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Bentley Systems Issues Call for Submissions to the 2017 <i>Be Inspired</i> <i>Awards for BIM Advancements in Infrastructur</i>e

6.3.2017 1:00  

Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Being Held in Singapore, a City Recognized Globally
for BIM Advancements

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced its call for submissions to the 2017 Be Inspired Awards program. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for BIM advancements that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for submission entries is May 1, 2017.

The Be Inspired Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12 in Singapore at Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, one of the most iconic buildings in Asia. The structural design of Marina Bay Sands was done by Arup and was the 2010 Be Inspired Award winner for Innovation in Structural Engineering.

All Bentley users are invited to enter their projects in the Be Inspired Awards program, no matter what phase the project is in – preconstruction/conceptual, design, construction, or in operations. The three finalists chosen for each Be Inspired Awards category will win a trip to Singapore to attend the conference, as a guest of Bentley Systems. The finalists will present their projects in the Be Inspired Awards finals portion of the conference before the judges, industry thought leaders, and more than 100 members of the media.

The 17 Be Inspired Awards categories recognize BIM advancements in the following categories, several of which are new this year:

  • Bridges
  • Buildings and Campuses
  • Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Offshore Engineering
  • Municipal Operations
  • Process and Power Plants
  • Project Delivery
  • Rail and Transit
  • Reality Modeling
  • Roads
  • Road and Rail Asset Performance
  • Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
  • Utilities Transmission and Distribution
  • Water and Wastewater Plants
  • Water Networks

The conference will also feature several new Industry Forums, which include:

  • Buildings and Campuses
  • Industrial
  • Rail and Transit
  • Roads and Bridges
  • Urban Systems
  • Utilities and Water

Richard Ruth, product manager, services, Danfoss, said, “Our company was honored to be recognized at the 2016 Be Inspired Awards for our innovations in asset performance and energy management. Both the conference and the awards were outstanding opportunities to learn from extraordinary projects and technology innovations from around the world, and the networking opportunities throughout the conference were excellent. We also thought it very valuable to have our project evaluated and benchmarked against peers and competitors in the industry. We hope to submit several nominations for the 2017 Be Inspired Awards and attend the conference in Singapore!”

Paul Baron, principal/Pacific business group manager, GHD, said, “I felt like a winner before I even came up to the stage -- simply being at the event and surrounded by so many outstanding project nominees was inspiring! We are extremely proud that our project in Advancing Construction Management was among the nominees honored at the 2016 Be Inspired Awards. We also appreciated the interest from the global media in our company and in our innovative use of technology. To have our project recognized on a global stage in front of our peers, industry leaders, and members of the media was humbling. We look forward to submitting again this year.”

Every Be Inspired Awards nomination receives significant and valuable recognition across the global infrastructure community. Through the Be Inspired Awards program, participants:

  • gain global recognition by having their infrastructure projects profiled in Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbook, which is distributed in print and digital formats to nearly 150,000 key media, government, and industry influencers around the world; in addition, all award winners and finalists are featured on Bentley’s User Project Profiles website page;
  • enhance their competitive edge by demonstrating to existing and potential clients the value they and their respective organizations add to projects through their innovative BIM advancements;
  • receive media coverage from global media and support from the Bentley team in marketing and promoting their respective projects to the media.

For additional information about the Be Inspired Awards program, or to nominate a project, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

About the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Conference

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading figures in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. It features a series of presentations and interactive workshops that explore the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. The Be Inspired Awards showcase and detail nominated projects and project finalist presentations on extraordinary projects that took advantage of Bentley Systems’ BIM advancements to enhance both project delivery and/or asset performance.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

# # #

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

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2017 Be Inspired Awards will take place in Singapore at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference.

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Bentley Systems Issues Call for Submissions to the 2017 <i>Be Inspired</i> <i>Awards for BIM Advancements in Infrastructure</i>

6.3.2017 1:00  

Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Being Held in Singapore, a City Recognized Globally
for BIM Advancements

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced its call for submissions to the 2017 Be Inspired Awards program. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for BIM advancements that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for submission entries is May 1, 2017.

The Be Inspired Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12 in Singapore at Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, one of the most iconic buildings in Asia. The structural design of Marina Bay Sands was done by Arup and was the 2010 Be Inspired Award winner for Innovation in Structural Engineering.

All Bentley users are invited to enter their projects in the Be Inspired Awards program, no matter what phase the project is in – preconstruction/conceptual, design, construction, or in operations. The three finalists chosen for each Be Inspired Awards category will win a trip to Singapore to attend the conference, as a guest of Bentley Systems. The finalists will present their projects in the Be Inspired Awards finals portion of the conference before the judges, industry thought leaders, and more than 100 members of the media.

The 17 Be Inspired Awards categories recognize BIM advancements in the following categories, several of which are new this year:

  • Bridges
  • Buildings and Campuses
  • Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Offshore Engineering
  • Municipal Operations
  • Process and Power Plants
  • Project Delivery
  • Rail and Transit
  • Reality Modeling
  • Roads
  • Road and Rail Asset Performance
  • Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
  • Utilities Transmission and Distribution
  • Water and Wastewater Plants
  • Water Networks

The conference will also feature several new Industry Forums, which include:

  • Buildings and Campuses
  • Industrial
  • Rail and Transit
  • Roads and Bridges
  • Urban Systems
  • Utilities and Water

Richard Ruth, product manager, services, Danfoss, said, “Our company was honored to be recognized at the 2016 Be Inspired Awards for our innovations in asset performance and energy management. Both the conference and the awards were outstanding opportunities to learn from extraordinary projects and technology innovations from around the world, and the networking opportunities throughout the conference were excellent. We also thought it very valuable to have our project evaluated and benchmarked against peers and competitors in the industry. We hope to submit several nominations for the 2017 Be Inspired Awards and attend the conference in Singapore!”

Paul Baron, principal/Pacific business group manager, GHD, said, “I felt like a winner before I even came up to the stage -- simply being at the event and surrounded by so many outstanding project nominees was inspiring! We are extremely proud that our project in Advancing Construction Management was among the nominees honored at the 2016 Be Inspired Awards. We also appreciated the interest from the global media in our company and in our innovative use of technology. To have our project recognized on a global stage in front of our peers, industry leaders, and members of the media was humbling. We look forward to submitting again this year.”

Every Be Inspired Awards nomination receives significant and valuable recognition across the global infrastructure community. Through the Be Inspired Awards program, participants:

  • gain global recognition by having their infrastructure projects profiled in Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbook, which is distributed in print and digital formats to nearly 150,000 key media, government, and industry influencers around the world; in addition, all award winners and finalists are featured on Bentley’s User Project Profiles website page;
  • enhance their competitive edge by demonstrating to existing and potential clients the value they and their respective organizations add to projects through their innovative BIM advancements;
  • receive media coverage from global media and support from the Bentley team in marketing and promoting their respective projects to the media.

For additional information about the Be Inspired Awards program, or to nominate a project, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

About the Bentley Systems Year in Infrastructure Conference

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading figures in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. It features a series of presentations and interactive workshops that explore the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. The Be Inspired Awards showcase and detail nominated projects and project finalist presentations on extraordinary projects that took advantage of Bentley Systems’ BIM advancements to enhance both project delivery and/or asset performance.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, 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.

Download Related Image:

2017 Be Inspired Image
2017 Be Inspired Awards will take place in Singapore at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference.

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

View Related Videos on the Be Inspired Awards:

BI 2017 Promo Final

Attribution: Courtesy of Bentley Systems.

Be Inspired Awards 2017

Attribution: Courtesy of Bentley Systems. 

Elevating Infrastructure

6.2.2017 16:07  

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Bentley to put AEC Models on the Map

31.1.2017 16:59  

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Siemens and Bentley Systems Agree to Jointly Offer Planning and Design Solutions for Utilities

31.1.2017 15:34  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

San Diego, U.S.A. – DistribuTECH 2017 – Building on the strategic alliance between Siemens and Bentley Systems that was made public in November 2016, Siemens’ Energy Management Division and Bentley Systems have announced an agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate digitalization of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers. Bentley Systems is a global leader in software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. The first of the new offerings will integrate Bentley Systems’ utility design and geographic information systems (GIS) capabilities with Siemens’ Power System Simulation (PSS) Suite, with specific solutions for power transmission, power distribution, and industrial facilities. Combining these two platforms provides customers with Bentley’s expertise in 3D infrastructure asset modeling and GIS with Siemens’ knowledge and renowned experience in energy system planning and simulation.

“The energy industry trend toward decentralization represents a significant challenge as well as a great opportunity for power producers and consumers alike, and our strategic alliance with Bentley Systems will help our customers better leverage this changing landscape through the combination of our powerful solutions,” said Ralf Christian, CEO of the Siemens Energy Management Division. “Siemens and Bentley share a commitment to openness, interoperability, and the common goal of helping our customers drive the digital enterprise across their supply chains.”

Bentley Systems Chief Product Officer Bhupinder Singh said, “We are excited to collaborate with Siemens to help our power utilities users advance in ‘going digital.’ Siemens’ expertise in electrical power systems planning and simulation are the perfect complement to our GIS and infrastructure engineering solutions, and we will work together to bring new innovations and tangible business benefits to our users around the world.”

Distributed energy resources (DER), like microgrids and their off-grid on-grid mode, require more advanced planning approaches to ensure system reliability and stability. Bentley’s OpenUtilities solution for utility power grid design and GIS will be integrated with Siemens’ PSS Suite for power system planning to provide seamless workflows and data integration, while supporting optimal network design for both operational and economic performance. Through a connected data environment, utility engineers will now have the added benefit of sharing critical design information to reduce design time and construction costs to deliver optimal and comprehensive utility network updates.

In addition, the Siemens Bentley initiative will provide intelligent Siemens components for easy placement into Bentley’s Substation application for 3D modeling, while intelligent electrical symbols will provide necessary details for comprehensive reports in a substation’s 2D schematic layout capabilities. Bentley users will have access to a comprehensive Siemens’ components catalog through Bentley’s cloud services.

This press release is available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2017010xxxEMEN.

Attendees of the DistribuTECH 2017 Conference are invited to visit Siemens in booth 3113 and Bentley Systems in booth 1431.

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

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information is available at www.bentley.com.

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, MicroStation, ProjectWise, and Bentley Substation 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.

ONGC Adds 10-15 years life to Existing offshore assets with Bentley SACS

26.1.2017 17:02  

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AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

# # #

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

 

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Proposed Chemical Engineering Building model (center of image) on Penn State campus

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Reality mesh of Helsinki, Finland, as viewed with Cesium

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AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

# # #

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

 

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Beaver Stadium at Penn State

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HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of the Cesium Consortium.

AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

# # #

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

 

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Cesium at Penn State

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of the Cesium Consortium.

AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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

 

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Proposed Chemical Engineering Building model (center of image) on Penn State campus

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Reality mesh of Helsinki, Finland, as viewed with Cesium

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AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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

 

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Proposed Chemical Engineering Building model (center of image) on Penn State campus.

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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

 

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https://www.bentley.com/~/asset/4/12669.ashx
Proposed Chemical Engineering Building model (center of image) on Penn State campus

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

View Related Interactive 3D City Model:
http://3d.hel.ninja/mesh/
Reality mesh of Helsinki, Finland, as viewed with Cesium

Attribution: Courtesy of Bentley Systems.

AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium

18.1.2017 15:10  
 
 
      

Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.  

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact info@agi.com.

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds cesium.com, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit www.cesiumjs.org.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, MicroStation, and ContextCapture 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.

 

Download Related Image:

https://www.bentley.com/~/asset/4/12669.ashx
Proposed Chemical Engineering Building model (center of image) on Penn State campus

Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

View Related Interactive 3D City Model:
http://3d.hel.ninja/mesh/
Reality mesh of Helsinki, Finland, as viewed with Cesium

Attribution: Courtesy of Bentley Systems.

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Bentley Systems, Inc.

Invitation-only Conference Explores the Transformative Role of Technology on Business Success in the A/E/C Industry

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today jointly announced with EFCG that it will co-sponsor with Microsoft the 2nd Annual EFCG CIO Conference. The conference will take place March 2-3, 2017, in New York City at the Harvard Club & New York Yacht Club. Participation in the conference is limited to 75 and is by invitation only.

“EFCG is very excited to be teaming with Bentley Systems and Microsoft for our second CIO conference. Our inaugural conference was very successful last year, and we’re thrilled to bring the 15-year history of the Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology conference, developed by Bentley and Farkas Berkowitz, into our event. Our CIO attendees will benefit enormously from a forum that combines the knowledge and insights of Bentley Systems and Microsoft’s technology roadmap with EFCG’s industry-leading approach to profitably managing A/E/C firms,” said Paul Zofnass, president, EFCG.

“Bentley Systems is pleased to team with EFCG on this event and to jointly explore information technology challenges that are unique to the firms who engineer and construct infrastructure globally. BIM advancements and 'going digital' strategies have the potential to favorably transform A/E/C business performance when empowered by technology leadership,” said Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems.

“Microsoft has a longstanding relationship with Bentley Systems,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist, Microsoft Corp. “Through the use of Microsoft Azure, we are advancing the way architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, and their supply chains are designing, operating, and maintaining the world’s infrastructure. CIOs are faced with many challenges and complexities around information technology for engineering and construction including connecting users, enabling better collaboration between project teams, and asset management. Co-sponsoring the EFCG CIO Summit with Bentley Systems is a natural fit and enables us both to help move the industry forward.”

For 15 years, Bentley Systems was the prime sponsor of The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology, hosted by Farkas Berkowitz & Company. That event, which had been highly valued by CIOs of large engineering and construction firms, is coming to a close with the well-earned retirement of its managing director, Alan Farkas, of Farkas Berkowitz.

“As Bentley Systems’ partner in holding the Global IT Summit over the last 15 years, I had a ringside seat on the increasingly important contributions that information technology is making to the engineering and construction industry. IT is slowly but surely transforming our industry and, as it does, CIOs and CTOs are increasingly playing more strategic roles at their firms. The Global IT Summit sought to advance this cause, and I am delighted to know that these efforts will continue with the new partnership between Bentley Systems and EFCG,” said Alan Farkas.

Greg Bentley continued, “Alan Farkas’s leadership and commitment to The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology conference over the many years was invaluable to Bentley Systems and to members of the A/E/C community who attended the conference. I want to express my gratitude for all that Alan did to make the conference the success that it has been. We now look forward to working with EFCG, and our co-sponsor Microsoft, to continue to provide a forum for CIOs to share best practices and to explore the business implications of technology advancements in the A/E/C world.”
  
About the EFCG CIO Conference

EFCG’s inaugural CIO Conference was held in February 2016. The two-day conference is designed to explore driving business value through IT innovation and transformation and the business and financial implications of the key technology challenges facing CIOs. Each year’s conference is developed in coordination with a select group of industry advisors to ensure the sessions are on topic and directly applicable to the CIOs’ ongoing challenges. This event requires participants to complete a detailed IT survey of their respective organization, and the information is collated and analyzed by EFCG and summarized during the conference to illustrate trends, benchmarks, and key issues facing the industry. Conference size is limited to foster an intimate exchange of ideas among participants. For registration information, contact Joan Zofnass (jzofnass@efcg.com), Director of Conferences. For more information on EFCG visit http://www.efcg.com/.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

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

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Siemens and Bentley Systems Advance Strategic Alliance Including Joint Investment Initiatives

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Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

To realize new growth opportunities in industry and infrastructure through integration of complementary digital engineering models

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Siemens and Bentley Systems announced today that they have formalized a strategic alliance agreement to drive new business value by accelerating digitalization to advance infrastructure project delivery and asset performance in complementary business areas. Siemens and Bentley Systems will initially invest at least Euro 50 million in developing joint solutions to enlarge their respective offerings for infrastructure and industry to the benefit of the end-customers. This work will uniquely leverage new cloud services for a connected data environment to converge respective digital engineering models from both companies. In addition to those elements of the agreement, approximately Euro 70 million of secondary shares of Bentley’s common stock have been acquired by Siemens, under a company program that will continue until such time as Bentley Systems’ stock is publicly traded.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have a track record of complementing their respective portfolios through the licensing of each other’s technology to provide solutions in the Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives divisions, where respective software offerings have already been integrated. For example, Bentley’s reality modeling software has been integrated into Siemens Process Simulate to leverage laser-scanned point clouds in modeling the existing context of brownfield industrial environments. The automotive industry manufacturer Turnkey Manufacturing Systems (TMS) successfully employed the innovative point cloud capabilities to create a “digital twin” of their production line to significantly enhance their planning and validation processes, while saving time and costs.

The new investment initiatives will involve virtually all Siemens divisions. The major benefit will be accumulating intelligence from Siemens solutions throughout Bentley’s complementary applications for design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling and asset performance modeling. As a result, the integrated and accessible digital engineering models, such as the “digital twin” viewed through an immersive 3D interface, will enable unprecedented operational performance, visibility and reliability. This work will uniquely converge digital engineering models: physical engineering models in their 3D physical reality context by way of Bentley’s software solutions and the corresponding functional engineering 2D models within Siemens’ solutions.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have identified opportunities to work together in Energy Management, Power Generation, Building Technology and Mobility where each company can leverage their respective technology and industry expertise to bring new business value to the market. For example, Bentley’s applications for the 3D modeling and structural analysis of industrial and infrastructure assets complement Siemens’ solutions and unparalleled domain expertise in electrification and automation. Siemens and Bentley Systems will each provide software from the other to deliver complete solutions from either company to the benefit of their respective customers in order to improve their project and asset performance through simulation and virtual commissioning. Development work will benefit from and extend Siemens’ and Bentley Systems’ established commitments to openness and interoperability.

Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, said, “This move further extends our industry software ecosystem from 2D to 3D software solutions, taking the simulation portfolio in our Digital Enterprise offering to a new dimension. We’re rigorously executing our ‘digital twin’ vision from virtual planning to the real product to the benefit of our customers who themselves are driving digitalization across their value chains. Bentley Systems’ independence, track record in interoperability and leadership in engineering- and design-software make them our ideal partner for this undertaking.”

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “Only with Siemens could we so purposefully advance beyond merely linking the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ to ultimately leverage digital engineering models for visual operations and connected infrastructure asset performance. Given our long history of sharing complementary technologies, we are very excited to now contribute so broadly to Siemens’ industrial digitalization leadership.”

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

This press release and further information is available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016110064COEN

 

Siemens and Bentley Systems Advance Strategic Alliance Including Joint Investment Initiatives

10.11.2016 1:00  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

To realize new growth opportunities in industry and infrastructure through integration of complementary digital engineering models

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Siemens and Bentley Systems announced today that they have formalized a strategic alliance agreement to drive new business value by accelerating digitalization to advance infrastructure project delivery and asset performance in complementary business areas. Siemens and Bentley Systems will initially invest at least Euro 50 million in developing joint solutions to enlarge their respective offerings for infrastructure and industry to the benefit of the end-customers. This work will uniquely leverage new cloud services for a connected data environment to converge respective digital engineering models from both companies. In addition to those elements of the agreement, approximately Euro 70 million of secondary shares of Bentley’s common stock have been acquired by Siemens, under a company program that will continue until such time as Bentley Systems’ stock is publicly traded.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have a track record of complementing their respective portfolios through the licensing of each other’s technology to provide solutions in the Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives divisions, where respective software offerings have already been integrated. For example, Bentley’s reality modeling software has been integrated into Siemens Process Simulate to leverage laser-scanned point clouds in modeling the existing context of brownfield industrial environments. The automotive industry manufacturer Turnkey Manufacturing Systems (TMS) successfully employed the innovative point cloud capabilities to create a “digital twin” of their production line to significantly enhance their planning and validation processes, while saving time and costs.

