www.actionmodulers.com

About ACTION Modulers, Research and Development Unit
Action Modulers was founded in 2004. Established with strong, and maintained, connections to the University of Lisbon’s School of Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico – the research & development team has built a strong reputation for expertise in applying numerical modeling tools to complex water situations including: flooding from overflowing drainage systems; environmental impacts of pollutants distributed by waterflow, tides, and winds; operational flood early warning systems for valuable resources. The ACTION Modulers team are regular participants in European Union funded research projects.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Bentley’s New CONNECTservices Bring Comprehensive Learning, Mobility, and Collaboration Benefits to Bentley Application Subscribers

9.10.2017 2:00  

Going Digital: New Azure-based Services Accelerate Users’ Applications Mastery, and Empower Staying Connected Across Devices and Projects

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the introduction of SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that deliver comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to Bentley application subscribers. The most significant update of the SELECT program since its inception, CONNECTservices are new benefits to all subscribers of Bentley applications, whether through SELECT for perpetual licenses, Enterprise License Subscriptions (ELS), or Cloud Services Subscriptions (CSS) for term licenses. SELECT CONNECTservices help user organizations to advance project delivery and accelerate “going digital.”

CONNECTservices include Adaptive Learning Services, Personal Mobility Services, and ProjectWise Connection Services:

Adaptive Learning Services

  • Application subscribers’ application mastery is now advanced through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Learning benefits previously provided through optional LEARN subscriptions are now available to every Bentley application subscriber. Services include Quick Starts for new user onboarding, in-application feature videos, workflow videos, on-demand courses, live virtual training, personalized learning paths and knowledge maps, and more.

Personal Mobility Services

  • Application subscribers benefit from unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring they have access to all the right project information when and where they need it – at the office, in the field, or on the site. Project team members can access project data, communicate with other team members, submit and resolve issues, and more. Bentley Mobile Apps for iOS, Android, and Windows include ProjectWise Edge Mobile, ProjectWise WorkSite, Bentley Navigator Mobile, OpenRoads Navigator Mobile, and Bentley Map Mobile.

ProjectWise Connection Services

  • New services allow Bentley application subscribers to access BIM content and standards to support design, analytical, reality, and construction modeling and securely share application and other information via Azure cloud services. Application subscribers are also able to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, track, and manage transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. Teams benefit from dashboards to review project status and benchmark project performance.

CEO Greg Bentley said about CONNECTservices, “Our application users and their organizations are appropriately making going digital their business priority. In our own business at Bentley Systems, I feel that we should be correspondingly responsible to take full advantage of cloud services to advance applications users’learning, mobility, and collaboration. In going digital ourselves, we are provisioning our application subscribers with intrinsic Microsoft Azure services. With CONNECTservices, our contribution to subscribers’ project success is not limited to application executables and sporadically requested support. Now, through Azure cloud services, our “connected” support for applications is literally continuous, and literally contextual, across users’ learning curves, devices, teams, and workdays—and we have been enabled to virtualize this expanded advancement responsibility across our thousands of applications-masterful colleagues globally: together, going digital! Bentley application subscribers can and should ’get connected’ immediately.”   

About Bentley’s Subscription Programs
SELECT is Bentley’s comprehensive subscription program for its complete portfolio of applications for design, analytical, reality, and construction modeling. SELECT subscriptions provide application users of current and new perpetual licenses with 24/7/365 support, continuously updated software, access to Bentley’s entire application portfolio, and SELECT CONNECTservices. SELECT subscribers benefit from country-wide license pooling, which enables applications to be shared among users. Additionally, SELECT licenses are kept evergreen with portfolio balancing, an annual right to exchange perpetual licenses for other titles to best match current work requirements. 

Through the Autodesk License Upgrade Program, subscribers may also receive full credit for the current value of Autodesk licenses toward the purchase of Bentley perpetual licenses.

The Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) is Bentley’s enterprise subscription program for large user organizations and includes all the benefits offered to SELECT subscribers, but in addition provides global license pooling. The ELS provides an annually renewed license for unlimited use of Bentley’s comprehensive application portfolio. In effect, ELS subscriber organizations are entitled to continuous portfolio balancing. The annual fee for an ELS is fixed, with actual usage measured throughout the year to determine the subsequent year’s renewal fee.

The Cloud Services Subscription (CSS) is a subscription program, primarily for consumption of cloud services by SELECT and ELS application subscribers, and also for organizations preferring only term licensing. Under a CSS, a budget is determined that enables organizations to cover their anticipated consumption costs. Actual usage charges are applied monthly, and CSS balances never expire. A CSS is required for use of Passports and of ProjectWise and AssetWise Visas, for application cloud services (such as ContextCapture Cloud Service), and for Success Plans. CSS balances may also be applied towards term licensing of applications, and for professional services.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.  

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, AssetWise, Bentley Map Mobile, Bentley Navigator, ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenRoads Navigator Mobile, ProjectWise Edge Mobile, ProjectWise WorkSite, ProjectWise, and SELECT are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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ProStructures CONNECT Edition Delivers Parametric Structural Components to Drive Greater Productivity

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the early access of Bentley’s Design Insights cloud service, a new extension of Bentley’s Scenario Services. Design Insights brings instant insight to the impact of design changes on the performance measures of organizations including project schedule, cost, and safety compliance.

Designers and engineers make hundreds of decisions in relative isolation, without fully understanding the impact of these decisions on other disciplines or downstream activities that influence project performance. Bentley’s Design Insights helps project teams make better-informed and more timely decisions that reduce cost overruns and unexpected project delays as insights into the project are gained much earlier.

Design Insights utilizes the common digital engineering iModel created by users of Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer, OpenPlant Modeler, RAM, STAAD, or Autodesk’s Revit™ to extract insights on key performance metrics for designers, owners, and project managers.

