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Bentley ups the ante on BIM CDEs, acquires UK’s GroupBC

3.4.2020 17:00  

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Bentley Institute Announces “Digital Infrastructure Student Idea Challenge 2020”

2.4.2020 20:58  

EXTON, Pa. April 2020 – Bentley Institute, a leading organization advancing infrastructure professions by empowering practitioners, students, and academic institutions through continuous learning, scholarships, internships, and applied research partnerships, recently announced its Digital Infrastructure Student Idea Challenge 2020. The challenge is continuing Bentley Institute’s undeterred mission of nurturing future professionals, helping them stay active, engaged, and enthusiastic amid the challenging times of school closures and self-isolation.

With migration, urbanization, and climate change placing increasing stress on the world's built environment, the industry must transform and innovate to deliver resilient infrastructure. Bentley Institute is looking for students from around the world to come up with visionary ideas and inventive concepts that could potentially transform infrastructure and make a positive impact in the world.

The challenge is open to individual students (or teams of two) either in university, or in graduate school. To participate, students need to select a challenge that is relevant to any infrastructure domain and propose a smart, ground-breaking solution concept. Students should submit a presentation and PDF document (with a minimum of 500 words) of their conceptual ideas, not a detailed technical solution with a design. However, students should describe how software technology could play a role in their proposed concept. It must also be supported by graphs, figures, videos, and pictures.

In addition to gaining recognition from Bentley Institute, the top winning team will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000. The winners of the Best Presentation, Best Challenge, and Best Solution categories will also win cash prizes of USD 2,000 each.

Bentley Institute encourages all students to use time at home constructively to suggest ideas for a better tomorrow.

To participate in the challenge, students must register before May 15th, 2020 and submit their projects by June 15th, 2020. Students need to register here. To learn more about the submissions, judging criteria, and other information, click here.


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Caption: Bentley Institute announces “Digital Infrastructure student Idea Challenge”

About Bentley Institute
The Bentley Institute advances the infrastructure professions by empowering practitioners, students, and academic institutions through continuous learning, scholarships, internships, and applied research partnerships. Learning is provided online, in the classroom, or in-application, and includes publications, webinars, workflow videos, live and on-demand courses, conferences, events, and more. The Bentley Institute advances project delivery and asset performance best practices through Digital Advancement Academies, partnering with leading industry organizations, project delivery firms, and owner-operators

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 172 countries. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Software collaboration tool from Bentley

2.4.2020 15:36  

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World Highways, USA

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Bentley Systems SYNCHRO Portfolio

2.4.2020 15:24  

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Concrete Products, USA

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Bentley digitises the Pan Borneo Highway

1.4.2020 16:14  

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Roads & Infrastructure, Australia/New Zealand

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Digital Twin Rises in Construction

1.4.2020 16:06  

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ConstrucTech TV, USA

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4D/5D Construction – Now for Heavy Civil Projects Too!

1.4.2020 16:02  

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BuiltWorld, USA

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Bentley acquires SaaS provider GroupBC

1.4.2020 15:53  

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BIM+, UK

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Bentley Institute Press Announces Availability of “Inside MicroStation” CONNECT Edition Book Series

31.3.2020 16:05   EXTON, Pa. March 31, 2020 – Bentley Institute Press, publisher of cutting-edge textbooks and professional reference works for the advancement of the engineering, architectural, construction, operations, geospatial, and educational communities, has announced the availability of a new publication series titled Inside MicroStation CONNECT Edition, now available in print at www.bentley.com/books and as an e-book at www.ebook.bentley.com.

The three-volume set focusses on developing a strong understanding of the basics of MicroStation and follows a step-by-step approach that includes exercises and real-world example complete with illustrations. The publications instruct readers on how to use the 2D design fundamentals of MicroStation and lay a foundation for advanced learning. The series can be found on Amazon Kindle (volumes I, II, III) and Apple books (volumes I,II, III). The book series serves as a powerful learning tool and a quick reference guide for students, beginners, and practicing professionals.

The book series reflects the benefits of using the CONNECT Edition and discusses the features of MicroStation CONNECT Edition, including new CAD capabilities and its power and versatility to precisely view, model, document, and visualize information-rich designs of all types and scales. MicroStation CONNECT Edition is for professionals working in every discipline on infrastructure projects of every type.

Vinayak Trivedi, vice president, and global head of Bentley Institute, said, “We are pleased to offer this much-awaited title from Bentley Institute Press, which will help engineers take a massive leap forward in their productivity, while working with MicroStation. Bentley experts Samir Haque, Smrutirekha Mahapatra, and Shaylesh Lunawat have brought together their years of experience and lessons learned to write these three volumes. I anticipate that all readers of this series will be able to increase their mastery of MicroStation CONNECT Edition and enhance their careers with this book set.”

Volume I is geared to users who need to know the basics of the software, and it explains how to set up the drawing environment. Volume II guides readers through the process of creating elements and modifying elements using various capabilities. Volume III introduces advanced workflows such as creating and placing cells, annotating drawings, attaching references, composing sheets, and printing.

To find out more information about Inside MicroStation CONNECT Edition, please contact Monica Jedhe at monica.jedhe@bentley.com.

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The three-volume set of Inside MicroStation CONNECT Edition is available now at bentley.com or ebook.bentley.com.

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Caption: Two minutes with Keith Bentley on “Inside MicroStation” CONNECT Edition.


About the authors

Samir Haque
Samir Haque is an engineer and scientist with degrees in biology, biochemistry, electrical engineering and physics. He started in CAD as a researcher at UCLA where he used MicroStation to design 3D parts for experiments in space flight for the study of muscle physics and muscle re-enervation. Haque also used the software to map the brain in 3D at the Brain Research Institute. During the past 23 years with Bentley, Haque has trained thousands of users on MicroStation and has written several manuals on the software. Currently, Haque leads oversees the development of PowerPlatform, leading the product management and quality assurance teams.

Shaylesh Lunawat
Shaylesh Lunawat earned a degree in engineering from the University of Pune. Began a career manufacturing defense equipment, before working at Bentley from 2008 to 2019 as a technical writing manager. In this position, Lunawat was responsible for producing several manuals on MicroStation and other Bentley applications.

Smrutirekha Mahapatra
Smrutirekha joined Bentley in 2016 as a technical writer and leads the PowerPlatform Documentation team. Before joining Bentley, Mahapatra was an architect with various firms in designing industrial complexes, commercial buildings, and hospitals. Throughout her architectural career, she used various CAD tools for project delivery. Mahapatra earned an AA degree in energy management from the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 172 countries. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Microsoft creates digital twin of Singapore HQ

30.3.2020 21:19  

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The Record, UK

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Bentley helps build ‘digital twin’ of Microsoft regional HQ

30.3.2020 21:12  

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The Construction Index, UK

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Digital twin creates blueprint for future smart buildings

30.3.2020 21:03  

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BIM Today, UK

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Bentley Systems acquires GroupBC

30.3.2020 20:59  

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BIM Ireland, UK

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Microsoft creates digital twin of regional HQ

27.3.2020 15:32  

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Smart Cities World, UK

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Microsoft rolls out digital twin using sensors, IoT and AI

27.3.2020 15:26  

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Gigabit Magazine, UK

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Bentley Systems acquires GroupBC

27.3.2020 15:20  

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Construction Computing, UK

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Bentley Systems Announces the Acquisition of GroupBC

27.3.2020 15:08  

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GeoConnexion, UK

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Microsoft builds digital twin for Singapore headquarters

26.3.2020 16:50  

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Business Chief Asia, UK

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Bentley buys GroupBC

26.3.2020 16:36  

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Extranet Evolution, UK

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Revolutionizing Asset Management in The Water/Wastewater Industry

26.3.2020 16:33  

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Water Online, USA

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Industrial Growth via M&A, Collaborations, and Digital Twins

25.3.2020 16:07  

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ARC Advisory Group, USA

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ARC's Jim Frazer Interviews Bentley Systems’ Bob Mankowski

25.3.2020 16:03  

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ARC Advisory Group, USA

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Digitally transforming the digital transformers

25.3.2020 15:51  

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Civil Engineering Surveyor, USA

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How going digital can reverse your engineering challenges

25.3.2020 15:39  

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Electronic Specifier, UK

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Indiana School Wins Grand Prize at 28th Annual Future City Competition

19.3.2020 15:10   Bentley Systems Sponsors the Annual Competition, which Challenges Middle School Students to Design a Future City and Overcome Engineering Challenges

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March 19, 2020 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, and DiscoverE, a network of volunteers that introduces students, parents, and educators to engineering and provides hands-on engineering experiences, announced that Yemoja, a city of the future designed by students from Norwell Middle School in Ossian, Indiana, won the Grand Prize at the 2020 Future City Competition.

The competition finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, D.C., is organized by DiscoverE and sponsored in part by Bentley. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students from 1,500 schools in more than 40 regions, as well as teams from Canada, have imagined, designed, and built cities for the 2019-2020 Future City Competition. This year’s theme, Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow, challenged students to identify an urban water system threat and develop a futuristic solution to ensure a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

Students from Norwell Middle School, including Jordyn Xayyachack, Teagan Lesley, Madeline McCabe, Nevada Lenwell, Morgan Batdorff, Connor Reed, Cassandra Coyne, Eli Randol, and Lukas Mashuda, paired with educators Bill Bostain, Stephanie Scott, and Bonnie Dickey as well as volunteer mentor Albert Bostain, won a trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., as well as $7,500 provided by Bentley, for their school’s STEM program.

Maggie Dressel, program manager of Future City, said the Norwell Middle School team won due to its innovative approach to tackling a problem faced by many real-world cities. “In the course of their research, the team identified plastics as one of the issues,” she said. “In an effort to combat that, they did an in-school campaign on plastic pollution and collected 5,000 plastic bottle caps, melted them down, and used the material to create the model.”

Bentley CIO Claire Rutkowski gave a presentation during the finals that discussed the challenges future cities will face, including urbanization, climate change, water and food scarcity, and population growth. She said some innovations on the way that will improve future cities and help address challenges include digital twins to help design and manage assets, 3D printing to quickly produce individual components and entire buildings, and new high-tech materials, such as concrete that can heal itself through bacteria that generates calcite as it gets wet, or sidewalks that generate power through the kinetic energy of foot pressure.

Rutkowski also had advice for the budding engineers in the room. “Four out of five of you, by the time you graduate from college, will be doing a job that hasn’t even been invented yet,” she said. “Work hard, and don’t be afraid to be the one who steps out and says, ‘Hey, why don’t we try making a sidewalk that creates electricity?’ Be creative and innovative.”

To download videos of the award presentation, please click on the following links.
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To access Claire Rutkowski’s presentation, please click here.

To download images of the winning team, please click on the following links.

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About DiscoverE
DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 172 countries. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Blockchain Will Revolutionize Cites and Business

18.3.2020 16:47  

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Sourceable, Australia/New Zealand

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ConExpo show guide

18.3.2020 16:42  

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International Construction, UK

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Jagannatha Reddy – the digital engineer of the year

18.3.2020 16:35  

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CIBSE Journal, USA

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Digital Twins: The Path to Maturity

18.3.2020 16:31  

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Bentley Systems’ SVP Alan Kiraly Elected to the Board of MIMOSA

17.3.2020 1:00  

Bentley’s Ongoing Commitment to
Interoperability and Open Standards Includes New Enterprise Interoperability Services

EXTON, Pa. March 17, 2020 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced that Alan Kiraly, Bentley’s SVP for asset and network performance, has been elected to the board of MIMOSA, the not-for-profit industry trade association dedicated to developing and encouraging the adoption of open standards for physical asset lifecycle management.

At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability Services that help extend the connected data environment to the entire enterprise, enabling seamless access to multiple data sources and third-party systems, and delivering a common view of asset information as part of a digital twin’s asset information. These services provide generic, broad interoperability based on MIMOSA CCOM BOD standards and specific connectors for INFOR, Oracle EAM, Microsoft Dynamics, Esri ArcGIS, and IBM Maximo, as well as certified integration with SAP.

Alan Johnson, president of MIMOSA, said, “Bentley has been a constant and consistent supporter of MIMOSA and our supplier-neutral approach to interoperability. They have worked pragmatically with us to ensure the software vendors can deliver on our mission, and I am delighted with the commitment Bentley is showing to both supporting our OIIE (Open Industrial Interoperability Ecosystem) OGI (Oil and Gas Interoperability) Pilot and with Alan Kiraly joining the board.”

Alan Kiraly, senior vice president, Bentley Systems, said, “Bentley has always been a leader in driving forward interoperability between systems and supporting open, industry-driven standards. Interoperability provides a huge benefit to our users, and I am extremely proud of what my team has been able to deliver to date with AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability. I look forward to working with MIMOSA to accelerate the adoption of open, industry standards and enable our users to lower their total cost of ownership.”

About MIMOSA
MIMOSA is a 501 (c) 6 not-for-profit industry trade association dedicated to developing and encouraging the adoption of open, supplier-neutral IT and IM standards enabling physical asset lifecycle management spanning manufacturing, fleet and facilities environments. MIMOSA standards support key requirements for Critical Infrastructure Management on a cross-sector basis, addressing the highly heterogeneous and interdependent nature of critical infrastructure. MIMOSA standards and collaboratively developed specifications enable a Digital Twin to be defined and maintained on a supplier-neutral basis, while also using that Digital Twin to provide Context for Big Data (IIOT and other sensor-related data) and Analytics.

About OGI Pilot
The Oil and Gas Interoperability (OGI) Pilot is a public interoperability testbed jointly run by MIMOSA in cooperation with multiple other industry associations. The Pilot uses the Open Industrial Interoperability Ecosystem (OIIE) architecture and feeds back lessons learned from implementations of OIIE Use Cases. The OGI Pilot’s purpose is to support the broader adoption of the OIIE within both the oil and gas industry (upstream and downstream) by facilitating collaboration between participants and demonstrating the current capability of software products to support the OIIE Use Cases and Scenarios.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 172 countries. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com


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

Interconnection Correction: Siemens, Bentley team up to fix DER imbalances

16.3.2020 15:56  

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Electric Light & Power, USA

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Scenes from 2020 DistribuTECH International

16.3.2020 15:52  

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T&D World, USA

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Bentley Digital Twins for Plants and Infrastructure Workshop

16.3.2020 14:18  

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Keith Bentley on Digital Twins

16.3.2020 14:12  

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Bentley Awards 2020 to be held in Vancouver

16.3.2020 13:59  

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The Promise of a Digital Twin

12.3.2020 14:37  

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Plant Engineering and Control Engineering, USA

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Interconnection correction: Meeting the DER challenge

12.3.2020 14:34  

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Power International and Electric Light & Power, USA

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Leadership Required: Civil Engineers and Resilient Infrastructure

12.3.2020 14:20  

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Civil Engineer, USA

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Bentley Systems Announces the Acquisition of GroupBC, UK Leader in Cloud Services for Construction Information Management

11.3.2020 16:59  

Advancing Project and Asset Common Data Environments (CDEs) through Digital Twins

LONDON, UKMarch 11, 2020 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of GroupBC, a leading UK SaaS software innovator. For over twenty years, GroupBC’s and Bentley’s software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project and asset information management. The transaction results from GroupBC’s expansion agenda, and Bentley’s investment appetite, for international growth opportunities stemming from the UK’s national initiatives for major infrastructure investment and towards infrastructure digital twins.

GroupBC’s CDE solutions, BC Projects and BC Enterprise+, have been widely applied in the UK for information management respectively across construction and asset estates. Largely due to the UK’s substantiated ROI experience and its global thought leadership, CDEs have become increasingly availed globally in “going digital” for capital projects and resulting assets. In 2019, the UK’s (BS 1192) construction project information management guidelines were largely adopted within the global standard ISO 19650.

Also in 2019, in its inaugural study of the overall market for Collaborative BIM, ARC Advisory Group ranked Bentley’s ProjectWise system as #1 worldwide. The new opportunity is to build on ISO 19650, and GroupBC’s UK information management experience, to advance collaborative BIM, through “evergreen” digital twins, to span infrastructure lifecycles. In combination, Bentley’s iTwin Services will now be leveraged to uniquely connect GroupBC CDEs and ProjectWise CDEs. Through semantic alignment and change synchronization, the resulting digital twins cloud services will securely federate – fully enabling 4D mixed reality and analytics visibility – previously separate CDEs for construction and engineering.

Keith Bentley, Chief Technology Officer for Bentley Systems, said, “Our iTwin cloud services, taking advantage of iModel-based solutions for interoperability, are ideal for federating CDEs. This enables us to assure that the users of our BC SaaS services will benefit from further extending the value of their project and asset information through digital twins. With the help of our new GroupBC colleagues, we will now be able to better serve engineers, contractors, and owners by bringing together their collective IT (information management), OT (operational technologies including reality modeling), and ET (engineering models). I am confident that the resulting improvements in project and asset performance will be consistent with the UK’s demanding but welcome expectations for new ROI breakthroughs from digital twins.”

Simon Horsley, UK regional executive for Bentley Systems, said, “Our many UK users, projects, and owners in common with GroupBC will gain a lot from our joining forces to advance CDEs through digital twins. I have been tasked by Bentley management to help the UK to continue to lead the world in going digital for infrastructure advancement, and our new offerings and colleagues from GroupBC bring essential momentum as we pool resources to meet our market’s expanded ‘infrastructure revolution’ requirements. I particularly welcome to Bentley Systems GroupBC’s co-founders Sanjeev Shah and Stephen Crompton, and CEO Wes Simmons.”

Sanjeev Shah, co-founder of GroupBC, said, “This is a hugely exciting day for our shared accounts and for both our workforces moving forward. The opportunities which arise from bringing our two companies and their respective product portfolios together are enormous, as is the global reach which Bentley can now add for us. Working together we will be even better able to support, through ‘going digital,’ construction and asset lifecycles.”

Stephen Crompton, CPO and co-founder of GroupBC, added, “Bentley is going to provide a great new home for our products to thrive in. GroupBC have always promoted an integrated, best-of-breed approach, and being able to complement our leading software solutions with existing best-of-breed products from Bentley presents a uniquely exciting opportunity for us and our user organizations, opening the door for unparalleled integration between our solutions and bridging the gaps between design, construction and ongoing asset information management.”

Wes Simmons, CEO of GroupBC, said, “Our founders and I would like to thank our equity partner YFM for their visionary support over the last five years. For our GroupBC team, customers, and partners, joining Bentley Systems ensures a future of continued growth, including beyond construction information management through broadly federated digital twins, and international expansion. Here’s to BC CDE and digital twins advancement!”

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Caption: GroupBC offers a highly secure, yet flexible common data environment (CDE), providing powerful document and information management in the cloud for construction projects and built assets.