The new investment initiatives will involve virtually all Siemens divisions. The major benefit will be accumulating intelligence from Siemens solutions throughout Bentley’s complementary applications for design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling and asset performance modeling. As a result, the integrated and accessible digital engineering models, such as the “digital twin” viewed through an immersive 3D interface, will enable unprecedented operational performance, visibility and reliability. This work will uniquely converge digital engineering models: physical engineering models in their 3D physical reality context by way of Bentley’s software solutions and the corresponding functional engineering 2D models within Siemens’ solutions.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have identified opportunities to work together in Energy Management, Power Generation, Building Technology and Mobility where each company can leverage their respective technology and industry expertise to bring new business value to the market. For example, Bentley’s applications for the 3D modeling and structural analysis of industrial and infrastructure assets complement Siemens’ solutions and unparalleled domain expertise in electrification and automation. Siemens and Bentley Systems will each provide software from the other to deliver complete solutions from either company to the benefit of their respective customers in order to improve their project and asset performance through simulation and virtual commissioning. Development work will benefit from and extend Siemens’ and Bentley Systems’ established commitments to openness and interoperability.

Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, said, “This move further extends our industry software ecosystem from 2D to 3D software solutions, taking the simulation portfolio in our Digital Enterprise offering to a new dimension. We’re rigorously executing our ‘digital twin’ vision from virtual planning to the real product to the benefit of our customers who themselves are driving digitalization across their value chains. Bentley Systems’ independence, track record in interoperability and leadership in engineering- and design-software make them our ideal partner for this undertaking.”

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “Only with Siemens could we so purposefully advance beyond merely linking the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ to ultimately leverage digital engineering models for visual operations and connected infrastructure asset performance. Given our long history of sharing complementary technologies, we are very excited to now contribute so broadly to Siemens’ industrial digitalization leadership.”

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

This press release and further information is available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016110064COEN

 

Siemens and Bentley Systems Advance Strategic Alliance Including Joint Investment Initiatives

10.11.2016 1:00  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Siemens

To realize new growth opportunities in industry and infrastructure through integration of complementary digital engineering models

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Siemens and Bentley Systems announced today that they have formalized a strategic alliance agreement to drive new business value by accelerating digitalization to advance infrastructure project delivery and asset performance in complementary business areas. Siemens and Bentley Systems will initially invest at least Euro 50 million in developing joint solutions to enlarge their respective offerings for infrastructure and industry to the benefit of the end-customers. This work will uniquely leverage new cloud services for a connected data environment to converge respective digital engineering models from both companies. In addition to those elements of the agreement, approximately Euro 70 million of secondary shares of Bentley’s common stock have been acquired by Siemens, under a company program that will continue until such time as Bentley Systems’ stock is publicly traded.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have a track record of complementing their respective portfolios through the licensing of each other’s technology to provide solutions in the Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives divisions, where respective software offerings have already been integrated. For example, Bentley’s reality modeling software has been integrated into Siemens Process Simulate to leverage laser-scanned point clouds in modeling the existing context of brownfield industrial environments. The automotive industry manufacturer Turnkey Manufacturing Systems (TMS) successfully employed the innovative point cloud capabilities to create a “digital twin” of their production line to significantly enhance their planning and validation processes, while saving time and costs.

The new investment initiatives will involve virtually all Siemens divisions. The major benefit will be accumulating intelligence from Siemens solutions throughout Bentley’s complementary applications for design modeling, analytical modeling, construction modeling and asset performance modeling. As a result, the integrated and accessible digital engineering models, such as the “digital twin” viewed through an immersive 3D interface, will enable unprecedented operational performance, visibility and reliability. This work will uniquely converge digital engineering models: physical engineering models in their 3D physical reality context by way of Bentley’s software solutions and the corresponding functional engineering 2D models within Siemens’ solutions.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have identified opportunities to work together in Energy Management, Power Generation, Building Technology and Mobility where each company can leverage their respective technology and industry expertise to bring new business value to the market. For example, Bentley’s applications for the 3D modeling and structural analysis of industrial and infrastructure assets complement Siemens’ solutions and unparalleled domain expertise in electrification and automation. Siemens and Bentley Systems will each provide software from the other to deliver complete solutions from either company to the benefit of their respective customers in order to improve their project and asset performance through simulation and virtual commissioning. Development work will benefit from and extend Siemens’ and Bentley Systems’ established commitments to openness and interoperability.

Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, said, “This move further extends our industry software ecosystem from 2D to 3D software solutions, taking the simulation portfolio in our Digital Enterprise offering to a new dimension. We’re rigorously executing our ‘digital twin’ vision from virtual planning to the real product to the benefit of our customers who themselves are driving digitalization across their value chains. Bentley Systems’ independence, track record in interoperability and leadership in engineering- and design-software make them our ideal partner for this undertaking.”

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “Only with Siemens could we so purposefully advance beyond merely linking the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ to ultimately leverage digital engineering models for visual operations and connected infrastructure asset performance. Given our long history of sharing complementary technologies, we are very excited to now contribute so broadly to Siemens’ industrial digitalization leadership.”

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

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com.

This press release and further information is available at www.siemens.com/press/PR2016110064COEN

 

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of 2016 <i>Be Inspired</i> Awards

3.11.2016 14:09  

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the winners of the 2016 Be Inspired Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala last night here at The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference, 18 Be Inspired Awards winners and eight Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners were acknowledged.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. It features presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. The 2016 event was also attended by more than 120 members of the press from leading publications around the globe who met with Bentley executives on Monday for the company’s annual Media Briefing. The agenda also included presentations by finalists in the Be Inspired Awards program, culminating in the selection of the winning projects.

This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the 18 Be Inspired Awards winners from 54 project finalists. These finalists had been previously chosen from over 300 submissions by organizations in 80 countries.

Candidates for Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards were selected by the jurors from the top finalist projects as well as other exemplary nominations. This selection was based on the projects’ uniquely innovative and visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the standing Be Inspired Awards categories. The nominees were then reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives, who evaluated them based on the criteria established for each award.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “The achievements of our users—the architects, engineers, constructors, and operations professionals around the world—are exemplified by the extraordinary Be Inspired Award-winning projects we celebrated last night. I heartily congratulate the organizations that were instrumental in the delivery or operations of these truly inspiring projects. Moreover, I applaud all of the project nominees in this year’s awards program for their contributions to improving quality of life around the globe.

“It has also been a year of major achievements for Bentley Systems as Bentley’s CONNECT Edition was completed through AssetWise CONNECT Edition—enabling the CONNECT Editions of AssetWise and ProjectWise to share a connected data environment. We are also very pleased to report that reality modeling is visibly going mainstream, as is evident from its proliferation across users’ projects and across Bentley’s software portfolio.”

The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2016 are as follows:

Advancing Asset Performance Modeling

  • Maryland State Highway Administration – Motor Carrier Division – Multi-jurisdiction Oversize/Overweight Permitting and Routing Implementation – (Baltimore, Maryland, United States)

Advancement in Conceptioneering

  • HNTB Corporation – Connecticut Mix Master - I84 and SR8 Interchange – (Waterbury, Connecticut, United States)

Advancing Construction Collaboration

  • CITIC Heye Investment Co., Ltd. – CITIC Tower (China Zun) – (Beijing, China)

Advancing Energy Infrastructure

  • Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois – Illinois River Transmission Line and Mississippi River Crossing Management – (St. Louis, Missouri, United States)

Advancing Comprehensive BIM Playbooks

  • Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd. – ChishaJiao Station and Shiliugang - ChishaJiao Section of Guangzhou Metro Line 11 – (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)

Advancing Construction Management

  • GHD, Inc. – Ordot Dump Closure – (Ordot, Guam, United States)

Comprehensive Success Plan

  • Black & Veatch – Business Transformation – (Overland Park, Kansas, United States)  

Infrastructure Hero Award

  • Aerometrex Pty., Ltd. – Reality Modeling for the Papal Visit to Philadelphia – (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)


The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2016 are as follows:

Innovation in Asset Performance

  • Danfoss – Facility Optimization and Energy Management – (Nordborg, Denmark)

Innovation in Bridges

  • Ministerio Obras Públicas de Chile – Chacao Channel Bridge – (Island of Chiloe, Llanquihue, Chile)

Innovation in Building

  • Morphosis – Hanking Center Tower – (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)

Innovation in Construction

  • Insight-WFP – Houston Refinery – (Houston, Texas, United States)

Innovation in Government

  • Los Angeles Community College District – BuildLACCD – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Innovation in Land Development

  • Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Xishi Winter Olympics Square Project of Shougang Industrial Area Transformation – (Shijingshan, Beijing, China)

Innovation in Manufacturing

  • Unipar Carbocloro – Polishing System for Mercury Abatement Tower – (Cubatão, São Paulo, Brazil)

Innovation in Mining

  • Tetra Tech Proteus – Tanami Expansion Project – (Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia)

Innovation in Offshore

  • Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, Ltd. – Re-qualification/Life Extension Study of Fixed Offshore Platform Structures – (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

Innovation in Power Generation

  • PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited – Jinsha River Longkaikou Hydropower Station Project – (Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China)

Innovation in Project Delivery

  • Mott MacDonald Bentley – Mott MacDonald Bentley Project – (United Kingdom)

Innovation in Rail and Transit

  • Banedanmark – The New Line, Copenhagen-Ringsted – (Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark)

Innovation in Reality Modeling

  • City of Helsinki – Helsinki 3D+ – (Helsinki, Finland)

Innovation in Roads

  • Costain-Carillion Joint Venture – A5 - M1 Link, Dunstable Northern Bypass – (Dunstable, England, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Structures

  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff – 22 Bishopsgate, London – (London, England, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Utilities and Communications

  • Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation – Miaoshan 220kV Secondary Transformer Substation – (Wuhan, Hubei, China)

Innovation in Water Network Analysis

  • Roy Hill Iron Ore – Water Supply and Dewatering Network Optimization – (Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia)

Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

  • 4Delivery Ltd. & Southern Water – Woolston Water Treatment Works Redevelopment – (Southampton, England, United Kingdom)

Bentley Systems has posted highlights of this year’s winning projects on its website. It will include more detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the print and digital versions of its 2016 Infrastructure Yearbook, which will be published after the first of the year. To review the past 12 editions of this publication, which together feature more than 2,500 world-class projects recognized in the Be Inspired Awards program since 2004, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

About the Be Inspired Awards Program and The Year in Infrastructure Conference

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

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. This year’s conference included:

  • The Project Delivery Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Building and Facilities Forum
  • The Rail and Road Forum
  • The Oil, Gas, and Chemical Forum
  • The Utilities Forum
  • The Visions for the Future Forum
  • The Be Inspired Awards Ceremony

The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Sponsors include:

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: ARC Advisory Group, BNP Media, Civil + Structural Engineer, Construction Week, Engineering News-Record, Geospatial Media + Communications, Informed Infrastructure, New Civil Engineer, PennEnergy, Reliabilityweb.com, SPAR 3D

For more details and a complete list of sponsors, including Silver level, click here.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

# # #

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

 

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of 2016 <i>Be Inspired</i> Awards

3.11.2016 14:09  

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the winners of the 2016 Be Inspired Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala last night here at The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference, 18 Be Inspired Awards winners and eight Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners were acknowledged.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. It features presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. The 2016 event was also attended by more than 120 members of the press from leading publications around the globe who met with Bentley executives on Monday for the company’s annual Media Briefing. The agenda also included presentations by finalists in the Be Inspired Awards program, culminating in the selection of the winning projects.

This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the 18 Be Inspired Awards winners from 54 project finalists. These finalists had been previously chosen from over 300 submissions by organizations in 80 countries.

Candidates for Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards were selected by the jurors from the top finalist projects as well as other exemplary nominations. This selection was based on the projects’ uniquely innovative and visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the standing Be Inspired Awards categories. The nominees were then reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives, who evaluated them based on the criteria established for each award.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “The achievements of our users—the architects, engineers, constructors, and operations professionals around the world—are exemplified by the extraordinary Be Inspired Award-winning projects we celebrated last night. I heartily congratulate the organizations that were instrumental in the delivery or operations of these truly inspiring projects. Moreover, I applaud all of the project nominees in this year’s awards program for their contributions to improving quality of life around the globe.

“It has also been a year of major achievements for Bentley Systems as Bentley’s CONNECT Edition was completed through AssetWise CONNECT Edition—enabling the CONNECT Editions of AssetWise and ProjectWise to share a connected data environment. We are also very pleased to report that reality modeling is visibly going mainstream, as is evident from its proliferation across users’ projects and across Bentley’s software portfolio.”

The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2016 are as follows:

Advancing Asset Performance Modeling

  • Maryland State Highway Administration – Motor Carrier Division – Multi-jurisdiction Oversize/Overweight Permitting and Routing Implementation – (Baltimore, Maryland, United States)

Advancement in Conceptioneering

  • HNTB Corporation – Connecticut Mix Master - I84 and SR8 Interchange – (Waterbury, Connecticut, United States)

Advancing Construction Collaboration

  • CITIC Heye Investment Co., Ltd. – CITIC Tower (China Zun) – (Beijing, China)

Advancing Comprehensive BIM Playbooks

  • Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd. – ChishaJiao Station and Shiliugang - ChishaJiao Section of Guangzhou Metro Line 11 – (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)

Advancing Construction Management

  • GHD, Inc. – Ordot Dump Closure – (Ordot, Guam, United States)

Comprehensive Success Plan

  • Black & Veatch – Business Transformation – (Overland Park, Kansas, United States)  

Infrastructure Hero Award

  • Aerometrex Pty., Ltd. – Reality Modeling for the Papal Visit to Philadelphia – (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)


The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2016 are as follows:

Innovation in Asset Performance

  • Danfoss – Facility Optimization and Energy Management – (Nordborg, Denmark)

Innovation in Bridges

  • Ministerio Obras Públicas de Chile – Chacao Channel Bridge – (Island of Chiloe, Llanquihue, Chile)

Innovation in Building

  • Morphosis – Hanking Center Tower – (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)

Innovation in Construction

  • Insight-WFP – Houston Refinery – (Houston, Texas, United States)

Innovation in Government

  • Los Angeles Community College District – BuildLACCD – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Innovation in Land Development

  • Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Xishi Winter Olympics Square Project of Shougang Industrial Area Transformation – (Shijingshan, Beijing, China)

Innovation in Manufacturing

  • Unipar Carbocloro – Polishing System for Mercury Abatement Tower – (Cubatão, São Paulo, Brazil)

Innovation in Mining

  • Tetra Tech Proteus – Tanami Expansion Project – (Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia)

Innovation in Offshore

  • Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, Ltd. – Re-qualification/Life Extension Study of Fixed Offshore Platform Structures – (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

Innovation in Power Generation

  • PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited – Jinsha River Longkaikou Hydropower Station Project – (Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China)

Innovation in Project Delivery

  • Mott MacDonald Bentley – Mott MacDonald Bentley Project – (United Kingdom)

Innovation in Rail and Transit

  • Banedanmark – The New Line, Copenhagen-Ringsted – (Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark)

Innovation in Reality Modeling

  • City of Helsinki – Helsinki 3D+ – (Helsinki, Finland)

Innovation in Roads

  • Costain-Carillion Joint Venture – A5 - M1 Link, Dunstable Northern Bypass – (Dunstable, England, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Structures

  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff – 22 Bishopsgate, London – (London, England, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Utilities and Communications

  • Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation – Miaoshan 220kV Secondary Transformer Substation – (Wuhan, Hubei, China)

Innovation in Water Network Analysis

  • Roy Hill Iron Ore – Water Supply and Dewatering Network Optimization – (Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia)

Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

  • 4Delivery Ltd. & Southern Water – Woolston Water Treatment Works Redevelopment – (Southampton, England, United Kingdom)

Bentley Systems has posted highlights of this year’s winning projects on its website. It will include more detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the print and digital versions of its 2016 Infrastructure Yearbook, which will be published after the first of the year. To review the past 12 editions of this publication, which together feature more than 2,500 world-class projects recognized in the Be Inspired Awards program since 2004, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks.

About the Be Inspired Awards Program and The Year in Infrastructure Conference

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

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance.

The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. This year’s conference included:

  • The Project Delivery Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Building and Facilities Forum
  • The Rail and Road Forum
  • The Oil, Gas, and Chemical Forum
  • The Utilities Forum
  • The Visions for the Future Forum
  • The Be Inspired Awards Ceremony

The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Sponsors include:

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: ARC Advisory Group, BNP Media, Civil + Structural Engineer, Construction Week, Engineering News-Record, Geospatial Media + Communications, Informed Infrastructure, New Civil Engineer, PennEnergy, Reliabilityweb.com, SPAR 3D

For more details and a complete list of sponsors, including Silver level, click here.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, MicroStation, AssetWise, 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.

 

Download Related Images on Bentley Systems flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bentleysystems/albums/72157675980403706

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Reality Modeling Goes Mainstream!

2.11.2016 15:42  

Accelerating ContextCapture Adoption Spurs Conceptioneering, Constructioneering, and Inspectioneering; Hybrid Inputs Now Embrace Scans as well as Photos

LONDON The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference At this annual conference for infrastructure thought leaders, CEO Greg Bentley made the case in his Keynote that since Bentley Systems’ acquisition and assimilation of ContextCapture software in 2015, the proliferation of reality modeling across users’ projects—and across Bentley’s software portfolio—assures that it will become a mainstream contributor to infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. Reality modeling describes the potentially continuous capture of infrastructure assets’ as-operated conditions for processing into engineering-ready reality meshes, and their “enlivening” for immersive interaction.

To date, reality modeling has processed digital photos acquired from ground-level and/or aerial photography, and in particular from the burgeoning industrial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At the Conference, Bentley announced a significant breakthrough in ContextCapture planned to be available next month: available point-clouds from laser scanning can now be combined with available photos, as “hybrid inputs,” for reconstruction into a reality mesh. The advantages of reality modeling—in the case of laser scanning, the superior engineering-ready mesh result, compared to the bulky and unintelligent point-clouds themselves—are now compelling in every circumstance, across the range of scanner or camera devices, of asset characteristics, and of capture conditions.
Cited by Bentley for the mainstream embrace of reality modeling were the following observations:

  • reality modeling was credited by fully 15 (of 60+) finalists (selected by independent expert juries) at the Be Inspired Awards, presenting at the Conference. In the category of Reality Modeling, the three finalists represent the diverse scope and phases of infrastructure already taking advantage, ranging from:
    • campus (construction): Kano laboratory, Waseda University, Technical Research Institute, Obayashi Corporation, Automated Recognition of Work Progress at a Construction Site;
    • corridor (design): CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture, A9 Dualling Programme, Transport Scotland; and
    • city (operations): City of Helsinki, Helsinki 3D+.
  • submission categories of the other finalists crediting reality modeling likewise substantiate the diversity of adoption: Building, Government, Rail and Transit, Roads, Utilities and Communications, and Water Treatment Plants;
  • ContextCapture processing has been reported in 68 countries year to date, and as intensively in Asia and developing countries as in Western countries; and
  • “embedded” ContextCapture software licensing is rapidly expanding from the specialized processing centers of leading 3D city mapping specialists to leading vendors of industrial UAVs.

Bentley Systems’ software developments to broaden reality modeling workflows that were demonstrated at the Conference include:

  • Bentley’s new OpenRoads Designer intrinsically incorporates Descartes’ new capabilities to (semi-automatically) process pertinent ground-level features from reality meshes, for instance to classify vegetation, terrain, and breaklines;
  • The Conference Technology Keynote highlighted spectacular new performance in immersive viewing of reality meshes, including geocoordinated digital engineering model information, from any browser-ready device;
  • Bentley Institute research activities reported in the Conference’s Visions of the Future Forum, and from the September, 2016 Digital Rail Symposium, which included academic collaborators, showed advancements in automated classification from reality meshes and geocoordination;
  • Bentley’s subsidiary Real World Capture, Inc. continues its mission of proof-of-benefits in new use cases for increasingly diverse and challenging facilities, and their project work for owners, incorporating geocoordinated digital engineering models through ProjectWise, was shown; and
  • Bentley’s forthcoming OpenRail ConceptStation was previewed, leveraging reality modeling for conceptioneering.