Bentley’s Design Insights enables:

  • Relative estimation of structural safety, cost, and schedule changes between design iterations
  • Heatmaps to identify areas of change between design iterations
  • Practical consideration of multiple design alternatives in parallel

Raoul Karp, Bentley’s VP of product development, analytical modeling, said, “Too often in today’s design world the true impact of important design decisions is not fully understood until construction is well underway. By providing designers, engineers, architects, and owners immediate insight into the downstream ramifications of decisions and tradeoffs to be made during design, team members can make better holistic decisions with the critical information at their fingertips.”


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Bentley’s Reality Modeling Solution Now Offers Cloud Services, ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service, and ProjectWise ContextShare

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the general access of its reality modeling cloud services, ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service, and ProjectWise ContextShare. 

UAV companies and surveying and engineering firms that leverage reality modeling in-house can utilize ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service to upload photos and generate 3D engineering-ready reality meshes, orthophotos, digital surface models, and point clouds dramatically faster than ever before. This high-performance, cloud-based service automates the production of 3D models of virtually any size without the need for high-end hardware or specialized IT support. Now organizations can leverage a simplified setup to quickly scale their projects and expand use to any project team to easily document as-is context affordably, with less investment of time and resources. 

Through use of a desktop or a mobile application, users can quickly produce 3D models of existing conditions and upload them for processing to the ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service. This service is easy to use and simple to set up, making it practical for any organization to provide precise real-world context for all phases of an asset’s lifecycle.   

The ContextCapture desktop application enables instant uploading of photos and setting of ground control points for generating 3D reality meshes. And, ContextCapture Mobile is an easy-to-use reality modeling app used to quickly create and display 3D models from photos taken with a phone or tablet.

Reality modeling data may now be stored in ProjectWise ContextShare, a new cloud service that extends Bentley’s connected data environment. Reality meshes can be securely uploaded to ProjectWise ContextShare and then streamed to ProjectWise users for use in design, analytical, and construction modeling workflows. This high-performance cloud service makes the use of very large reality meshes as context for engineering and geospatial work practical.

“ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service and ProjectWise ContextShare empowers engineering and surveying professionals to extend the value of their services throughout the infrastructure lifecycle,” said Francois Valois, senior product director of reality modeling. “These services are ideal for professionals using handheld devices or UAVs to perform 3D photogrammetry faster than ever before using the only available multi-engine cloud processing service on the market.”

Thomas Daubigny, Bureau Veritas chief digital officer, said, “Reality modeling is becoming pivotal in many industries as it fundamentally changes the management of assets and reinvents the handling of inspections, maintenance, and training, while opening doors to brand new services. Bureau Veritas is playing a key role in leveraging digital engineering models, implementing acquisition, and classifying objects based on its expertise on the asset, and ultimately operating the model as a data gatekeeper. The new Bentley ContextCapture cloud processing service will provide us the flexibility and power to accelerate the deployment of such innovations to our clients.” 

About ContextCapture:
ContextCapture is Bentley’s reality modeling software that can quickly produce 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, derived from simple photographs and/or point cloud. Without the need for expensive or specialized equipment, ContextCapture enables users to quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D engineering ready reality meshes to provide precise real-world context for design, construction, operations, and inspection decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects. Project teams can easily and consistently share reality modeling information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation for use in any engineering, operations, maintenance, or GIS workflow. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/ContextCapture.

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Comprehensive BIM Strategy Helps Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. Deliver CNY 2.4 Billion Amur River Bridge Connecting Russia and China

9.10.2017 2:00  

The Heihe - Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Bridge is a bridge being constructed at a total cost of CNY 2.4 billion. It will connect Heilongjiang Province, China to Amur State, Russia. The Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. is responsible for all civil construction for the 19.9-kilometer Armur River Bridge project. Bentley technology helped Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. solve engineering challenges it faced in a complex construction environment, enabling high levels of collaboration and increasing project management efficiency by 25 percent on the project.

As the first road bridge over the Heilongjiang River, this project forms an important part of China’s Silk Road economic zone. Construction of the 1,284-meter Amur Bridge, which connects the 6.5-kilometer Chinese section from Changfatun, Heihe City with a 13.4-kilometer Russian section to Canikulgan Village, Blagoveshchensk City, commenced in 2016. The team met quality and cost objectives through the use of Bentley software, leveraging OpenBridge Modeler’s 3D parametric modeling to achieve the required accuracy levels for the bridge’s superstructure and RM Bridge’s finite element analysis to simulate pile foundations and main beam and other structures to optimize structural strength, rigidity, and stability.

Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. also created a 5D BIM common modeling and connected data environment based on MicroStation, Bentley’s discipline-specific applications, and ProjectWise, which greatly enhanced collaboration and coordination for the different disciplines involved in the construction of the bridge, roads and culverts, civil works, and frontier inspection area, and related traffic engineering.

“Bentley’s comprehensive software solution provided the management and collaboration capabilities that allowed us to increase efficiency on the project by 25 percent, while coping with the engineering challenges faced in a complex construction environment.”

Xuyuan Liang, Director, Technology R&D Center

Reality Modeling Comes of Age Helping to Streamline Brownfield Projects for the Process Industry

9.10.2017 2:00  

Over 95 percent of projects in the process industry are retrofits or expansions of existing plants that seek to increase capacity, comply with regulations, or introduce new technology to improve performance. Moreover, often the building of a new plant is done on the brownfield site of an existing facility. For all these projects, capturing and modeling the existing context is critical to decision making and both conceptual and detailed engineering design. Bentley’s reality modeling technology is increasingly being leveraged to support these critical workflows.