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About GroupBC
GroupBC has been developing enterprise-scale information management solutions for construction-related projects and asset owners since 1998. GroupBC’s extensible, UK hosted Common Data Environment (CDE) makes it easy for teams to collaborate, manage and share documents data and spatial information from a central, secure cloud-based platform.

GroupBC is renowned for pushing the boundaries of technology, integrating project and asset data with external systems and datasets in order to provide rich and valuable insights which enable timelier and better decision making. Customers include Balfour Beatty, Costain, Nationwide Building Society, Sainsbury’s and Thames Water.
www.groupbc.com

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.
Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 172 countries. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com


Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, iTwin, 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 Offers Digital Twins for Utility Infrastructure

10.3.2020 19:33  

OpenFlows SewerOPS CONNECT Edition (Version: 10.03.00.76) Now Available


Bentley is proud to announce the general availability of OpenFlows SewerOPS, a complete predictive solution for wastewater and stormwater networks. The application provides utilities with key advancements for operating a safe and sustainable wastewater collection system.

OpenFlows SewerOPS enables engineers and operators to quickly predict the effects of various events such as high flows, blockages, and power outages to determine the best response. Its easy-to-use interface provides real-time insights for system performance and enables utilities to accurately predict what is about to happen, and how to respond to achieve the best possible outcome.

With OpenFlows SewerOPS, operational departments can prepare for inclement weather. Be ready when storm events exceed the capacity of the collection system by using integrated OpenFlows FLOOD models to calculate the extent of sewer overflows.


Key Capabilities

With these capabilities in OpenFlows SewerOPS, you can quickly visualize what’s happening between monitored locations and predict future system performance instead of waiting for your SCADA system to alert you.

  • Analyze combined sewer overflows
  • Analyze wastewater network hydraulics
  • Manage emergency response
  • Predict treatment plant inflows

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Reality Modelling Will Revolutionise City Planning

3.3.2020 15:39  

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STAAD.Pro Now Includes Integrated Concrete Design Workflows

16.1.2020 19:33  

STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition (Version 22.03.00.28) Now Available


Purpose of the Release

A STAAD.Pro license now entitles users to many of the advanced concrete design features that were previously only offered in the STAAD.Pro Advanced license.

STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition V22 Update 3 (22.03.00.28), released January 2020, now includes many aspects of the advanced concrete design workflow, including the basic design of columns, walls, and beams. Users can update to STAAD.Pro Update 3, to take advantage of these new features.


Key Capabilities

With these capabilities in the standard version of STAAD.Pro, you can sample some of the concrete design and analysis capabilities that are even more extensive in the STAAD.Pro Advanced license. Some key enhancements to the standard version of STAAD.Pro are:

  • Integrated design of concrete elements such as beams, columns, and walls
  • Design in accordance to US, UK, Indian, and European standards using a sampling of the advanced concrete design workflow
  • Improved modeling and loading of plates in the physical modeler, making it easer to model concrete structures

For a more comprehensive set of advanced concrete design, users should upgrade to the STAAD.Pro Advanced license, which includes foundation and slab design, the output of drawings to a CAD file, and several other advanced features.

Bentley Introduces ProjectWise Web View

1.1.2020 19:33  

Secure, read-only, data-source access to ProjectWise


Purpose of the Release

Bentley is pleased to announce the general availability of ProjectWise Web View, a new browser-based client for secure, read-only access to documents, designs, and data stored in ProjectWise Design Integration. ProjectWise Web View enables your organization to share information with internal and external stakeholders, as well as your supply chain, for better communication and collaboration.

ProjectWise Web View is for users who do not create, edit, or review drawings or documents but need to view them for informational purposes. Examples include project owners and stakeholders wishing to view designs, maintenance engineers that need to reference engineering documents, inspectors referencing design drawings, and supply-chain partners accessing bid information.


Key Capabilities

  • Data-source-level read-only access
  • Navigate entire data source
  • View or download files
  • View document properties and attributes
  • View document audit trail
  • Basic search
  • Copy links to direct others to content

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Seven ways cities benefit from digital twins

10.12.2019 15:32  

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Bentley Systems Wins Downstream Award for Digitalization

9.12.2019 16:43  


Software Provider Helps Dow Chemical Company Implement AWP Best Practices Across the Organization


HOUSTON Downstream Awards 19 November 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, and Digital Construction Works (DCW), a Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group joint venture providing digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services, around fit-for-purpose software and cloud services, announced that Bentley Systems was named a winner at the Downstream Awards. Bentley won in the Innovation in Downstream Digitalization category for Dow Chemical Company’s (Dow) use of its ConstructSim application.

The awards celebrate the best of the downstream industry and are organized by Petrochemical Update, a division of Reuters Events. Awards were announced in 11 categories, with winners chosen by a panel of 10 judges representing the industry.

Anne-Marie Walters, industry marketing director, oil and gas and manufacturing at Bentley Systems, said, “We are honored to have received this award, which recognizes Bentley as a provider of digital construction workflows, for the advancement of infrastructure projects, and specifically for Dow’s outstanding work of integrating advanced work packaging (AWP) into its global project methodology.”

“Dow is applying AWP as a program on capital projects of all sizes,” said Susan Brandt, vice president, business development at DCW. “After evaluating several other software packages, Dow selected Bentley’s ConstructSim to automate AWP on a programmatic basis. The team architected its methodology to make AWP via ConstructSim scalable, targeting its implementation on any project valued at more than USD 10 million.”

The implementation of AWP methods with ConstructSim helped Dow achieve amazing tool time results for piping and structural steel. Structural steel wrench time performance improved to 70% and piping wrench time performance rose to 63%, while the industry average wrench time is 37%. Other non-quantifiable benefits were the transparency of construction progress, as Dow was able to use the ConstructSim model in weekly construction status meetings.

“This award demonstrates how Bentley Systems is leading the way in the downstream industry. The entire team at Bentley Systems should be so proud to be acknowledged for their great success in 2019, and we are already looking forward to seeing how Bentley Systems, and all the other winners and finalists, continue to build on their success in 2020,” said Jonathan Witherspoon, sector head of Petrochemical Update.


About Digital Construction Works
Digital Construction Works: Company Launch Video
Founded in 2019, Digital Construction Works (DCW) provides digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services, around fit-for-purpose software and cloud services from Topcon Positioning Group, Bentley Systems, and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering for industrializing construction. DCW is transforming the construction industry from its legacy document-centric paradigm and simplifying and enabling digital automated workflows and processes, technology integration, and digital twinning services for infrastructure. company. DCW is a Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group joint venture www.digitalconstructionworks.com

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com
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Bentley Institute Press Announces Availability of “STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition - Seismic Analysis using IS 1893 (Part-1)-2016”

28.11.2019 1:00  

EXTON, Pa., November 28, 2019—Bentley Institute Press, publisher of cutting-edge textbooks and professional reference works for the advancement of the engineering, architectural, construction, operations, geospatial, and educational communities, has announced the availability of a new publication titled STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition - Seismic Analysis using IS 1893 (Part-1)-2016 now available in print at www.bentley.com/books, as an e-book at www.ebook.bentley.com and on Amazon Kindle. The iTunes version will also be available soon.

Vinayak Trivedi, vice president, and global head for Bentley Institute said, “We are pleased to offer this much-needed title from Bentley Institute Press authored by Sanjib Das, who was the technical lead for the implementation of IS 1893 (Part 1):2016 in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Needless to mention this title will help our users improve their productivity and take full advantage of the Seismic Analysis feature in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition”

With the recent release of IS 1893 (Part-1):2016 standard, seismic analysis procedure has not only streamlined the analysis procedure to be used for general structures and buildings but has promulgated some special checks to be performed.

As the most popular and widely used structural analysis and design software, STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition, is packed with cutting-edge seismic analysis features which enables users to perform detailed calculations effortlessly.

STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition - Seismic Analysis using IS 1893 (Part-1)-2016 follows a step-by-step approach to using IS 1893 (Part-1):2016 in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. The understanding required by structural engineers to use Indian Standard for seismic analysis has also been covered in this publication. The publication also includes examples for understanding different parameters used in STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition for static and dynamic analysis as per the requirement of Indian Standard.
For more information, visit www.bentley.com/books.

Contact:
Bentley Systems
Monica Jedhe 
monica.jedhe@bentley.com
+912067625037 



About the Author
Sanjib Das, author, is manager, structural products, design integration analysis for Bentley Systems India Pvt Ltd. He holds a master’s degree in structural engineering and has more than 15 years of experience in dealing with critical issues in STAAD.Pro software and other structural engineering problems. His research area includes earthquake engineering, earthquake-resistant design of RCC and steel structures, and application of software in the field of earthquake engineering. In addition, Sanjib has also published several national publications.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.
Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

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Bentley Systems to Discuss Digital Twins for Digitally Advanced Cities and Digital Construction Solutions at BIM World Munich 2019

20.11.2019 18:54  

BIM World Munich 2019
Bentley Systems’ booth# 1 together with Topcon and VenturisIT
Bentley Systems on the Microsoft booth# 47 together with RIB and robotic eyes

26 – 27 November 2019
ICM Munich – International Congress Center
West Entrance
Am Messesee
81823 Munich, Germany

Join Bentley Systems at BIM World Munich 2019 in Munich, Germany to learn about digital construction and digital twins for digitally advanced cities.

Visit us at booth 1 and booth 47 throughout the conference for demonstrations and discussions on the following topics:

Digital Construction – focusing on the use of a mixed reality solution for 4D construction
featuring Bentley’s SYNCHRO (4D construction software) with Microsoft HoloLens.


Digital Cities – demonstrating how Bentley’s OpenCities Planner software enables visualization
of 2D, 3D, and GIS data in a 3D world to make city-scale digital twins broadly accessible.

Civil Design – made better through Bentley’s open applications—OpenRoads, OpenSite and
OpenRail, for improved design, analysis, and performance of civil design projects.

Scheduled Presentations
Lutz Bettels, Vice President, Regional Executive Europe, Bentley Systems
Keynote – Congress Stage 1
Title: From BIM to Twin. From Vision to Reality. From Ideas to Action.
Abstract: This presentation discusses BIM and digital twins, how they fit together, and how the technology will continue to advance the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure.
Language: English
Wednesday, 27 November 2019; 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Anna Assama, Construction Solutions Engineer, Bentley Systems
Breakout Session
Title: Mixed Reality for Construction: Use Cases for an Augmented Jobsite
Language: English
Tuesday, 26 November 2019; 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Anna Assama, Construction Solutions Engineer, Bentley Systems
Microsoft Partner Session
Title: Getting to Real-Time: Digital Feedback Loops for Construction
Language: English
Wednesday, 27 November 2019; 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

For Interviews
Lutz Bettels, Vice President, Regional Executive Europe for Bentley Systems is available for interviews by appointment.

Contact information
To schedule an interview, or for additional details about the event, please contact christinevk@chriscrossrelations.de.

Additional information:
Digital Twins and iTwin™ Services
SYNCHRO XR and Microsoft HoloLens2
Bentley Systems’ Design Integration Offerings Advance BIM to 4D through Digital Twins
Bentley Systems Announces New iTwin Cloud Services for Infrastructure Engineering Digital Twins
Bentley Systems’ New ProjectWise 365 and Comprehensive SYNCHRO Offerings Advance 4D Digital Twins for Project Delivery

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software and digital twin solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. www.bentley.com


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Bentley Systems Brings City-Scale and Campus Digital Twins to Smart City Expo World Congress

15.11.2019 1:00   Bentley Systems invites you to meet with company executives to learn about city-scale digital twins at Smart City Expo World Congress. With a digital twin, municipalities can create, visualize, and analyze a city-wide digital twin of its infrastructure. City stakeholders gain new insights by modeling and simulating real-world situations, optimizing systems and processes, and monitoring the performance and condition of assets. Using examples from innovative and award-winning infrastructure projects around the world, Bentley executives will provide insights into how these organizations are leveraging digital context, components, and chronology to embrace a data-driven approach for city and campus infrastructure from planning through performance. In addition, Bentley will also discuss its recently announced OpenGround, a new cloud service (available end of 2019) to store, manage, report, and share data about natural ground conditions.

Smart City Expo World Congress
19-21 November 2019
Fira Barcelona Grand Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona, Spain

Booth location: Gran Via, Hall 2, Level 0, Street B, Stand 223 (within the Microsoft booth)

Bentley Systems representatives will be on site to discuss digital twins and digital twin workflows for infrastructure to support smart city use initiatives:
Jerry King – Vice President, Strategic Channel
Phil Christensen – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Digital Cities
Ton De Vries – Senior Director, Business Development, Digital Cities
Hakan Engman – Director, Business Development, Digital Cities
Frank Braunschweig – Senior Product Manager, Water and Wastewater

For information or to schedule interviews
Contact Santiago Romero, Regional Marketing Manager Southern EU and Nordics: santiago.romero@bentley.com

Advancing BIM and GIS to 4D with Digital Twins
At its annual Year in Infrastructure 2019 event, Bentley Systems presented its new digital cities initiatives, applying digital twins for more efficient city and regional operations and for more connected and resilient infrastructure. Digital twins converge assets’ 4D-surveyed and engineering representations to enable new collaborative digital workflows serving planners and engineers in public works, utilities, property management and development, and city stakeholders. Digital twin cloud services provide an intuitive and immersive 4D environment converging digital context and digital components with digital chronology for “evergreen” infrastructure digital twins over asset lifecycles. For infrastructure professionals, BIM and GIS are effectively advanced through 4D digital twins.

Infrastructure Digital Twins for Digital Cities
City-scale digital twins begin and are updated through 4D surveying and reality modeling by ContextCapture and Orbit GT to derive as-operated 3D models from photogrammetry (including from UAVs) and/or point clouds. Reality modeling provides engineering-precise, real-world context to support planning, design, construction, and operations. Users of Bentley’s open applications (OpenCities, OpenBuildings, OpenSite, OpenRoads, OpenRail, OpenUtilities) can leverage this digital context to model new and improved buildings, roads, transit systems, tunnels, bridges, utilities, and more.

City Planning Digital Twins
Digital twins for cities have many stakeholders, including constituents not directly involved in engineering or infrastructure. Now hosted in multiple Microsoft Azure regions, OpenCities Planner delivers cloud-based, city-scale digital twins to improve stakeholder and citizen engagement and to simplify and facilitate urban development. Addressing a wide variety of potential use cases, OpenCities Planner helps users, through devices like web, mobile, touchscreens, and digital billboards, to intuitively visualize and explore 2D, 3D, GIS and other data aligned with the reality model of the city.

Geotechnical Digital Twins: Introducing OpenGround
Bentley’s geotechnical engineering and analysis applications empower subsurface digital twins, critical for assessing and managing risks in infrastructure projects and assets. Subsurface digital twins entail modeling of the underground environment, including the geology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering properties, made possible by Bentley’s geotechnical offerings (PLAXIS, SoilVision, Keynetix and gINT). To further enable subsurface digital twins, Bentley introduces OpenGround, a new cloud service (available end of 2019) to store, manage, report, and share data about natural ground conditions.

Sustainability and Resilience Digital Twins
Now, cities can combine their surface and subsurface surveys and engineering data into cohesive 4D digital twins to ensure over time their asset performance, resiliency, and sustainability. Using Bentley’s open simulation applications during asset lifecycles, for example, as-constructed buildings can be evaluated for seismic resilience (STAAD), the evacuation of vehicles and people in stations, stadiums, and other public places can be assessed and optimized (LEGION and CUBE), the impact of flooding events like hurricanes can be determined (OpenFlows FLOOD), and the suitability of subsurface conditions for urban projects can be ensured (PLAXIS, SoilVision).

Press Releases
Bentley Systems Accelerates Focus on Infrastructure Engineering for Digital Cities
Bentley Systems Bolsters Digital Cities Offerings with Acquisitions of Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies
Bentley Systems Announces New iTwin Cloud Services for Infrastructure Engineering Digital Twins

Advancement Insights
Cities Leverage Digital Twin Initiatives to Advance BIM and GIS Improving the Quality of Life for Their Constituents

Digital Twins in Utilities – articles and video
Building Smarter Cities with Digital Twins
Seven ways cities benefit from digital twins
Digital Cities overview video

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.

In both 2018 and 2019, Microsoft named Bentley Systems as Partner of the Year in its CityNext category. In 2019, ARC Advisory Group’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #1 in Water and Wastewater Distribution.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley Systems Announces Winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards

27.10.2019 16:46  

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has announced the winners of the Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing design, construction, and operations of infrastructure throughout the world.

Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 user organizations in more than 60 countries.

Bentley Systems acknowledged 18 Year in Infrastructure Awards winners and nine Special Recognition Awards winners at a ceremony and gala on October 24 at the conclusion of the Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference in Singapore.