Finally, new joint opportunities spurred by reality modeling were demonstrated by executives of other major technology companies serving infrastructure engineering organizations:

  • Ray O’Connor, CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems, joined Greg Bentley in the Conference Keynote to introduce constructioneering, which leverages reality modeling through joint cloud services to converge surveying, engineering, and construction;
  • Jacques Lubetzki, Bureau Veritas Executive Vice President, Europe, joined Greg Bentley in the Conference Keynote to introduce inspectioneering, which leverages reality modeling to converge engineering and inspection; and
  • Eckard Eberle, CEO Siemens Process Automation, during his Keynote in the Oil and Gas and Chemicals Forum will demonstrate, in Siemens COMOS Walkinside software, leveraging reality modeling to train a process plant’s operators in emergency response.

Greg Bentley said, “I thank the many constituents among users and our industry partners who have demonstrated here at The Year in Infrastructure 2016 the benefits they have realized so far, and their auspicious expectations, as reality modeling goes mainstream. I believe we will go on to see reality modeling answering the question as to how drones, mixed reality devices, the industrial Internet of Things—and in fact, “digital natives”—will converge to advance infrastructure engineers, project delivery, and asset performance.”

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Image 1 Caption: Descartes CONNECT Edition simplifies the extraction of existing ground surfaces from both point clouds and reality meshes to make them suitable for use in engineering workflows.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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

 

<center>Bentley Systems and Topcon join forces <br> to advance cloud services for ‘constructioneering’ </center>

2.11.2016 1:00  
Bentley Systems, Inc. Topcon

Engineers’ connected data environments will span survey and construction processes for comprehensive project delivery benefits

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Topcon Positioning Group, a world leader in positioning instruments for survey and construction, and Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced their joint intentions to connect cloud services for constructioneering. During the keynote presentations, the companies’ CEOs presented new construction workflows designed to increase efficiency and productivity with enhanced integration between their respective cloud services.

Each company will bring to market cloud-based solution offerings, which include services of both and provide construction workflows not previously possible. Initially, Bentley Systems will offer its ProjectWise CONNECT Edition users seamless connectivity with MAGNET Enterprise, and Topcon will incorporate ContextCapture image processing for its mass data collection via unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

“Topcon and Bentley share a vision about the advancements we can achieve through what I call the continuous representation of reality,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO, Topcon Positioning Group. “We also share a commitment to rolling up our sleeves and working together to make possible tangible results and real benefits for our customers as we advance constructioneering. I believe that our strategic collaboration will continue to integrate surveying, engineering, and construction, improving outcomes for project delivery.”

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, said, “To date, surveying, engineering, and construction industries have separately advanced to 3D technologies. But unbelievably, until now, 3D models have been recreated—rather than reused—at each phase. It’s been exciting to work with Topcon to introduce constructioneering so that our engineering users can start from the reality-captured survey context and leverage and update their digital engineering models through the construction process. Our joint cloud service innovations for constructing and improving roadways, including as-built capture, are enabling the highest level of workflow automation. I believe that Topcon will continue to pioneer new positioning devices to take advantage of every emerging opportunity, and we are enthusiastic about working with them to advance constructioneering into the mainstream for infrastructure projects around the world.”

Compared to traditional workflows between design and construction in which data from survey and digital engineering models can be lost and inefficiently recreated, constructioneering empowers engineers to extend their role within both surveying and construction.

Cloud services first bring the construction site conditions to the engineers so their work starts with an accurate model of the current 3D context—as captured by Topcon UAS photogrammetry and laser scanners—and then processed into engineering-ready 3D reality meshes by Bentley’s ContextCapture software. Cloud services subsequently convey the engineers’ work directly to construction processes in the field. This automation process—achieved through the connection between Topcon MAGNETcloud service and Bentley’s ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services—improves project delivery, with design performed in context, and the resulting digital engineering models feeding the 3D machine control that guides the construction machinery.
Topcon and Bentley expect to expand the constructioneering workflow to further applications for infrastructure services.

About Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA (topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands (topconpositioning.eu). Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures, and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management, and mobile control markets. Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, and NORAC. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com), founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732). 

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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

Bentley Systems and Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Connected Data Environments for Infrastructure Projects and Assets

2.11.2016 1:00   Untitled Document

Azure and Bentley Success Plans Accelerate “Going Digital”!

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that Bentley’s new AssetWise CONNECT Edition (introduced at the Conference) and ProjectWise CONNECT Edition (introduced at Year in Infrastructure 2015) uniquely support hybrid computing environments across desktops, mobile devices, and in-house servers. And together, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and AssetWise CONNECT Edition leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud services to advance beyond common data environments to connected data environments

During Conference keynotes, Bentley and Microsoft discussed the advancements made possible through their partnership and some of their future priorities working together. CEO Greg Bentley offered user organizations Bentley’s Success Plans for “Going Digital” through Azure to ensure that “BIM potential” created through digital engineering models can be fully realized in infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. The Azure-provisioned connected data environment experiences and benefits realized by Crossrail, Shell, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Mott MacDonald were cited.   

The next step for connected data environments is to enable business- and operational-intelligence analytics to have open and live access to information within digital engineering models in order that “ET” (engineering technologies) can be brought to bear with “IT” and “OT” (operational technologies) to improve the throughput, safety, and reliability of infrastructure asset performance.

David Epp, director, global ISV alliances, Microsoft Corporation, described Microsoft’s advancements and potential contributions. Epp said, “One of Microsoft’s key priorities is supporting our partners. We are pleased that Azure is a core component of Bentley Systems’ connected data environment for infrastructure engineering organizations “going digital.” Specific cases such as Crossrail, Shell, Maryland SHA, and Mott MacDonald illustrate this active collaboration. We consider Bentley a leader in technical software, taking full advantage of our growing set of Azure services. We currently record over 100 trillion objects in Azure Storage. We are leveraging this power as well as other capabilities to help Bentley enhance connected data environments to deliver more value through new technologies and innovations. Through our newest Cognitive Services—from PowerBI to Cortana analytics and deep learning­—we hope to help accelerate the realization of the ‘BIM potential’ for Bentley users’ digital engineering models. We are proud that Azure can play a strategic role in the advancement of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance through advanced Bentley solutions.”

Azure and Bentley Success Plans

Azure underlies Bentley’s Success Plans for user organizations. Azure and CONNECT Edition hybrid environments enable engineering organizations to virtualize their talent—with work-sharing for project delivery and through innovations such as inspectioneering for asset performance. By the same token, Azure cloud service connections enable Bentley Systems to virtualize the contributions of its own professionals anywhere in the world to users’ environments and projects. Enterprise Success Plans can make ProjectWise and/or AssetWise systems administration and ongoing project provisioning the responsibility of dedicated Bentley experts. Project (or Business Unit) Success Plans can virtually embed Bentley engineering-credentialed application experts within major projects or business units to introduce and propagate best-practice BIM advancements, through shared resources including Automation Center, Components Center, and Optioneering Center. With service levels responsive to an organization’s business objectives and project outcomes, Success Plans accelerate “Going Digital.”

Crossrail

Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project, now completing its tunneling and stations under and across London on time and within budget. Crossrail’s “connected data environment,” based on Bentley’s eB technology, manages its engineering and asset information and provides a complete, federated view of its “digital railway.” Designed in a BIM virtual environment integrating over 1 million assets, it connects documents and drawings with Bentley’s comprehensive modeling software. In June of this year, to ensure continuity from construction to operations, Bentley upgraded Crossrail’s AssetWise environment to an Azure cloud service. Crossrail’s BIM successes are regarded in the United Kingdom as an exemplary case study in “going digital.”

Shell

Shell, with a Finalist project—Visibility into the Path of Construction for Prelude FLNG—in the Innovation in Construction category, is leading the energy industry in developing innovative ways to improve the affordability of capital projects. Shell selected ProjectWise ConstructSim to enhance its ability to visually plan and execute work safely, to ensure more effective “engineering readiness” through the application of advanced work packaging to improve constructability, and to improve field productivity. Shell chose to provide ConstructSim to its supply chain through an Azure-provisioned cloud service to help its EPCs, implementing the Construction Industry Institute’s Advanced Work Packaging recommendations, in “going digital.”

A Special Recognition Award Winner in Advancing Asset Performance Modeling, the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Motor Carrier Division benefits from a Bentley Success Plan for its Maryland One System for the statewide management and issuance of Oversize/Overweight permits to carriers moving loads through the state. Bentley’s Success Plan provides a reliable, high-performance environment, limits infrastructure costs while enabling continuous improvement, and allows Bentley implementation experts to directly manage the system. About the advancements of “going digital,” Tina Sanders, technical support manager, Maryland State Highway Administration, Motor Carrier Division, said, “Our new Bentley Maryland One System allows carriers anywhere in the world to use any device and browser to apply for Oversize/Overweight permits 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have them routed, analyzed, and automatically system-issued up to configurable thresholds. We are confident that all clearances are checked, every bridge crossed over is structurally analyzed, and all temporary conditions are considered. This is now done across the state, regardless of jurisdiction, through one single application, while still giving each agency total responsibility and flexibility to manage their road and bridge assets and review processes.”

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald, with two finalist projects this year—a water sector project in the United Kingdom in the Innovation in Project Delivery category, and the FLO JV Northern Line Extension project in London in the Innovation in Rail and Transit category—is advancing its strategy through Bentley’s ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Azure.

Mott MacDonald is taking advantage of Bentley Systems’ Cloud Services Subscription program at enterprise level. Key to Mott MacDonald’s GoDigital strategy is connecting its people through Bentley’s connected data environment in which Bentley and Microsoft are cooperating. Mott MacDonald is working with Bentley, Microsoft, and Deltek as partners for its enterprise-wide GoDigital strategy.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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

Bentley Systems Welcomes Founder, Development and Services Team, and Users of <i>ComplyPro</i> to Advance <i>Progressive Assurance</i>

2.11.2016 1:00  

Leading Software for Infrastructure Requirements Management to be Expanded through a Connected Data Environment for Infrastructure Project Delivery and Asset Performance

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired the assets, colleagues, and services underlying ComplyPro, leading provider of UK-based managed services for requirements management of infrastructure capital projects. The new ComplyPro team at Bentley Systems will be led by its founder, Chris Rolison. Development of software and services will continue in Birmingham, UK, and sales activities will be merged into Bentley Systems’ offices worldwide. Existing ComplyPro users can be confident of continuously broadened functionality, with progressive assurance a valuable new capability within the Connected Data Environment shared by Bentley’s ProjectWise and AssetWise offerings.

Chris Rolison launched ComplyPro in 2005 and brings to Bentley Systems decades of experience in improving project assurance and compliance functions. In addition to his ComplyPro responsibilities, Chris is joining Bentley’s OpenRail Task Force to help bring to digital railway programs progressive assurance benefits, from systems-engineering-based conception through operations. ComplyPro users will benefit from the expanded scope of resources and integration across CAPEX and now additionally OPEX asset lifecycles. About the acquisition, Comply Serve founder Chris Rolison, said, “My ComplyPro colleagues and I are excited to join Bentley Systems. I have long regarded Bentley’s comprehensive approach to software provision for advancing infrastructure to be where the potential for progressive assurance can be most effectively and timely realized.” 

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley’s chief product officer, said, “Users we share with ComplyPro, such as Crossrail, have stressed to us the potential benefits to asset program owners that could result from the integration of their requirements management and compliance management functions within Bentley’s project delivery and asset performance solutions. Now we can continue to learn from the cumulative and ongoing experience of existing ComplyPro users, as they further apply cloud services across their TOTEX lifecycles. As AssetWise CONNECT Edition now joins ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, this provides the ideal opportunity for us to implement the full scope of progressive assurance advancing, through digital engineering models, to asset performance modeling. We welcome Chris Rolison and our new colleagues from ComplyPro to contribute to the continuous realization of this new BIM advancement for our Connected Data Environment.”

About ComplyPro

ComplyPro is a leading software service for tracking and management of requirements compliance within many industries including rail, aviation, and energy. The ComplyPro cloud service spans long and complex supply chains and geographically dispersed teams. ComplyPro is used for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects including London’s Crossrail, Qatar Rail’s Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail programs, and the Banedanmark Signalling & Electrification programs in Denmark. The Build News 2016 Infrastructure Awards recognized ComplyPro for “Best Infrastructure Project Compliance & Assurance” in the United Kingdom.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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

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Bentley’s <i>OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition</i> Advances Roadway Projects from Conception through Construction

1.11.2016 15:53  

OpenRoads’  Comprehensive Modeling Environment Leverages BIM Advancements to Empower Project Delivery

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition will be available for Early Access on December 1, 2016. OpenRoads CONNECT Edition is the successor to Bentley’s industry leading civil engineering brands InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil.

OpenRoads Designer is a comprehensive, multi-discipline 3D modeling application to advance the delivery of roadway projects from conceptual design through construction. OpenRoads Designer blends traditional engineering workflows for plan, profile, and cross-sections with 3D parametric modeling to enable the model-centric creation of all design deliverables.

OpenRoads Designer supports all aspects of a detailed roadway design including survey, geotechnical, drainage, subsurface utilities, terrain, road, roadway furniture, and more. The incorporation of reality meshes, imagery, point cloud, and other geocoordinated data sources can provide the continuous context of real-world conditions throughout the design and construction lifecycle.

OpenRoads Designer completes the convergence of InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil, but adds many powerful new innovations, including:

      • Progressive Conceptual Design.  Users can directly progress conceptual designs created with OpenRoads ConceptStation, preserving all work and data. (OpenRoads ConceptStation enables rapid conceptual and preliminary design, leveraging existing context captured through reality meshes, point clouds, GIS, and other sources, and creating compelling presentations with engineering precision.)
      • Contextual Design. All detailed design in OpenRoads Designer is driven by functional components, which inherently respond contextually to express appropriate design, annotation, and plan set display behaviors. Design models are expressed in multiple live views including plan, profile, cross section, and 3D; changes in one view are live and dynamically update all views. 
      • Multi-discipline Support.  OpenRoads Designer integrates support for each discipline with specific user profiles dedicated to each discipline. Users can switch discipline perspectives, for instance from Road Design profile to Subsurface Utility profile. 
      • Reality Modeling Tools.  OpenRoads Designer includes a fully-functioned toolset to incorporate and edit all reality modeling data types, including the capability to extract ground-level features from reality meshes and LiDAR, as well as to reference point clouds and imagery.
      • Geotechnical Tools.  Users can connect directly to gINT geotechnical databases to incorporate subsurface terrain details into their models for improving grading and piling. Subsurface terrains can be generated or modeled based on the bore hole materials and projected in road and drainage profiles, sections, and plans.
      • Subsurface Utilities.  Users can select from a large catalog of functional components for utility and drainage to model underground drainage and utility networks. Drainage models, moreover, can be optimized for water flow using integrated water analysis tools, with results available in data tables or visually in a profile view.
      • Rich Deliverables. An expanded set of deliverables range from traditional plan sets and animations to digital construction models—for automated machine control and field positioning systems including for excavation, grading, piling, and paving.
      • Live Plan Generation.  Plan generation need no longer be a separate process limited to a point in time, as settings and annotations are dynamically updated and live in the model. Views are saved with specific display rules and sheet index embedded, making it easy to navigate between model and drawings. Up-to-date drawings can be generated automatically at any time, creating a natural and fluid design environment for both modeling and detailing.
      • Enlivened VisualizationOpenRoads Designer provides direct integration to Bentley LumenRT for producing cinematic visualization, adding vegetation, reflecting nature and climate, and for traffic simulation with VISSIM.

Designs created in OpenRoads Designer benefit from BIM Review through OpenRoads Navigator, in the office, in the field, and at the site. OpenRoads Navigator enables not only visualization and review of 3D designs, but also status visibility—allowing dispersed teams to progress approvals and the resolution of issues.

Bhupinder Singh, chief product officer, Bentley Systems, said, “OpenRoads CONNECT Edition is the culmination of three decades of Bentley leadership and experience gained from thousands of roadway projects around the world. We have conscientiously preserved concepts and continuity from GEOPAK, InRoads, and MX—but the BIM advancements in OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition are so compelling that we and our users are excited to now take full advantage of this next generation in roadway design software.”

About OpenRoads CONNECT Edition

OpenRoads CONNECT Edition, by integrating OpenRoads ConceptStation, OpenRoads Designer, and OpenRoads Navigator, ensures a comprehensive modeling environment for the delivery of roadway projects, streamlining and automating workflows across all disciplines to progress designs from conception to detailed design and through construction. OpenRoads’ immersive 3D modeling environment also leverages 3D reality meshes for continuously surveyed context of site conditions throughout design and construction.

Project delivery teams, owner-operators, and construction firms benefit from OpenRoadsconnected data environment—enabled through ProjectWise—to access, store, share, and manage all project data and models, from concept through construction, for information mobility across disciplines and in the field. OpenRoads takes advantage of a connected data environment’s Component Center to enable rapid and consistent modeling for every project, owner, or contractor.

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Image 1 Caption:  OpenRoads Designer introduces a new comprehensive modeling environment to provide construction-driven engineering.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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

Bentley’s <i>OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition</i> Advances Roadway Projects from Conception through Construction

1.11.2016 15:53  

OpenRoads’  Comprehensive Modeling Environment Leverages BIM Advancements to Empower Project Delivery

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition will be available for Early Access on December 1, 2016. OpenRoads CONNECT Edition is the successor to Bentley’s industry leading civil engineering brands InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil.

OpenRoads Designer is a comprehensive, multi-discipline 3D modeling application to advance the delivery of roadway projects from conceptual design through construction. OpenRoads Designer blends traditional engineering workflows for plan, profile, and cross-sections with 3D parametric modeling to enable the model-centric creation of all design deliverables.

OpenRoads Designer supports all aspects of a detailed roadway design including survey, geotechnical, drainage, subsurface utilities, terrain, road, roadway furniture, and more. The incorporation of reality meshes, imagery, point cloud, and other geocoordinated data sources can provide the continuous context of real-world conditions throughout the design and construction lifecycle.

OpenRoads Designer completes the convergence of InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and PowerCivil, but adds many powerful new innovations, including:

      • Progressive Conceptual Design.  Users can directly progress conceptual designs created with OpenRoads ConceptStation, preserving all work and data. (OpenRoads ConceptStation enables rapid conceptual and preliminary design, leveraging existing context captured through reality meshes, point clouds, GIS, and other sources, and creating compelling presentations with engineering precision.)
      • Contextual Design. All detailed design in OpenRoads Designer is driven by functional components, which inherently respond contextually to express appropriate design, annotation, and plan set display behaviors. Design models are expressed in multiple live views including plan, profile, cross section, and 3D; changes in one view are live and dynamically update all views. 
      • Multi-discipline Support.  OpenRoads Designer integrates support for each discipline with specific user profiles dedicated to each discipline. Users can switch discipline perspectives, for instance from Road Design profile to Subsurface Utility profile. 
      • Reality Modeling Tools.  OpenRoads Designer includes a fully-functioned toolset to incorporate and edit all reality modeling data types, including the capability to extract ground-level features from reality meshes and LiDAR, as well as to reference point clouds and imagery.
      • Geotechnical Tools.  Users can connect directly to gINT geotechnical databases to incorporate subsurface terrain details into their models for improving grading and piling. Subsurface terrains can be generated or modeled based on the bore hole materials and projected in road and drainage profiles, sections, and plans.
      • Subsurface Utilities.  Users can select from a large catalog of functional components for utility and drainage to model underground drainage and utility networks. Drainage models, moreover, can be optimized for water flow using integrated water analysis tools, with results available in data tables or visually in a profile view.
      • Rich Deliverables. An expanded set of deliverables range from traditional plan sets and animations to digital construction models—for automated machine control and field positioning systems including for excavation, grading, piling, and paving.
      • Live Plan Generation.  Plan generation need no longer be a separate process limited to a point in time, as settings and annotations are dynamically updated and live in the model. Views are saved with specific display rules and sheet index embedded, making it easy to navigate between model and drawings. Up-to-date drawings can be generated automatically at any time, creating a natural and fluid design environment for both modeling and detailing.
      • Enlivened VisualizationOpenRoads Designer provides direct integration to Bentley LumenRT for producing cinematic visualization, adding vegetation, reflecting nature and climate, and for traffic simulation with VISSIM.