In this year’s submissions for the Be Inspired Awards, there are five excellent examples using reality modeling technology in the process industry, demonstrating how this technology has now become an essential part of any brownfield or greenfield plant design project.

UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, is using reality modeling for its iconic manufacturing plant in Belgium (which was established in 1928) to assess options and communicate ideas to help this complex and established site become carbon neutral by the year 2030. ContextCapture was used to create an engineering-ready 3D model of the entire complex, including all the buildings, production facilities, roads, and parking areas, using both drone and terrestrial photography. This context enabled the engineering team to quickly produce a 3D model to convey ideas and determine options. Point-cloud data from laser scans was then added to the model to enable accurate quantities to be calculated and precise measurements to be given to contractors for the priority work packages.

ABS Steel needed to modernize the fume extraction system for its large steel complex in Udine, Italy to meet new regulations. It did not have a survey of the entire site since the complex was the result of a merger of two plants in 1988. ABS Steel awarded the contract to BM Engineering to survey the site. It used laser scanning for inside the plant and photography for outside the plant, creating a combined engineering-ready model in MicroStation using ContextCapture and Bentley Pointools, which was read into AECOsim Building Designer and used to design the new fume extraction system. The model was then used to test the structural integrity of the aging parts of the factory. By using a drone to capture photos of the roofs of the industrial buildings, and using ContextCapture to accurately create the 3D model, the project avoided the need to construct at least 70,000 temporary structures (guardrails, walkways, ladders, PPE, etc.) to conduct the survey work.

Flightline Geographics LLC (FlightlineGeo) solved a problem for an owner of an ethanol plant in Kansas, United States whose plant expansion was impeded by a lack of a drainage plan that would satisfy the local municipality. Traditional alternative methods, such as ground surveying and either ground or aerial LiDAR, were eliminated as possible solutions due to the short time frame and limited project budget involved. It was decided to use a drone (UAV) and, once survey ground control was placed, the UAV capture of the 200-acre site was completed in a single one-hour flight. The team used ContextCapture to produce the 3D model that engineers needed to quickly calculate the results for the drainage and construction study, which was presented to municipal authorities a few days later. Moreover, the team leveraged the same work to create a 3MX reality mesh that could then be used for visualization within the Acute 3D viewer. It took just one week to conceive, capture, process, and deliver the project, and gain approval.

Technical Solutions International (RBI) is a world-class engineering inspection company headquartered in Durban, South Africa. RBI has deployed a solution that combines the use of unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs or drones), 3D reality modeling software (ContextCapture), a geographical information system (Bentley MAP), and engineering documentation management (ProjectWise) to manage the entire inspection process. Its clients include petrochemical, pulp and paper, power generation, and telecommunications firms. The new process enables RBI to deliver more competitive services to its clients that speed survey time considerably and increase the value and visibility of its inspection survey data.

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“UCB SA is driving a ‘smart factories’ initiative, leveraging Industry 4.0 and Bentley technology. Our objective is to reorganize production so that we are more adaptable and effective in the allocation of resources. We store our engineering data in ProjectWise for better collaboration among colleagues. Using ContextCapture for 3D modeling of our site provides geo-referencing and allocates geographical coordinates to our data. Analyzing the 3D model together with the orthophoto drawings provides the official record of our land registry data, waterways, and buildings. We can also bring this 3D model into AECOsim Building Designer to support any building design changes. For proposed modifications to our production facilities, we use OpenPlant Modeler and OpenPlant Isometrics to provide precise 3D data for contractors and to automate the detection of clashes between pipes, structures, and equipment.”

Joseph Ciarmoli, Head of CADengineering, UCB SA

“The interoperability of Bentley products has made it possible to optimize and significantly reduce the survey and reality modeling time, while also allowing a BIM model to be created that can easily be used by all stakeholders (structural and plant designers), who have decidedly and significantly improved the efficiency of their integrated design, allowing the implementation of the first revamping phase to be reached just three months after delivery of the BIM model.”

Eng. Marco Barberini - Geom. Gianluca Rovituso. BM Engineering srl

“Reality modeling using ContextCapture from Bentley enabled FlightlineGeo to process a large amount of data into information for the client in near real time. The project was completed ahead of time and under budget, allowing the company to acquire its expansion permit and move on with production of renewable energy.”   

Devon Humphrey, CEO, FlightlineGeo

“Bentley’s range of products and integration between their products and our automated UAV systems gives us and our clients an added advantage against an ever-improving competitive market. The future we live in today.”

Stanley du Toit, Technical and Solution Director, RBI Technical Solutions International

Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

9.10.2017 2:00  

To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ACTION Modulers’ water modeling software business based near Lisbon, Portugal. The team of environmental modeling scientists and researchers, led by general director, Frank Braunschweig, develops ACTION Modulers modeling software products including MOHID Studio, ACTION Server, ACTION Flood, ACTION Forecast, ACTION Seaport, ACTION Beach, and ACTION Weather.

For more information about ACTION Modulers, visit www.actionmodulers.com

About ACTION Modulers, Research and Development Unit
Action Modulers was founded in 2004. Established with strong, and maintained, connections to the University of Lisbon’s School of Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico – the research & development team has built a strong reputation for expertise in applying numerical modeling tools to complex water situations including: flooding from overflowing drainage systems; environmental impacts of pollutants distributed by waterflow, tides, and winds; operational flood early warning systems for valuable resources. The ACTION Modulers team are regular participants in European Union funded research projects.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Power Generation Projects in China Leverage Bentley’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment for BIM

9.10.2017 2:00  

Over the past several years, Bentley’s multi-discipline comprehensive modeling environment has been used across China for the widest possible range of power generation projects including fossil fuels plants, nuclear power stations, hydropower plants, pumped storage facilities, and wind farms. Bentley solutions are enabling Chinese companies to achieve BIM best practices for projects large and small, integrating across the engineering disciplines from design through construction and into operations. This year there are three Be Inspired Awards finalists that exemplify BIM best practice for designing power generation plants in China.