Year in Infrastructure 2019 Special Recognition Awards winners:

Advancing Urban Planning through Digital Twins
Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong SAR Government and AECOM
The Town Plaza Urban Design Study for the Establishment of the Kwu Tung North, New Development Area
Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region

Advancing Industrial Sustainability through Digital Twins
MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation Ltd.
Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel, 80MW High-Temperature Ultrahigh-Pressure Gas Power Generation Energy-Saving Renovation Project
Jiyuan, Henan Province, China

Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Roadway Digital Twins
Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd.
Yangang East Interchange Project
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Water Digital Twins
Águas do Porto, EM
H2PORTO Technological Platform for the Integrated Management of Porto’s Urban Water Cycle
Porto, Porto, Portugal

Advancing Infrastructure Resilience through Digital Twins
Italferr S.p.A.
The New Polcevera Viaduct
Genova, Liguria, Italy

Advancing Construction Industrialization through Digital Twins
Heilongjiang Construction High-Tech Capital Group Co., Ltd.
Smart and Digital Application in Heilongjiang Construction Industry Modernization Demonstration Park
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China

Advancing Economic Infrastructure through Digital Twins
CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Co. Ltd. (WTC)
SAPT Automatic Container Yard and Housing Project in Pakistan
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Advancing Digital Workflows through Digital Twins
Mott MacDonald / Systra Designers working with Balfour Beatty / Vinci Joint Venture
High Speed Two Sectors N1 and N2 Main Works Civil Contract
Birmingham, Country North Sectors, United Kingdom

Bentley Institute Knowledge Advancement Advocate Award
Alison Watson
, chief executive and founder, Class of Your Own

The winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards for going digital advancements in infrastructure are:

4D Construction
Mortenson, Clark – a Joint Venture
Chase Center and Warriors Mixed-use Office and Retail Development
San Francisco, California, United States

Bridges
PT. Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk.
Design and Build Harbour Road 2 Project
North Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

Buildings and Campuses
Voyants Solutions
Detailed Design, Tendering and Project Management Services for Establishment of 12 IT/Hi-Tech Parks in Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Communications and Utilities
POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.
Technology Application in Miluo Western 220kV Substation Project
Miluo City, Hunan Province, China

Digital Cities
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Changjiang Ecological Environmental Protection Group Co.
Application of Digitalization in Jiujiang Smart Water Management Platform
Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China

Geotechnical Engineering
ARUP Singapore Pte Ltd.
Tanjong Pagar Mixed Development
Singapore

Manufacturing
Hatch
Sulfuric Acid Plant Project in the DRC
Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mining and Offshore Engineering
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.
China Three Gorges New Energy Dalian Zhuanghe III (300MW) Offshore Wind Farm Project
Dalian, Liaoning, China

Power Generation
Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute
Hanjiang Yakou Shipping Hub Engineering Project
Yicheng, Hubei, China

Project Delivery
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)
Seamless Information Sharing and Integration Across Multiple Platforms Using ProjectWise
Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Rail and Transit
Italferr S.p.A
AV/AC in Southern Italy, Napoli-Bari Route
Napoli-Bari, Campania-Puglia, Italy

Reality Modeling
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd
Drone Surveying for BIM and GIS Data Capture - Malaysian Metro Megaproject
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Road and Rail Asset Performance
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd
Pan Borneo Highway
Sarawak, Malaysia

Roads and Highways
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC
Foth Transforms, Connects, and Revitalizes Cedar Falls, Iowa Corridor
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States of America

Structural Engineering
WSP
WSP Delivers Optimized Design for Complex Basement under Iconic Admiralty Arch
London, United Kingdom

Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
EPCOR Utilities
Implementing Risk Based Asset Management for Power Distribution
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
Jacobs Engineering Group and Singapore’s National Water Agency, PUB
Tuas Water Reclamation Plant
Singapore

Water, Wasterwater, and Stormwater Networks
Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall Joint Venture
Thames Tideway Tunnel
London, United Kingdom

All awards finalists and winners

Detailed descriptions of all nominated projects are in the print and digital versions of Bentley’s 2019 Infrastructure Yearbook, which will be published in early 2020. To review the past editions of this publication, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

Image and caption:
Winners of Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards. Photo by Graham Carlow

About the Year in Infrastructure Conference and Awards Program



Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, MicroStation, ProjectWise, and SYNCHRO 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 Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards

27.10.2019 16:46  

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has announced the winners of the Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing design, construction, and operations of infrastructure throughout the world.

Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 user organizations in more than 60 countries.

Bentley Systems acknowledged 18 Year in Infrastructure Awards winners and nine Special Recognition Awards winners at a ceremony and gala on October 24 at the conclusion of the Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference in Singapore.

Year in Infrastructure 2019 Special Recognition Awards winners:

Advancing Urban Planning through Digital Twins
Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong SAR Government and AECOM
The Town Plaza Urban Design Study for the Establishment of the Kwu Tung North, New Development Area
Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region

Advancing Industrial Sustainability through Digital Twins
MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation Ltd.
Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel, 80MW High-Temperature Ultrahigh-Pressure Gas Power Generation Energy-Saving Renovation Project
Jiyuan, Henan Province, China

Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Roadway Digital Twins
Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd.
Yangang East Interchange Project
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Water Digital Twins
Águas do Porto, EM
H2PORTO Technological Platform for the Integrated Management of Porto’s Urban Water Cycle
Porto, Porto, Portugal

Advancing Infrastructure Resilience through Digital Twins
Italferr S.p.A.
The New Polcevera Viaduct
Genova, Liguria, Italy

Advancing Construction Industrialization through Digital Twins
Heilongjiang Construction High-Tech Capital Group Co., Ltd.
Smart and Digital Application in Heilongjiang Construction Industry Modernization Demonstration Park
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China

Advancing Economic Infrastructure through Digital Twins
CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Co. Ltd. (WTC)
SAPT Automatic Container Yard and Housing Project in Pakistan
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Advancing Digital Workflows through Digital Twins
Mott MacDonald / Systra Designers working with Balfour Beatty / Vinci Joint Venture
High Speed Two Sectors N1 and N2 Main Works Civil Contract
Birmingham, Country North Sectors, United Kingdom

Bentley Institute Knowledge Advancement Advocate Award
Alison Watson
, chief executive and founder, Class of Your Own

The winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards for going digital advancements in infrastructure are:

4D Construction
Mortenson, Clark – a Joint Venture
Chase Center and Warriors Mixed-use Office and Retail Development
San Francisco, California, United States

Bridges
PT. Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk.
Design and Build Harbour Road 2 Project
North Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

Buildings and Campuses
Voyants Solutions
Detailed Design, Tendering and Project Management Services for Establishment of 12 IT/Hi-Tech Parks in Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Communications and Utilities
POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.
Technology Application in Miluo Western 220kV Substation Project
Miluo City, Hunan Province, China

Digital Cities
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Changjiang Ecological Environmental Protection Group Co.
Application of Digitalization in Jiujiang Smart Water Management Platform
Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China

Geotechnical Engineering
ARUP Singapore Pte Ltd.
Tanjong Pagar Mixed Development
Singapore

Manufacturing
Hatch
Sulfuric Acid Plant Project in the DRC
Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mining and Offshore Engineering
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.
China Three Gorges New Energy Dalian Zhuanghe III (300MW) Offshore Wind Farm Project
Dalian, Liaoning, China

Power Generation
Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute
Hanjiang Yakou Shipping Hub Engineering Project
Yicheng, Hubei, China

Project Delivery
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)
Seamless Information Sharing and Integration Across Multiple Platforms Using ProjectWise
Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Rail and Transit
Italferr S.p.A
AV/AC in Southern Italy, Napoli-Bari Route
Napoli-Bari, Campania-Puglia, Italy

Reality Modeling
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd
Drone Surveying for BIM and GIS Data Capture - Malaysian Metro Megaproject
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Road and Rail Asset Performance
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd
Pan Borneo Highway
Sarawak, Malaysia

Roads and Highways
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC
Foth Transforms, Connects, and Revitalizes Cedar Falls, Iowa Corridor
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States of America

Structural Engineering
WSP
WSP Delivers Optimized Design for Complex Basement under Iconic Admiralty Arch
London, United Kingdom

Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
EPCOR Utilities
Implementing Risk Based Asset Management for Power Distribution
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
Jacobs Engineering Group and Singapore’s National Water Agency, PUB
Tuas Water Reclamation Plant
Singapore

Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks
Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall Joint Venture
Thames Tideway Tunnel
London, United Kingdom

All awards finalists and winners

Detailed descriptions of all nominated projects are in the print and digital versions of Bentley’s 2019 Infrastructure Yearbook, which will be published in early 2020. To review the past editions of this publication, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

Image and caption:
Winners of Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards. Photo by Graham Carlow

About the Year in Infrastructure Conference and Awards Program



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Class of Your Own Announces School Curriculum Partnership with Bentley Systems

22.10.2019 2:00  

Class of Your Own and Bentley Institute partner in secondary school learning programs to advance skills for future infrastructure professionals


SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – 23 October 2019 – Class of Your Own, a UK-headquartered provider of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) curriculum and built environment-focused learning programs for secondary school students, today announced a partnership with leading global provider of software solutions for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, Bentley Systems.  The new, future-focused global curriculum, Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC) for the World’s Infrastructure, has developed over several years through Bentley Institute’s support of Class of Your Own’s DEC programs and provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on knowledge and skills for careers in infrastructure professions.

DEC is currently accredited and used in schools throughout the United Kingdom. The new program is already expanding into schools in Ireland, Lithuania, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates and offers technology education and project-based, real-world experiences through interaction with industry professionals. The DEC curriculum for students ages 11 to 18 years is offered at intermediate levels to encourage and excite learners and is enhanced by Bentley’s engineering design and 3D modeling technologies including ContextCapture, OpenBuildings, OpenRail, and OpenRoads ConceptStation. The more advanced Future Infrastructure qualification framework, for students ages sixteen and older, including foundation level study at colleges and universities, focuses on rail, highway, port, and hyperloop projects.

Alison Watson, founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own, said, “Our vision is to inspire and engage young people and their teachers to reach their full potential through world class education. So, we’re very excited to partner with Bentley to offer the new curriculum, which applies industry knowledge and skills gained in the existing DEC program to the most exciting infrastructure projects around the world. Our students are provided with face-to-face support from world-class sector professionals thanks to industry partners who truly understand what DEC can do. Expanding the program outside the UK means we can offer genuine, meaningful opportunities for students and teachers around the world. We’re helping the surveyors, technologists, engineers, architects, and managers of future infrastructure!” 
 
Earlier in 2019, Bentley Institute and Class of Your Own hosted the first ever Future Infrastructure Challenge: DEC Hyperloop challenge in London. The event included students from four schools in the UK whose assignment was to conceptualize a design of a hyperloop transport system and stations for their own towns, and then to adapt to Singapore. Students from Drummond Community High School from Edinburgh, Scotland won the challenge, and were awarded a complimentary trip from Bentley to attend its Year in Infrastructure Conference, held October 21 through 24 in Singapore. 

David Robertson, director of digital advancement research for Bentley Systems, said, “Our partnership with Class of Your Own demonstrates the two organizations’ shared goal of providing students with valuable learning experiences that apply to real-world infrastructure professions and encourage students to pursue those professions. Bentley is very excited to participate in this important learning initiative to advance career opportunities for students around the world.” 

Learn more about the Design Engineer Construct program.  

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About Class of Your Own
Class of Your Own is headed by founder and Chief Executive Alison Watson, MBE, a land surveyor, educational pioneer, and industry evangelist. Class of Your Own has been delivering workshops, projects, and built environment-focused student engagement programs to schools and colleges since 2009 and, from September 2012, the fully accredited DEC learning program.

In addition to the support from Bentley Systems for this and other initiatives, Class of Your Own is supported by Heriot Watt University as a key, long-standing partner in academia and by global industrial partners including Topcon Positioning Systems and Mott MacDonald Group.

About Bentley Institute
Bentley Institute advances the infrastructure professions by encouraging and supporting Bentley Systems users’ ambitions in going digital. Its initiatives attract and advance infrastructure professionals, and future professionals, through continuous learning about technology solutions, as well as project delivery and asset performance best practices. 

Press contacts:
From Class of Your Own:
Alison Watson, Chief Executive 
+44 1282 680946
alison@classofyourown.com
  
From Bentley Systems:
Jennifer Maguire, Director Corporate Communications
+1 610 458 2695
jennifer.maguire@bentley.com

Bentley Systems Introduces AssetWise Digital Twin Services and OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services for Asset and Network Performance

22.10.2019 2:00  

New Immersive Asset Service enables 4D visualization
and analytics visibility for “evergreen” digital twins

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – 22 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today introduced new digital twin services for asset and network performance. AssetWise Digital Twin Services converge digital context, digital components, and digital chronology to provide immersive visualization and advanced analytics for enhanced decision support and improved performance of infrastructure assets. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services use digital twins for consolidating, validating, and aligning GIS, reality modeling, performance, simulation, and other enterprise data required to effectively manage assets including power plants, substations, and entire networks. 

Alan Kiraly, senior vice president, asset and network performance for Bentley Systems, said, “In order to truly gain and act on insights that impact the performance and reliability of infrastructure assets, and also of the networks which connect them, digital twins must provide live and accurate physical and engineering data across time, effectively in 4D. Through the accessibility of cloud and web services, and our open-source platform for immersive visualization and analytics visibility, AssetWise Digital Twin Services will enable all AssetWise users, and new users, to broaden the benefits of going digital more comprehensively.”

AssetWise Digital Twin Services

iTwin Immersive Asset Service 
iTwin Immersive Asset Service provides immersive visualization and analytics visibility, in a rich, interactive 4D digital twin context, for decision support to sustain and improve the performance of infrastructure assets. Its cloud and web services enable owner-operators to make infrastructure engineering information accessible and comprehensible to a wider population.

AssetWise 4D Analytics 
AssetWise 4D Analytics uses advanced analytics and machine learning to provide insights into current conditions and trends, and to predict future performance. Data sources can include any information accessible to AssetWise including inspections, work history and extremely large data sets such as from IoT devices. Results can be understood in the digital twin’s context using extensive graphing and dashboarding capabilities.

AssetWise Linear Analytics 
Traditionally, the complexity of linear assets makes it hard to visualize and understand the vast quantity of data associated with these types of networks. AssetWise Linear Analytics takes data from many observed sources and aligns it, with engineering fidelity, to location and time on a linear network. Once aligned, using a library of linear network-aware data processing rules, users can identify trends and anomalies within rail or road networks. AssetWise Linear Analytics includes visualization dashboards that provide users with instant access to all data at any location on the network. 


OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services (ET, IT, OT) 
Energy utilities are faced with modernizing their aging infrastructure along with the new challenges of distributed energy resources at the grid edge. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services consolidate, validate, and align ET (engineering technology), IT, and OT information including network GIS, reality modeling, performance, simulation, and other enterprise data across departmental and workflow silos. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services enable organizations to identify data quality issues, visualize these issues on a map, and resolve issues using smart rules and machine learning. Pre-defined and user-extensible dashboards and analytics provide insights and visualization for OpenUtilities digital twins. 

Digital Co-ventures for Asset and Network Performance

(With Siemens) APM for Power Plants speeds up the digitalization of power plants and provides intelligent analytics with a range of innovative offerings and managed services solutions for Asset Performance Management. 

(With Siemens) Digital Services for Brownfield T&D leverages OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services for existing substation resilience, linking together the substation model, reality context, and asset data to provide access to vital information to reduce downtime and streamline problem identification and resolution, particularly in cases where substations are remote and difficult to reach. 

(With Siemens) OpenUtilities DER Planning and Design Assessment Solutions
Bentley’s OpenUtilities Analysis, OpenUtilities DER Optioneering, and OpenUtilities Design Optioneering incorporate Siemens PSS®SINCAL, a power systems analysis solution providing a seamless and continuously updated environment for modeling and simulation. These solutions enable owner-operators to more efficiently model the grid for decentralized energy without compromising safety and reliability.

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About Bentley’s Asset and Network Performance Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to advance BIM and GIS through 4D infrastructure engineering digital twins for asset and network performance. AssetWise software and cloud services manage geo-coordinated information for asset performance modeling throughout the operations and maintenance lifecycle of infrastructure assets, and their associated networks, in transportation, water/wastewater, and energy and communications (OpenUtilities). Enterprise solutions can combine AssetWise ALIM, AssetWise Asset Reliability, AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability, and SUPERLOAD. All infrastructure owners can finally open up previously-dark engineering data for asset performance digital twins, progressively enabled by Bentley’s iTwin Services—including Immersive Asset, Linear Analytics, 4D Analytics, and OpenUtilities Digital Twin cloud services.

In 2019 ARC Advisory Group’s Asset Reliability market study named Bentley Systems as the APM market leader overall, and also as #1 in each of Transportation, Oil and Gas, and Electric Power T&D. Also in 2019, ARC’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #1 in Electrical T&D, Communications. Of the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, 24 among the top 50 rely upon AssetWise

More about Bentley’s Asset and Network Performance Offerings:

www.bentley.com/AssetWise 

www.bentley.com/openutilities


About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, AssetWise ALIM, AssetWise Asset Reliability, AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability, iTwin, MicroStation, OpenUtilities, ProjectWise, SUPERLOAD, and SYNCHRO 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’ Design Integration Offerings Advance BIM to 4D through Digital Twins

22.10.2019 2:00  

“Evergreen” digital twins extend the value of infrastructure engineers’ work,
and of Bentley’s
open modeling applications and open simulation applications
throughout asset lifecycles 

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – 22 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new additions and updates to its open modeling applications and open simulation applications to advance engineering digital twins throughout asset lifecycles. Bentley’s open applications enable collaborative, iterative, and automated digital workflows spanning infrastructure professional disciplines. Now, with new digital twin cloud services, they extend business value and actionable insights throughout the construction and operations phases of an infrastructure asset.


“The broad acceptance of BIM has substantially benefited AEC professionals and projects over the last fifteen years, but now—with cloud services, reality modeling, and advanced analytics—we can advance BIM through digital twins,” said Santanu Das, Bentley’s senior vice president, design integration. “Until now, the use of BIM has been limited to static deliverables, which, after handing off to construction, quickly go out-of-date, losing the potential further value of the engineering data locked in BIM models. Now, with digital twins, we can open up the engineering data in a BIM model with its constituent digital components as a starting point, continually refresh the digital context with drone surveys and reality modeling, and—this is where it gets really exciting— continue to model and simulate the fitness for purpose of an asset over the digital chronology of its lifecycle. Finally, the value of the engineering data in a BIM model can extend beyond handoff to construction, and even beyond handover to operations, assuring and improving both project and asset performance. Advancing BIM to 4D through evergreen digital twins means that design models and simulations can serve a greater purpose than merely project deliverables, as the living asset’s digital DNA!”

New Digital Twin Cloud Services for Design Integration
Bentley’s design integration offerings now extend from desktop applications to cloud services to enable organizations to create, 4D-visualize, and analyze digital twins of infrastructure assets. iTwin Services enable digital information managers to incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a living digital twin and align it with reality modeling and other associated data, with no disruption to their current tools or processes.

iTwin Design Review facilitates faster design review sessions. It enables practitioners to initiate “ad hoc” design reviews in a hybrid 2D/3D environment as well as project teams working on digital twins to conduct design reviews and multidiscipline design coordination. It provides workflows: 
• (for practitioners) to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and switch between 2D and 3D views without leaving the 3D environment 
• (for projects using ProjectWise) to visualize 4D digital twins—capturing engineering change along the timeline of the project, and providing an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when

iTwin OpenPlant Design Service provides OpenPlant users with a distributed work environment and bi-directional referencing between 2D and 3D representations of plant digital components.


Open Modeling Applications and Open Simulation Applications
Sharing digital components and connecting digital workflows across disciplines are the foundation of an open modeling environment. Comprising MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications specialized for asset types and solutions, Bentley’s open modeling environment advances collaboration, enabling clash resolution and production of multidiscipline deliverables from any application.

Building its applications on the MicroStation platform ensures interoperability, access to a connected data environment, and digital services like Components Center for shared components libraries and GenerativeComponents for generative design capabilities. In addition, integrated engineering analysis and simulation empowers designers to iterate on various scenarios to achieve the most appropriate solution, not only for the initial design, but also for subsequent interventions and capital improvements to infrastructure assets. 