Designs created in OpenRoads Designer benefit from BIM Review through OpenRoads Navigator, in the office, in the field, and at the site. OpenRoads Navigator enables not only visualization and review of 3D designs, but also status visibility—allowing dispersed teams to progress approvals and the resolution of issues.

Bhupinder Singh, chief product officer, Bentley Systems, said, “OpenRoads CONNECT Edition is the culmination of three decades of Bentley leadership and experience gained from thousands of roadway projects around the world. We have conscientiously preserved concepts and continuity from GEOPAK, InRoads, and MX—but the BIM advancements in OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition are so compelling that we and our users are excited to now take full advantage of this next generation in roadway design software.”

About OpenRoads CONNECT Edition

OpenRoads CONNECT Edition, by integrating OpenRoads ConceptStation, OpenRoads Designer, and OpenRoads Navigator, ensures a comprehensive modeling environment for the delivery of roadway projects, streamlining and automating workflows across all disciplines to progress designs from conception to detailed design and through construction. OpenRoads’ immersive 3D modeling environment also leverages 3D reality meshes for continuously surveyed context of site conditions throughout design and construction.

Project delivery teams, owner-operators, and construction firms benefit from OpenRoadsconnected data environment—enabled through ProjectWise—to access, store, share, and manage all project data and models, from concept through construction, for information mobility across disciplines and in the field. OpenRoads takes advantage of a connected data environment’s Component Center to enable rapid and consistent modeling for every project, owner, or contractor.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, ProjectWise, MicroStation, Bentley LumenRT, gINT, OpenRoads, InRoads, MX, GEOPAK 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.

<i>AssetWise</i> Completes Bentley’s <i>CONNECT Edition</i>

1.11.2016 1:00  

Connected Data Environment Spans both Comprehensive Project Delivery and Comprehensive Asset Performance: TOTEX!

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced AssetWise CONNECT Edition. The CONNECT Editions of AssetWise and ProjectWise provide and share a connected data environment, upgrading a common data environment to fully realize the BIM potential of digital engineering models, created during CAPEX, for continuous benefits throughout the OPEX lifecycle. A connected data environment is vital to infrastructure advancement because CAPEX projects are repeatedly necessitated throughout the TOTEX service life of infrastructure assets to sustain their fitness for purpose—and the continuity of digital engineering models, as their “digital DNA” can be a key enabler. Such a connected data environment therefore advances the convergence of engineering technologies (ET) with information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT). 

During the Conference keynote by CEO Greg Bentley, the full span of the completed CONNECT Edition was underscored by invited presenters. Ray O’Connor, CEO of Topcon Positioning Group, demonstrated constructioneering, connecting engineers with surveyors and constructors through joint cloud services offerings. Jacques Lubetzki, executive vice president, Europe Zone, Bureau Veritas, then introduced inspectioneering, for engineers to contribute virtually to operations safety and asset integrity. Finally, David Epp, director, Global ISV Alliances of Microsoft, described ongoing initiatives within its enabling Azure stack, including “cognitive services,” which could be applied dynamically for infrastructure operational intelligence. Such unprecedented BIM advancements have become possible because Bentley’s connected data environment can make the information within digital engineering models secure, open, and live.

AssetWise CONNECT Edition

To uniquely enable comprehensive asset performance, AssetWise CONNECT Editions asset lifecycle information management services robustly support the capabilities previously offered separately through:

  • eB;
  • Exor;
  • Optram;
  • InspectTech;
  • SUPERLOAD;
  • APM (formerly Ivara); and
  • Amulet.

AssetWise offerings are already utilized by 25 of the 50 largest Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, ranked globally by their net infrastructure value (see BI 500).

AssetWise CONNECT Editions connected data environment is made possible by the technologies now in common between design, construction, and operations work: intrinsic 3D geocoordination, accelerated by advances such as Bentley’s reality modeling; engineering precision; self-describing data; information mobility; and work process automation.  Accordingly, information maintained through AssetWise CONNECT Edition inherently understands and can act upon its:

  • geospatial context;
  • reality context;
  • network and linear context;
  • digital engineering model context;
  • change integrity context;
  • reliability context;
  • enterprise IT context; and
  • lifecycle context.

AssetWise CONNECT Edition helps owner-operators manage their infrastructure assets for engineering integrity, compliance, and performance modeling, through these new subscription offerings, sized based on the scope of assets covered:

  • Asset Lifecycle Information Management: providing structured control of asset information and managed change throughout the asset lifecycle;
  • Asset Reliability: reducing risk associated with asset failure through proactive inspection and maintenance programs and smarter decisions for improved asset reliability, integrity, and performance;
  • Operational Analytics: automating better operational decisions with data mining, aggregation, and calculation tools for right-time predictions and actions; and
  • Enterprise Interoperability: facilitating the interoperation of multiple data sources for visibility of mission-critical asset information.

CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment: Applications

At The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference, MicroStation CONNECT Edition and Navigator CONNECT Edition applications were introduced. CONNECT Edition applications advance schema consistency and incorporate MicroStation CONNECT Edition innovations such as functional components and cross-discipline Documentation Center, for unprecedented intraoperability.

During 2016, a stream of CONNECT Editions of design, analytical, construction, and reality modeling applications have been released including AutoPipe, Descartes, Pointools, gINT, RM, LARS, SACS, MOSES, MAXSURF, SITEOPS, STAAD, and RAM.  OpenRoads ConceptStation was introduced earlier this year, and OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition was announced at the Conference. CONNECT Editions of AECOsim Building Designer, MineCycle, Promis.e, OpenUtilities, and OpenPlant, during the first half of 2017,will complete the cycle.

CONNECT Edition applications and services will be accessed by each user through Bentley’s new Connection Center, with personalized project profiles, “playbooks,” and dashboards. Significantly, Connection Center takes full advantage of Azure cloud services to enable a spectrum of new “just-in-time” personalized services from Bentley software and engineering experts and to assure that CONNECT Edition applications are always up to date.

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Commercial Innovations

ProjectWise for worksharing is already used by 44 of the 50 largest, and by 355 of the 641 Engineering News-Record  Top Design Firms globally. ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, introduced at The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference, leverages Azure cloud services to extend its BIM-enabling Collaboration Center capabilities for comprehensive project delivery beyond organizations and users of on-premises servers. To date in 2016, Azure-provisioned ProjectWise and AssetWise services have achieved availability service levels above 99.8 percent.

CONNECT Edition servers are “UNLIMITED,” with no licensing charges for those either Azure-provisioned, deployed on-premises, or in any hybrid combination. ProjectWise services are instead charged for the value generated through their “consumption,” based on actual usage determined after every calendar quarter. Each unique user is charged for a Passport, which “universally” entitles access to, and usage of, connected environment data, including through “apps” for issue resolution, submittal and/or transmittal of deliverables, dashboard visibility, and more. Users may also be charged in a quarter for Visas to the extent of their actual usage of additional functionality. Accordingly, ProjectWise user organizations no longer bear fixed costs and charges are aligned with realized BIM outcomes.

At the Conference, Bentley introduced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services for organizations seeking to institutionalize BIM advancements, purposefully propagating best practices in “going digital” through shared resources:

  • Automation Center for standardizing repeatable workflows and deliverables;
  • Components Center to share catalogs and to accumulate intelligence across design, fabrication, asset registry, and reliability experience; and
  • Optioneering Center for leveraging parallel computing resources, including for cross-discipline design and analytical scenarios and insights.

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition Visas include:

  • Design Integration Visa (work-sharing and integration workflows, to include Automation and Components);
  • BIM Review Visa (including Navigator Clash Resolution, Schedule Simulation);
  • BIM Standards Management Visa (to define standard workflow templates, Automation, Components, Forms);
  • Optioneering Visa;
  • Construction Management Visa (EADOC);
  • Advanced Work Packaging Visa (ConstructSim); and
  • Completions Visa (asset commissioning and handover).

Through Success Plans, Bentley Systems’ expert professionals can be virtually dedicated, through Azure cloud services, to ensure service levels:

  • Enterprise Success Plans assign to Bentley responsibility for ProjectWise and/or AssetWise system administration and project provisioning;
  • Project (or Business Unit) Success Plans virtually embed Bentley BIM and application experts, engineering-credentialed, to introduce and propagate BIM advancements, which can include leveraging Automation Center, Components Center, and Optioneering Center.

Uniquely, Success Plan services are also charged at the end of each quarter, per actual user covered.

Bentley’s Cloud Service Subscription program, a supplement to Bentley’s SELECT Subscription or Enterprise License Subscription, which are for desktop applications, uniquely enables “consumption-based” charges to work within predictable budgeting—without any “use-it-or-lose-it” risk. An annual Cloud Service Subscription contract value payment can be flexibly applied after each quarter to cover Passport, Visa, Term License, and/or Success Plan charges incurred, with any balance carried forward indefinitely.

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About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, MicroStation, ProjectWise, eB, Exor, Optram, InspectTech, SUPERLOAD, APM, AutoPIPE, gINT, Maxsurf, SITEOPS, STAAD, RAM, SELECT, Be, Promis.e, AutoPIPE, Descartes, Pointools, SACS, MOSES, AECOsim Building Designer, MineCycle, OpenRoads and Amulet 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.

The <i>Year in Infrastructure 2016</i> Conference Showcases China’s BIM Advancements and <i>Industrialization</i> of its Building Industry

1.11.2016 1:00  

Unprecedented Scope and Diversity of Finalists and Awardees;
CABRTech CEO Mr. Jiefeng Xu Addresses Building Forum

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today reported respects in which China sets the pace globally for BIM advancements.This year, the independent juries of the Be Inspired Awards selected nine Chinese projects among 54 finalists, an unprecedented performance. In particular, the Chinese building industry is rapidly applying BIM advancements to achieve the benefits of “industrialized” processes. Mr. Jiefeng Xu, the CEO of CABRTech, the software unit of the China Academy of Building Research, addressed the Conference’s Building Forum about the industrialization of the building industry and CABRTech’s adoption of Bentley’s BIM platform for its new PKPM-BIM software product.

CABRTech

CABRTech, the leader in Chinese building software, continues to advance “BIM for Buildings” in China through its new PKPM-BIM software product, developed to meet the specific demands and challenges of the Chinese building industry—including local standards and especially the use of precast building components. CABRTech’s PKPM structural software is already the local market standard in China. Significantly, to develop PKPM-BIM for the Chinese market, CABRTech selected Bentley’s BIM platform technology and worked closely with Bentley’s technical teams from the outset. PKPM-BIM was released this summer and is being widely promoted and successfully adopted to advance “BIM for Buildings” in China.

For comprehensive project delivery, PKPM-BIM can take advantage of Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration system, which can be delivered with PKPM-BIM. PKPM-BIM can also leverage the interoperability of Bentley’s BIM platform for integration across infrastructure disciplines, which is particularly important considering the “campus scale” of industrialized building projects in China.

Chinese Finalists and Awardees at this year’s Conference who are showcasing significant BIM advancements include:

Finalist in Innovation in Building: Multi-Discipline Design Coordination and Design Simulation for Cultural Sports Center

China Aerospace Construction Group Co., Ltd., working with Chongqing Liansheng Construction Project Management, provided project management and integrated design and construction services for the CNY 720 million Inner Mongolia Ethnic Minorities Cultural Sports Center in Hohhot, China. BIM advancements enabled by AECOsim Building Designer provided 3D project control, multi-discipline design coordination, building optimization, and reduction in project costs. Additionally, design time, errors, material quantity, and rework rates were reduced. In one case, optimization reduced earthwork from 370,000 to 70,000 cubic meters, saving more than CNY 20 million. Zhao Yanyan, director, BIM Center of China Aerospace Construction Group Co., Ltd., said, “The integration of information and modeling through BIM technology has enabled close collaboration between project teams, clearer communication among stakeholders through visualization, and has minimized errors through clash detection and preliminary simulation of complex processes.”

Special Recognition Award Winner for Project Delivery: Collaborative Network Unifies 350 Project Teams for Beijing’s Tallest Building

CITIC HEYE Investment Co., Ltd., headquartered in Beijing, is a leader in real estate development, engineering contracting, development, and construction. Working in concert with as many as 350 design, construction, and consultant teams, CITIC HEYE is involved in an ambitious development program in Beijing’s central business district that includes nine ultra-high-rise buildings of more than 200 meters. The crown jewel will be the CITIC Tower (a.k.a., China Zun), at 528 meters the tallest building in Beijing, and the first structure over 500 meters to be built in an area with 8-degree seismic fortification intensity. The project team is using dual internal and external ProjectWise platforms to ensure timely synchronization of project data and documents across the collaborative network, helping to deliver the project 1.4 times faster. A CITIC Heye Investment Co., Ltd manager said, “Using ProjectWise we achieved optimal data efficiency, the lowest cost, and the most effective management of our project information. It has enabled synchronous design, collaborative work across companies involved in the project, and efficient construction.”

Finalist in Innovation in Utilities and Communications: Mega-substation Inside City Building Meets Energy Needs

Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation (HEEC), a subsidiary of POWERCHINA Limited, specializes in the planning, design, and construction of power generation plants, power grids, substations, and related infrastructure. Its CNY 172 million Miaoshan 220kV Secondary Transformer Substation project was designed to meet Year 2030 energy demands in Wuhan, Hubei province. HEEC laid out and designed the three-story facility, which housed three sets of 240-megavolt ampere transformers and included multiple outgoing lines that took into account the constraints of the dense urban location. HEEC used Bentley AECOsim Building Designer, ProjectWise, Substation, Raceway and Cable Management, and ProStructures to design the substation and facilitate project collaboration. ProjectWise allowed the project team to work in a unified model space, increasing efficiency and helping to solve clashes. Avoiding rework in at least 10 instances saved CNY 2 million. When completed, the substation will optimize the power grid and improve the quality of life for more than 400,000 people. Wang Wei, team leader, digital center, Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation, said, “Bentley’s BIM solution has been fully applied across disciplines and all stages of the project, resulting in significant design improvements and greater project quality and efficiency, and providing strong technical support for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the substation.”

Finalist in Innovation in Building: Iconic Commercial Tower Leverages Optioneering through BIM Advancements

Morphosis, a North American-based design architect specializing in innovative buildings and urban environments, designed a mixed-use commercial building in Shenzhen using an innovative approach to work and social spaces. With a structural steel skeleton, faceted façade, and offset core configuration, the design of the 350-meter-tall Hanking Center Tower posed substantial challenges for the project team. Morphosis implemented a comprehensive BIM strategy to create a clearinghouse for design data and documentation. The integrated 3D design process, seamless workflow, and cross-platform interoperability enabled unprecedented design exploration and coordination, and iterative modeling expedited the optioneering and rapid prototyping of the building. Cory Brugger, director of design technology, Morphosis, said, “The success of this highly innovative, iconic skyscraper is supported by Bentley’s modeling platforms, which provided an environment for the development and communication of accurate and highly interoperable information for the international project team.”

Finalist in Innovation in Land Development: Cost Reduction through Process Optimization for Olympics Project

Beijing Shougang International Engineering (BSIET), an international engineering company headquartered in Beijing, provides engineering services for municipal, architectural, and other industries. On behalf of the 2022 Winter Olympic Organizing Committee, BSIET is designing and constructing the future Olympics plaza in Shougang, a historic industrial site located in Shijingshan District, Beijing. The project, Xishi Winter Olympics Square Project of Shougang Industrial Area Transformation, consists of legacy facilities in a protected area with strict building requirements. The project team’s challenge is to build a plaza that retains the area’s original steel factory aesthetic while repurposing buildings with green technology. Using AECOsim Building Designer, Raceway and Cable Management, Descartes, GEOPAK, Map, MicroStation, Navigator, OpenPlant, ProjectWise, ProStructures, PowerCivil, and Pointools has helped BSIET meet rigorous project parameters and optimize many processes. Li Hongguang, project manager of Xishi Winter Olympics Square Project of Old Shougang Industrial Area Transformation, said, “Bentley’s BIM solutions have benefited every stage of the project, including complete data integrity and a seamless data connection, allowing all our project teams to focus only on the project itself and not on the technology.”

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

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Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, MicroStation, Be, ProjectWise, AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, GEOPAK, Map, Navigator, OpenPlant, ProStructures, PowerCivil, and Pointools 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.

<i>AssetWise</i> Completes Bentley’s <i>CONNECT Edition</i>

1.11.2016 1:00  

Connected Data Environment Spans both Comprehensive Project Delivery and Comprehensive Asset Performance: TOTEX!

LONDON – The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced AssetWise CONNECT Edition. The CONNECT Editions of AssetWise and ProjectWise provide and share a connected data environment, upgrading a common data environment to fully realize the BIM potential of digital engineering models, created during CAPEX, for continuous benefits throughout the OPEX lifecycle. A connected data environment is vital to infrastructure advancement because CAPEX projects are repeatedly necessitated throughout the TOTEX service life of infrastructure assets to sustain their fitness for purpose—and the continuity of digital engineering models, as their “digital DNA” can be a key enabler. Such a connected data environment therefore advances the convergence of engineering technologies (ET) with information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT). 

During the Conference keynote by CEO Greg Bentley, the full span of the completed CONNECT Edition was underscored by invited presenters. Ray O’Connor, CEO of Topcon Positioning Group, demonstrated constructioneering, connecting engineers with surveyors and constructors through joint cloud services offerings. Jacques Lubetzki, executive vice president, Europe Zone, Bureau Veritas, then introduced inspectioneering, for engineers to contribute virtually to operations safety and asset integrity. Finally, David Epp, director, Global ISV Alliances of Microsoft, described ongoing initiatives within its enabling Azure stack, including “cognitive services,” which could be applied dynamically for infrastructure operational intelligence. Such unprecedented BIM advancements have become possible because Bentley’s connected data environment can make the information within digital engineering models secure, open, and live.

AssetWise CONNECT Edition

To uniquely enable comprehensive asset performance, AssetWise CONNECT Editions asset lifecycle information management services robustly support the capabilities previously offered separately through:

  • eB;
  • Exor;
  • Optram;
  • InspectTech;
  • SUPERLOAD;
  • APM (formerly Ivara); and
  • Amulet.

AssetWise offerings are already utilized by 25 of the 50 largest Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, ranked globally by their net infrastructure value (see BI 500).

AssetWise CONNECT Editions connected data environment is made possible by the technologies now in common between design, construction, and operations work: intrinsic 3D geocoordination, accelerated by advances such as Bentley’s reality modeling; engineering precision; self-describing data; information mobility; and work process automation.  Accordingly, information maintained through AssetWise CONNECT Edition inherently understands and can act upon its:

  • geospatial context;
  • reality context;
  • network and linear context;
  • digital engineering model context;
  • change integrity context;
  • reliability context;
  • enterprise IT context; and
  • lifecycle context.

AssetWise CONNECT Edition helps owner-operators manage their infrastructure assets for engineering integrity, compliance, and performance modeling, through these new subscription offerings, sized based on the scope of assets covered:

  • Asset Lifecycle Information Management: providing structured control of asset information and managed change throughout the asset lifecycle;
  • Asset Reliability: reducing risk associated with asset failure through proactive inspection and maintenance programs and smarter decisions for improved asset reliability, integrity, and performance;
  • Operational Analytics: automating better operational decisions with data mining, aggregation, and calculation tools for right-time predictions and actions; and
  • Enterprise Interoperability: facilitating the interoperation of multiple data sources for visibility of mission-critical asset information.