Wugachong Reservoir Project in Pu’an County of Guizhou Province (Wugachong Water Conservancy and Hydropower Co., Ltd.) is a medium-sized hydroelectric power project, which moved from 2D AutoCAD to 3D BIM using the entire set of Bentley design applications, delivering the initial 3D model in just two months. Bentley GEOPAK helped the team quickly solve a complex issue with the topography of the site, enabling it to develop a zig-zag ramp design that would have been difficult to visualize in 2D. Using ProjectWise, the team collaborated across all engineering disciplines. It also created 3D videos using Bentley LumenRT to explain the zig-zag design to their clients and to promote the organization’s capabilities for other projects. Wugachong Water Conservancy and Hydropower Co., Ltd. is now rolling out 3D BIM using Bentley technologies across other projects in the region and it expects to save CNY 10 million (USD 1.5 million) on each project. The Wugachong Reservoir project is a typical example of how the smaller design institutes are quickly developing new skills and radically changing the way they deliver projects.

Qiongzhong Pumped Storage Power Station (PowerChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation Limited) project exemplifies how China is moving toward a greener future by using pumped storage to reduce its reliance on coal. Quoting from its Be Inspired submission, the company said, “The cooperation of constructed Qiongzhong Pumped Storage Power Station, nuclear power and new energy in Hainan Province can achieve optimum allocation of energy resources, improve the utilization rate of new energy power, and highlight the huge role of clean energy in energy conservation and emission reduction, while delivering consistent power and ensuring safe, stable, and economic operation of the system.” The pumped storage power station adds up to 600 megawatts to the grid system and will help meet peak demands for the growing Hainan economic region. The project is located on a mountainous island that presented the team with engineering and construction logistics challenges. The team used the entire integrated collection of Bentley 3D design applications together with ProjectWise to engage all stakeholders from concept to construction, saving over CNY 60 million in engineering costs and completing construction three months ahead of schedule. This earned ZhongNan Engineering Corporation the record for the fastest pumped storage project in China to date. By using Bentley GEOPAK to optimize the civil design, they reduced the earthwork excavation and filling quantity by 30 percent, saving over CNY 42 million. The hydraulic machinery specialty and HVAC specialty extracted 90 percent of construction drawings directly from the 3D model, shortening design time by two months, which equated to a savings of over CNY 20 million.

Macheng Caijiazhai Wind Farm (Hubei Electric Power Survey and Design Institute) is an 80-megawatt wind farm that will provide green power as well as promote the development of wind power in Hubei Province and contribute to reducing power transmission loss for the Macheng grid. The project involves wind generating sets, pylons, pylon bases, the collecting circuit, the maintenance road for the wind farm, and a 110-kilovolt booster station. The wind farm is located on the ridges and mountain tops near Futianhe Town and Macheng City, which provided such challenges as a large area mountain topographic reconnaissance, design of the road leading to the station, and the transportation of large equipment. An unmanned aerial vehicle was used to obtain data and images to build a landform 3D engineering-ready model with ContextCapture. The model was combined with wind resource analysis results to select appropriate wind turbine arrangement point locations and the optimal route of road leading to the station. At the construction stage, OpenRoads was used to design the fan (turbine) maintenance platform and road leading to the station. Bentley Substation and AECOsim Building Designer were used to design a 3D digital model of the booster station. ProjectWise was used for collaboration among all the disciplines and to manage input and output materials, design documents, procurement materials, and project management materials related to this project. During the project, Bentley applications saved 50 person-days in design, shortened the construction period by 20 days, and reduced the project delivery cost by CNY 200,000.

Quotes:
“Bentley’s integrated design applications provide our design teams with unified standards and a unified file format. Each discipline can now greatly improve the design efficiency using the powerful software functions, software customization capacity, collision detection capabilities, and other functions, greatly improving design efficiency.”

Zhihao Fu, Director of BIM Technology Application Center, Wugachong Water Conservancy and Hydropower Co.

“3D design has gradually replaced traditional 2D design. Using Bentley applications, Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped Hydropower Station completed 2.53 Gigabyte3D design models. The 3D model helped us complete more than 1,000 engineering drawings at the construction stage, which shortened the design time by two months and reduced design error rate by 90 percent. Through the digital delivery system, models, drawings, and engineering information were delivered seamlessly. The participating parties including designer, constructor, supervisory organization, and owner used the digital delivery system for guiding on-site construction and quickly querying all the information of engineering, reducing embedment errors and omissions.”

Mei Huang, Chief Engineer of Electromechanical Design of Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped Hydropower Station Project

“We used the hybrid model consisting of landform reality modeling and 3D models of the booster station and fan to demonstrate the final panorama. In conjunction with decomposition of the model’s details and simulation of construction and transportation, we enabled the management team to have a full understanding of the whole project’s construction process before construction started.”

Pingzhong Ding, Project Manager, Hubei Electric Power Survey and Design Institute

ProStructures CONNECT Edition Delivers Parametric Structural Components to Drive Greater Productivity

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the general access of the ProStructures CONNECT Edition structural detailing application, which now incorporates the capabilities of the ProSteel and ProConcrete applications. The release also features interoperability with Bentley’s reality modeling capabilities, which will allow users to incorporate real-world conditions in their modeling throughout the design and construction lifecycle.