Open Modeling Applications Updates
(New) OpenWindPower offers interoperability between geotechnical, structural, and piping analysis and design applications, automating data-exchange workflows between disciplines, to minimize risk in the design and operations of fixed and floating offshore wind farms. OpenWindPower enables users of a wind turbine model to check design status, perform analyses, mitigate risks, and generate insights into its predicted performance. 

“OpenWindPower shortens the overall design cycle and effectively solves the problem of large design margins, reducing the cost of offshore wind power development,” said Dr. Bin Wang, deputy chief engineer of the New Energy Research Institute, POWERCHINA Huadong Engineering. 

(New) OpenTower is a purpose-built application for the design, documentation, and fabrication of new communication towers, and for the rapid re-analysis of existing telecom towers for tower owners, consultants, and carriers who need to continually update equipment. OpenTower’s introduction is timed for the upcoming 5G rollout. 

“With the help of Bentley’s applications, tower design and analyses are easier, faster, and reliable. It also gives our clients satisfaction, trust and peace of mind, and improves public safety,” said Frederick L. Cruz, president and CEO, F.L. Cruz Engineering Consultancy.

OpenBuildings Station Designer now includes LEGION and improves design quality by optimizing the functional space layout of the station building and the path of travel for the pedestrian. 

OpenSite Designer now includes residential capabilities, supporting the conception and design of residential parceling and parcel grading, and custom parcel creation. 

OpenBridge Designer now combines OpenBridge Modeler with the analysis and design features of LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, and RM Bridge Advanced.

OpenRoads SignCAD enhances OpenRoads to perform 3D modeling of signs within new or existing roadway designs. 

Open Simulation Applications Updates
(New) Bentley Systems announced the acquisition of Citilabs, to enable its CUBE traffic simulations to be intrinsically available from OpenRoads

PLAXIS and SoilVision geotechnical applications allow engineers to run multiple analysis methods, in either finite element or limit equilibrium, interchangeably. New interoperability with RAM, STAAD, and OpenGround enhances the quality of comprehensive geostructural solutions for integrated design and analysis of soils, rocks, and associated structures. 


Digital Co-ventures for Design Integration 

(With Siemens) Bentley’s OpenRoads will take advantage of Siemens’ Aimsun for micro level traffic simulation. 

(With Siemens) The forthcoming OpenRail Overhead Line Designer integrates OpenRail Designer, and Siemens SICAT Master. 

(With Siemens) OpenRail-Entegro Train Simulator combines Siemens Entegro and Automatic Train Control Simulation with Bentley’s ContextCapture, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and LumenRT, for rail operations digital twins. 

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About Bentley’s Design Integration Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to provide uniquely comprehensive and uniquely open modeling applications, and open simulation applications, for infrastructure design integration. Bentley’s open modeling applications, including OpenRoads, OpenBuildings, OpenRail, OpenPlant, OpenBridge, and OpenSite share MicroStation’s continuously advancing modeling environment to support each respective engineering and architectural discipline, and to increasingly enable automated and iterative digital workflows across all disciplines, for infrastructure conceptioneering (ConceptStation applications), design (Designer applications) and constructioneering. Bentley’s open simulation applications, including STAAD, SACS, PLAXIS, AutoPIPE, RAM, LEAP, MOSES, LEGION, LARS, and CUBE, assure and improve compliance, resilience, and throughput. Design integration for all projects is advanced by market-leading iModel-based interoperability with third-party applications.

Bentley’s iTwin Services, including Design Review cloud services for practitioners and for projects, advance BIM through “evergreen” 4D digital twins, ensuring that design engineers’ work, with open modeling applications and open simulation applications, can continue to add value by sustaining fitness for purpose throughout asset lifecycles.

In 2019, ARC’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #2 overall, and #1 in Electric T&D, Communications, and in Water/Wastewater.  Among the Engineering News-Record Top 640 Design Firms, more than 90 percent rely on Bentley’s portfolio for design integration across multiple disciplines. 

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, AutoPIPE, Citilabs, ContextCapture, CUBE, Generative Components, iTwin, iTwin Design Review, iTwin Services, LEAP, LEGION, LumenRT, MicroStation, MOSES, OpenBridge, OpenBridge Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, Open Buildings, OpenBuildings Station Designer, OpenGround, OpenPlant, OpenRail, OpenRoads, OpenSite, OpenSite Designer, OpenTower, OpenWindPower, PLAXIS, ProjectWise, RAM, RM Bridge Advanced, SACS, SignCAD, SoilVision, STAAD, and SYNCHRO 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 Introduces AssetWise Digital Twin Services and OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services for Asset and Network Performance

22.10.2019 2:00  

New Immersive Asset Service enables 4D visualization
and analytics visibility for “evergreen” digital twins

SINGAPORE – The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference – 22 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today introduced new digital twin services for asset and network performance. AssetWise Digital Twin Services converge digital context, digital components, and digital chronology to provide immersive visualization and advanced analytics for enhanced decision support and improved performance of infrastructure assets. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services use digital twins for consolidating, validating, and aligning GIS, reality modeling, performance, simulation, and other enterprise data required to effectively manage assets including power plants, substations, and entire networks. 

Alan Kiraly, senior vice president, asset and network performance for Bentley Systems, said, “In order to truly gain and act on insights that impact the performance and reliability of infrastructure assets, and also of the networks which connect them, digital twins must provide live and accurate physical and engineering data across time, effectively in 4D. Through the accessibility of cloud and web services, and our open-source platform for immersive visualization and analytics visibility, AssetWise Digital Twin Services will enable all AssetWise users, and new users, to broaden the benefits of going digital more comprehensively.”

AssetWise Digital Twin Services

iTwin Immersive Asset Service 
iTwin Immersive Asset Service provides immersive visualization and analytics visibility, in a rich, interactive 4D digital twin context, for decision support to sustain and improve the performance of infrastructure assets. Its cloud and web services enable owner-operators to make infrastructure engineering information accessible and comprehensible to a wider population.

AssetWise 4D Analytics 
AssetWise 4D Analytics uses advanced analytics and machine learning to provide insights into current conditions and trends, and to predict future performance. Data sources can include any information accessible to AssetWise including inspections, work history and extremely large data sets such as from IoT devices. Results can be understood in the digital twin’s context using extensive graphing and dashboarding capabilities.

AssetWise Linear Analytics 
Traditionally, the complexity of linear assets makes it hard to visualize and understand the vast quantity of data associated with these types of networks. AssetWise Linear Analytics takes data from many observed sources and aligns it, with engineering fidelity, to location and time on a linear network. Once aligned, using a library of linear network-aware data processing rules, users can identify trends and anomalies within rail or road networks. AssetWise Linear Analytics includes visualization dashboards that provide users with instant access to all data at any location on the network. 


OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services (ET, IT, OT) 
Energy utilities are faced with modernizing their aging infrastructure along with the new challenges of distributed energy resources at the grid edge. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services consolidate, validate, and align ET (engineering technology), IT, and OT information including network GIS, reality modeling, performance, simulation, and other enterprise data across departmental and workflow silos. OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services enable organizations to identify data quality issues, visualize these issues on a map, and resolve issues using smart rules and machine learning. Pre-defined and user-extensible dashboards and analytics provide insights and visualization for OpenUtilities digital twins. 

Digital Co-ventures for Asset and Network Performance

(With Siemens) APM for Power Plants speeds up the digitalization of power plants and provides intelligent analytics with a range of innovative offerings and managed services solutions for Asset Performance Management. 

(With Siemens) Digital Services for Brownfield T&D leverages OpenUtilities Digital Twin Services for existing substation resilience, linking together the substation model, reality context, and asset data to provide access to vital information to reduce downtime and streamline problem identification and resolution, particularly in cases where substations are remote and difficult to reach. 

(With Siemens) OpenUtilities DER Planning and Design Assessment Solutions
Bentley’s OpenUtilities Analysis, OpenUtilities DER Optioneering, and OpenUtilities Design Optioneering incorporate Siemens PSS®SINCAL, a power systems analysis solution providing a seamless and continuously updated environment for modeling and simulation. These solutions enable owner-operators to more efficiently model the grid for decentralized energy without compromising safety and reliability.

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About Bentley’s Asset and Network Performance Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to advance BIM and GIS through 4D infrastructure engineering digital twins for asset and network performance. AssetWise software and cloud services manage geo-coordinated information for asset performance modeling throughout the operations and maintenance lifecycle of infrastructure assets, and their associated networks, in transportation, water/wastewater, and energy and communications (OpenUtilities). Enterprise solutions can combine AssetWise ALIM, AssetWise Asset Reliability, AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability, and SUPERLOAD. All infrastructure owners can finally open up previously-dark engineering data for asset performance digital twins, progressively enabled by Bentley’s iTwin Services—including Immersive Asset, Linear Analytics, 4D Analytics, and OpenUtilities Digital Twin cloud services.

In 2019 ARC Advisory Group’s Asset Reliability market study named Bentley Systems as the APM market leader overall, and also as #1 in each of Transportation, Oil and Gas, and Electric Power T&D. Also in 2019, ARC’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #1 in Electrical T&D, Communications. Of the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, 24 among the top 50 rely upon AssetWise

More about Bentley’s Asset and Network Performance Offerings:

www.bentley.com/AssetWise 

www.bentley.com/openutilities


About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, AssetWise ALIM, AssetWise Asset Reliability, AssetWise Enterprise Interoperability, iTwin, MicroStation, OpenUtilities, ProjectWise, SUPERLOAD, and SYNCHRO 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 Joins as a Multinational Member – Announces Support of IFC for Digital Twins

22.10.2019 2:00  

buildingSMART


London, U.K. - October 23, 2019
- buildingSMART International is delighted to welcome Bentley Systems to the community. Bentley Systems, Incorporated is the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems joins as a multinational member bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the standards and solutions program.

At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of iModel Bridge for IFC, a generic IFC bridge that enables Bentley’s iModels to consume IFC geometry and business data. iModels are specialized containers for infrastructure information that are at the heart of Bentley’s digital twins strategy for infrastructure engineering. iTwin Services now enable iModels to export snapshots in IFC and treat IFC datasets as an input source, aligning their content for use by Bentley’s design applications. Earlier this year, Bentley announced the availability on GitHub of version 1.0 of iModel.js, an open source platform for digital twins (see imodeljs.org). 

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley’s chief product officer, said: “Bentley is committed to supporting the best implementation of IFC for digital twins. We are committed to openness, and in fact we’re making plans to open source iModel Bridge for IFC. The combination of IFC support and open source principles should give the community confidence that they can create and curate digital twins without being boxed in by dark data.”

Richard Petrie, CEO, buildingSMART International said, “I am delighted that Bentley has joined buildingSMART International. As one of the major software vendors in our field, Bentley plays a critical role in our community. The vision Bentley has for iModels and open source offers the IFC community exciting new possibilities for open interoperable ways of working with digital twins.”

About buildingSMART International
buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset industry. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012.

Press Contact:
buildingSMART International
aidan.mercer@buildingsmart.org
Aidan Mercer, +44 7181-304-3435

 

Bentley Systems Joins as a Multinational Member – Announces Support of IFC for Digital Twins

22.10.2019 2:00  

buildingSMART


London, U.K. - October 23, 2019
- buildingSMART International is delighted to welcome Bentley Systems to the community. Bentley Systems, Incorporated is the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems joins as a multinational member bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the standards and solutions program.

At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of iModel Bridge for IFC, a generic IFC bridge that enables Bentley’s iModels to consume IFC geometry and business data. iModels are specialized containers for infrastructure information that are at the heart of Bentley’s digital twins strategy for infrastructure engineering. iTwin Services now enable iModels to export snapshots in IFC and treat IFC datasets as an input source, aligning their content for use by Bentley’s design applications. Earlier this year, Bentley announced the availability on GitHub of version 1.0 of iModel.js, an open source platform for digital twins (see imodeljs.org). 

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley’s chief product officer, said: “Bentley is committed to supporting the best implementation of IFC for digital twins. We are committed to openness, and in fact we’re making plans to open source iModel Bridge for IFC. The combination of IFC support and open source principles should give the community confidence that they can create and curate digital twins without being boxed in by dark data.”

Richard Petrie, CEO, buildingSMART International said, “I am delighted that Bentley has joined buildingSMART International. As one of the major software vendors in our field, Bentley plays a critical role in our community. The vision Bentley has for iModels and open source offers the IFC community exciting new possibilities for open interoperable ways of working with digital twins.”

About buildingSMART International
buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset industry. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012.

Press Contact:
buildingSMART International
aidan.mercer@buildingsmart.org
Aidan Mercer, +44 7181-304-3435

 

Bentley Systems Announces New iTwin Cloud Services for Infrastructure Engineering Digital Twins

22.10.2019 2:00  

Digital twins enter the mainstream – engineering firms and owner-operators
put digital twin aspirations into action

SINGAPORE The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference 24 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new cloud services for infrastructure engineering digital twins. Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets and their engineering information that allow users to understand and model their performance in the real world over their lifecycle. In effect, “evergreen” digital twins advance BIM and GIS through 4D.  

Keith Bentley, founder and chief technology officer, said, “Today the ‘digital twin era’ is underway, and its pace accelerates every day. The early adopters we’ve worked with are already staking out leadership positions in the new digital twin economy, towards innovations in both their business processes and their business models. The advantages gained by replacing decades-old, disconnected paper-based workflows and work products with open, live, trusted, and evergreen digital twins are immense. Coupling that with an ecosystem of innovation through open-source platforms creates an unstoppable force for change in infrastructure. I can’t remember a more exciting time for the infrastructure professions or for Bentley Systems.”

New Digital Twin Cloud Services
iTwin Services enable engineering firms to create, visualize and analyze digital twins of infrastructure projects and assets. iTwin Services federate digital engineering content from BIM design tools and multiple data sources, enable “4D visualization” of digital twins, and log engineering changes along a project/asset timeline, to provide an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when. Engineering teams are using iTwinServices to conduct design reviews, validate design data, and generate design insights. Users of Bentley’s design applications can apply the iTwin Design Review service for ad hoc design reviews, and project teams using ProjectWise can add the iTwin Design Review service to their digital workflows to facilitate overall project digital twins.

PlantSight is an offering jointly developed by Bentley Systems and Siemens, which enables owner-operators and their engineers to create living and evergreen digital twins of operating process plants. PlantSight allows operations, maintenance, and engineering to access trusted, accurate digital twin data immersively, including P&IDs, 3D models, and IoT data. It provides a single view of truth in a validated information model that facilitates situational intelligence, line of sight, and contextual awareness. PlantSightwas jointly developed by Bentley and Siemens using iTwin Services and is commercially available from either company.

iTwin Immersive Asset Service enables owner-operators using AssetWise to align asset performance data and operational analytics in their digital twins’ context, making engineering information accessible to a wider audience of users through immersive and intuitive user experiences. iTwin Immersive Asset Service shows “hotspots” of activity and change in asset status over time which leads to faster and better-informed decision-making that ultimately helps improve asset and network performance.

Digital Twins Enter the Mainstream
The ever-evolving physical reality of an as-operated asset has previously been difficult to capture digitally and keep current. In addition, the corresponding engineering information, in its assortment of incompatible file formats and constant change, has typically been “dark data,” essentially unavailable or unusable. With digital twin cloud services, Bentley helps users to create and curate digital twins to improve the operation and maintenance of physical assets, systems, and construction processes, through immersive 4D visualization and analytics visibility.

At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference, digital twin advancements featured in 24 finalist projects in 15 categories in project locations across 14 countries ranging from transportation, water networks and treatment plants, to power stations, steel plants, and buildings. Overall, 139 nominations in 17 categories cited digital twin objectives for the innovations used on their projects – a significant increase from 29 such nominations in 2018.

Digital Twin Ideas in Action
In the technology keynote at the conference, Keith Bentley was joined on stage by representatives from Sweco and Hatch, showcasing infrastructure digital twin ideas in action.

Sweco digitally integrated a nine-kilometer light rail system project for the city of Bergen in Norway. The extension of the existing system was managed entirely through 3D BIM models, from alternative studies into a detailed engineering design. The use of iTwin Services allowed Sweco to keep track of changes automatically and minimize errors, enabling 4D visualization.

Hatch completed pre-feasibility, feasibility, and detailed engineering for a sulfuric acid facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bentley’s plant design software enabled the project team to design a complete, intelligent digital twin to the most granular level of detail, moving the engineering quality processes upstream as part of the 3D modeling effort compared to traditional drawing-based quality processes. Hatch was able to reduce production ramp-up after hot commissioning, from six months to one week.

Microsoft is prototyping digital twins in its Asia headquarters in Singapore and its Redmond campus. Microsoft’s Real Estate and Security group is implementing an approach for the Digital Building Lifecycle to optimize building performance, cost-effectiveness, employee satisfaction, productivity and security. Microsoft’s efforts to create digital representations of physical assets like buildings are based on Microsoft Azure Digital Twins, an IoT service that helps organizations create comprehensive digital models of physical environments. Azure Digital Twins was released for public preview in 2018 and is now being adopted by Microsoft customers and partners globally, including Bentley for its iTwin Services. The companies are working together to create a digital twin of Microsoft’s new facilities in Singapore.

Digital Twin Ecosystem
Both iTwin Services and PlantSight were developed with the iModel.js open-source platform for digital twins, which was first launched in October 2018 and reached its version 1.0 milestone in June 2019. A primary reason for open-sourcing the iModel.js library is to foster an ecosystem of innovation for owners’ and engineers’ digital twin software developers and for digital integrators.

One such ecosystem software developer is vGIS Inc. which used iModel.js to integrate a mixed reality (XR) solution within a transportation infrastructure digital twin. Their mobile mixed reality app visually merges project design models with reality, in the field, in real-time. Users in the field can view subsurface utilities, such as pipes and cables, merged within their real-world orientation. Users simply point at objects with their mobile devices to see project design elements in this context.

Alec Pestov, vGIS founder and CEO, said, “The iModel.js platform is a great resource for developing and integrating value-added tools and services, such as the advanced augmented reality and mixed reality solution offered by vGIS. We love the seamless interoperability with iTwin Services and the frictionless development path to get to that seamless integration, and we look forward to expanding our collaboration potential, through iTwin Services.”

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Digital Twins Defined
Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets and systems in the context of their surrounding environment, converged with their engineering information, for understanding and modeling of their performance. Like the real-world assets they represent, digital twins are ever changing. They are continuously updated from multiple sources, including sensors and drones, to represent the right-time status or working condition of real-world, physical infrastructure assets. In effect, digital twins—by combining digital context and digital components with digital chronology—advance BIM and GIS through 4D.