CONNECT Edition’s Comprehensive Modeling Environment: Applications

At The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference, MicroStation CONNECT Edition and Navigator CONNECT Edition applications were introduced. CONNECT Edition applications advance schema consistency and incorporate MicroStation CONNECT Edition innovations such as functional components and cross-discipline Documentation Center, for unprecedented intraoperability.

During 2016, a stream of CONNECT Editions of design, analytical, construction, and reality modeling applications have been released including AutoPipe, Descartes, Pointools, gINT, RM, LARS, SACS, MOSES, MAXSURF, SITEOPS, STAAD, and RAM.  OpenRoads ConceptStation was introduced earlier this year, and OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition was announced at the Conference. CONNECT Editions of AECOsim Building Designer, MineCycle, Promis.e, OpenUtilities, and OpenPlant, during the first half of 2017,will complete the cycle.

CONNECT Edition applications and services will be accessed by each user through Bentley’s new Connection Center, with personalized project profiles, “playbooks,” and dashboards. Significantly, Connection Center takes full advantage of Azure cloud services to enable a spectrum of new “just-in-time” personalized services from Bentley software and engineering experts and to assure that CONNECT Edition applications are always up to date.

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Commercial Innovations

ProjectWise for worksharing is already used by 44 of the 50 largest, and by 355 of the 641 Engineering News-Record  Top Design Firms globally. ProjectWise CONNECT Edition, introduced at The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference, leverages Azure cloud services to extend its BIM-enabling Collaboration Center capabilities for comprehensive project delivery beyond organizations and users of on-premises servers. To date in 2016, Azure-provisioned ProjectWise and AssetWise services have achieved availability service levels above 99.8 percent.

CONNECT Edition servers are “UNLIMITED,” with no licensing charges for those either Azure-provisioned, deployed on-premises, or in any hybrid combination. ProjectWise services are instead charged for the value generated through their “consumption,” based on actual usage determined after every calendar quarter. Each unique user is charged for a Passport, which “universally” entitles access to, and usage of, connected environment data, including through “apps” for issue resolution, submittal and/or transmittal of deliverables, dashboard visibility, and more. Users may also be charged in a quarter for Visas to the extent of their actual usage of additional functionality. Accordingly, ProjectWise user organizations no longer bear fixed costs and charges are aligned with realized BIM outcomes.

At the Conference, Bentley introduced new ProjectWise CONNECT Edition cloud services for organizations seeking to institutionalize BIM advancements, purposefully propagating best practices in “going digital” through shared resources:

  • Automation Center for standardizing repeatable workflows and deliverables;
  • Components Center to share catalogs and to accumulate intelligence across design, fabrication, asset registry, and reliability experience; and
  • Optioneering Center for leveraging parallel computing resources, including for cross-discipline design and analytical scenarios and insights.

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition Visas include:

  • Design Integration Visa (work-sharing and integration workflows, to include Automation and Components);
  • BIM Review Visa (including Navigator Clash Resolution, Schedule Simulation);
  • BIM Standards Management Visa (to define standard workflow templates, Automation, Components, Forms);
  • Optioneering Visa;
  • Construction Management Visa (EADOC);
  • Advanced Work Packaging Visa (ConstructSim); and
  • Completions Visa (asset commissioning and handover).

Through Success Plans, Bentley Systems’ expert professionals can be virtually dedicated, through Azure cloud services, to ensure service levels:

  • Enterprise Success Plans assign to Bentley responsibility for ProjectWise and/or AssetWise system administration and project provisioning;
  • Project (or Business Unit) Success Plans virtually embed Bentley BIM and application experts, engineering-credentialed, to introduce and propagate BIM advancements, which can include leveraging Automation Center, Components Center, and Optioneering Center.

Uniquely, Success Plan services are also charged at the end of each quarter, per actual user covered.

Bentley’s Cloud Service Subscription program, a supplement to Bentley’s SELECT Subscription or Enterprise License Subscription, which are for desktop applications, uniquely enables “consumption-based” charges to work within predictable budgeting—without any “use-it-or-lose-it” risk. An annual Cloud Service Subscription contract value payment can be flexibly applied after each quarter to cover Passport, Visa, Term License, and/or Success Plan charges incurred, with any balance carried forward indefinitely.

About Bentley Systems

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

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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

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

# # #

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, MicroStation, ProjectWise, eB, Exor, Optram, InspectTech, SUPERLOAD, APM, AutoPIPE, gINT, Maxsurf, SITEOPS, STAAD, RAM, SELECT, Be, Promis.e, AutoPIPE, Descartes, Pointools, SACS, MOSES, AECOsim Building Designer, MineCycle, OpenRoads and Amulet 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.

Optioneering Center Cloud Services Enable Optimization and Performance Insight for Better Structural and Offshore Designs and Reduced Risk

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces Optioneering Center, cloud-based services made available on the Connection Center, that will help engineers win more business, design safer and more effective structures, and improve operational efficiency.

The initial Optioneering Center offerings include three cloud services for structural and offshore engineers:

  • Scenario Services for scalable, simultaneous, cloud-based analysis of alternate STAAD or SACS design models and powerful Web visualization capabilities to compare and communicate scenarios;
  • Analytical Insights delivered initially for RAM Structural users to provide automated quality assurance review and provide insight and recommendations for improved design performance; and
  • Design Services, tools to enable optioneering in the field, starting with the popular RAM SBeam design utility;

Key capabilities include the ability to:

  • Analyze multiple design alternatives simultaneously on the cloud using Scenario Services for STAAD.Pro or SACS;
  • Visually compare and communicate performance tradeoffs of designs with Scenario Services and STAAD;
  • Identify areas of designs that are unsafe, costly, or not constructible with Analytical Insights; and
  • Quickly perform optioneering in the field quickly with Design Services.

All services are offered under a consumption-based Bentley Optioneering Visa, which allows users to scale the number of users to meet project needs. The Optioneering Visa services enable users to win projects through the ability to provide clients more conceptual alternatives in a short time and reduces risk by identifying areas of the design that have variance from historic norms and corporate standards. It also improves operational efficiency by facilitating flow of information from office to field and back.

Raoul Karp, VP, development, analytical modeling, with Bentley, said, “With the new Scenario Services, structural engineers can leverage their STAAD.Pro design experience to perform parametric studies and investigate almost any number of design alternatives in virtually the same time it takes to consider a single design. Also, users can take advantage of the power of the cloud to do more than just analyze their models. They can also now visually compare the performance of design alternatives together with any stakeholder to select the optimal designs.”

Ben Rogowski, P.E., project engineer, John A. Martin & Associates, said, “Structural Insights will help us reduce our firm’s risk by ensuring that designs conform to our standards. It’s also a great way to save time by allowing management to quickly review design progress without having to print out a bunch of plans and elevations, or even opening the design application. And further, with the ability to compare against historical projects we will be able to quickly identify where, and then how, to improve our designs.”

About STAAD.Pro
STAAD.Pro enables engineers to design any type of structure and share synchronized model data among their entire design team. Regardless of complexity, users can deliver steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and cold-formed steel projects on time and on budget. Engineers can confidently design structures anywhere in the world using over 80 international codes, reducing the need to learn multiple software applications. With STAAD.Pro’s flexible modeling environment and advanced features such as dynamic change revisions and management, firms can provide accurate and economical designs to their clients and quickly turnaround change requests.

About RAM Structural System
RAM Structural System helps engineers efficiently produce high-quality and economical designs, using various concrete, steel, and joist building materials; all in compliance with local building codes. Firms can use RAM Structural System to design anything from individual components to large-scale building and foundations maximizing their software investment with fully integrated applications for complete building analysis, design, and drafting for both steel and concrete structures. Engineers can easily share structural data with applications such as Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer, Revit, and Tekla, and through Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) workflows. 

About SACS
SACS helps engineers improve design quality and predict offshore structural performance using a unified analysis environment that enables the efficient exploration of alternatives. Users can streamline processes with automated structural workflows to apply specialized analyses essential to any offshore project. This includes nonlinear structural analysis and dynamic response analysis due to environmental loads, impact effects, and severe accidental loading. Operational safety is improved by allowing engineers to analyze ship impact and dropped objects, and minimize risk through offshore-specific load generation. Engineers can efficiently visualize complex structural response via interactive graphical review of analysis and fatigue, thus avoiding rework and potential project delays.

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    Image 1 Caption:  Scenario Services allows quick, visual comparison of the performance of multiple design alternatives.
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    Image 2 Caption: Quickly identify where your designs violate performance thresholds with Analytical Insights.

AutoPIPE Vessel Capabilities Optimize Pressure Vessel Design in Manufacturing and Power Generation Industries in Full Compliance with the Latest Chinese Standards

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces availability of the new Chinese GB-150 code in AutoPIPE Vessel, expanding its commitment to serve the large domestic Chinese market and address the infrastructure needs of the second largest economy in the world. Engineers can now efficiently design static equipment in accordance with Chinese domestic pressure vessel codes, including Chinese wind and seismic codes GB 50009 and GB 50011, respectively. 

These new capabilities enable users to:

  • Perform advanced optimization for component and full vessel design in accordance with Chinese GB-150 codes to find the most cost-effective engineering solutions;
  • Design using an extensive database of GB code materials and flange standards;
  • Design for wind and seismic loads in accordance with Chinese GB 50009 and 50011 standards;
  • Generate a comprehensive set of automated load combinations covering a full range of loading conditions including installation, lifting, test, operation, and shutdown, as well as special loadings for transport motion and blast explosions;
  • Produce intelligent 2D drawings and precise 3D i-models that can be viewed using the built-in DGN viewer or used with other Bentley applications;
  • Generate 2D drawings and 3D models created by other applications, such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks;
  • Create bill of materials and cost-estimate reports in Microsoft Word or Excel.

Engineers in China can now achieve compliance with regional and global standards, pressure vessel design codes and regional wind, seismic, wave, and blast-loading codes. They can design for both brownfield and greenfield projects, and shorten design time and rework by eliminating guesswork. Both international bidders for Chinese projects and domestic Chinese companies now have a competitive advantage by offering design capabilities meeting Chinese codes and standards.

Zou Tong, senior equipment engineer and IT manager, Sinopec, said, “With the new GB-150 code incorporated in AutoPIPE Vessel, we now have all the codes that we need. This addition will greatly advance the future of manufacturing and support the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan, which is a very important part of the growing Chinese petrochemical industry.” 

Phil Christensen, VP, analytical modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “This extension of AutoPIPE Vessel to assist with Chinese design code compliance exemplifies Bentley’s global approach to product development. We have responded quickly to our Chinese users’ requirements for code compliance in this fast growing market.”

About AutoPIPE Vessel
AutoPIPE Vessel helps engineers quickly create accurate designs for the safe operation of vessels under all loading conditions for pressure vessels, heat exchangers, tanks, and air coolers. Users can design faster with fully automatic vessel design optimization, and confidently account for installation and operating conditions. Compliance with many regional standards, including pressure vessel design codes from the past 10 years and regional wind, seismic, wave, and blast-loading codes support global project execution. Engineers can design for both brownfield and greenfield projects, and shorten design time and rework by eliminating guesswork.

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    Image 1 Caption: Vessel Optimization utilizing GB-150 design standards and GB wind and seismic loading
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CITIC Investment Co Ltd. Delivers China Zun Tower in an Innovative Factory Setting

31.10.2016 1:00  

China Zun Tower, part of the rejuvenation of Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD), is a symbol of national identity. The skyscraper will be home to CITIC Group and CITIC Bank headquarters and attract international financial institutions and top 500 enterprises of China to Beijing. Innovative planning and technology provided an integrated platform for intelligent construction to complete the project using prefabricated sections in only 62 months, faster than any other skyscraper in Beijing. The intelligent construction platform is the world’s largest using a jumping lift with service height over 500 meters and carrying two cranes. The speed of construction is about 1.4 times the average construction speed of similar super high-rise buildings already built in China.

The China Zun Tower design not only pursues a unique visual aesthetic, but seeks to design and build a structure to meet functional and high security requirements. The total building area is 437,000 square meters and 528 meters high, with 108 floors above ground and seven floors below ground. The shape is based on the traditional Chinese sacrificial wine vessel, while the design is based on the Kongming lantern. The building design effectively reduces wind load, withstands earthquakes of 8 degrees and has a low-carbon footprint with lighting, heat, insulation, water, waste disposal, ventilation, and other aspects to reduce energy consumption. The building also achieved green “Samsung” certification as a landmark high-rise green building.

CITIC established ProjectWise as China’s first enterprise-wide platform for information management and collaboration for a 350-person team spanning owner, designer, inspector, general contractor, and subcontractors. To manage the massive amount of project data, CITIC set up a “CITIC and ProjectWise Management Platform” for internal use and “ProjectWise Platform for Project” for external use. These ProjectWise systems were synchronized and all the construction units, including the owners, design leaders, and construction and electromechanical general contractors, were equipped with four integrated collaborative networks to ensure timely synchronization of engineering information. The ProjectWise solution managed engineering, design, and construction audit drawings to enable automated workflows and secure storage.

With over 40 permission levels, ProjectWise enabled collaboration of the construction units in different stages of the project in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, and other places, so the owners and project participants had a secure network access to manage the project’s 540,000 documents throughout the project lifecycle. Routine files were transmitted synchronously every 12 hours, and critical files were transmitted synchronously every four hours. This strategy allowed design and construction teams to work together early on in the project to break information barriers and work simultaneously to shorten the project lifecycle.

On site, workers used i-models and Bentley Navigator for BIM review and engineering coordination to plan long-range collaborative work. Engineers used Navigator Mobile for design reviews, QA/QC, inspections, multi-discipline design coordination, and to improve on-site management efficiency. The team also used Navigator Mobile extensively for construction management to provide BIM models to the remote teams who were able to collaborate on multi-discipline design review and issues resolution with Web-based access to unified project information. The centralized storage and quick, secure access to project information is expected to save 15 percent in productivity costs.

The China Zun Tower established many “firsts” in China, including:

  • Implementing ProjectWise to provide full collaboration among the owner, designer, inspector, general contractor, and subcontractors;
  • Eight basement floors, which account for the most basement floors among Chinese Skyscrapers;
  • Largest quantity of one-time concrete pouring for foundation slabs;
  • Placing temporary and permanent firefighting systems during construction to eliminate turnover time and safeguard construction.

World “firsts” include:

  • First skyscraper built on the assumption of 8 degrees of seismic fortification intensity to exceed 500 meters;
  • First intelligent jumping steel platform for construction integration, which resulted in the largest plan area and carrying capacity in civil engineering;
  • First jump lift to carry two cranes and with service height over 500 meters.

Luo Nengjun, deputy general manager, CITIC Industry Investment Co., Ltd., said, “During the construction of the super-high-level project, CITIC and its project participants set up a new information management model and formed a complete information delivery standard using Bentley’s ProjectWise collaborative worksharing network. This went beyond the barriers of information transmission, and effectively enhanced the project management level.”

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HNTB Delivers Rapid and Iterative Conceptual Designs for new I-84/ Route 8 Interchange with OpenRoads ConceptStation

31.10.2016 1:00  

The I-84 and SR-8 interchange, which provides access to downtown Waterbury, Connecticut, is a critical link to the US interstate system. Originally designed and constructed in the 1960s with a stacked design containing double-decker sections, the interchange now carries an estimated 150,000 vehicles a day, triple the amount it accommodated when first built. In addition to the serious capacity issues, Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is facing increasing maintenance costs in order to address bridge deficiencies.

ConnDOT engaged HNTB Corporation to study and recommend a preferred design alternative and to develop the detailed design of an upgraded interchange to current construction standards. The final design also needed to provide easier access to Waterbury’s central business district, fuelling further re-development along the Naugatuck River, which runs parallel with SR-8. Key objectives for this USD 2 billion project included meeting the capacity issues, but also delivering safety improvements that would address geometric deficiencies identified in a 2010 Interchange Needs Study.

HNTB’s biggest challenge was to implement a solution that would enabled it to quickly develop alternatives that met current design criteria, evaluate constructability, manage data across many locations, visualize and review results, and ultimately deliver costings. It was the team’s combined use of OpenRoads ConceptStation, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads technology within Bentley’s InRoads, and the ability to share data between phases and disciplines of the project, which proved critical to HNTB’s success.

OpenRoads ConceptStation provided designers with the ability to quickly and efficiently evaluate different scenarios using the required design standards. Its GeoCoordination Services helped the team save time and money by helping them quickly locate and organize relevant project context at the beginning of the project. In addition, HNTB reduced conceptual design time by four days using OpenRoads ConceptStation as compared to the traditional detailed design workflow. The software also enabled the design team to pass conceptual design models, including horizontal and vertical geometry, seamlessly to the detailed design phase. Using the embedded Bentley LumenRT engine, OpenRoads ConceptStation’s visualization capabilities also allowed the team to rapidly review the complete project in a rich 3D environment and communicate options to all stakeholders involved.

Due to the complexity and condensed footprint of the interchange, bridge clearance and pier locations were critical to design and constructability. OpenBridge Modeler helped HNTB design and model all of the bridges within the same modeling environment, ensuring potential conflicts were identified and resolved early in the process. ProjectWise was used for storage of the refined project data and shared by key members of the project team to ensure efficient collaboration.

Kevin Schlereth, PE, delivery technology group manager, HNTB Corporation, said, “Bentley’s understanding of design requirements has created a powerful tool for conceptual design. Today’s project schedules are getting shorter and shorter, and time savings is critical to project success.”

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    Image 1 Caption: Revised I-84 and SR-8 interchange downtown Waterbury, Connecticut, in OpenRoads ConceptStation. Image Attribution: HNTB Corporation
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    Image 2 Caption: Conceptual design for I-84 and SR-8 interchange showing Naugatuck River in OpenRoads ConceptStation. Image Attribution: HNTB Corporation
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    Image 3 Caption: Visualization of new I-84 and SR-8 interchange using OpenRoads ConceptStation and embedded LumenRT functionality. Image Attribution: HNTB Corporation

Morphosis Leverages Bentley BIM Advancements to Create Innovative, Iconic Building for Shenzhen, China

31.10.2016 1:00  

As the new icon for the Shenzhen high-tech industrial sector, the Hanking Center Tower is designed as an incubator for emerging technologies, providing space for rapidly growing, young firms with an innovative approach to circulation, social, and work spaces made possible by the tower’s unique offset core configuration. With high-end commercial office spaces anchored by a retail and dining hub in the podium, the tower serves Shenzhen’s growing body of global professionals and its slender design will redefine the Shenzhen skyline.

The form of the tower is primarily defined by its pioneering steel structural system, which offsets the primary movement and service cores to the exterior of the floorplate. Shifting the cores open the main body of the tower, significantly minimizing the building’s structural footprint while maximizing open space.

Based in the United States, Morphosis was hired as the design architect for this 350-meter-tall tower, and to provide the detailing and specifications for all the exterior envelope and public spaces throughout the building. Working closely with a U.S.-based engineering firm and a local Chinese-based design institute responsible for all contracting activities, Morphosis maintained a complete and up-to-date building information model (BIM) of the entire project. BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle. The building information model efficiently coordinates any required changes in the building geometry, or system details. Further, the comprehensive BIM strategy is being used to review and coordinate construction RFIs and shop drawing submittals from the general contractor and its sub-contractors.

This project used Bentley’s design modeling applications, including AECOsim Building Designer and MicroStation, to translate geometric and BIM data for use by other applications and allowed the team to focus on providing a highly detailed and well-developed building information model. This integrated process ensured that all key stakeholders were focused on developing the project in 3D instead of the traditional 2D documentation. Using Bentley Navigator and Bentley’s mobile apps, detailed 3D models are able to be shared among key stakeholders, enabling the team’s collective investment in a comprehensive building information model and allowing for a seamless workflow among the architect, project consultants, and subcontractors.

Cory Brugger, director of design technology, Morphosis, said, “The design and development of innovative buildings is dependent upon the quality of information and speed at which the project team can receive feedback from an iterative design process. We rely on the development of an integrated project BIM as a central part of this process. The reliability of Bentley’s products provided our design team with the tools necessary to successfully deliver the Hanking Center Tower. The success of this highly innovative, iconic skyscraper is supported by Bentley’s modeling platforms, which provided an environment for the development and communication of accurate and highly interoperable information for the multi-national team involved in the project.”