ProStructures CONNECT Edition includes a streamlined user interface and includes these new capabilities:

  • Functional Components – Easily create libraries of parametric structural shapes for both reinforced concrete and structural steel by applying user-defined variables and equations. Drag and drop existing components from a library that allows editing to specification to reduce time and eliminate errors associated with manual input.
  • ComponentCenter – Easily access structural components for use in design. Integrate with the ComponentCenter as a source of content for rebar couplers, terminators, and form savers.
  • Documentation Center – Automated production of high-quality drawings, including multi-discipline documentation sets, which are consistent across the entire project. Get a live view of the project in sheet orientation. As the design changes, so will the sheets. Create, publish, and share project deliverables across multiple disciplines. Quickly identify structural steel or reinforced concrete in the model by using any attribute such as member length or rebar size.
  • User Interface – New and improved user interface allows for ease of use, access to learning content, and project sharing. Ribbons help users to easily find commands with a minimum number of clicks.
  • Increased Performance – Access more addressable memory with 64-bit computing. Increase efficiencies in editing larger design models, and processing more complex Adobe PDF documents and iModels.
  • CONNECT Advisor – Receive personalized support and learning without leaving the product experience. Interact with various Bentley content in one location, eliminating the need to browse to various sources individually in a unified interface.

Commenting on ProStructures, Shixiao Zhao, chief engineer for China Construction First Building (Group) Co., Ltd., said, “After using ProStructures, the design time was reduced to one-and-a-half months, and the design error rate was reduced by 70 percent.”

James Barr, director of business execution, Bentley Systems, said, “ProStructures CONNECT Edition will radically change the way engineers create steel and reinforced concrete structural details and fabrication drawings. Something that was so manual such as drawing a beam and then reinforcing it, will now be as easy as dragging and dropping existing components that are already reinforced and then editing them to specification. This and other great features included in ProStructures CONNECT Edition, including a new user interface, access to personalized learning, and the ability to share data across multiple disciplines, greatly improves productivity and reduces time.”

About ProStructures
ProStructures steel and concrete design applications efficiently create accurate 3D models for structural steel, metal work, and reinforced concrete structures. ProStructures lets users create design drawings, fabrication details, and schedules that automatically update whenever the 3D model changes. ProStructures is built by experienced design engineers and includes ProSteel and ProConcrete.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services help users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provide unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Bentley’s ContextCapture CONNECT Edition Streamlines Reality Modeling Capture and Delivery

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the general access of ContextCapture CONNECT Edition – reality modeling software that quickly produces highly detailed 3D engineering ready reality meshes of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types. Reality meshes are derived from simple photographs or point clouds and provide precise real-world context for design, construction, and operational decisions throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure. ContextCapture is the reality modeling solution for a complete capture-to-consumption workflow.

For more controlled and automated data acquisition, ContextCapture now offers a QR code framework to capture Ground Control points. This new capability streamlines the process by automatically finding ground control points in a scene leveraging QR codes carefully placed at known locations prior to capturing images. The same QR code functionality can also be used to link the reality mesh objects to an asset registry by identifying and locating objects in the scene. 3D spatial registration of assets requires only the placement of QR code tags on the assets before performing the photo acquisition. Additionally, the new 3D resolution mesh in ContextCapture features quality control and reporting that documents the resulting resolution of any location on the 3D reality mesh. This makes analyzing the quality of the capture and of the reconstruction more efficient, by providing direct visual feedback at any point of the scene.   

ContextCapture CONNECT Edition offers up to 30 percent faster processing time with more robust and parallelized aerotriangulation, as well as faster multi-GPU support, to generate 3D reality meshes of virtually any size or precision much faster and with less processing time than previously possible. The global color equalization in ContextCapture significantly enriches the visual quality of 3D models.

To support the virtual inspection of critical assets, ContextCapture now offers thermal imagery support for mesh textures that enables quick identification of leaks or other asset abnormalities.

To increase team productivity and collaboration, ContextCapture is now integrated with ProjectWise ContextShare, a new cloud service that extends Bentley’s connected data environment. Reality meshes can be securely uploaded to ProjectWise ContextShare and then streamed to ProjectWise users for use in design, analytical, and construction modeling workflows. This high-performance cloud service makes the use of very large reality meshes as context for engineering and geospatial work practical.

Mingming Li, technical director, registered surveyor, Shanghai IFA Technology, said, “Bentley ContextCapture reality modeling software has changed our traditional manual 3D modeling approach. It makes data acquisition simpler and more efficient, and has fully automated data production to save 80 percent of our time and 60 percent of our cost for the 3D VR reality application project of our ancient city. The model produced by ContextCapture can be seamlessly connected with other pieces of Bentley software, avoiding the risks associated with data conversion.”

Phil Christensen, Bentley senior vice president, reality modeling, said, “ContextCapture CONNECT Edition continues to streamline the capture-to-consumption reality modeling workflow to help expand the scope of value for surveying and engineering organizations during all phases of an asset lifecycle.”    

About ContextCapture
ContextCapture is Bentley’s reality modeling software that can quickly produce 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, derived from simple photographs and/or point cloud. Without the need for expensive or specialized equipment, ContextCapture enables users to quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D engineering ready reality meshes to provide precise, real-world context for design, construction, operations, and inspection decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects. Project teams can easily and consistently share reality modeling information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation for use in any engineering, operations, maintenance, or GIS workflow. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/ContextCapture.

About the CONNECT Edition
With the SELECT CONNECT Edition, Bentley is introducing SELECTCONNECTservices, new Azure-based services that provide comprehensive learning, mobility, and collaboration benefits to every Bentley application subscriber. Adaptive Learning Services helps users master use of Bentley applications through CONNECT Advisor, a new in-application service that provides contextual and personalized learning. Personal Mobility Services provides unlimited access to Bentley apps, ensuring users have access to the right project information when and where they need it. ProjectWise Connection Services allow users to securely share application and project information, to manage and resolve issues, and to create, send, and receive transmittals, submittals, and RFIs. 