Benefits of Digital Twins
Digital twins enable users to visualize the entire asset – in a web browser, on a tablet, or with a mixed reality headset – check status, perform analysis and generate insights in order to predict and optimize asset performance. Users can build digitally before they build physically and plan out and de-risk maintenance activities before they carry them out in the real-world. They now have software at their disposal to envisage hundreds of scenarios, leverage machine learning to compare design alternatives or maintenance strategies and optimize across multiple parameters. Visualization and contextualization of engineering data lead to better informed decision-making and stakeholder engagement throughout the asset lifecycle.

About Bentley’s iTwin Services
iTwin Services enable project teams and owner-operators to create, 4D-visualize, and analyze digital twins of infrastructure assets. iTwin Services enable digital information managers to incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a living digital twin and align it with reality modeling and other associated data, with no disruption to their current tools or processes. Users are able to visualize and track engineering change along the timeline of the project, providing an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when. iTwin Services facilitate actionable insights for decision makers across the organization and asset lifecycle. Users make better informed decisions, anticipate and avoid issues before they arise, and react more quickly with confidence, resulting in cost savings, improved service availability, lower environmental impact, and improved safety. 

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, iModel.js, iTwin, MicroStation, Open Buildings, ProjectWise, and SYNCHRO 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 Accelerates Focus on Infrastructure Engineering for Digital Cities

22.10.2019 2:00  

Advancing BIM and GIS through 4D Digital Twins

SINGAPORE The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference 23 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today presented its new digital cities initiatives, applying digital twins for more efficient city and regional operations and for more connected and resilient infrastructure. Digital twins converge assets’ 4D-surveyed and engineering representations to enable new collaborative digital workflows to serving planners and engineers in public works, utilities, property management and development, and city stakeholders. Digital twin cloud services provide an intuitive and immersive 4D environment converging digital context and digital components with digital chronology for “evergreen” infrastructure digital twins over asset lifecycles. For infrastructure professionals, BIM and GIS are effectively advanced through 4D digital twins.

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems said, “Bentley Systems’ major technical thrust is the advancement of digital twins across infrastructure domains. This finally opens up for owners their previously “dark” engineering technologies and data (ET), for federation with traditional information technology (IT) and newly connected operating technologies (OT). Correspondingly, because the opportunities for benefits are so compelling, our major organizational initiative is our new digital cities product advancement group. Our digital cities group’s charter is both to ramp infrastructure engineering digital twins to full city scale, and at the same time to help with going digital through entry points for any engineering department in any municipality.”

“At Bentley Systems we have long and rich histories in respectively geospatial technology (GIS), and in BIM, for municipal infrastructure applications spanning capex and opex,” said Robert Mankowski, vice president, digital cities. “Today, I believe we are the leading innovator in reality modeling and in geotechnical modeling and data management. With our new cloud-based iTwin Services bringing this all together, city and campus digital twins now offer an immediate opportunity to help cities and regions solve a wide range of challenges and problems, enhancing their infrastructure performance and their constituents’ quality of life.”

Infrastructure Digital Twins for Digital Cities
City-scale digital twins begin and are updated through 4D surveying and reality modeling by ContextCapture and Orbit GT to derive as-operated 3D models from photogrammetry (including from UAVs) and/or point clouds. Reality modeling provides engineering-precise, real-world context to support planning, design, construction, and operations. Users of Bentley’s open applications (OpenBuildings, OpenSite, OpenRoads, OpenRail, OpenUtilities) can leverage this digital context to model new and improved buildings, roads, transit systems, tunnels, bridges, utilities, and more.

4D digital twins become a common and federating index for previously siloed information, without requiring source systems to change their existing environments or data formats. The foundation context for any digital twin includes reality meshes, terrain models, imagery, and GIS sources. Engineering models (from any BIM software) of buildings, streets, transit systems, utilities, and other city infrastructure, both surface and subsurface, are semantically aligned and geo-referenced to enhance the richness and relevance of digital twins over time.

Public works departments, property developers, utilities, transportation agencies, and others now have access to a full and current contextual view of the built environment. Engineering and architectural firms will be able to develop new services that contemplate updating and managing digital assets over their lifecycles. And, cities will benefit from living and current digital twins of their infrastructure and surrounding environment.

Sustainability and Resilience Digital Twins
Now, cities can combine their surface and subsurface surveys and engineering data into cohesive 4D digital twins to ensure over time their asset performance, resiliency, and sustainability. Using Bentley’s open simulation applications during asset lifecycles, for example, as-constructed buildings can be evaluated for seismic resilience (STAAD), the evacuation of vehicles and people in stations, stadiums, and other public places can be assessed and optimized (LEGION and CUBE), the impact of flooding events like hurricanes can be determined (OpenFlows FLOOD), and the suitability of subsurface conditions for urban projects can be ensured (PLAXIS, SoilVision).

Geotechnical Digital Twins: Introducing OpenGround
Bentley’s geotechnical engineering and analysis applications empower subsurface digital twins, critical for assessing and managing risks in infrastructure projects and assets. Subsurface digital twins entail modeling of the underground environment, including the geology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering properties, made possible by Bentley’s geotechnical offerings (PLAXIS, SoilVision, Keynetix and gINT). To further enable subsurface digital twins, Bentley today announced OpenGround, a new cloud service (available end of 2019) to store, manage, report, and share data about natural ground conditions.

Water Network Digital Twins
Building upon its deep experience with hydraulics and hydrology software, Bentley is introducing OpenFlows WaterOPS for water and wastewater utility operators. OpenFlows WaterOPS provides water and wastewater utilities with real-time operational support, smart water response planning, and optimized performance and business intelligence, converging IT (GIS) with OT (telemetry, SCADA instrumentation, sensors) and ET (hydraulic simulation). WaterOPS provides real-time operational decision support extending Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) to help users monitor, maintain, and forecast various hydraulics and water quality scenarios.

City Planning Digital Twins
Digital twins for cities have many stakeholders, including constituents not directly involved in engineering or infrastructure. Now hosted in Microsoft Azure, OpenCities Planner delivers cloud-based, city-scale digital twins to improve stakeholder and citizen engagement and to simplify and facilitate urban development. Addressing a wide variety of potential use cases, OpenCitiesPlanner helps users, through devices like web, mobile, touchscreens, and digital billboards, to intuitively visualize and explore 2D, 3D, GIS and other data aligned with the reality modeling of the city.

Digital Co-ventures for Digital Cities
(With Topcon) Cloud-based photogrammetry processing powered by Bentley’s ContextCapture is incorporated in Topcon MAGNET Collage Web, a web-based service for publication, sharing, and analysis of reality capture data. The intrinsic Bentley ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service enables operators to upload UAV imagery direct-to-web without the need for high-end hardware requirements or IT constraints.

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About Bentley Systems’ Digital Cities Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to advance BIM and GIS through 4D infrastructure engineering digital twins for digital cities. Engineers, geospatial professionals, and infrastructure owner-operators benefit from applications and digital twin cloud services that advance reality modeling (ContextCapture and OrbitGT); water, wastewater, and stormwater system planning, design and operations, and flood resilience (OpenFlows); engineering-ready geospatial urban planning and visualization (OpenCities Map and OpenCities Planner); geotechnical information management (OpenGround); and mobility simulation and analytics (LEGION and CUBE).

In both 2018 and 2019, Microsoft named Bentley Systems as Partner of the Year in its CityNext category. In 2019, ARC Advisory Group’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #1 in Water and Wastewater Distribution.

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, ContextCapture, gINT, iTwin, Keynetix, LEGION, MicroStation, OpenBuildings, OpenCities, OpenCities Map, OpenCities Planner, OpenFlows, OpenFlows FLOOD, OpenFlows WaterOPS, OpenGround, OpenRail, OpenRoads, OpenSite, OpenUtilities, Orbit GT, PLAXIS, ProjectWise, SoilVision, STAAD, and SYNCHRO 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.

Adopting Digital Twins for Substations Help Large Utilities Improve Design Performance

21.10.2019 2:00  

Electric utilities are leveraging digital twins to manage substations over their lifecycles and are empowering multidiscipline teams to collaborate with other stakeholders. As a result, they are gaining accuracy in their modeling, streamlining design and construction, and increasing safety and reliability. To illustrate, here is how China-based POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. and Southeast Asia-based Pestech are going digital in their substation design.

POWERCHINA Hubei was the lead designer on the Miluo Western 220-kilovolt substation project, which began operating in May. The substation will significantly improve the grid structure in the state of Miluo and enhance the reliability of power supplied to 150,000 residents. POWERCHINA Hubei adopted digital twins on this project to improve construction coordination and were able to deliver it 30 days ahead of schedule, saving CNY 1.5 million.

The landscape surrounding this site is complex, with large residential houses that affect the layout of the substation facility. The compressed area meant that the spatial location of each asset type – underground works, the building structure and facilities, hydraulic pipeline networks, cable trench, and ground grid – required close collaboration among the contributing disciplines. With only 10 months to complete construction, the team had to also closely coordinate with each participating construction organization to complete the project safely and on time.

To plan the project, POWERCHINA Hubei used ContextCapture to create the digital context. The inclusion of landscape, vegetation, rivers and lakes, roads, and houses surrounding the project location helped to support substation site planning and selection, as well as corridor planning. Moreover, the team optimized design and collaboration using Bentley Substation and OpenBuildings to address the challenges of the compact urban location.

POWERCHINA Hubei used SYNCHRO for 4D construction sequencing and to organize and share construction information, visualize and track progress, and manage change. At completion, the team provided 3D models to the owner to build virtual reality scenes to enhance operations and maintenance. POWERCHINA Hubei completedthe project within nine months, one month ahead of schedule.

“The pilot program implemented standards during construction that helped to improve design quality,” said Wei Wang, executive assistant, senior engineering, POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Co., Ltd. “The program set a great example for using digital twins to support future state grid projects.”

PESTECH, an integrated Malaysian electric utility providing power transmission infrastructure and assets, power generation, rail electrification, and power products and embedded system software, used digital twins for the design and delivery of a 275/33kV Gas insulated switchgear substation at Sibiyu Sarawak. The project, expected to be complete in January 2021, consists of supplying, erecting, and commissioning two 120 MVA 132/33-kilovolt transformer bays, four 132-kilovolt overhead line bays, one bus coupler bay, and a 33-kilovolt switchgear with ancillary equipment.

Using Bentley’s open modeling applications enabled the team to increase productivity significantly and to keep pace with refurbishment and expansion. The multidiscipline team used Bentley Substation and Promis.e to support primary and secondary design and Bentley Raceway and Cable Management to design the cable ladders, trays, underground trenches, and cabling routes. The team also used OpenBuildings Designer for the control building design, which was then referenced in the substation model.

PESTECH leveraged digital twins to deliver its integrated switchgear substation design 50% faster, saving RM 175,000 on the project, primarily from reduced labor costs. Automated construction deliverables produced directly from the intelligent substation model reduced the time and cost of producing and updating construction drawings, bills of material, wire list reports, wire label reports, and cost estimates. 

“Bentley Substation offers an unmatched, streamlined, intelligent modeling approach to substation design,” said Afiq Rosli, design engineer with Pestech. “Unlike CAD-centric designs, Bentley Substation’s intelligent modeling maximizes design automation to dramatically reduce manual drafting, errors, and rework. The result is the ability to produce design drawings up to 50% faster.”

Bentley’s Connected Data Environment Helps Sweco Reduce Construction Errors by 25% on Bergen Light Rail Project

21.10.2019 2:00  

In March 2000, the Norwegian government decided it needed a light rail system to be the backbone of the city of Bergen’s public transport system. Aiming to deliver a transport solution that could serve both residents and visitors, the award-winning phase one of Bybanen, a 20-kilometer line from the city center to the Bergen airport at Flesland, was opened in 2010. Fast forward to 2019 and the city is planning a new 9-kilometer extension of the system at a cost of NOK 6.2 billion, further cementing it as one of the key components of this growing city and gateway to the Fjords of Norway.

In collaboration with its client Bybanen Utbygging and sister company Sweco Norway, Sweco Nederland B.V. is engaged in the design of the new light rail line with eight new stops, including a stopping place and a depot both situated underground at Bergen. Connecting and partly using the city’s existing tram line, Sweco’s work includes all adjacent infrastructure (roads, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian zones), supporting bridge structures, and surrounding public areas including parks, as well as relocating and adjusting existing infrastructure. The work will also require two new tunnels, totaling approximately 5 kilometers in length.

To drive efficiency within the multidiscipline workflows required for this complex project, Sweco leveraged data in its connected data environment (CDE) based on ProjectWise, through the use of Bentley’s open applications including OpenRail Designer and OpenBuildings Designer. This strategy ensured accurate information was continuously available to team members from the 18 disciplines across five countries working together on the project. A commitment to create designs in 3D enabled the project team to identify potential problems earlier in the process, reducing construction errors on site by 25%.

Sweco Nederland realized additional productivity gains using OpenBuildings Designer, leveraging track alignments from OpenRail Designer to place line wide equipment, such as sleepers, drainage boxes, ducting, and trackside equipment. Using OpenBuildings Designer’s GenerativeComponents, the team developed scripts to automate design iterations, saving approximately 500 resource hours and enabling automated reprocessing of all related objects when the client required alignment changes.

Sweco Nederland recognized that the client’s requirements and scale of the project required new digital approaches to advance BIM. Facing challenges around data integration, alignment, management of change, collaboration, and communication, it saw that digital twins – with the ability to track and manage change – offered an innovative solution for digital delivery. As an early adopter of Bentley’s iTwin Services, Sweco Nederland was able to realize measurable benefits in design review workflows by visualizing design changes and leveraging insights to make informed decisions, and, following a successful pilot, is rolling out the technology on new projects.

“Bentley’s solution has enabled Sweco to engineer the extension of Bergen’s Light Rail system ‘right first time,’ and as a result make significant time and cost savings on this complex project,” said Christiaan Post, consultant – 3D specialist/BIM with Sweco Nederland B.V. “In short, Bentley software made our work easier and more effective, enabling the team to optimize the design and complete work within a tight schedule.”

Innovative and Comprehensive Use of Digital Twins for Grade-Separated Junction Project in East Yan’gang Region

21.10.2019 2:00  

The Grade-Separated Junction of East Yan’gang, east of the city of Shenzhen, is the intersection of four high-speed roads designed to provide access to Shenzhen’s Yantian Port and to the downtown area. The junction has a total length of 10.5 kilometers and includes 10 new ramps, 8 tunnels, and 16 bridges. With a total investment of RMB 1.47 billion, it will be one of the most complex grade separation projects and set the benchmark for future infrastructure projects in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd. is the first organization in China to have deployed Bentley’s iTwin Services to build digital twins for roadway design and operations. The team federated a large amount of data to support advanced multidiscipline BIM workflows with Bentley’s open modeling and simulation applications, including reality models, photogrammetry, geotechnical data, site information, grading, traffic monitoring, and business data. The team used ProjectWise as the collaborative platform so that the multidiscipline team could share and exchange models and information during design and construction.

ContextCapture was used to create 3D reality meshes of existing conditions for field measurement, land acquisition, demolition management, and earthmoving calculations. The team used Pointools to process point-cloud data and LumenRT to produce easily understandable visualizations. OpenRoads Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, ProStructures, and MicroStation were used to model roads, bridges, tunnels, and rebar.

With digital twins, the team could analyze the impact of road closures on traffic and the surrounding environment to help alleviate the impact of construction. Additionally, mixed reality workflows made it possible to analyze risk factors and verify the feasibility of the construction plan, including ensuring that municipal pipelines could be accurately located to avoid damage to existing facilities during construction.

As a result of using Bentley’s digital twin solution, Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd. estimates it will improve overall communication efficiency by more than 15% and significantly enhance design efficiency. Once the project is completed, Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd. will continue to leverage digital twins to support operations and maintenance, and as a foundation for future capital projects.

“Based on Bentley’s engineering design and simulation solutions and the use of digital twins, we have been able to achieve uniform conversion and integration of data from satellite images, laser point clouds, BIM models, and site information. This has allowed us to improve communication, collaboration, and design efficiency on the project,” said Lingyu Zhu, deputy general manager, BIM technology department.

Interdisciplinary BIM Results in Projected Design and Build Savings for Harbour Road 2 Double-Decker Bridge Project in Jakarta

21.10.2019 2:00   The Harbour Road 2 bridge design and build project in North Jakarta is the first government double-decker elevated toll road project in Indonesia. The project will establish a new benchmark in overcoming the technical challenges of building one of the longest double-decker bridges in the world with a total length of 3.985 kilometers. The project will provide efficient road access between Ancol and Pluit and will accommodate intermodal services, such as toll roads, trains, light rapid transit, and busways. Harbour Road 2 is expected to accommodate 63,500 vehicles per day along 9 kilometers of the elevated toll road. The project is part of the government’s strategic program to reduce traffic congestion on the north side of Jakarta. 

PT. Wijaya Karya (WIKA) is performing design review on this USD 530 million project. The double-decker design was chosen to make the best use of a site constrained by heavy traffic, surrounding buildings, road interchanges, railroads, and waterways, as well as underground and intertwined gas pipelines, water pipes, and optical fiber lines. The project required an effective road structure and alignment design so that the project team could place the piers without disturbing river traffic. The team also needed to gain all necessary approvals from the appropriate ministries, yet still adhere to a tight schedule. WIKA needed innovative design and work processes to face these challenges and to ensure they executed the project with the highest standards possible.

In the survey phase, the team used ContextCapture to process imagery for photogrammetry in only 10 days, six times faster than using previous methods. This reality context helped WIKA reduce design errors, compress the project timeline by four months, and save USD 6 million. OpenRoads Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, and gINT were used by WIKA to produce final designs and alignments, helping them to eliminate 1,600-square-meters of waterway foundation work and reduce design iterations by 25 working days, saving approximately USD 120,000. The parametric design capabilities of OpenBridge Modeler increased modeling efficiency by over 40% compared to previous modeling methods. Additionally, the project team used Bentley Navigator to analyze project progress and reduce time dimension conflicts, which allowed the project to be completed on time. Anticipated savings during the design stage, are expected to be as much as 10% of the project value. 

The use of Bentley’s open modeling and simulation applications for their interdisciplinary collaborative workflows helped WIKA create very precise and dynamic deliverables. As construction progresses toward completion in 2022, WIKA anticipates these BIM applications will have helped them lower labor costs and reduce construction rework and increase profit margins and cost efficiency by another 10%. Bentley’s BIM applications will help increase the return on investment by achieving ROI three years earlier than the initial target date of 2035.

“Bentley’s BIM solutions provide comprehensive infrastructure applications that help us optimize project costs, improve the efficiency of the design process time, and ensure project safety. Bentley’s technology and interoperability have played a vital role in this project becoming a new benchmark in the construction industry in Indonesia,” said Romi Ramadhan, BIM manager, PT. Wijaya Karya.