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    Image 1 Caption: The elegant 350-meter-tall Hanking Center Tower will redefine the Shenzhen Skyline.
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    Image 2 Caption: Leveraging BIM advancements from Bentley, Morphosis could coordinate design, engineering, and construction to deliver this innovative, iconic building.

Organizations Extend BIM Review from the Office to the Field and Improve Project Coordination

31.10.2016 1:00  

Organizations across many industries are using Bentley’s BIM Review applications to coordinate the exchange of 3D digital models and project documents among engineering, construction, and completions professionals, leading to improved project outcomes. The Bentley BIM Review Visa provides users access to Bentley Navigator and OpenRoads Navigator, as well as Bentley’s Navigator Mobile, ProjectWise Edge, and ProjectWise WorkSite mobile applications to support BIM review workflows in the office, site, and field. With the BIM Review Visa organizations can set a subscription level that matches anticipated usage and are billed only for what they use.

Engineers, constructors, and inspectors benefit by having access to models and project information in the field. Using Bentley’s BIM Review applications and apps design firms can facilitate the coordination of disciplines, speed design approvals, and reduce re-designs. Construction teams can collaborate with the office to gain insight into project planning and execution details, and quickly resolve issues found in the field. Operational professionals gain visibility into an asset’s information with complete 3D visual context, leading to improved safety and speeding inspections and maintenance.

Cory Brugger, director, design technology, Morphosis, said, “The design and development of innovative buildings is dependent upon the quality of information and speed at which the project team can receive feedback from an iterative design process. We rely on the development of an integrated project BIM as a central part of this process. The reliability of Bentley’s products provided our design team with the tools necessary to successfully deliver the Hanking Center Tower. The success of this highly innovative, iconic skyscraper is supported by Bentley’s modeling platforms, which provided an environment for the development and communication of accurate and highly interoperable information for the multi-national team involved in the project.”

The widespread adoption of BIM Review is showcased in this year’s 2016 Be Inspired Awards nominations:

  • Innovation in Building: Hanking Center Tower
    Bentley’s Navigator Mobile and apps allowed the engineering team and the local design institute in China to access up-to-date 3D models, coordinate changes, and review construction documents. The integrated 3D design process, seamless workflow, and cross-platform interoperability among architect, consultants, and subcontractors enabled unprecedented design exploration and comprehensive systems coordination. Iterative modeling expedited the optioneering and rapid prototyping that ensured constructability of this 350-meter-tall tower by Morphosis.
  • Innovations in Government: Build LAACD
    Using Bentley Navigator and Navigator Mobile, Los Angeles Community College District and Build LAACD enabled over 500 project participants to access a comprehensive collection of information about their campuses and facilities managed by ProjectWise. The results were a 12 percent reduction in labor costs and USD 12 million in savings through reduced search time, less rework due to improved version control, and improved collaboration.
  • Innovation in Project Delivery: Northern Line Extension
    Responding to the employers’ information requirements (EIRs), Ferrovial O’Rourke (FLO) worked collaboratively on a BIM execution plan to deliver the Northern Line Extension. FLO and Mott McDonald conducted weekly BIM reviews using Bentley Navigator to readily identify issues and resolve project clashes, minimizing design iterations. Bentley Navigator facilitated design discussions on the construction site enabling the engineers, site engineers, and health and safety teams to plan better and work in a safer, virtual environment.
  • Innovation in Roads: Ningzhen Road
    Remodeling the Ningzhen Road, Huahui Engineering and Design Group employed BIM processes across disciplines to manage the project. Along with the use of Bentley’s ProjectWise, MicroStation, and OpenRoads applications, Bentley Navigator was adopted to coordinate trade designs and perform schedule simulation and manage issue resolution and clash detection. This resulted in a project savings of RMB 6 million.
  • Innovation in Water Treatment Plants: Changi Water Reclamation Plant Phase 2 Expansion
    During the Changi Water Reclamation Plant Phase 2 Expansion project, CH2M implemented Bentley Navigator to allow the various disciplines to conduct BIM reviews of the latest plant designs in ProjectWise. Multi-discipline designs were visualized together to better plan ongoing design work. Interdisciplinary reviews were conducted early in the design process enabling a more coordinated outcome without extensive modifications or rework.

About BIM Review Visa
The BIM Review Visa provides users access to Navigator CONNECT Edition, Navigator Mobile, and OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition applications. This new business model, a consumption-based subscription, makes it cost-effective for users to perform BIM reviews on projects of all sizes. Organizations can better control their software budget by setting a subscription level that matches anticipated usage and are billed only when they use the products.

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Improve Accuracy, Reduce Risk, and Accelerate Project Schedules with the Integration of Pipe and Offshore Structural Analysis

31.10.2016 1:00  

Structural engineers can now improve the accuracy of offshore plant designs, considerably reduce design iteration resource-hours, and accelerate project schedules with a higher degree of confidence in the safe operation of the final designed plant. Enabled through the round-trip exchange of pipe support loads and the visual coordination of critical piping systems in Bentley’s SACS and AutoPIPE applications, an integrated structural and pipe stress model provides a more accurate combined analysis model, and one that has been subjected to rigorous static and dynamic environmental loadings.  

On subsea or topside offshore structures supporting critical oil or gas piping systems, the actual real-world stiffness of the combined systems cannot be ignored. It can easily compromise the safe operation of the plant due to unforeseen higher pipe component stresses or extremely hazardous piping loads placed on equipment like pumps, compressors, or pressure vessels, which can lead to catastrophic failures.

Key new capabilities of the integration of AutoPIPE and SACS include:

  • Transfer all deadweight, temperature, and environmental piping loads such as wave, wind, and earthquake loads to the structural design model, eliminating thousands of hours of error-prone manual data entry;
  • Create fully connected piping and structural analysis models across hundreds of pipe support locations in a single operation to more accurately capture the sway and stiffness of the model;
  • Combine single or multiple structures easily with single or multiple piping systems into one integrated 3D analysis model;
  • Improve 3D visual coordination by piping and structural engineering groups to avoid costly design mistakes;
  • Perform 3D clash detection under hot or cold deflected conditions to prevent even one key piping component moving and damaging essential equipment or structures.

Complex offshore fixed and floating platforms, particularly FPSOs, have a maze of structural, piping, and equipment. These large, billion-dollar plants typically have more than 10,000 pipe supports and 1,000 pipelines supported by hundreds of independent structures. These need to be located, designed, and fitted together in very tight spaces, presenting a significant challenge to be overcome in order to avoid costly installation and operational failures. SACS and AutoPIPE provide 3D geo-coordination of piping and structural systems enabling engineers to quickly deliver more accurate and safer designs. 

Phil Christensen, VP, analytical modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “This major enhancement to integration between AutoPIPE and SACS is just one part of our ongoing investment in software to bring mechanical and structural teams closer together for the benefit of the project. This is particularly important as global work sharing becomes the norm, and we can help automate workflows between disciplines across geographical boundaries.”

About AutoPIPE
AutoPIPE is a comprehensive, advanced application for pipe stress design and analysis that helps engineers produce the highest quality and safest engineered designs. It is suitable for nuclear plant design, which means engineers can ensure the highest safety standards possible. Fully interoperable with Bentley and third-party applications, engineers can analyze design scenarios faster and more comprehensively.  

About SACS
SACS helps engineers improve design quality and predict offshore structural performance using a unified analysis environment that enables the efficient exploration of alternatives. Users can streamline processes with automated structural workflows to apply specialized analyses essential to any offshore project. This includes nonlinear structural analysis and dynamic response analysis due to environmental loads, impact effects, and severe accidental loading. Operational safety is improved by allowing engineers to analyze ship impact and dropped objects, and minimize risk through offshore-specific load generation. Engineers can efficiently visualize complex structural response via interactive graphical review of analysis and fatigue, thus avoiding rework and potential project delays.

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    Image 1 Caption: Save time, reduce errors, provide 3D collaboration transferring piping, structure and loads between AutoPIPE and SACS
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    Image 2 Caption: Save time, reduce errors, provide 3D collaboration transferring piping, structure and loads between AutoPIPE and SACS

City of Helsinki Advances 3D City Initiative with Bentley’s Reality Modeling

31.10.2016 1:00  

The City of Helsinki is mid-way through an initiative to capture the city and create a new 3D city model that is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Helsinki has a long tradition of 3D city modeling, dating back to the 1980s. Helsinki wanted to update its current 3D city model with new, innovative applications that could provide entire city modeling capabilities in order to improve its internal services, promote smart city development, and share data through an open format for citizens and other agencies. Helsinki also wanted to create a pilot portfolio to showcase the power of reality modeling in coordination with local universities to generate interest in academic organizations.

This EUR 1 million project used Bentley applications to encourage commercial research and development and public engagement. For example, the city used Bentley Map to create accurate base maps and geo-coordinate utility networks. It also used Pointools to pre-process laser scanning data, Bentley Descartes to integrate oblique, raster files, and orthophotographic images into its infrastructure workflows, and Bentley Navigator for clash detection and design reviews. Reality modeling applications the city used included ContextCapture for the entire city mesh model and Bentley LumenRT to enliven designs. Lastly, the city used ProjectWise for collaboration and managing all the data that would be uploaded to a Web portal for distribution and general access.

The unique nature of this project ensured Helsinki would share data internally and externally. External agencies requesting the 3D city model included 3D Plus and 3D GPC – a flagship, low-carbon program that looks at the benefits of 3D modeling as opposed to other methods. Helsinki is also sharing this data with the Technical University of Munich as part of its Solar Energy Potential program.

By utilizing Bentley’s reality modeling applications, the City of Helsinki has opened up its data to a host of internal and external stakeholders. This has ensured Helsinki is at the forefront of smart city initiatives, including collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium on smart-city programs across Europe.  

Jarmo Suomisto, architect, project manager, Helsinki 3D+, said, “The advanced capabilities inherent in Bentley applications facilitated our ability to promote smart city development and improve our internal services. Using this technology allowed us to create innovative city models and make well-grounded decisions.”

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Guangzhou Metro Design Establishes BIM Processes on New Lines First Subway Loop

31.10.2016 1:00  

Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute prepared the plans for the two-story underground ChishaJiao Station and connecting subway. When completed, this CNY 774 million project will link the ChishaJiao and Shiliugang Stations via 1.5 kilometers of track. The design team’s goal was to create 3D models and 2D drawings for each project asset using a BIM process. Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute prepared plans for ChishaJiao Station and its connecting subway, creating 3D models and 2D drawings directly from them for each project asset using BIM processes. Upon completion, the new line and station will include transfer platforms to radiating networks providing convenient connections for the increasing number of residents in the Zhuhai District of Guangdong.

As well as being the first station on Guangzhou Metro Line 11, ChishaJiao Station is also the first in the region to be designed using Bentley applications. Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute selected Bentley in order to support its BIM objectives on the project, which included improving design quality, deliverables, and efficiency in the face of an extremely short project schedule and one-year preliminary design phase. To achieve this goal, they configured a standardized workspace, established a coding system for each individual asset component, and configured ProjectWise to follow a common workflow for the metro design industry in China.

Other Bentley applications, including AECOsim Building Designer and ProStructures, helped the team successfully create 3D models of ChishaJiao Station and the proposed track interval. The results from each of the disciplines were published as i-models and combined in a unified model. Using 3D models facilitated completion of the project, saving 600 resource days of design modifications, 90 days of proofreading and reviewing workloads, and CNY 1.6 million in project costs in the process. Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute is planning to replicate and improve upon results while working on similar subway stations and sections in the future. According to the Institute, the BIM advancements deployed will have wide-reaching benefits for the industry at large, and that the project will be an important design reference in years to come.

Wang Jian, director of structure, Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute, said,
“Three-dimensional collaborative design using Bentley software has helped Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute improve design efficiency and quality.”

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    Image 1 Caption: ChishaJiao Station perspective view including cable and raceway designs. Image Attribution: Guangzhou Metro Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd.
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WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER Advance Modeling and Reporting Processes for Water Utilities

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of the CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER, applications used for the analysis and design of water networks. These new releases streamline specific modeling tasks and make users more productive so they can focus more on the engineering decision-making process.

Key new capabilities allow users to: 

  • Create and manage customized reports that automatically combine graphs, data tables, color-coded and annotated plan views, and more into a single report;
  • Access tools quickly through a modernized ribbon-based user interface with built-in search to find commands more easily;
  • Create AVI movies of model animations to share with others;
  • Integrate with AssetWise Operational Analytics, Bentley’s tool for real-time predictive and operational analytics, for decision support;
  • Run historical simulations using actual operation of pump and valve controls based on SCADA system records;
  • Model turbines for energy and revenue generation;
  • Include service laterals in hydraulic analysis, facilitating automatic customer load assignment.

From water loss investigations to fire protection studies, from understanding and preventing transient issues to ensuring water quality, and from energy management to emergency response, WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER cover every aspect of water infrastructure management.

Gregg Herrin, P.E., director of product management, Bentley Systems, said, “The CONNECT Edition releases of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER continue to empower water system planners, designers, and managers with fit-for-purpose analytical and asset-performance modeling tools. With this release, the ability to automatically generate reports that combine maps, graphs, tables, and more makes it much faster for a water professional to synthetize modeling results and present them clearly to all project stakeholders. Combined with extended modeling capabilities, utilities can more easily understand their system behavior and make better-informed decisions, while reducing project time and costs.”

About WaterGEMS and WaterCAD
Engineers at utilities, municipalities, and civil engineering firms use WaterGEMS and WaterCAD for the analysis and design of water distribution systems, from automated fire flow, water quality, criticality and flushing studies to energy cost analysis, pipe renewal optimization, and genetic algorithm optimization modules for automating pipe design, calibration, water loss detection, and pump scheduling. WaterCAD is a subset of WaterGEMS.

About HAMMER
HAMMER helps engineers determine appropriate surge control strategies and reduce transients. It uses the Method of Characteristics, the benchmark standard for hydraulic transient analyses. Engineers can run both transient and steady-state (for initial condition calculation) analyses in HAMMER, and choose to use it as a stand-alone product or use it along with WaterCAD or WaterGEMS.

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Bring Infrastructure Designs to Life—Bentley LumenRT Enlivens Models with Digital Nature in Real-time Visualizations

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition, to speed and simplify the creation of enlivened environmental context for infrastructure projects of any size. Bentley LumenRT differs from traditional offline rendering software and delivers an always-rendered immersive experience more typical of gaming environments. Built for infrastructure projects, Bentley LumenRT allows project teams to clearly communicate design and construction intent with very real and enlivened environmental context. 

The rendering engine in Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition now provides improved smoothness when displaying scenes of any size, making it ideal for road, rail, utilities, and other large-scale projects. In addition, there are significant performance improvements when working with large models that include many instances of the same object, like railroad ties or guard rails.

Key new capabilities include:

  • New traffic authoring tools that enable the rapid creation of multi-lane traffic animations with adjustable traffic densities and additional vehicle types, including articulated trains and trucks;
  • Animation staging that allows individual objects to have animation paths with adjustable start and stop times, enabling specific sequences to be visualized, which is particularly useful for simulating construction sequencing;
  • New tools for content creation including a content eraser brush, improved material editor, and the ability to attach sounds to individual objects;
  • An updated user experience with new layer and object hierarchy tools;
  • Enhanced integration with MicroStation.

Users will benefit from Bentley’s continued commitment to interoperability with newly added API integration with:

  • Revit 2016 and 2017
  • ArchiCAD 20
  • Esri CityEngine 2016
  • UTF8 languages

Neil Stewart, contract manager of the CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture, said, “From the experience of our A9 Dualling project team, we have no doubt that using Bentley LumenRT and ContextCapture 3D visualization models has been a tremendous step forward in communications and stakeholder engagement. We believe these models will become the norm for major projects in the future.”

Santanu Das, SVP, design modeling with Bentley, said, “Bentley LumenRT’s real-time visualization environment, scalability, and ease of use puts the ability to clearly and compellingly communicate complex design and construction ideas within reach of virtually any AEC professional. This update builds upon these strengths with even greater performance and productivity enhancements so design teams can get visualizations done faster, and more projects can benefit from Hollywood-caliber visualizations.”

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

About the CONNECT Edition
Introduced in 2015, and with general access to Bentley’s full portfolio of applications becoming available in 2016 and 2017, the CONNECT Edition represents Bentley’s next generation of infrastructure engineering software. CONNECT Edition provides a comprehensive modeling environment, a connected data environment, and a connected performance environment, leveraging the accessibility and computing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and mobile apps. The CONNECT Edition extends the reach of information mobility for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Learn more at: CONNECT Edition.

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Engineering and Construction Firms “Going Digital” to Improve Project Delivery with ProjectWise CONNECT Edition

31.10.2016 1:00  

For architecture, engineering, and construction firms active in project delivery, as well as for owner-operators, it is increasingly important to digitally share engineering models, project information, and deliverables with the entire supply chain throughout design, construction, and completions. Firms that are going digital are significantly reducing project delivery time and are gaining better insight into project performance, ensuring collaboration among project participants, streamlining design processes, and improving data quality and governance.

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition provides a connected data environment, and enables firms going digital with managed access to project information and essential project services including deliverables management, issues resolution, BIM review, and field data management.

Mike Schellhase, senior director, software development, Bentley Systems, said, “Our users are going digital. They want to share project information with secure information mobility to connect their supply chain and give project stakeholders insight into project performance. Using our digital project delivery capabilities, our users are developing repeatable best practices, improving quality deliverables and winning more work.”

Firms active in project delivery are benefitting from ProjectWise’s digital project services through:

  • Virtualizing talent through global worksharing
    Leveraging the best skillsets of in-house resources regardless of location and open access to new sources of talent from Value Engineering Centers leads to more cost-effective and better performing project execution models.
  • Connected supply chain for automated deliverable management
    Users can now manage and lower the risks involved with schedule, contractual, and legal compliance with automated review workflows. Moreover, ProjectWise’s digital project services helps users ensure their transmittal information is accurate and speeds submittals and RFIs by identifying and resolving issues quickly and ensuring quality of project deliverables.
  • Connected field data management for closed-loop workflows
    Field data management cloud services enable users to accelerate field collaboration with access to multiple project repositories and comprehensive document control. Users can now configure forms and report templates to ensure all tests and inspections are performed to standards and ensure consistency, speed, and coordination across all field activities such as QA/QC, daily reports, and inspections using mobile and other devices.
  • Analytic driven project insights
    Deliverables-based KPIs and the ability to aggregate analytics across enterprise data sources, including cost, schedule, and document controls, allow users to make strategic decisions based on project history and trends across a project, a program, or the enterprise.

ProjectWise collaboration services for digital project delivery uniquely support digital workflows that span design to construction through completions. Providing a connected data environment as a single source of information enables organizations to securely aggregate, manage, and share digital project data.

What ProjectWise CONNECT Edition Users Are Saying About Going Digital
Dillon Consulting Limited implemented ProjectWise to enable worksharing among multiple offices and to exchange contractual deliverables with the extended supply chain. Dave Widdifield, system administrator, Dillon Consulting Limited, said, “With an expectation of several thousand transmittals, ProjectWise Deliverables Management eliminated a manual process and streamlines contract management with our supply chain.”

Brent Mauti, global director, design technology, IBI Group, said, “Bentley empowered IBI Group to devise a true hybrid LAN-Cloud project collaboration solution, where we have already saved USD 30,000 in hardware, alone. Additionally, this connected environment provided us with increased productivity without having to manually conduct file transfers across offices, netting 400 hours saved!”

Rob Braun, director, Automation Systems Integration, CH2M, said, “The simplicity and ease of use of ProjectWise digital project services, such as Project Performance Dashboards, helps us monitor status of project documentation and deliverables resulting in a streamlined delivery process and improved satisfaction of our customers.”