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Water Utilities Capitalize on Hydraulic Modeling to Minimize TOTEX, Reduce Risk, and Mitigate Water Loss

9.10.2017 2:00  

Water utilities are faced with meeting a myriad of challenges ranging from disaster preparedness to environmental conservation to driving down total expenditures (TOTEX), at the same time as they are expected to improve service. Three examples from the 2017 Be Inspired Awards nominations demonstrate the key role hydraulic modeling applications play in achieving water utilities goals.

Manila Water is a water utility concessionaire in the Philippines that provides water and wastewater services for 24 cities and municipalities and operates more than 100 facilities serving 6 million customers both in water distribution and wastewater treatment. The Philippines sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur. Metro Manila falls victim to this circumstance, being geographically transected by several fault systems, including the dangerous West Valley Fault System. The Philippines is also ravaged by an average of 20 typhoons per year.

To address the great level of risk, Manila Water conducted a Resiliency and Business Interruption (RBI) study to determine the systems and facilities that are most vulnerable in the event of such natural disasters. The study indicated that significant damages amounting to approximately USD 520 million in water infrastructure is inevitable. Consequently, the Natural Calamity Risk Resiliency and Mitigation Master Plan was developed in collaboration with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Local Government Units (LGU). The NDRRMC and LGU provided the emergency response plan as well as locations of evacuation sites that will be used in the event of a catastrophe.

Manila Water must ensure that these identified sites will have a secure and reliable supply of water in case of emergency. WaterGEMS was used to identify and prioritize critical assets requiring resiliency and contingency measures by simulating the effect of losing one or several components of the water system and seeing how interconnected systems would react.

With the application of the resiliency and contingency measures, a reassessment was made of the RBI study that estimated property damage and business interruption would be reduced by USD 380 million in the event of a calamity. Also, looking at a more immediate benefit of the master plan, Manila Water saved a total of USD 30 million on insurance through the concession period.

Diogenes Adelbert Voltaire B. Evangelista, water system analysis and planning engineer, said, “Mitigation of the adverse effects of a natural calamity is a race against time. Bentley WaterGEMS helped Manila Water minimize the amount of its investment while maximizing the resiliency and contingency of its facilities, both being highly beneficial to the customers it serves.”

Prolagos, a concessionaire of AEGEA, provides water and sanitation services to five municipalities in the Região dos Lagos, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil serving 400,000 inhabitants in low season and more than 2 million in the high season. Currently, 93 percent of the residents have access to the water supply and 76 percent to sewage collection and treatment. Prolagos strives to improve the sewer collection and treatment services with the highest possible ROI, while seeking complete decontamination of the Araruama lagoon to bring back social, environmental, economic, and tourist benefits to the region. The Araruama lagoon is the largest mass of hypersaline water in a permanent state in the world. In 1998, the lagoon was completely polluted leading to the death of aquatic plants and animals. This large-scale pollution raised the unemployment rate in the fishing industry, severely reduced trade and tourism activities, and increased risks to human health. 

For the Sewerage Master Plan 2041, Prolagos integrated data from GIS, CAD, SCADA, and drones in a planimetric survey using SewerGEMS. They developed the models to analyze “what-if” scenarios, and to determine the best long-term hydraulic combination of both sewerage and drainage systems for environmental, social, and economic gains. SewerGEMS “scenarios comparisons” were instrumental in engaging AEGEA’s management team in the face-to-face meetings.

An initial comparison of the master plan preliminary results with previous official studies showed a reduction of approximately 60 percent on the necessary investment to achieve the same rate of sewage coverage – 90 percent. Moreover, the plan enables significant annual cost savings due to the decrease of the systems’ energy consumption. These savings would result from a decrease of 35 percent of the volume treated in the wastewater plants. The saving resulted from plan’s separation of sewage and drainage flows, which reduced the number of sewage lifting stations and improved the efficiency of the pumping systems, with some individual pump stations demonstrating gains of over 20 percent. Moreover, the expansion of the separated sewage collecting system helps mitigate environmental impacts in the lagoon by stopping untreated discharges when sanitary sewers overflow from stormwater inflow or ground water is infiltrated through the concrete drainage pipes. The model estimates a reduction of 6 million cubic meters of untreated discharges. Through integration with the operational control center, it was possible to easily simulate the effects of alternative investments scenarios in the networks operational efficiency.

Wagner Oliveira de Carvalho, senior project manager, Prolagos, said, “Bearing in mind the shortage of available funds for infrastructure investments in Brazil, SewerGEMS can really make a difference in the optimization of investments bridging the existing gap in sewage infrastructure, thus promoting social inclusion and increasing people’s living standards.”

Varkom is a utility providing water services to seven townships and 20 municipalities in Varazdin County in Croatia. Varkom sought to implement a major water loss program that would enable cost savings and increase service quality for the county. The project included development of an accurate network map in a GIS and a comprehensive model facilitated by field measurements. The model was the basis for applications that included water demand analysis, pressure management, and water loss analysis based on the International Water Association (IWA) Water Loss Specialty Group (WLSG) methodology, SCADA development, District Metered Area (DMA) zoning, cost-benefit analysis, and feasibility studies. Hidroing Ltd. developed the model and implemented these applications for Varkom. 

The project enabled Varkom to make informed decisions for investing in water loss reduction with a final goal of reducing water loss by 2 million cubic meters per year. As Varkom pumps water from underground wells, water usage and energy usage will be reduced along with reduction of CO2 due to decreased pumping. Using WaterCAD, Hidroing fulfilled tight schedule demands and finished the project in 12 months, with an estimated 600 resource-days in savings attributed to the use of WaterCAD. A significant challenge was scheduling the field work for GIS mapping and field measurements to meet project timelines. WaterCAD’s capability to add sub-models saved Hidroing three months of time since it was possible to work on many tasks simultaneously.