Heilongjiang Construction Kechuang Investment Group’s Going Digital Strategy Optimizes Development of a New Demonstration Park

21.10.2019 2:00  

Heilongjiang Construction Kechuang Investment Group provides infrastructure and municipal utilities construction among its many services. Targeting long-term productivity, profitability, and sustainability, they charged their subsidiary, Heilongjiang Construction, Science and Technology Innovation (HCSTI), to construct the Construction Industry Modernization Demonstration Park in the Xinli area of South Harbin, China.

Covering 1.26 million square meters, the main purpose of the 3.6 billion CNY park is to help the group refine its project delivery and manufacturing processes for the inclusion of prefabricated components in infrastructure projects. It is hoped the park with contribute to a broader objective to adopt greener and more environmentally friendly construction methods in Heilongjiang province and help the group position itself as a key supplier, integrator, and service provider. The facilities at the park will be used to manufacture prefabricated components including building steel structures, road and bridge steel structures, special concrete and curtain walls, and process technology systems. HCSTI is responsible for coordinating and implementing the planning and design of the park and, once built, managing production, operations and maintenance.

The team at HCSTI is going digital with Bentley software, and is using Bentley’s open modeling and simulation applications to design and construct each of the buildings and related infrastructure within the demonstration park. They will refine and test industrialized processes as they execute their own project, building all structures with prefabricated components also designed with Bentley applications. Industrializing construction requires rethinking and redesigning processes, and innovators must be open to new material choices and fabrication and installation methodologies. The sheer quantity and variability of workflows, overreliance on bespoke on-site methodologies, scattered workplaces, and short project cycles all contribute to undermine construction productivity and prevent the advances enjoyed in other industrial sectors.

HCSTI faced many challenges in the early stages of the project, including a very tight schedule, many collaborating stakeholders, and the need to bring manufacturing rigor to design and construction documentation. Further, they needed to integrate design, production scheduling, production, transportation and other processes, to avoid low production and inefficient use of resources.

In planning the layout of the park, HCSTI challenged the site design team to create a road system that maximizes efficiency and optimizes locations for handling and construction of the prefabricated components. ContextCapture was used to create a reality 3D model of the project area. OpenRoads ConceptStation leveraged this context to generate layouts for roads and ancillary facilities, including holding areas for materials and constructed components. Navigator then helped the team detect and resolve clashes, after considering size and weight of the manufactured components to determine the best route from production to storage. When compared to traditional planning methods HCSTI’s use of Navigator in site layout optimization resulted in a 50% increase in vehicle accessibility and utilization.

During design and engineering, the multidiscipline design team used ProjectWise to manage its work and provide a secure, reliable, and unified working environment, increasing productivity by 50%. A primary goal of the project was to integrate design and construction and ensure that all design changes could be delivered to design, scheduling, and production stakeholders at the same time.

A library of components was built using OpenBuilding Designer for doors, windows, and other prefabricated components, which were then used to design the buildings and to plan manufacturing and construction. The rigor in the design of the components enabled the team to conduct detailed analysis and refine and improve their designs.

STAAD was used to design and check temporary structures at the construction site and to analyze BIM models to Chinese standards, increasing the efficiency of design and design checks. ProStructures was used to model the steel structures of the production workshops, as well as to optimize the design of prefabricated components. The information from the prefabricated components is being directly used by the CNC machining equipment, ensuring that data can move from design to the machines in assembly lines, making the whole production process extremely intelligent and effectively controlling production costs. MicroStation is being used to templatize and optimize line layout and assembly scheme for prefabricated components, significantly reducing the time to plan production for new components.

“Bentley’s solutions are highly effective when applied to the whole lifecycle of the Heilongjiang Construction Industry Modernization Demonstration Park project,” said Xuyuan Liang, general manager assistant of Heilongjiang Construction Kechuang Investment Group. “No matter which party – the builders, the designers, or the constructors – and no matter which phase – the design, construction, production, and management – we are in, we have realized the superiority of the digital twin model in the treatment of project delivery and asset management. Moreover, the innovative working and production management methods have saved us a lot of manpower and raw materials and helped improve the turnover efficiency of machines and templates.”

Siemens Asset Performance Management for Power Plants Proves Its Value at the San Gabriel Power Plant

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First Gen Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is as an independent power producer in the Philippines. The company owns natural gas-fired power and hydroelectric power plants, and generates power through geothermal, wind, and solar facilities. First Gen’s wholly owned First NatGas Power Corp. (FNPC) owns the 414-megawatt-rated San Gabriel natural gas power plant located in Batangas City, Philippines. Siemens has been the facility operations and maintenance provider since the commercial operation started in November 2016. San Gabriel utilizes Siemens SCC6-8000H combined-cycle gas turbine, which is designed to have a combined-cycle efficiency rating greater than 60 percent and high operational flexibility.

The plant is one of Siemens’ most up-to-date and highly efficient designs, deploying extensive advanced sensors and instrumentation. The state-of-the-art facility is the first to implement the new Siemens Asset Performance Management (APM) for Power Plants, a solution co-developed by Siemens and Bentley.

The APM solution is populated with proprietary models derived from Siemens’ extensive OEM and domain expertise as a power plant designer, EPC contractor, operator, and maintainer. The models were developed specifically for the combined cycle gas turbine and other critical equipment and plant assets. Prior to the development of APM, Siemens used human interpretation of maintenance and condition data as the main mechanism to determine the health of most components in the plant. APM for Power Plants fundamentally changed that dynamic by automating the process, interpreting condition data, trending patterns and finding abnormalities, and then comparing results against the predictive models in real-time. The system analyzes asset performance history and uses advanced analytical models to detect patterns or behaviors to predict equipment failure, visualizing real-time operating and condition data to make faster and more informed decisions.

The joint Bentley-Siemens solution automates the process of proactive daily inspections and maintenance, prioritizing work based on the current condition and risk profile of the asset. The predetermined, reliability-centered maintenance recommendations focus on the minimum work that is required to meet performance requirements. Real-time view of asset health, based on accurate condition data, facilitates timely and informed decisions and immediate action.

The experience and lessons learned from this first installation are slated to be incorporated into the worldwide deployment of APM into many of the thousands power plants powered by Siemens gas or steam turbines. The solution will be available for other OEM-based facilities as well. Since the software runs in an open, connected data environment it can be adjusted quickly and easily for the operating context of the unit. Combining the reliability program framework of Bentley’s AssetWise with the Siemens’ asset models, the team can optimally schedule planned outages and reduce the duration of unplanned outage events.

“We take seriously that we want reliable plants, and implementing APM is our strategy for the future,” said Jan Janssen, head of asset management in operations and maintenance, with Siemens AG.

Foth Transforms, Connects, and Revitalizes Cedar Falls, Iowa Corridor, Delivering USD 32 Million in Savings over 25 Years

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The City of Cedar Falls, Iowa is a busy community with a growing economy and home to the University of Northern Iowa. University Avenue, a former Iowa Department of Transportation roadway that the city took ownership of in 2014, is a critical six-lane arterial corridor, which services a high volume of daily traffic for a mixture of land uses, including residential, public utilities, and commercial.

Due to the deterioration of the 60-year-old roadway and increasing public pressure to improve conditions, the Cedar Falls City Council identified this USD 38.9 million project as one of its top priorities. City Council hired Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for the roadway based on public input and other design considerations from the preliminary engineering phase through final design and construction. 

The new corridor design needed to modernize University Avenue. Their criteria were to improve traffic flow, enhance safety, ensure bicycle and pedestrian access and mobility, provide a “living street”, be compatible with the existing network, lower upfront capital investment and operational costs, and enhance commercial access. Working in close partnership with the City of Cedar Falls and the public, Foth worked to achieve these objectives using Bentley’s comprehensive infrastructure applications to create a design that both accommodated design requirements and supported public access to over 100 businesses along the corridor. 

The project had many challenges, including aggressive timeframes, negative public perceptions by a vocal minority, two bid packages driven by city mayor/council elections, public and private utility stakeholders, and escalating costs due to a growing list of demands. To support the conception and public engagement phase of the project, Foth used MicroStation and LumenRT to create information-rich 3D models and visualizations to effectively share project information at key stakeholder and public meetings to ensure project buy-in and approvals. 

During the design phase, the firm employed OpenRoads, OpenFlows, and STAAD to create multidiscipline 3D models for roadway, grading, drainage, and more to support right-of-way acquisitions and plan creation, specifications, and construction estimates. Foth also used these applications to design and analyze roadway and intersection alternatives, coordinate utilities, and develop traffic models for proposed road scenarios and corridor simulations. ProjectWise and OpenRoads were used during construction for project bidding, construction administration and observation, as well as construction surveys. 

Collaboration and effective sharing of engineering project data were critical to meeting the aggressive schedule and developing an optimized, cost-effective design. The core project team changed during each of the three project phases, and work was dispersed across other regional offices and design teams. ProjectWise was instrumental in sharing the 122 gigabytes of data and more than 21,000 files, and helped teams remotely manage data and bring consistency in document management, digital workflows, naming taxonomies, and more. Audit trails were employed for design change management and helped the team to quickly diagnose issues and remediate them within hours instead of weeks. 

Foth’s safe, efficient, and economical modern design delivered an ROI estimated at USD 32 million in savings to the public of Cedar Falls, Iowa to be realized over the next 25 years. Using Bentley’s open applications enabled Foth to meet the deadline for the design phase while reducing the timeline by 50%, from three years to one-and-a-half years. The achieved efficiencies represented a significant savings in resource hours. In addition, total construction costs came in 3% below the total contract bid amounts, saving the city more than USD 500,000. 

“Our implementation of Bentley applications is a key ingredient to Foth’s culture of continually making our clients successful. Using a BIM model we reduced design time, modernized workflows, enabled the reuse of rich digital deliverables throughout the project lifecycle and increased our ability to collaborate internally and with our stakeholders,” said Blaine Buenger, senior technology manager, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC. “All of these things increase our competitive advantage and allow us to deliver the highest level of service to our clients.”

Wood, GHD Establish Consistent Global Processes to Manage Project Information, Making Every Project as Good as Their Best Project

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In a business and economic climate where embracing change is necessary to survive, having suffered from many years of poor productivity versus other industries, it is widely accepted that the construction sector has been slow to respond and adapt. McKinsey’s latest report – Imagining Construction’s Digital Future – supports the notion that construction’s lack of progress in adoption of digital technology and information sharing has meant owners and contractors have been exposed to increased risk, principally as a result of working from different versions of the ‘same’ information.

As part of their efforts to maintain a competitive edge, and in response to demands from their clients, many consulting firms are making technological improvement a top priority. With more than 55,000 and 10,000 employees around the world, respectively, Wood Plc and GHD are just two of many organizations going digital to change their project delivery processes and improve business outcomes. Transforming work-sharing processes for handling project information across their respective organizations, through the application of consistent and repeatable digital workflows, each has increased productivity, saving thousands of labor hours on their projects around the globe.

A Bentley user for more than a decade, GHD needed a global information management system that could meet its goal of implementing newly released ISO standards. Starting with a discipline-based scope definition and automated project initiation objectives and building on its existing investments in building information modeling (BIM) processes, GHD built a new framework to accommodate the ISO 19650-2 BIM standard. GH created a project-centric connected data environment with ProjectWise at its core, to support projects of all scale and complexity.

With the adoption of a common set of standards and workflows, and access to information it can trust, GHD’s multidiscipline teams are able to move from one project to another, anywhere in the world, quickly and easily. Moreover, by removing the potential confusion created when working on several projects with only small differences, team members can avoid mistakes, wasted time and effort, as well as avoid the increased costs associated with learning multiple and unique project environments. Previously, when GHD staff joined a project, a considerable amount of their time would be spent understanding the variations in project structure. Currently, GHD has 1,800 people working on an average of 10 projects a year using a common set of standards, saving the organization an estimated 18,000 hours annually.

“Delivering consistent high-quality project outcomes is crucial to business success,” said David Nicholson, collaborations technologies manager at GHD. “Achieving this across the globe required consistent and repeatable systems to be implemented. The power of ProjectWise is globally recognized as the benchmark for management of AEC-based project content. GHD’s vision was to extend that potential into a globally adopted context to support a significantly wider range of project types and sizes. Our vision continues to extend the intended limits of the available tools and having worked with Bentley for more than a decade, we’re delighted that neither of us has stopped innovating.”

Currently working on many major capital projects for oil and gas owner-operators in the Middle East, Wood Plc, identified that the adoption of a consistent global approach to information management was key to delivering sustained growth in the sector. Implementing ProjectWise enabled Wood to create a single source of truth for project information, and alongside standardized project procedures and governance plans, deliver the consistency it needed. Moreover, as different teams joined the group through mergers or acquisitions, the ability to have each one follow a similar set of standards and workflows, enabled the organization to guarantee the same levels of consistency across projects and execution centres.

As a global provider of project, engineering, and technical services, Wood’s approach enables parallel working in a follow-the-sun manner, guaranteeing critical activities and milestones within the schedule are met without impacting consistency and the quality of delivery to its clients. Through its use of ProjectWise, with management of templates, SEED files, metadata, workflows, and access control, Wood has realized significant savings. With upwards of 20,000 drawings being developed on each of its projects, Wood is utilizing ProjectWise’s tag sets and title block integration to automatically populate these at the point of creation, saving an estimated 3,600 labor hours as a result.

“Recreating winning habits and best practice consistently anywhere in the world enables us to improve outcomes for our clients and for Wood,” said Andy Barr, head of engineering, capital projects at Wood. “The use of ProjectWise has ensured a consistent delivery across many projects operating across several work share locations. The rigor and discipline built into the system ensures deliverable quantity is improved and reliable across all office locations. This, coupled with the saving in man-hours and infrastructure costs, has proved to be an excellent development for our project delivery.”

Digital Twins Help Power Operators Improve Design Accuracy, Project Savings, and Regulatory Compliance

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Utilities are increasingly adopting digital twin workflows to improve cross-discipline collaboration in project delivery, to streamline maintenance and inspection work, and to meet compliance reporting requirements. Among the Year in Infrastructure 2019 nominees are two power operators that are implementing digital twins: Sargent & Lundy on the USD 853 million Big Bend Power Station in Tampa, Florida; and Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) for its Copel dams safety plans in Brazil.

In 2018, Tampa Electric Company (TEC), an Emera company providing power to more than 750,000 customers across West Central Florida, initiated a modernization project for its Big Bend Power Station to convert from a coal to an efficient gas-fired combined-cycle facility. The Big Bend Power Station is located on a 1,500-acre site with four coal-fired units and a combined output of more than 1,700 megawatts. The four generating units were added over 15 years, and a natural gas peaking unit was installed in 2009 to provide additional power during peak demand.

To continue providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective power while meeting growing demand, TEC initiated the modernization project to eliminate coal consumption in generating electricity, and additionally sought to reduce water in the generation process, produce less wastewater, eliminate solid waste, and reduce air emissions.  The project includes repowering Unit 1 into a combined-cycle generating facility with two combustion turbine generators (CTGs), two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), and major modifications to repower the existing Unit 1 steam turbine generator (STG). The project scope also includes associated transmission and interconnection facilities and natural-gas infrastructure. 

Sargent & Lundy leveraged the full modeling functionality of MicroStation to continuously update the digital twin, which was created from multidiscipline design models and more than 2,000 files. MicroStation was also used to incorporate point-cloud data from laser scans of physical assets that were then enhanced with engineering components and as-built designs.

This digital context was used to design the plant with OpenBuildings and Bentley’s open simulation applications, including STAAD and ProStructures, were used to optimize the integration of pipe support auxiliary steel and to reduce field welds on galvanized steel, saving the project more than USD 500,000. Designs were also enlivened for visualization with the help of LumenRT.

Using a digital twin led to improved collaboration and increased focus on implementing best practices to ensure on-time delivery. A digital twin was used for visualization and design review workflows, which allowed the team to get immediate feedback with internal and external stakeholders, achieve an estimated 40% reduction in response time, and improve constructability, site safety, and long-term maintenance planning. These collaborative model reviews reduced drawing release quantities, saving approximately 200 resource hours. Also, leveraging digital context improved design accuracy by 20% and reduced site visits by half.

“Innovating with digital twins is a game-changer that allowed our designers to align all the engineering data into a single source of truth model so that they can design with existing conditions and see the impact of changes immediately,” said Edward Hanko, design manager, Sargent & Lundy. “Having this capability was invaluable, as it allowed our engineers to efficiently problem solve and be more confident in the impact of their designs.”

Recent legislation in Brazil required Copel to implement new safety requirements for the dams that it operates. Copel operates 30 of its own plants and has interests in 11 others, including 24 hydroelectric, two thermoelectric, and 15 wind power plants, with a combined installed capacity of 5,675 megawatts. Copel also has 4,647 kilometers of transmission lines and 45 substations to serve more than 4.6 million distribution customers and provides 33,495 kilometers of fiber optic and service to serve 178,000 telecommunication consumers. For many years, Copel has pioneered environmental impact studies and construction reports on hydroelectric plants and is committed to sustainable development.

The new federal legislation went into effect in 2010 and established a new national dam safety plan, the Política Nacional de Segurança de Barragens (PNSB), applicable to dams intended for storing water for all uses, including energy generation. The PNSB requires that a set of documents be drawn up for each dam to help management determine the safety of the structure. The documentation contains technical data from construction, operations, and maintenance, and serves as a tool for safety planning and management.

Until 2018, Copel had only a representative portion of the technical data of the oldest dams, and the majority were hand-drawn drawings, created when the dams were built, that have been damaged over time. Additionally, some of the dam structures had been renovated and altered without systematically recording the changes, creating concern that the drawings were no longer valid.
The team overcame many challenges to prepare documentation for the PNSB, including interpreting old drawings, overcoming difficult-to-access locations for surveying, and compiling decentralized information. Despite thorough surveying – electronic measuring tape, use of photographs for key elements – it has never been possible to record all details of these complex dams. The dam, spillway, power house, and some elements of the generation circuit, such as the water intake and penstock, are difficult to access, often due to rugged topography and naturally dense vegetation.

Copel determined that a new strategy was needed. Since most of the dam information was dark data, the team determined that they needed to create digital twins for each dam to federate reality modeling context, historical data, and new data that would be produced from Bentley’s open modeling and open simulation applications. Knowing that they would eventually need to comply with the Dam Safety Plan (PSB) for all 10 of its dams, Copel decided that the first step would be to conduct a pilot project and develop digital twins for three small hydroelectric plants: Marumbi, Chaminé, and Salto do Meio.