About ProjectWise
ProjectWise is a project collaboration and content management platform that helps organizations avoid risk and stay competitive by enabling going-digital strategies for project delivery. It provides comprehensive worksharing and content management required to increase transparency throughout the project lifecycle. With ProjectWise, organizations of all sizes have the ability to integrate data, people, and process to ensure successful project delivery. Deployed in 101 countries, ProjectWise is the system of choice for 25 of the ENR Top 25 Design Firms, 44 of the ENR Top 50 Design Firms, 81 of the ENR Top 100 Design Firms, 29 of the ENR Top 50 Design-Build Firms, 249 of the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, and the majority of U.S. state departments of transportation.

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Bentley’s Expanded Bridge Design Capabilities Ensure the Delivery of Safe, Economical Structures Even in Demanding Locations

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley’s OpenBridge, LEAP, and RM deliver a fully integrated solution for bridges of all types, and unites all disciplines involved in bridge projects from planning and design through construction, inspection, and maintenance. One single bridge model provides all deliverables required throughout the bridge project, including design details, fabrication schedules, drawings, quantities, visualization, and construction sequencing. Users of Bentley bridge applications can directly access civil designs, integrating the bridge project in the context of a broader infrastructure project.

OpenBridge Modeler, Bentley’s most recent addition to its bridge applications, allows users to develop intelligent 3D bridge models quickly and within the context of an overall infrastructure project. Contractors can also plan to minimize costly construction delays with traffic and construction simulations, as well as control costs and avoid delays by using clash detection tools to solve interference problems, before construction begins.

Key capabilities for OpenBridge Modeler include the ability to:

  • Interoperate with Bentley’s bridge analysis applications, including LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, and RM Bridge;
  • Calibrate design to terrain, roadways, access ramps, and related infrastructure by directly integrating with OpenRoads Designer, Bentley’s civil design application;
  • Enliven designs and enhance visualization with lifelike renderings and libraries of physically correct materials, lighting, and rich photorealistic content;
  • Manage design changes parametrically through built-in relationships between components;
  • Generate complete bridge geometry reports, including civil and bridge element reports, deck and beam seat elevations, quantities, and cost estimates. 

In addition, Bentley’s RM Bridge application for design and analysis of complex bridges now offers unique analytical capabilities for floating suspension bridges. These new capabilities are being used on one of the most challenging bridges in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s E39 coastal highway project. Several floater concepts have been proposed for the 2,400-meter-wide Halsafjorden crossing project. One concept is a two-span suspension bridge supported by a central floating tension leg platform and two onshore concrete pylons. TDA COWI, a Norwegian engineering firm, required this advanced functionality in RM Bridge in order to evaluate the dynamic response caused by wind and wave loading, which can now be predicted in time domain.

Arne Bruer, senior consultant with TDA COWI, said, “Now the bridge industry has a bridge engineering tool for complex analysis and verification that accounts for the coupled dynamic effects of wind, waves, and current.”

André Tousignant, P.E., construction engineer, PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., said, “Finally, a purpose-built bridge modeling software that is parametric and easily editable. In just minutes, I had results that would have taken at least a half hour in other civil engineering applications.”

Phil Christensen, VP, analytical modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “As highway agencies and their bridge engineering supply chain transition from 2D to 3D workflows, making the creation of information-rich bridge models fast and easy becomes an efficiency imperative. Bentley’s ongoing expansion of the modeling capabilities in OpenBridge Modeler – including full roundtrip interoperability with bridge structural analysis tools – supports the industry’s move to using 3D models as early as possible in the design process.”

Bentley bridge applications provide engineers and designers the ability to design bridges in context of their surroundings as well as deliver safe, well-engineered bridges, even in the most complex conditions and environments.

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

About LEAP
LEAP helps engineers easily handle the vast majority of the bridges built today, with the smart choice for concrete and steel bridges. Innovative analysis, design, and load-rating functionality come together in one advanced environment with LEAP, a powerful modeling and analysis solution for small- to medium-sized concrete and steel bridges of all types. Users experience a synthesis of geometric modeling, substructure, and superstructure analysis and design, and load rating in a single, information-rich environment.

About RM Bridge
RM Bridge is a bridge design, analysis, and construction application. Engineers can perform bridge design, analysis, and construction simulation to determine resiliency during seismic and natural events and analyze rolling stock. You can streamline massive analytical tasks and save time on complex engineering issues by taking a more integrated approach in the design and construction of your bridge systems.

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Thames Water’s Innovative ALIM Approach Will Reduce TOTEX by 20% and Meet BIM Level 2 Compliance

31.10.2016 1:00  

Thames Water is the largest water and wastewater service provider in the UK with in excess of 15 million customers. In partnership with the eight2o alliance, Thames Water initiated a project to manage all of its asset information created in the current AMP6 cycle, the UK government’s process of tendering asset management contracts to private firms to maintain the country’s water infrastructure. The primary goal of the project is to enhance Thames Water’s processes involving its asset data, and to improve water efficiency and effluent quality. As a result of efficiencies gained, Thames Water hopes to reduce the TOTEX (total expenditure) of the project by 20 percent using Bentley’s applications.

To reduce TOTEX, the eight2o alliance needed to improve collaboration between architects, engineering firms, consultants and the client. But, Thames Water had to ensure uninterrupted service to its customers during this project. Significant government legislation also had to be factored in, as these initiatives were driving change and innovation in the water industry in the UK. One requirement was for Thames Water to be BIM Level 2 compliant, providing rigor and consistency by enforcing collaborative 3D technology to the project.

Previously, Thames Water’s asset management system did not support engineering drawings. For the project to be a success, the alliance needed a federated approach to managing its engineering designs and documents. It required a connected data environment to house all its designs (including 3D and 4D construction simulation data), geospatial data, hydraulic models, technical documents, and legal and regulatory compliance documents. This connected data environment would need to interoperate with other existing applications seamlessly to align with the AMP6 goals in order to deliver compliance.

Thames Water selected Bentley’s ProjectWise CONNECT Edition as the preferred platform, providing the connected data environment in a cloud environment. This hosted solution seamlessly integrated its people, process, and asset information, and improved information mobility through the use of i-models. As a result, Thames Water is now BIM Level 2 compliant, with the entire supply chain working in a common format, sharing a connected data environment. Thames Water is well on its way to being BIM Level 3 compliant as it strives for better asset performance.

Kevin Bezant, BIM manager, eight2o, said, “We combined Bentley’s ProjectWise CONNECT Edition with the provision of a hybrid cloud environment to securely host and manage eight2o design information. This has driven efficiency into the AMP6 capital program and provided Thames Water’s asset management teams with enriched asset information that can be reused time and time again throughout the life of the asset.”

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Complete Lifecycle BIM Approach Enables Efficient Collaboration and Approvals for Stockholm Metro Extension

31.10.2016 1:00  

In the coming years, Stockholm Metro will undergo extensions that include approximately 20 kilometers of track and 10 new stations, representing the largest investment in the city’s metro in modern times. The project owner FUT tasked JV Sweco/TYPSA to produce the technical designs and railway plans, including an environmental impact report (EIR) for the line that runs from Kungsträdgården to Nacka and Gullmarsplan/South Stockholm. The SEK 25.7 billion project, which includes 11 kilometers of track, rock tunnels, and seven new stations, will be managed using a complete lifecycle BIM approach, and is scheduled to be operational by 2025.

With team members spread across offices in five countries, Sweco/TYPSA used Bentley’s ProjectWise to create a connected data environment and single source of truth for all project information. Managing design coordination, review, and approvals with ProjectWise enabled multi-discipline teams to work together on an integrated design regardless of where their offices are located in Europe.

The teams also used Bentley’s ContextCapture to work with the client and Stockholm Municipality, which allowed stakeholders to visualize new designs within the context of a recently produced interactive 3D city model of Stockholm. This proved invaluable when studying and presenting new metro station entrances.

The project’s rock tunnel team used OpenRoads technology to build structured content and create dynamic templates for track, service, escape, and work tunnels, plus pumping stations, turning spaces, and emergency vehicle parking. Display rules enabled the tunnel design to automatically shift between single and double track based on the distance between tracks. This approach saved the team the significant time and effort it would have taken to manually complete the task. With the project in its early stages, and conditions constantly changing, inbuilt design intelligence means that the team can move parking spaces and tunnels without having to redesign everything from scratch.

With construction set to commence in 2018, it is intended that the multi-discipline design models generated using Bentley applications will be used across all stages of the project and asset lifecycle, including production planning (4D), cost estimation (5D), and operations, where as-built federated BIM models will be utilized in the owner’s facility management systems.

Daniel Ahnsjö, business area manager, VDC, for Sweco, said, “Bentley solutions support our integrated design process between all disciplines, helping us to control work frequently and in a better way to ensure quality on this megaproject. The use of a connected data environment managed by ProjectWise has been key to improving the overall design process and integrating multi-discipline teams.”

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Bentley Descartes Accelerates the Use of Reality Modeling in Engineering Workflows

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition, an application that enables production of a wide range of design deliverables through the integration of 2D and 3D imagery with data from popular BIM, geospatial, and CAD formats. Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition delivers groundbreaking new capabilities and substantially improved performance, enabling reality meshes to be truly accessible to all stakeholders throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

Key new capabilities include:

  • Integration of large reality meshes created with ContextCapture for:
    • Easy generation and manipulation of cross sections
    • Production of orthophotos on any axis
    • Production of 3D PDFs and i-models from any combination of vector geometry and imagery
    • Thematic visualizations and solar studies
    • Production of visualization-ready models for use in Bentley LumenRT
  • Integration of popular BIM, geospatial, and CAD formats such as DGN DXF, DWG, Rhino, SKP, SHP and more
  • Feature extraction from reality meshes or point clouds
  • The ability to visualize and visually navigate geospatial information within the context of a 3D reality mesh through the new reality mesh classifier
  • Personalized environment and streamlined user experience
  • Use of orthographic images to colorize point clouds without color information to produce more photorealistic point-cloud data

Native support for reality meshes allows Bentley Descartes users to directly integrate models produced with ContextCapture into engineering workflows. Descartes users then have the ability to combine reality meshes with other data types including point clouds, raster, and models. Users can then use all of this data in combination with BIM, geospatial, and CAD data in many popular formats to produce a wide range of design deliverables.

With new feature extraction capabilities, users can now extract breaklines and produce digital terrain models from reality meshes or point clouds, dramatically speeding these tasks.

Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition adds the ability to perform thematic visualizations, changing the display of models based on their inherent properties like slope, elevation, and aspect angle. Users can also conduct solar studies and shading analyses as well as publish models so that they can be visualized in the real-time rendering environment of Bentley LumenRT.

A new innovation, the reality mesh classifier, enables users to enrich reality meshes with attribute information from spatially enabled databases, attaching it to specific parts of the mesh. Users then can search and query the mesh based on the associated data, enabling a unique and powerful 3D visualization of geospatial information.

Leveraging Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment, Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition introduces a new streamlined user interface that speeds the access to project-specific files, standards, help, tools, and the support required to get work done faster.

Users can also now work with much larger models without sacrificing performance, using Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition’s high-performance 64-bit architecture.  This performance supports even the most demanding use cases, making it ideal for working with city-scale reality meshes and very large point clouds. Descartes users will also be able to access CONNECT services such as point-cloud streaming to speed the sharing of very large point-cloud data sets.

Users who have point-cloud data without color information can enrich their point clouds to be much more visually rich and understandable by using orthophotos to colorize them, enhancing the long-term value of both the orthophotos and point clouds to enable better decision making.

David Byrne of AEROmetrex, said, “The new mesh classifier and terrain extraction tools in Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition will enable us to provide even richer deliverables to our clients. We see that Bentley Descartes will be an invaluable part of our ContextCapture workflows thanks to its newly added support for reality meshes.”

Dustin Parkman, VP, civil and reality modeling with Bentley Systems, said, “Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition is the key to effectively realizing the full potential of reality meshes within engineering workflows. Bentley Descartes is critical for engineers, architects, and infrastructure owners in that it makes reality data seamlessly accessible for use throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.”

About Bentley Descartes
Bentley Descartes provides users with advanced processing for 3D imagery, enabling the integration, visualization, clean-up, and flexible display of their reality modeling data for use within design, construction, and operations workflows. Bentley Descartes offers unmatched capabilities for working with and producing deliverables from point clouds, reality meshes, scalable digital terrain models and raster imagery of any scale for use in engineering and geospatial applications from Bentley and others.

About CONNECT Edition
Introduced in 2015, and with general access to Bentley’s full portfolio of applications becoming available in 2016 and 2017, the CONNECT Edition represents Bentley’s next generation of infrastructure engineering software. CONNECT Edition provides a comprehensive modeling environment, a connected data environment, and a connected performance environment, leveraging the accessibility and computing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and mobile apps. The CONNECT Edition extends the reach of information mobility for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Learn more at: CONNECT Edition.

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    Image 1 Caption: Bentley Descartes’ feature extraction capabilities allow users to perform tasks like breakline and ground extraction directly from reality meshes or point clouds.
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    Image 2 Caption: Bentley Descartes can be used to publish reality meshes created with ContextCapture for use within Bentley LumenRT to create stunning real-time visualizations.

Bring Infrastructure Designs to Life—Bentley LumenRT Enlivens Models with Digital Nature in Real-time Visualizations

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition, to speed and simplify the creation of enlivened environmental context for infrastructure projects of any size. Bentley LumenRT differs from traditional offline rendering software and delivers an always-rendered immersive experience more typical of gaming environments. Built for infrastructure projects, Bentley LumenRT allows project teams to clearly communicate design and construction intent with very real and enlivened environmental context. 

The rendering engine in Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition now provides improved smoothness when displaying scenes of any size, making it ideal for road, rail, utilities, and other large-scale projects. In addition, there are significant performance improvements when working with large models that include many instances of the same object, like railroad ties or guard rails.

Key new capabilities include:

  • New traffic authoring tools that enable the rapid creation of multi-lane traffic animations with adjustable traffic densities and additional vehicle types, including articulated trains and trucks;
  • Animation staging that allows individual objects to have animation paths with adjustable start and stop times, enabling specific sequences to be visualized, which is particularly useful for simulating construction sequencing;
  • New tools for content creation including a content eraser brush, improved material editor, and the ability to attach sounds to individual objects;
  • An updated user experience with new layer and object hierarchy tools;
  • Enhanced integration with MicroStation.

Users will benefit from Bentley’s continued commitment to interoperability with newly added API integration with:

  • Revit 2016 and 2017
  • ArchiCAD 20
  • Esri CityEngine 2016
  • SketchUp 2017
  • UTF8 languages

Neil Stewart, contract manager of the CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture, said, “From the experience of our A9 Dualling project team, we have no doubt that using Bentley LumenRT and ContextCapture 3D visualization models has been a tremendous step forward in communications and stakeholder engagement. We believe these models will become the norm for major projects in the future.”

Santanu Das, SVP, design modeling with Bentley, said, “Bentley LumenRT’s real-time visualization environment, scalability, and ease of use puts the ability to clearly and compellingly communicate complex design and construction ideas within reach of virtually any AEC professional. This update builds upon these strengths with even greater performance and productivity enhancements so design teams can get visualizations done faster, and more projects can benefit from Hollywood-caliber visualizations.”

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

About the CONNECT Edition
Introduced in 2015, and with general access to Bentley’s full portfolio of applications becoming available in 2016 and 2017, the CONNECT Edition represents Bentley’s next generation of infrastructure engineering software. CONNECT Edition provides a comprehensive modeling environment, a connected data environment, and a connected performance environment, leveraging the accessibility and computing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and mobile apps. The CONNECT Edition extends the reach of information mobility for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Learn more at: CONNECT Edition.

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Ameren Builds $1.4 Billion Environmentally Sourced Transmission Line Project Using ProjectWise

31.10.2016 1:00  

Ameren Transmission is in the design and development phase of a project that will provide clean, renewable energy via transmission lines across the state of Illinois, linking Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana to wind power fields from the Midwest and the east coast of the United States. Construction remains on schedule for completion in 2019, with a total line length of approximately 350 miles. This project aligns with Ameren’s goal of providing reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible energy. This is Ameren’s largest project in the past 30 years and required significant collaboration among project stakeholders and participants across the entire project.

The civil and transmission engineers working on the project needed consistency across the construction of fifteen new substations, as well as two major towers that span the Mississippi River, the busiest river in North America. To achieve their goals on this on the USD 1.4 billion project, Ameren leveraged Bentley’s ProjectWise to speed design and construction and ensure collaboration and project performance by integrating people, data, and processes throughout the project lifecycle. They also deployed MicroStation as the engineering design application for the engineers and consultants.

Among the challenges Ameren faced on this project was regulatory compliance. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) required Ameren to file its preliminary surveys and property rights documents to be eligible for the Clean Power Plan, as set out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. State and federal legislative requirements were also needed for planning and design approvals of the detailed design. With the help of ProjectWise, Ameren was able to achieve these in record time. Other challenges included difficult terrain and height considerations for the two towers on either side of the Mississippi River and traffic congestion in and around the river that caused logistical issues that had to be factored into the construction phase.

Using ProjectWise’s connected data environment, Ameren ensured consistency across the supply chain, which streamlined workflows, reduced risk, and improved its design and construction phases. With managed workflows, and increasing transmittals and submittals as the project developed, Ameren gained significant levels of control over its engineering workflows realizing greater efficiency on the project. In addition to MicroStation, Ameren utilized other Bentley products such as GEOPAK, STAAD, RAM, and Bentley Descartes.

Mike Moore, engineering system administrator, Ameren Corporation, said, “Bentley’s project management and engineering tools allowed Ameren to build its new transmission line faster and more effectively to bring environmentally responsible energy sources to its customers and to the U.S. as a whole.”

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Mott MacDonald Bentley Demonstrates BIM Leadership in the UK Water Industry with Support from ProjectWise and OpenPlant

31.10.2016 1:00  

In 1999, global multi-discipline consultancy Mott MacDonald formed a joint venture with civil engineering contractor JN Bentley, creating Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB). The joint venture, now wholly owned by Mott MacDonald Group, grew steadily over its first decade serving the UK water industry. In 2012, the management team recognized that to sustain and accelerate its business growth required a change in information management. MMB selected Bentley’s ProjectWise as the cornerstone of its information management and connected data environment strategy, and it has played a key role in MMB’s successful growth as it entered the latest five-year investment cycle, known as AMP6, the UK government’s process of tendering asset management contracts to private firms to maintain the country’s water infrastructure.

For the previous investment cycle (AMP5), MMB partnered with Yorkshire Water and Severn Trent Water, and had a turnover approaching GBP 100 million per annum. For AMP6, MMB successfully retained its partnership with both Yorkshire Water and Severn Trent Water and secured new framework agreements with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Anglian Water (as part of the @one Alliance), United Utilities, and Northumbrian Water – to emerge as a leading design-and-build organization in the UK water sector. MMB has now been involved in more than 500 water industry design and construction projects.   

The adoption of a BIM methodology, together with a well-established, robust, and rigorous information management system, contributed to MMB’s ability double the size of its operation in a little more than two years. ProjectWise and OpenPlant, Bentley’s applications for plant design modeling, introduced rigor into the management of BIM project information to improve the flow of information through all stages of the projects. This methodology helped MMB improve compliance within its own stringent IMS system and exceed client expectations.

To efficiently deliver BIM processes, MMB realized it needed to create a library of high-quality components that could be used repeatedly. As part of a global team representing all sectors of infrastructure development in Mott MacDonald, MMB led the development of water-specific content for its the Digital Component Catalogue (DCC).

The DCC is a core enabler of Mott MacDonald’s newly launched Carbon Portal, an in-house carbon assessment tool designed for the building, power, transport, and water sectors to be used across all regions to assess capital and operational carbon in projects. MMB will use the Carbon Portal in its goal to exceed the UK government’s Construction 2025 carbon reduction target of 50 percent.