“Bentley WaterCAD capabilities in combining different input database formats enabled us to make a precise hydraulic model and obtain accurate results, thus enabling Varkom to make valid decisions for its water supply network development,” said, Igor Dundovic, project manager, Hidroing Ltd.

Bentley’s Connected Data Environment Delivers Step Changes in Productivity for Mining Operations

9.10.2017 2:00  

Mining companies often talk about using technology to improve efficiency and survive in this industry where margins are razor thin. Two nominations this year illustrate how Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment, managed through a connected data environment, is enabling innovation and significant cost savings in this industry.

Minerals are recovered from tailings through crushing, grinding, and flotation. Outotec’s latest innovation in minerals processing is an advanced modular flotation cPlant comprised of pre-fabricated modules inside container-sized steel frames. Outotec designed the modules so that they are easy to transport and install and can be quickly integrated with an existing plant. This design also enables the flotation cPlant to be transferred from one site when a concentrator plant comes to the end of its lifecycle. Outotec also offers a large variety of services, including maintenance support, and that is why it chose to implement AssetWise Asset Reliability to facilitate preventative maintenance and to minimize unplanned downtime. Outotec offers this service to any customers procuring the flotation cPlant. The maintenance plan covers the entire flotation cPlant from production process performance to equipment reliability, leveraging failure mode effect analysis and asset criticality identification. By maximizing reliable production, the maintenance plan is expected to increase the plant net production yield by 3 to 5 percent.

JSC Kovdor Mining and Processing Plant (GOK) is located in the south-west of Murmansk Region’s Kola Peninsula, 20 kilometers from the border with Finland, a region with a harsh climate where temperatures can drop to 30 degrees below Celsius in the winter. The mine is Russia’s second largest producer of apatite concentrate and the world’s only producer of baddeleyite concentrate. The total area occupied by the industrial facilities is 2,500 hectares, of which 450 hectares are dedicated to open-cast mines, and 85 hectares are occupied by the homogenization and reloading stockpiles of raw materials and finished products.

Surveying the mine’s production and raw materials stockpiles is a critical function for operational productivity as well as for safety (avoiding stock pile collapses). The mine decided to replace a laser scanning process, which was labor intensive and not practical for inaccessible areas. In January 2017, GOK began to use drones and ContextCapture software to survey the mine. The simplicity of drone operation and the reliability and mobility of the drones (even in snow storms) allowed GOK to cut the time required in the field in half. Additionally, ContextCapture’s ability to immediately generate ready-to-use data increased the efficiency of the survey operations by 40 percent. Since drones can be used to survey previously inaccessible places, GOK has been able to start up production in the eastern part of the mine that had been deemed inaccessible due to a stockpile collapse in 2015. This expansion will allow them to develop 155 million tons of ore and generate a profit of 2.5 billion rubles.

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“Having a maintenance framework facilitated by AssetWise contributes to Outotec’s goal of continuous improvement, and supports our customer’s productivity and profitability.  By building a maintenance plan that utilizes Design for Reliability principles we expect to maximize reliable production and increase plant net production yield by around 3 to 5 percent.”
Niko Välikangas Manager; Services, Plant Systems, Projects & Reliability, Outotec

“The solution of surveying tasks at the enterprise with the use of Bentley applications allowed us to reach a new level in our operations and significantly reduce labor costs for monitoring the condition of the quarry sides and estimating the volumes of raw material residues in stockpiles.”
Alexander Ivanovich Vinogradov, Chief Surveyor, JSC Kovdorsky GOK

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Bentley Systems Announces Agreement to Acquire ACTION Modulers’ Water Modeling Software Business

9.10.2017 2:00  

To Advance Flood Resilience through Integration of Infrastructure Engineering, Reality Modeling, and Environmental Predictive Analytics

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ACTION Modulers’ water modeling software business based near Lisbon, Portugal. The team of environmental modeling scientists and researchers, led by general director, Frank Braunschweig, develops ACTION Modulers modeling software products including MOHID Studio, ACTION Server, ACTION Flood, ACTION Forecast, ACTION Seaport, ACTION Beach, and ACTION Weather.

For more information about ACTION Modulers, visit www.actionmodulers.com.

About ACTION Modulers, Research and Development Unit
Action Modulers was founded in 2004. Established with strong, and maintained, connections to the University of Lisbon’s School of Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico – the research & development team has built a strong reputation for expertise in applying numerical modeling tools to complex water situations including: flooding from overflowing drainage systems; environmental impacts of pollutants distributed by waterflow, tides, and winds; operational flood early warning systems for valuable resources. The ACTION Modulers team are regular participants in European Union funded research projects.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. 
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

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Bentley’s New Cloud Services Offers Instant Insight on the Impact of Structural Design Changes on Project Schedule, Cost, and Safety

9.10.2017 2:00  

Bentley Systems announces the early access of Bentley’s Design Insights cloud service, a new extension of Bentley’s Scenario Services. Design Insights brings instant insight to the impact of design changes on the performance measures of organizations including project schedule, cost, and safety compliance.

Designers and engineers make hundreds of decisions in relative isolation, without fully understanding the impact of these decisions on other disciplines or downstream activities that influence project performance. Bentley’s Design Insights helps project teams make better-informed and more timely decisions that reduce cost overruns and unexpected project delays as insights into the project are gained much earlier.

Design Insights utilizes the common digital engineering iModel created by users of Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer, OpenPlant Modeler, RAM, STAAD, or Autodesk’s Revit™ to extract insights on key performance metrics for designers, owners, and project managers.