Surveys were conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles and all images were processed using ContextCapture. Additionally, the team also used OpenBuildings and Descartes to help build the digital twin. They extracted information for terrain and level curves and used OpenRoads Designer and MicroStation to complete the models. The team then created plan views, cross-sections, and visualizations with previously configured dynamic cross-section tools so that line thicknesses, hatching, and color met Copel’s engineering standards. Lastly, LumenRT provided a simple and intuitive interface to visualize and communicate information about each of the plants.

The use of drone surveys greatly increased the quality and richness of detail yet also reduced the time required to complete the work for each dam to 16 hours from the 120 hours typical of previous incomplete surveys. The team not only met the deadlines for the three plants piloted using this new digital twin process but were also able to meet the deadline for all 10 plants, surpassing customer expectations for quality, richness of detail, and time to capture and document the information. The new process not only helped to speed the time to create the reports and meet the PSB deadline, but also reduced labor resources to support the process by 87%.

“The use of this software, together with drone fly-through, provided rapid and detailed technical inspection to evaluate the safety of dams and related structures, allowing their registration and digital recording. Now, we have an updated, digital, technical archive, which makes it easy to manage our assets,” said Roberto Seara, manager of the department of civil engineering, engineering superintendency and Copel generation and transmission projects.

Main Roads Western Australia Creates Digital Twin to Improve Planning and Decision Making for Australian Road Network

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Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) is responsible for managing one of the world’s most expansive state road networks, comprising more than 18,500 kilometers and representing the arterial road network in Western Australia. Committed to improving data collection and information sharing for road network management, MRWA needed to display and present accurate traffic data to stakeholders and the public.

To accomplish this goal, MRWA required a modern mapping interface to display and present traffic data collected in Western Australia to assist in road operations and used to ensure an efficient and safe road network. The traffic data also includes information that MRWA collects about vehicles traveling on Western Australian roads, including the number and type of vehicles, speed of travel, and, at some locations, the size of the vehicle. 

Trafficmap was, therefore, developed to allow the general public open access to traffic data and to provide MRWA employees with the data that they needed to make informed asset management decisions. MRWA used Bentley’s AssetWise ALIM to provide an integrated road information system (IRIS), which is the foundation for Trafficmap. IRIS manages and stores MRWA’s road asset management information within a linear reference and spatially enabled asset information system that supports MRWA’s business processes. MRWA also uses this system to manage and disseminate traffic information. 

AssetWise ALIM manages the transportation network infrastructure and all associated information, including assets, asset condition, and road attribute information, which gives MRWA a rich set of data to report road asset information. AssetWise ALIM enables MRWA to efficiently manage traffic information on Western Australian roads with data collected at traffic counting sites located at designated locations on the linear referenced network. The system allows road environment data to be related to the traffic count information to build a digital twin of traffic flow data. AssetWise ALIM saves MRWA significant time collecting, analyzing, and using the data for its mapping and information dissemination efforts, while optimizing decision-making regarding roadway infrastructure. Publishing this data through a web-based interface provides clarity and transparency in road asset management decisions and allows stakeholders to make better investments. 

MRWA is now able to use this data for improved planning and decision-making for activities on the road network. Making the data available to the public allows MRWA to provide clarity and transparency on why road asset management decisions are made. Moreover, the interface allows public access to traffic data when they require it and has reduced the demand on internal resources tasked with routine inquiries. MRWA uses existing traffic information to determine the impact of private developments that will either create more traffic or have an impact on existing traffic flows. Private investors will want to place businesses in high traffic areas to attract attention, or in low traffic areas to provide ease of access. Robust traffic flow information is essential to making decisions that affect the economic, social, and environmental well-being of Western Australia.

Since the release of MRWA’s Trafficmap in December 2018, an approximate return on investment of AUD 150,000 per year has been realized. Users who can now access and find the relevant traffic flow data have saved 25% to 30% on the time to access the appropriate information. Across 100 users, this percentage savings would represent approximately AUD 250,000 per year based on saving AUD 50 per user per week.


Cities Leverage Digital Twin Initiatives to Advance BIM and GIS Improving the Quality of Life for Their Constituents

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Local governments around the world are finding ways to work more collaboratively in innovative digital initiatives. They are gaining new insights by simulating real-world situations, optimizing systems and processes, and monitoring the performance and condition of assets. The results are improved public safety and smarter, more resilient city infrastructure. Among the cities going digital are Chengdu, China and Oporto, Portugal. These projects are represented as finalists in this year’s Year in Infrastructure Awards for their innovative use of digital context for digital twins and for their strategies in implementing digital workflows.

Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, is undergoing a CNY 1.38 billion road reconstruction project in the Shanbanquio area of the city.  The project includes constructing 4.3 kilometers of roads, as well as bridges, tunnels, an underground pedestrian passageway, and pipeline and auxiliary works. The design of the main road needed to accommodate cars traveling at 60 kilometers per hour while the auxiliary roads had to support speeds of 40 kilometers per hour.

The project team faced several design challenges, including space constraints between the elevated and lower portions of the roadway and the connectors. It also had to determine the horizontal distances between pile foundations, the extended overpass bridge, and the boundary conditions, and consider a power tunnel, two subway stations, and three sections of subway line 8. Moreover, the designs had to ensure smooth traffic flow on the connectors as well as the slower lanes that connect to commercial businesses along both sides of the roadway. Finally, the project team had to consider how it would design and construct a safe pedestrian passage system along the green space and parks that are next to the high traffic areas. Chengdu Urban Construction Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. required a high level of coordination at the design stage to avoid mistakes, omissions, and collisions.

To help with these challenges, the team used Bentley’s open modeling and simulation applications, all managed by ProjectWise, and created digital twins of all the project assets.  OpenBridge Modeler was used to model bridge structures and develop a strategy to minimize the impact on local traffic, while OpenRoads was used to design 64 different roads.  ProjectWise was chosen to store the road network information required for the traffic simulation, and helped the team to increase internal work efficiency by 20%, detect and resolve 16 collisions, and reduce construction drawing time by 120 hours. Using LumenRT for visualization shortened the approval process by 15%, saving additional time and cost.

“Intelligent transportation and the digital model are the foundation of a digital city. Digital twins provide a lightweight model, which expands the use of BIM applications beyond the project to the delivery of digital assets. Digital twins can be directly applied to the owner’s planning, construction, demolition, and other management,” said Yanxiang Wang, BIM engineer, Chengdu Urban Construction Investment Management Group Co., Ltd.

Águas do Porto (Oporto Water Utility - AdP) is responsible for the sustainable and integrated management of the entire urban water cycle in the coastal community of Oporto, Portugal. AdP delivers an average of 45,490 cubic meters of water daily and collects approximately the same amount for treatment. The density and complexity of the hydraulic infrastructure and water resources in Oporto drive the need for integrated management of the urban water cycle and complicate the integration requirements for the varied existing systems throughout the company. 

To integrate information across multiple software systems, AdP decided to leverage digital twins in what they called the Integrated Water Management of the Urban Water Cycle – H2Porto. The overall solution integrated multiple systems, including OpenFlows FLOOD, OpenFlows WaterGEMS, OpenFlows SewerGEMS, and ACTION Server. The team produced fully integrated digital twins of the city water supply and the wastewater, stormwater, and beaches and bathing water systems. The digital twins were then used to forecast flooding and water quality issues, improve city services and responsiveness, and ensure resilience of water infrastructure.

Phase 1 of the project saw the creation of a federated environment from more than 20 sources to integrate data from customer service management, billing, maintenance, project management, asset accounting, operational systems, lab management, GIS, SCADA, and more. Instrumentation data integration, which was addressed in phase II, required integrating data from sensors, telemetry, and remote management, including 30,000 telemetry meters and more than 200 devices.

The digital twins provide digital representations of all water systems of the city and include three meteorological models: Combined sewer and storm models for the sea front; estuary, coastal area, and wave models; and forecasting models. The digital twins are leveraged to provide access to this information in real time, produce forecasts and to automatically update boundary conditions from water consumption and network sensors, run network scenario analysis for pipe bursts and valve and pump shut-downs, and to publish flows, velocity, water level, meteorology and currents. This digital twin environment has resulted in operating gains of 25% and has reduced water supply failures by around 30% and duration of pipe bursts repairs by 8%. The immediacy of sensor readings improved decision-making, and increased stability and reliability of data to close to 99%.

Phase III is underway and is focused on installing sensors and automating the decision-making tools and interfaces, autonomous systems and new liability models. Some of H2Porto’s priorities include sensor analysis, water supply model, burst simulation, meter operational management, and KPIs, as well as hydrodynamic model, faecal coliform prediction, and coastal hydrometeorology.

“H2Porto is an important catalyst for the digital transformation supporting changes in people, process, and technology and most importantly, helps us with operational mobility and the provision of information in real time on any device,” said Pedro Vieira, IT and innovation director, with Águas do Porto.

Bentley Systems’ New ProjectWise 365 and Comprehensive SYNCHRO Offerings Advance 4D Digital Twins for Project Delivery

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ARC Advisory Group names Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise #1 for Collaborative BIM


SINGAPORE The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference 21 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new capabilities for its industry-leading ProjectWise collaboration platform and comprehensive expansion of its SYNCHRO 4D construction environment. Together, these robust offerings extend the value of project digital twins across the entire project delivery ecosystem, improving design and constructability coordination workflows. New ProjectWise 365 cloud services, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extend the reach, affordability, and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure design data for organizations of all sizes. In addition, with Bentley’s new SYNCHRO cloud services, contractors can 4D-visualize design data and construction models for project and field management, advanced work packaging, and Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality solutions.

Noah Eckhouse, senior vice president, project delivery for Bentley Systems, said, “Project digital twins for infrastructure engineering and construction surge forward with these announcements, particularly with our new cloud services. Users of ProjectWise, the #1 BIM collaboration software in ARC’s new market study, have made Bentley one of the largest ISV users of Azure. We are expanding our instant-on, web-based ProjectWise 365 cloud services; making iTwin cloud services broadly available for both practitioner- and project-level design reviews; and comprehensively expanding the scope of SYNCHRO through cloud services. Infrastructure project delivery is fundamentally about time, as well as space. Bentley’s 4D project and construction digital twins are driving digital advancement for infrastructure engineering, today, worldwide!”

#1 in Software for Collaborative BIM: ProjectWise
ARC Advisory Group, the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, has cited Bentley as the leading provider of Collaborative BIM Software in their recently published report, Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM 2018-2023.

“Bentley has a strong relationship with Microsoft and applies the chief technologies that bring together engineering and office information for improved project delivery. This has borne fruit in the EDT/BIM market as evidenced by their leading position in the BIM Collaborative software category,” said Ralph Rio, vice president, Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group.

In Engineering News Record’s 2019 Top Design Firms report, 43 among the top 50 firms rely upon Bentley’s ProjectWise for work sharing and design integration, and more than half of the top 640 firms are ProjectWise users.

New ProjectWise 365 Cloud Services
Purpose-built for design teams, ProjectWise 365 is an innovative, 100 percent SaaS-based offering enabling teams involved in design and engineering, from practitioner and design leads to stakeholders, to readily store and find designs, accelerate content sharing and collaborative workflows, and manage feedback, for maximum team productivity. The new ProjectWise 365 cloud services will be generally available by the end of 2019.

iTwin Design Review (for practitioners) enables ProjectWise 365 users to initiate ad hoc design reviews in a 2D/3D environment. It provides workflows to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and to immersively link between 2D and 3D views.

iTwin Design Review (for projects) enables project teams using ProjectWise Design Integration services to capture engineering changes throughout the lifecycle of project digital twins, providing a record of who-changed-what-and-when. Multi-discipline design reviews can be conducted continuously and comprehensively, for design coordination through “4D” visualization.

New SYNCHRO Cloud Services for Construction
In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley as a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year awards for Bentley’s SYNCHRO/HoloLens 2 solution for 4D visualization of project digital twins. New SYNCHRO cloud services comprehensively extend SYNCHRO’s market-leading 4D construction modeling to span construction project management and execution, and to assimilate ConstructSim advanced work packaging. The new SYNCHRO cloud services, released in September 2019, are further advancing innovation in construction. Learn more about SYNCHRO. 

SYNCHRO Field offers task, plan, model, and map views to accelerate field data capture for timely progress updates and issue identification.

SYNCHRO Control provides a single web interface for construction teams to capture, manage, access, and collaborate on design and construction data. It enables easier and faster design document access from ProjectWise 365, and complete submittal and RFI management and issues resolution capabilities.

Completions accelerates and validates project system readiness through collaborative workflows expediting closeout items for construction and commissioning teams.

Digital Co-ventures for Project Delivery
(With Siemens) Teamcenter for Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM), available exclusively from Siemens, works within Siemens’ Teamcenter across the enterprise to advance and improve capital program decision making. Using Bentley’s services, it enables users to extend project advancement to the enterprise level.

(With Topcon Positioning Group) Digital Construction Works is a joint-venture “digital integration” company newly launched by Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group. Digital Construction Works provides, for constructor enterprises and supply chains, digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services from Topcon, Bentley, and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering, for industrializing construction.

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About Bentley’s Project Delivery Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to provide uniquely comprehensive collaboration and constructioneering software, and cloud services, for infrastructure project delivery. ProjectWise 365 cloud services take fullest advantage of Microsoft’s Azure and native web environments.  For project digital twins, Bentley’s iTwin Design Review services range from ad hoc 2D/3D discipline-specific workflows through comprehensive and continuous 4D design reviews spanning the full scope of projects utilizing ProjectWise Design Integration. For 4D construction digital twins, Bentley’s SYNCHRO portfolio leverages iTwin services to integrate reality modeling with 4D construction modeling, ConstructSim advanced work packaging, ComplyPro, ProcureWare, and Control and Field cloud services.

Bentley is ranked by ARC Advisory Group as the leading provider of collaborative BIM software. Bentley’s ProjectWise services are the “workhorse for worksharing” for the majority of the ENR Top Design Firms, including 43 of the Top 50. In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year program for SYNCHRO’s Microsoft HoloLens 2 use cases.

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim, iTwin, iTwin Services, MicroStation, ProcureWare, ProjectWise, ProjectWise 365, and SYNCHRO 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.

Mott MacDonald Creates New Carbon Portal on Europe’s Largest Infrastructure Project to Further Advance BIM

21.10.2019 2:00  

This year, Great Britain became the first major economy to enact legislation requiring it to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To support this goal, Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA JV leveraged digital advancements on High Speed Two (HS2), Europe’s largest infrastructure project, to create a BIM-enabled carbon portal that provides the project team with an online tool to assess the impact of design decisions on lifecycle carbon emissions.

HS2, a new 530-kilometer high-speed railway line, will enable Britain’s regional cities of Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham to benefit from more passenger capacity and reliable train service to London. Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA JV is developing the design for Area North on behalf of the Balfour Beatty VINCI JV. Area North is a 70-kilometer-plus portion of track that includes 48 viaducts, 68 overbridges, 27 underbridges, 31 culverts, 74 embankments, 40 cuttings, three tunnels, and 14 retaining walls.

More than 600 people have collaborated on the design side from 35 offices in 28 cities across eight countries using a connected data environment, based on Bentley’s ProjectWise. The distributed project team developed a digital twin that included a component digital catalog that improved understanding, quality, and constructability. The project team also implemented a model-based delivery to reduce production drawings and promote collaboration and engagement. The models contain the project’s visual and embedded information, which can easily be shared across the project team. The approach contributed to streamlining design coordination across a multidiscipline team.

“Through our model-only delivery approach, we used OpenBridge, GenerativeComponents, and Navigator to create over 4,000 models, and have seen improvements among our joint-venture and BIM modelers,” said Rob Dickson, project delivery manager with Mott MacDonald.

Mott MacDonald’s carbon portal made it easy to identify low-carbon options during the design phase. The carbon portal’s drag-and-drop interface allows the team to import data from Bentley’s BIM models, incorporating comprehensive carbon and cost datasets. The team uses the carbon portal to compare various options, whether it is at needs definition, optioneering stage, or the detailed design stage, to help demonstrate where carbon and cost reductions have occurred.

Carbon savings accrue across all aspects of a project but, as in the case of HS2, industry research demonstrates 90% of possible savings and innovations are attained within the first 10% of project spend. The needs definition and optioneering stages are the best moments to influence the outcome. Therefore, Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA JV’s designers have to be aware of the implications of their decisions from the start, because they are locking-in impact on an asset that will last 100 years or more.

The carbon discipline team captured the construction methodology by using the bill of quantities of each asset to undertake the carbon calculations. The team used the carbon portal to assess the values and to provide a more complete picture of the environmental impact.

The calculations are complex, but Mott MacDonald estimates that construction emissions for Phase 1 (London-Birmingham) will be in the range of 5.8-6.1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). However, the first 60 years of its operational phase are expected to result in a carbon saving of 3.0-3.2 (MtCO2e).

“Visualizing the risks and assumptions geospatially enabled our design teams to better understand areas of high risk and identify gaps to respond to and address during the design development phase,” said Tom Olasina, project director with Mott MacDonald.

WSP Delivers Optimized Design for Complex Basement Beneath London Landmark Using Bentley Applications

21.10.2019 2:00  

The Admiralty Arch, completed circa 1911, is one of London’s most iconic buildings. The structure is located at the end of The Mall, which connects Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square, and incorporates three archways that provide road and pedestrian access with six levels aboveground and two sublevels. WSP Global Inc., one of the world’s leading engineering professional services firms, was contracted to transform the Admiralty Arch into a new Waldorf Astoria hotel, projected to be completed in 2022.

WSP is providing structural engineering for this very challenging project. Belowground, there will be two new sublevels created on either side of the Arch, directly below the existing roadway. Project objectives included overcoming complex engineering and geotechnical requirements, providing both a temporary and permanent structural solution, and driving efficiency through streamlined design and project delivery processes.

The Trafalgar Square basement is 12 meters deep and contains two main levels, including spa and pool facilities at B1 and a ballroom at B2. The sublevels are located directly above two London Underground tunnels, requiring a box-in-box system to provide acoustic isolation for the rooms. Another challenge facing the team was building a new basement under one of the most famous roads in London, while keeping traffic flowing. Only one of the three lanes could be closed at a time, which meant the site had to be divided into three stages, closing one lane, and moving the operation in coordination to traffic needs.

The complex basement structure presented major challenges, such as how it would interact with the soil and two exiting underground tunnels below the site. Without proper planning, the integrity of the tunnels could be compromised, and the upwards movement could deform and permanently damage them. In standard building construction, foundations hold buildings up. However, in this case, without a superstructure above the basement, piles need to be located at either side of the exclusion zones of the tunnels to hold the ground down as the clay begins to expand. Effectively, the foundation of this basement is in tension, holding the tunnels in place as they try to move and deform upwards.

Relying on Bentley’s structural and geotechnical applications, the project team employed a top-down construction methodology to overcome these engineering, modeling, and coordination challenges. As a result, the project team reduced the overall structural design time by approximately 25% and was able to provide timely construction documentation to the site.

WSP used PLAXIS to develop a detailed ground movement assessment (GMA) to fully understand the soil-structure interaction and effectively provide the required tension piles and balance loads. WSP used RAM to prepare the analysis and design model to match the results from the GMA by varying the spring stiffness of the different piles. RAM allowed for effective collaboration within the design team, creating information that is easy to understand and communicate.

The project team also used PLAXIS to predict the movements and forces at a cross-section level and to determine from that analysis the maximum changes in diameter and lining forces and stresses. A two-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA) was undertaken using PLAXIS 2D and a three-dimensional FEA was undertaken using PLAXIS 3D to look at the longitudinal effects along the chain of tunnels.

Using RAM, WSP determined the most efficient solution for all basement slabs and raft foundations for the project. The team was also able to iterate with different thicknesses to find the right balance between slab thickness, reinforcement requirements, and self-weight that was most beneficial against the uplift of the basement. The Bentley open modeling and simulation applications also enabled effective collaboration across the design team and helped create information that was easy to understand and communicate and that was the key to obtaining the proper statutory approvals.

“RAM provides a successful platform for analysis, design, and delivery that exceeds all our expectations,” said Diego Padilla Philipps, associate structural engineer with WSP. “We are committed to using RAM software in our concrete buildings. RAM provides flexibility to coordinate and communicate clearly and efficiently our design process and intent.”

Dow Chemicals Achieves over 60% Wrench-time on Construction Project, Setting New Benchmark for Construction Productivity

21.10.2019 2:00  

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is an owner-operator with the internal EPC capability to execute capital projects and manage the entire project lifecycle, a capability that sets Dow apart from other owner companies. As part of their strategy, Dow has integrated advanced work packaging (AWP) into its global project methodology and is applying AWP best practices on all large capital projects. 

AWP is a work process framework fundamentally based on thinking with the end in mind. It is designed to drive engineering planning through construction sequencing and enable a step-change in field productivity on projects. Such productivity gains on capital projects are essential for a company like Dow to remain competitive. 

Dow formed a core AWP team in 2015 and spent two years designing and developing an AWP implementation strategy. Dow’s strategy included selecting a construction integration solution that would allow ease of use of engineering and procurement data in construction. Several software packages were evaluated, with Dow selecting Bentley’s ConstructSim because of the simplicity of its field interface and its usability.

Dow first implemented automated AWP processes on a large construction project. The Dow project management and engineering teams were sceptical at first as they believed this approach would only be justified on megaprojects. Dow architected its methodology to make AWP and ConstructSim scalable, targeting its implementation on any project greater than USD 10 million. 

On the first project where Dow implemented AWP, the project team was able to overcome many challenges, most of them cultural, using sustainable and practical work processes and were able to measure and show tangible business benefits. 

The implementation of the AWP methods with ConstructSim helped the project team achieve amazing tool time results for piping and structural steel. Structural steel wrench time performance improved to 70% and piping wrench time performance rose to 63%. The industry average wrench time (CII) is 37%. Other non-quantifiable benefits were the transparency of construction progress, since Dow was able to use the ConstructSim model in weekly construction status meetings. The contractor was able to communicate more effectively with the construction field foreman on scope of work, as well as plan the job out much more accurately, resulting in a much safer job using upfront safety issue mitigation. 

Bentley Systems’ New ProjectWise 365 and Comprehensive SYNCHRO Offerings Advance 4D Digital Twins for Project Delivery

21.10.2019 2:00  

ARC Advisory Group names Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise #1 for Collaborative BIM


SINGAPORE The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference 21 October 2019 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new capabilities for its industry-leading ProjectWise collaboration platform and comprehensive expansion of its SYNCHRO 4D construction environment. Together, these robust offerings extend the value of project digital twins across the entire project delivery ecosystem, improving design and constructability coordination workflows. New ProjectWise 365 cloud services, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extend the reach, affordability, and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure design data for organizations of all sizes. In addition, with Bentley’s new SYNCHRO cloud services, contractors can 4D-visualize design data and construction models for project and field management, advanced work packaging, and Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality solutions.

Noah Eckhouse, senior vice president, project delivery for Bentley Systems, said, “Project digital twins for infrastructure engineering and construction surge forward with these announcements, particularly with our new cloud services. Users of ProjectWise, the #1 BIM collaboration software in ARC’s new market study, have made Bentley one of the largest ISV users of Azure. We are expanding our instant-on, web-based ProjectWise 365 cloud services; making iTwin cloud services broadly available for both practitioner- and project-level design reviews; and comprehensively expanding the scope of SYNCHRO through cloud services. Infrastructure project delivery is fundamentally about time, as well as space. Bentley’s 4D project and construction digital twins are driving digital advancement for infrastructure engineering, today, worldwide!”

#1 in Software for Collaborative BIM: ProjectWise
ARC Advisory Group, the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, has cited Bentley as the leading provider of Collaborative BIM Software in their recently published report, Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM 2018-2023.

“Bentley has a strong relationship with Microsoft and applies the chief technologies that bring together engineering and office information for improved project delivery. This has borne fruit in the EDT/BIM market as evidenced by their leading position in the BIM Collaborative software category,” said Ralph Rio, vice president, Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group.

In Engineering News Record’s 2019 Top Design Firms report, 43 among the top 50 firms rely upon Bentley’s ProjectWise for work sharing and design integration, and more than half of the top 640 firms are ProjectWise users.

New ProjectWise 365 Cloud Services
Purpose-built for design teams, ProjectWise 365 is an innovative, 100 percent SaaS-based offering enabling teams involved in design and engineering, from practitioner and design leads to stakeholders, to readily store and find designs, accelerate content sharing and collaborative workflows, and manage feedback, for maximum team productivity. The new ProjectWise 365 cloud services will be generally available by the end of 2019.

iTwin Design Review (for practitioners) enables ProjectWise 365 users to initiate ad hoc design reviews in a 2D/3D environment. It provides workflows to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and to immersively link between 2D and 3D views.

iTwin Design Review (for projects) enables project teams using ProjectWise Design Integration services to capture engineering changes throughout the lifecycle of project digital twins, providing a record of who-changed-what-and-when. Multi-discipline design reviews can be conducted continuously and comprehensively, for design coordination through “4D” visualization.

New SYNCHRO Cloud Services for Construction
In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley as a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year awards for Bentley’s SYNCHRO/HoloLens 2 solution for 4D visualization of project digital twins. New SYNCHRO cloud services comprehensively extend SYNCHRO’s market-leading 4D construction modeling to span construction project management and execution, and to assimilate ConstructSim advanced work packaging. The new SYNCHRO cloud services, released in September 2019, are further advancing innovation in construction. Learn more about SYNCHRO.

SYNCHRO Field offers task, plan, model, and map views to accelerate field data capture for timely progress updates and issue identification.

SYNCHRO Control provides a single web interface for construction teams to capture, manage, access, and collaborate on design and construction data. It enables easier and faster design document access from ProjectWise 365, and complete submittal and RFI management and issues resolution capabilities.

Completions accelerates and validates project system readiness through collaborative workflows expediting closeout items for construction and commissioning teams.

Digital Co-ventures for Project Delivery
(With Siemens) Teamcenter for Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM), available exclusively from Siemens, works within Siemens’ Teamcenter across the enterprise to advance and improve capital program decision making. Using Bentley’s services, it enables users to extend project advancement to the enterprise level.

(With Topcon Positioning Group) Digital Construction Works is a joint-venture “digital integration” company newly launched by Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group. Digital Construction Works provides, for constructor enterprises and supply chains, digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services from Topcon, Bentley, and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering, for industrializing construction.

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About Bentley’s Project Delivery Offerings
Bentley Systems undertakes to provide uniquely comprehensive collaboration and constructioneering software, and cloud services, for infrastructure project delivery. ProjectWise 365 cloud services take fullest advantage of Microsoft’s Azure and native web environments.  For project digital twins, Bentley’s iTwin Design Review services range from ad hoc 2D/3D discipline-specific workflows through comprehensive and continuous 4D design reviews spanning the full scope of projects utilizing ProjectWise Design Integration. For 4D construction digital twins, Bentley’s SYNCHRO portfolio leverages iTwin services to integrate reality modeling with 4D construction modeling, ConstructSim advanced work packaging, ComplyPro, ProcureWare, and Control and Field cloud services.

Bentley is ranked by ARC Advisory Group as the leading provider of collaborative BIM software. Bentley’s ProjectWise services are the “workhorse for worksharing” for the majority of the ENR Top Design Firms, including 43 of the Top 50. In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year program for SYNCHRO’s Microsoft HoloLens 2 use cases.

About Bentley Systems 
Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. www.bentley.com

Bentley, the Bentley logo, AssetWise, ComplyPro, ConstructSim, iTwin, iTwin Services, MicroStation, ProcureWare, ProjectWise, ProjectWise 365, and SYNCHRO 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.

4D Construction Planning Saves Tideway East GBP 1 Million on UK’s Largest-ever Water Infrastructure Project

21.10.2019 2:00  

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will capture and store raw sewage and rainwater from London’s 150-year-old sewer network, preventing overflow into the River Thames. It is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK’s water industry.

The 25-kilometer-long tunnel is split into 24 construction sites, 11 of which are located along the river’s banks. The project involves 12 design disciplines and numerous supply-chain companies,  which makes coordinating and communicating with all project stakeholders vitally important to organize construction successfully, particularly within the constraints of tight scheduling and small, challenging project sites.
 
The Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets & Bachy Soletanche (CVB) JV is pushing the boundaries of conventional construction to deliver value, right-first-time quality, and sustainability, all while leaving a legacy that will benefit Londoners for more than a century. The transformational vision of the Tideway project actively promotes innovation to challenge traditional ways of working and reduce complexity. Along with many other Bentley products, the CVB JV employed SYNCHRO 4D to streamline construction planning activities and to improve progress tracking and management. This new workflow combines 3D models with the construction schedule to produce a 4D plan that shows how the project will develop over time.

Implementing 4D collaborative planning enabled the Tideway construction teams to effectively manage highly congested sites with multiple, concurrent activities and different subcontractors who need to work together in tight confinement. Regular planning sessions among the the disciplines allowed the team to identify and resolve clashes and choose the optimum construction methodology, which reduced delays and field-change requests.

The planning sessions also involve value-engineering activities that consider all design, environmental, health and safety, logistical, cost, and time constraints, and providing the client and specialist subcontractors with the opportunity to influence and improve early decision making.

For example, during a one-hour start-up meeting between CVB and Network Rail, the team discussed a number of key interactions relating to safety and major deliverables. To ensure an opitmial solution was achieved, the team reviewed the site conditions at a number of key schedule milestones, and took measurements on the 4D model to identify asset protection requirements and explore potential crane locations. As a result, the work schedule was revised to avoid unnecessary set up and relocation, compressing the time to complete this phase by 50%.

To date, the combination of 4D with lean construction methodology has reduced the overall construction program by 30 days, achieving GBP 1 millon in direct and indirect cost reductions. The 4D construction models have also been a particularly useful method to engage local residents, community groups, and councils – individuals unfamiliar with interpreting traditional technical drawings and reports.

“Bentley’s 4D modeling application has resulted in considerable time and cost savings of more than GBP 1 million on Britain’s largest-ever water infrastructure project,” said Sandra Reis, BIM manager at Tideway. “The technology shortened design time, reduced resource hours, made meetings more productive, and eliminated tedious tasks. The collaborative approach achieved through SYNCHRO 4D has been key to involving the client, designers, and fabricators during early decision making.”

 

Arcadis Successfully Advances Its Global Going Digital Strategy, Achieving “100% BIM” in 18 Months

21.10.2019 2:00  

Infrasturucture organizations are embracing going digital strategies, but slowly changing decades of established working practices is not easy. The path to success can seem difficult and the timeline to achieve benefits uncertain. However, with a focused strategy and well-managed execution, substantial digital advancements can be achieved in a short timeframe. For example, Arcadis, the third largest international design firm according to Engineering News Review, took only 18 months to impelment a connected data environment (CDE) in support of its 100% BIM strategy.

Following large-scale acquisitions and mergers in 2016, Arcadis created a strategic, global digital plan to better connect its worldwide network of offices and transform Arcadis into a knowledge-based business. Arcadis formed a digital team and gave it the charter to change the organization across its offices around the globe by implementing a CDE to streamline their BIM processes and gain a competitive advantage. 

Arcadis reviewed several software offerings before choosing Bentley, deciding to implement their CDE using on ProjectWise. ProjectWise was selected because of its capacity to manage the large amount of data the implementation required, and its ability to integrate with Bentley and other design applications deployed across Arcadis’ infrastructure business line. 

According to Arcadis CEO Europe/UK/ME Alan Brookes, implementing a 100% BIM methodology allows the company to collect the knowledge it has in its business in a properly ordered manner. The CDE has enabled Arcadis to achieve many of the key performance indicators established for its BIM initiative, including:

  • Increasing efficiency due to open-information exchange with clients and stakeholders 
  • Improving design quality and effectively using analysis software
  • Reducing risk of inaccuracies on the project through improved coordination
  • Reducing costs through a more accurate design
  • Reducing production time with dynamic updates, based on relationships and constraints and reflected throughout their BIM processes

Additional benefits include the acceleration of project starts and greater connectivity of distributed teams. For example, when Arcadis used ProjectWise on the I-595/I-95 highway design-build project for the Florida Department of Transportation, the workflow was fully functional in less than two weeks. The project team comprised users from multiple Arcadis offices, sub-consultants, and global excellence center staff working together through a CDE. Using previous methods, a project of this kind would have taken months to implement. 

The success of Arcadis’ going digital strategy is demonstrated by the amount of projects it has added to the organization’s CDE, which in the U.S. alone has grown from eight new projects to 38 during the 18 months since the initative began. 

“Using ProjectWise to store, maintain, control, and share the developing models enabled all design elements to have direct access to the data without the need to search multiple systems or share information by other means,” said Mark Lawton-Taylor, Arcadis’ UK BIM manager. “ProjectWise also ensured that all the deliverables were created and developed in a consistent manner, decreasing the need for rework or file alignment because of the use of uncontrolled templates. The challenge with using multiple suppliers, both externally and internally, to produce a deliverable is always going to be the consistency of those deliverables. ProjectWise has guaranteed that all deliverables meet a uniform presentation increasing our quality of product and reducing our risks.” 


Data Management, in-Situ Soil Testing, and Advanced Constitutive Models Support Rigorous Analysis for Singapore’s Tallest Tower

21.10.2019 2:00  

Tanjong Pagar Centre is a mixed-used development project in Singapore’s central business district. The development includes a 290-meter-tall mixed-used residential and office tower, a medium-rise hotel block, a six-story podium for commercial use, and an 18-meter deep three-level basement with a direct link to connect the existing underground Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) railway station. The development’s 64 stories make it the tallest tower in Singapore.

A high demand for development in the city means that many projects are expanding underground and into highly congested areas. As a result, local regulatory agencies have specified stringent criteria over the ground movement caused by the construction of new developments. 

Key governing criteria for the Tanjong Pagar Centre project is that, at any stage of construction, the movement of MRT structures needs to be controlled within 15 millimeters in any direction, and the differential movement of rail tracks to be within a ratio of 1:1000. Additionally, there are two buildings resting on shallow foundation located less than 20 meters from the proposed development, and those movements need to be maintained below 25 millimeters. The foundation system also needs to be designed so that the differential settlement between the podium area and tower area with high loading is made within an allowable ratio of 1:500. With these technical and regulatory requirements, this project provided significant technical challenges for the engineers.

GuocoLand (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. engaged Arup Singapore Pte. Ltd. as the civil and structural consultant in charge of developing an effective and innovative solution for this SGD 3.2 billion project. The project team had to be sensitive to ground movements because of the proximity to high profile neighbors in the CBD area, and therefore it used robust geotechnical solutions for a safe and successful execution of foundation and basement excavation works. During the preliminary design stage, a detailed study of sub-soil conditions was conducted, as well as a thorough review of previous case studies with similar project conditions. The team considered all empirical and analytical methods available to select and size foundation and earth retaining and stabilizing (ERSS) work.

Given a tight program deadline, the proposal for the design of the foundation and basement had to be finalized immediately after ground investigation (GI) works. Arup Singapore used gINT software to manage the incoming geotechnical data, including borehole logs, lab, and in-situ soil testing results. While overseeing the site investigation works and reviewing the soil properties with data interpretation tools of gINT software, any findings or information were reviewed and incorporated in the design concurrently. The geotechnical interpretative report (GIR) was produced within a week of the completion of the GI works, enabling all the ground-associated risks to be addressed and final soil parameters incorporated during the preliminary design stage.

Phased excavation offered more control of ground disturbances, which avoided performing the bulk excavation at one time and enabled the team to start the superstructure works early and simultaneously with the basement construction. Arup used gINT for borehole data management and lab results from in-situ soil testing, providing the engineer greater confidence to decide what special tests are required for specific areas of the design. The team also used coupled 2D drawings and PLAXIS 3D for stress consolidation tests throughout excavation.

Since the bulk excavation of the basement was only six meters away from the existing MRT station wall, the deflection of the adjacent retaining wall contributed significantly to the movement of station structures. PLAXIS 3D modeling ensured the predicted wall deflection to be well controlled, thereby enabling the MRT structure movements to be below the 15-millimeter limit. Incorporating the pile-raft system into the PLAXIS 3D model allowed the behavior of the foundation under full permanent loading to be understood. Using the predicted proportion of load sharing between pile and soil enabled the team to reduce the loadings on bored piles by 30% to 35%, thereby optimizing the pile penetrations. It has also enabled the team to optimize the thickness of raft according to different loading zones.

Construction was successfully completed in 2016, and the development is fully operational and open to the public. The efficiency of PLAXIS 3D software with all-in-one analysis for both soil and structure provided cost and time optimization, efficient construction, and most importantly, it controlled the wall deformation and impact to the adjacent critical structures.

“Tanjong Pagar development (Guoco Tower) is recognized as a landmark building, which, together with other impressive structures, shapes the Singapore skyline as we see it today. The design and construction required engineering excellence for safe and cost-effective construction,” said Ei Sandar Aung Win, senior geotechnical engineer at Arup Singapore. “Bentley software enhanced the design methodology for prediction of ground behavior, which helped resolve site issues and challenges encountered during construction saving time, effort, and cost.”

 

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