Bentley’s Design Insights enables:

  • Relative estimation of structural safety, cost, and schedule changes between design iterations
  • Heatmaps to identify areas of change between design iterations
  • Practical consideration of multiple design alternatives in parallel

Raoul Karp, Bentley’s VP of product development, analytical modeling, said, “Too often in today’s design world the true impact of important design decisions is not fully understood until construction is well underway. By providing designers, engineers, architects, and owners immediate insight into the downstream ramifications of decisions and tradeoffs to be made during design, team members can make better holistic decisions with the critical information at their fingertips.”


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Leverages CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment

EXTON, PA, U.S.A. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Bentley’s building information modeling (BIM) application designed for building projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity, and which are typically characterized by the challenges of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.). On such projects, design and project delivery firms often have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint venture organizations.

Users of AECOsim Building Designer V8i have demonstrated its versatility in a wide range of project types. Among Bentley’s 2017 Be Inspired Awards nominations, 63 projects credited AECOsim, including 15 of the 51 finalists, in projects as diverse as bridges, airports, Olympic sports facilities, mining, manufacturing, offshore, municipal, power generation, utility transmission and distribution, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Nominations also cited GenerativeComponents, a feature within AECOsim Building Designer that provides computational design capabilities to explore iterative design ideas and embed design intent with design constraints and relationships to improve design quality and performance.

The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition shares a comprehensive modeling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications. Without a comprehensive modeling environment, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence.

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Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modeling, said, “This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modeling environment. As we continue to make advancements in BIM technology, this version of AECOsim Building Designer helps them to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the creation of deliverables for all stakeholders. And now that CONNECTservices are made available to Bentley application subscribers, we bring the collaborative advantages of ProjectWise to every user of AECOsim Building Designer.”

Available to all Bentley application subscribers, CONNECTservices represent Bentley’s commitment to address the requirements that its user organizations face in going digital. In a digital world, users learn differently, take their work wherever they go, and collaborate with highly diverse and dispersed teams. Leveraging Microsoft Azure, CONNECTservices are fundamental to the use of any Bentley application. Learn more about CONNECTservices here.

EiPM, a Barcelona-based engineering and architecture firm, is an early adopter of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, and is using the application to deliver complex projects. Xavier Coll, BIM manager and project manager, research and development for EiPM, commented, “It’s a quantum leap. The new interface is totally clean and user-friendly with spectacular improvements in interoperability and usability of the interface in all tools. It now has more intuitive workflows, which contribute to increased productivity and reliability. Undoubtedly, this new version is the best comprehensive BIM modeling software on the market.”

For more information about AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, please visit www.bentley.com/aecosimbuildingdesigner.

About the CONNECT Edition
The CONNECT Edition of Bentley’s infrastructure engineering software is built on a comprehensive modeling environment to support the delivery of infrastructure projects and to improve the performance of projects and assets from design through construction and operations.

CONNECT Edition applications feature CONNECTservices, which enable project teams to improve collaboration, ensure mastery of Bentley software, and empower individuals with the personal mobility to work from any location.

Leveraging the reach and computing power of Microsoft Azure, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and Bentley apps, the CONNECT Edition provides an unprecedented level of information mobility for advancing infrastructure.

 

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley LumenRT, ContextCapture, GenerativeComponents, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition Surmounts the Challenges of BIM Scalability for Major Projects

18.9.2017 15:59  

Leverages CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment

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The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition shares a comprehensive modeling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications. Without a comprehensive modeling environment, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence.

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition integrates the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application, and now extends its scalability by leveraging CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment. The new release provides seamless, translation-free, intra-operability with Bentley’s full multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modeling applications.

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Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modeling, said, “This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modeling environment. As we continue to make advancements in BIM technology, this version of AECOsim Building Designer helps them to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the creation of deliverables for all stakeholders. And now that CONNECTservices are made available to Bentley application subscribers, we bring the collaborative advantages of ProjectWise to every user of AECOsim Building Designer.”

Available to all Bentley application subscribers, CONNECTservices represent Bentley’s commitment to address the requirements that its user organizations face in going digital. In a digital world, users learn differently, take their work wherever they go, and collaborate with highly diverse and dispersed teams. Leveraging Microsoft Azure, CONNECTservices are fundamental to the use of any Bentley application. Learn more about CONNECTservices here.

EiPM, a Barcelona-based engineering and architecture firm, is an early adopter of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, and is using the application to deliver complex projects. Xavier Coll, BIM manager and project manager, research and development for EiPM, commented, “It’s a quantum leap. The new interface is totally clean and user-friendly with spectacular improvements in interoperability and usability of the interface in all tools. It now has more intuitive workflows, which contribute to increased productivity and reliability. Undoubtedly, this new version is the best comprehensive BIM modeling software on the market.”

For more information about AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, please visit www.bentley.com/aecosimbuildingdesigner.

About the CONNECT Edition
The CONNECT Edition of Bentley’s infrastructure engineering software is built on a comprehensive modeling environment to support the delivery of infrastructure projects and to improve the performance of projects and assets from design through construction and operations.

CONNECT Edition applications feature CONNECTservices, which enable project teams to improve collaboration, ensure mastery of Bentley software, and empower individuals with the personal mobility to work from any location.

Leveraging the reach and computing power of Microsoft Azure, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and Bentley apps, the CONNECT Edition provides an unprecedented level of information mobility for advancing infrastructure.

 

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for information on Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley LumenRT, ContextCapture, GenerativeComponents, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announces that leading industry publication New Civil Engineer (NCE) recently shortlisted the company as Technology Provider of the Year. Bentley is one of nine companies NCE nominated for the award. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Festival of Technology Awards Sept. 14, 2017, during a gala dinner at the Hilton Bankside in London, which will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Innovation and Technology (TechFest) event.

For more information about the award, please contact Christine Byrne, senior manager,
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About Bentley Systems
Bentley is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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