MMB leverages ProjectWise’s connected data environment, which ensures the integrity of project information across the project lifecycle, for the entire Mott McDonald group. MMB capitalizes on the expertise and resource availability of global teams adopting a consistent and rigorous way of working and as an internal client to the Global Design Centre in Chennai, India. This process has allowed MMB to save more than 50 percent in costs on aspects of its design work, and increased daily productivity by 62.5 percent.

A large proportion of the work conducted by MMB in AMP6 is process-engineering related. As such, it became a business imperative to adopt a consistent means of delivering intelligent process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs). In short, it required a system that would facilitate a seamless flow of information from the outset of the design through to commissioning that could also manage information from other vendors’ applications as well as interoperate with SAP.

MMB selected OpenPlant PID and a successful pilot program proved the seamless exchange of information between Autodesk Revit and OpenPlant PID. This workflow freed data that was historically buried within third-party applications and enables it to be controlled and managed more easily, through a simple interface, by engineers and technicians. The data can be verified and approved as any other MMB deliverable. This represents a significant step forward toward delivering a synchronized set of numerical and visual data as an asset information model, and assists MMB clients with achieving their aspirations for better information management.

Simon Kerr, senior project technologies consultant, Mott MacDonald, said, “Bentley’s ProjectWise has had a hugely positive influence on MMB over the past four years. It has helped us scale our business significantly to meet the demands of the new AMP period by providing a rigorous and robust means of storing all technical information on over 500 projects.”

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ProStructures Streamlines Building Design Workflows and Further Supports the Exchange of Information Across Teams

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems’ structural detailing application, ProStructures, which includes the capabilities of ProSteel and ProConcrete applications, significantly improves the workflow between structural detailing and building design disciplines and supports information exchange across teams with full support for the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard.

Since ProConcrete is now integrated with AECOsim Building Designer, users can place rebar and create rebar details directly in AECOsim Building Designer models. Referencing the original concrete models coming from AECOsim Building Designer in ProConcrete reduces the need to remodel the concrete components, thus avoiding errors and omissions. This new workflow also saves users valuable time by reducing the level of effort in managing models between structural detailing and building design applications.

Additionally, users can now generate and export steel, concrete, and rebar information with ProStructures in full fidelity with the IFC (CV2x3) standard. IFC data models are commonly used for data exchange in the building and construction industries. The view supports clash detection, project review, scheduling, quantity take-off, and more. Users can open IFC compliant files in supported host applications and in IFC viewers to support design reviews.

Rui Pedro Mota, senior site architect and BIM specialist, ISQ, said, “AECOsim Building Designer and ProStructures is outstanding technology for project and construction development. Their interoperability helps us to respond to 21st century challenges and advance our coordination in order to achieve our project goals on the new development of Oecuse Airport in Timor Leste.”

Santanu Das, senior vice president, design modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “Driving increased value and enhancing our users’ workflows are continuous objectives at Bentley. With the recent release of ProStructures, which now includes ProConcrete, we have enabled users to place and create rebar directly in the building model without having to transfer data and information manually – which ultimately reduces cost, risk, and errors. We have also made it easier for our users to exchange information across teams by further extending ProStructures’ interoperability through full support for the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard. Users are excited about these new enhancements, and with over 1,000 new ProConcrete users added recently, the application is demonstrating excellent momentum among reinforced concrete design professionals.”

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

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WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER Advance Modeling and Reporting Processes for Water Utilities

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces the availability of the CONNECT Editions of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER, applications used for the analysis and design of water networks. These new releases streamline specific modeling tasks and make users more productive so they can focus more on the engineering decision-making process.

Key new capabilities allow users to: 

  • Create and manage customized reports that automatically combine graphs, data tables, color-coded and annotated plan views, and more into a single report;
  • Access tools quickly through a modernized ribbon-based user interface with built-in search to find commands more easily;
  • Create AVI movies of model animations to share with others;
  • Integrate with AssetWise Operational Analytics, Bentley’s tool for real-time predictive and operational analytics, for decision support;
  • Run historical simulations using actual operation of pump and valve controls based on SCADA system records;
  • Model turbines for energy and revenue generation;
  • Include service laterals in hydraulic analysis, facilitating automatic customer load assignment.

From water loss investigations to fire protection studies, from understanding and preventing transient issues to ensuring water quality, and from energy management to emergency response, WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER cover every aspect of water infrastructure management.

Gregg Herrin, P.E., director of product management, Bentley Systems, said, “The CONNECT Edition releases of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER continue to empower water system planners, designers, and managers with fit-for-purpose analytical and asset-performance modeling tools,” “With this release, the ability to automatically generate reports that combine maps, graphs, tables, and more makes it much faster for a water professional to synthetize modeling results and present them clearly to all project stakeholders. Combined with extended modeling capabilities, utilities can more easily understand their system behavior and make better-informed decisions, while reducing project time and costs.”

About WaterGEMS and WaterCAD
Engineers at utilities, municipalities, and civil engineering firms use WaterGEMS and WaterCAD for the analysis and design of water distribution systems, from automated fire flow, water quality, criticality and flushing studies to energy cost analysis, pipe renewal optimization, and genetic algorithm optimization modules for automating pipe design, calibration, water loss detection, and pump scheduling. WaterCAD is a subset of WaterGEMS.

About HAMMER
HAMMER helps engineers determine appropriate surge control strategies and reduce transients. It uses the Method of Characteristics, the benchmark standard for hydraulic transient analyses. Engineers can run both transient and steady-state (for initial condition calculation) analyses in HAMMER, and choose to use it as a stand-alone product or use it along with WaterCAD or WaterGEMS.

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Hubei Leverages Digital Engineering Models for Design and Construction on Large Substation Project

31.10.2016 1:00  

The State Grid Corporation of China commissioned Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation (HEEC) to build a large substation in Dongxihu District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The project includes three sets of 240 MVA transformers, 10 220 kilovolt outgoing lines, and 12 110 kilovolt outgoing lines to deliver reliable power to more than 400,000 customers. 

The suburban setting for the substation was challenging as the density of the buildings and limited space required engineering precision, determined through 3D modeling, to accurately manage the planning and design phase. A further challenge was creating an environment that included all project participants, whether they were in the office, jobsite, or the field. HEEC also had multi-discipline design requirements, focusing on the electric, structural, irrigation works, heating, ventilation, and construction disciplines that would be a challenge from the outset for the designers.

This CNY 171 billion project delivered the detailed design with Bentley Substation and supporting design modeling applications including AECOsim Building Designer. HEEC used Bentley Substation to design the main wiring, electrical equipment layout, stress calculation and arrangement of wires, lightning protection, and grounding. It also used Bentley Raceway and Cable Management to detail the cabling and routing layout, and ContextCapture to capture the existing condition of the densely populated area. This approach gave the planning department sufficient insight into how the substation would be built, and the impact on the environment and residents. Lastly, HEEC used ProjectWise for work-sharing and collaboration among the various design disciplines. 

During the construction period, the project team used Navigator Mobile for better decision making, further leveraging the digital engineering models created in the engineering phase and reducing design time by 20 days and checking time by 30 days. During construction, Bentley applications saved 15 days, and CNY 50,000 in design time. Clash detection using digital engineering models avoided more than 10 areas of rework and ensured a total project savings of CNY 2 million.

Digital engineering models were key to meeting these challenges as they helped deliver multi-discipline design, collaboration, and visualization potential that reduced rework, clashes, and offered a connected data environment for the project participants. These models would also help once the substation was in operation, providing valuable asset information.

Wang Wei, team leader of Digital Center, Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation, said, “Bentley’s digital platform solution has been fully applied across multiple disciplines and phases of the Miaoshan 220 kilovolt Secondary Transformer Substation project, bringing significant improvements to design efficiency and quality, and providing strong technical support for construction, operations, and maintenance. This project achieved good social and economic benefits.”

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Black & Veatch Transforms Project Delivery for the Energy Industry

31.10.2016 1:00  

In a multi-year plan jointly developed with Bentley, Black & Veatch’s Power and Oil and Gas businesses migrated from an in-house, proprietary plant design system to Bentley technology and transformed the company’s processes for engineering, procurement, and construction of power generation and oil and gas projects. Black & Veatch evaluated and modified current processes and procedures across all engineering disciplines and deliverables, trained professionals, and delivered the new methodology on a global scale across 10 design centers and 11 support offices in North America and Asia.

One early project success that resulted from this initiative was the Sewaren 7 power plant, now under construction in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The plant will provide 540 megawatts of power to the U.S. states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland using a high-efficiency, H-class combustion turbine. Black & Veatch is designing and constructing this USD 600 million power plant for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG).

According to Shawn Foster, Black & Veatch commercial technology operations manager, Black & Veatch is using Bentley Navigator for cross-discipline reviews and interference management. The project team is also using AECOsim Building Designer and OpenPlant Modeler to exchange analysis data with various analysis tools including AutoPIPE. 2D data centric applications, such as OpenPlant P&ID and Bentley Instrumentation & Wiring, are being used for system design, intelligent reporting, and equipment design. This improvement allowed project professionals to access accurate, up-to-date information without the need to continuously check with other disciplines for information or to reenter information already entered in another application. It also enabled the team to create multi-discipline 3D review models for the client and collaborate around design alternatives.

Black & Veatch uses ProjectWise as the single source of truth across all projects, connecting all participants to U.S.-based or Asia-based data sources, which are established based on business lines. For the Sewaren 7 project, a single project master model (PMM) and multiple commodity master models (CMM) were created. Sharing the PMM and CMMs among disciplines allowed designers to resolve clashes collaboratively with all portions of the model. Black & Veatch also used i-models as the currency for interdisciplinary sharing and communication. Storing the i-models in ProjectWise ensured that project team members always had access to the most accurate data wherever they were in the world.

ProjectWise SDK was also used to create a hybrid environment with key internally developed databases and to share accurate equipment design information in real time among disciplines.

The Black & Veatch Power Oil & Gas businesses are now standardized on Bentley technology as its default suite of applications. The organization can more readily flow data among project phases, from estimating and conceptual design through detailed design and to construction and handover. Using Bentley’s design and collaboration technology, lean processes, and a connected data environment supports Black & Veatch’s continuous improvement efforts to eliminate waste and improve efficiency in project execution globally across all projects.

David Curry, engineering manager, Sewaren 7 Project, Black & Veatch, said, “The use of Bentley design applications on the Sewaren 7 project has allowed Black & Veatch additional opportunities to collaborate with our client during the design process to evaluate design alternatives through the use of 3D model reviews, fly through video and renderings of the project master models.”

Foster added, “Bentley’s solutions provide Black & Veatch’s Power and Oil and Gas businesses with the means to work and collaborate with clients on any size project across the globe. Any project, anywhere, any time.”

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OpenPlant Streamlines Project Delivery by Enabling Plant, Building, and Structural Designers to Coordinate Work More Effectively

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Systems announces new innovations for OpenPlant that enhance coordination across plant, building, and structural design disciplines. Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors and owner-operators around the world are embracing multi-discipline 3D plant design to deliver projects faster and to enable lifecycle information mobility.

OpenPlant now enables plant, building, and structural designers to reduce errors and save time through enhanced integration with ProStructures and AECOsim Building Designer. Structural components such as beams and columns can now be integrated into the 3D piping model, including their material makeup, to create a more detailed plant design. Users also have the ability to exchange steel and concrete objects between OpenPlant Modeler and ProStructures, as well as with other structural applications, with new support for Bentley’s Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) technology.

OpenPlant Modeler gives designers the ability to quickly create common grid line definitions that are available for distribution across plant, building, and structural applications, eliminating rework. Grid lines defined in OpenPlant Modeler are available for sharing with OpenPlant Isometrics Manager to support the fast and accurate generation of isometric deliverables.

Key new capabilities include:

  • Improved drawing layout with better dimensioning and label positioning;
  • Automatic splitting of isometrics into multiple sheets based on different criteria;
  • Support for custom components created in OpenPlant Modeler.

Greg Short, principal process engineer at Tetra Tech, said, “Using OpenPlant Isometrics Manager to auto generate the piping isometrics reduced the time it would have taken to move labels around to make the isometric clearer to read. Tetra Tech reduced its isometric generation time from three hours to one hour per isometric. With over 1,500 isometrics, this saved the client USD 250,000.”

Visvaldas Šavelskis, vice-president, energy division of SWECO Lietuva, said, “Bentley’s plant design products and integrated workflow allow us to stay at the edge of the competition, meeting the challenging schedules, while fitting within the budget.”

Santanu Das, senior vice president, design modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “Effective multi-discipline plant design coordination has never been so important with so many projects employing globally distributed teams. We are pleased that OpenPlant users around the world are addressing this need while driving down costs and increasing accuracy on their projects. OpenPlant’s ability to quickly and easily integrate building and structural design into a single plant model for the entire project advances collaboration to enable faster project delivery.”

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

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    Image 1 Caption: Through integration with ProStructures, OpenPlant Modeler users can now create and exchange steel and concrete components for detailed plant designs. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems
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    Image 2 Caption: Users can quickly define common grid lines across OpenPlant Modeler and AECOsim Building Designer and share them with OpenPlant Isometrics Manager. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

BIM Processes Help Shougang International Engineering Undertake Innovative Project for the 2022 Winter Olympics

31.10.2016 1:00  

The 2022 Winter Olympic Organizing Committee contracted Beijing Shougang International Engineering (BSIE) to design and construct its new plaza in Shougang, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China. The new plaza, which is located in an industrial park in the northernmost area of the Shougang Industrial Zone, will retain much of the Shougang plant’s original appearance due to strict controls in place to protect the industrial heritage of the area. Phase 1 of the project, which includes the reconstruction of silo’s 1 to 6 has been completed at a total cost of CNY 3.6 billion, with the remaining office and common areas plus transportation links for the 85,300 square-meter site due to be completed by the end of 2016. When completed, a new landmark in the Shougang area will be ready to receive the 5,000-plus Chinese and foreign visitors and dignitaries expected in the run up to and during 2022 Winter Olympics Games.

The BSIE team used Bentley technology to capture and gain context and understanding of the site and existing infrastructure. By using laser scanning and point-cloud data the team dedicated fewer resource hours to the project that would normally be used to survey and map the area. The results provided a very valuable source of information for decision making and analysis during the latter stages of the project, saving BSIE around CNY 1 million and 3 to 5 percent of the time it would have taken using traditional methods. Bentley’s solutions also enabled the team to, in their words, “build a bridge” between industrial and civil engineering with information mobility and improved processes. Bentley software addressed the needs of these two different areas of design and construction, where use of a connected data environment avoided the inherent risk of data loss when exporting and importing data between different file formats and applications.

Responding to local legislation for green building projects, the BSIE project team also implemented BIM processes at all stages of the project lifecycle. All units involved, including planning, design, procurement, construction, plus operations and maintenance, are using ProjectWise to collaborate. Using BIM processes and ProjectWise in this way ensured secure access to data while working on the project, and enabled the organization to effectively share data saving production time and costs associated with the creation and maintenance of corresponding models for various departments. Having a fully integrated and virtual BIM model also meant that it could be used as the basis for systems needed during operation and maintenance, reducing the need and associated cost of creating as-built information from scratch.

Li Hongguang, project manager of Xishi Winter Olympics Square Project of Old Shougang Industrial Area Transformation, said, “Bentley provides us with systematic solutions covering each link of a project, and achieves a seamless data connection so that we can keep our mind on the project itself, rather than how to operate the software.”

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AECOM Designs the New Dholera Sustainable Smart City in India Using BIM Processes

31.10.2016 1:00  

The government of India is developing the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) as part of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. This initiative is being undertaken to create a major greenfield industrial hub in the Gujarat region. The total area is 920-square-kilometers and will be developed over a period of 30 years. The government selected AECOM as the program manager responsible for implementing the entire trunk infrastructure including roads, rail, drainage, water supply, water treatment, sewerage, power and energy, gas and all communication lines using Bentley applications.

The government’s vision of the project is to create a strong economic base with a globally competitive environment and state-of-the-art infrastructure that will kick-start local commerce, enhance foreign investments, and create an area for sustainable future development. Project goals for the Dholera SIR aim to double the employment potential, triple industrial output, and quadruple exports from the region in the next five years, while meeting project deadlines and staying within budget.

For this USD 641 million project, AECOM has utilized multiple Bentley applications as it progresses through the planning, design, and construction phases. AECOM deployed ProjectWise as the connected data environment to manage the engineering design data for all project participants. ProjectWise ensures their information is accessible and, through defined workflows and rules, managed through the various phases to enable AECOM to meet project deadlines. ProjectWise acts as the hub for multi-discipline design deliverables, while adhering to the appropriate standards and regulations.

The use of Bentley applications will enable Dholera to meet green development standards, such as the LEED gold trademark of excellence. Using 3D digital engineering models to ensure maximum value across the lifecycle of the project is at the forefront of AECOM’s long-term vision. For example, Navigator helps the project team detect and resolve clashes and creates mobility in the workforce. Bentley Map ensures the accuracy of geospatial information prevalent in their engineering workflows, and the Bentley’s Haestad applications delivered hydraulic modeling for the distribution network. AECOM used OpenRoads for designing and managing road infrastructure, ensuring that roads, cycle paths and multi-purpose corridors were proposed efficiently.

As the project continues to expand and deliver against its milestones, Bentley continues to be a proud partner of AECOM and the program team.

Jagdish Salgaonkar, SVP major programs, Dholera, said, “Dholera Industrial City is not a project. It is nation building, and a prime example of a smart and sustainable city.”

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WorkFace Planning and ConstructSim Deliver 8% Total Install Cost Reduction to Houston Refinery

31.10.2016 1:00  

In November 2014, a Houston-based refinery engaged Insight-WFP to implement advanced work packaging and deliver a stable construction environment with predictable project outcomes on one of its construction projects. A long-time user of ConstructSim, having implemented it on six previous projects, Insight-WFP was confident that WorkFace Planning would bring significant benefits to the project, but it needed the support of information management and the construction team. Additionally, the construction project was a fixed-price project exposing the contractor and the owner to risk through claims and schedule compliance.

Initially, the contractors were hesitant to implement a new process where schedulers produced work packages. But, the 3D images created using ConstructSim were so compelling, the team quickly realized that combining planning and information management was a win-win business proposition.

Insight-WFP used ConstructSim Work Package Server as a single source for online documents where the contractors could search and pull electronic documents as needed, and revise them with near-zero lag time. This process avoided construction team members from using incorrect revisions of drawings.

Schedulers presented 4D simulations to the constructors during the daily onsite meetings to create a single understanding of the plan. These reviews also created conversations around constructability, which created the opportunity for the team to adjust the sequence of the schedule into a series of events that made better sense for the construction trades and led to improved safety.  

The project completed 1.6 million work-hours without a single lost time incident, which is a unique outcome for this industry and recognized as world-class performance.

Overall, Insight-WFP estimated that through better material scheduling, improved management of craft labor, and more streamline use of other resources, such as scaffolding, it saved the owner approximately USD 36 million, which is 8 percent of the total installed cost, and reduced the project schedule by six weeks.

Geoff Ryan, P.M.P. AWP specialist, Insight-WFP, said, “One thing that is absolutely certain is we have a very happy owner. We also have contractors who have a new business model; a scaffold company that is selling the virtues of planning with ConstructSim to their other business partners; new hope in an industry that was hungry for change; and our company has a solid business case for information management to support advanced work packaging.”

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GHD’s Proactive Construction Management Delivers Successful Closure of Hazardous Toxic Dump

31.10.2016 1:00  

GHD has successfully managed a challenging public safety infrastructure project for the Government of Guam—The Ordot Dump Closure. Originally built in the 1940s by the United States Military, the 50-acre dump introduced polluted leachate into the Lonfit River, which feeds into Guam’s Pago Bay. The site was also the source of significant air pollution from methane gas emissions. To close the Ordot Dump, GHD managed the construction of a network of environmental safeguards including a complete cover system, a leachate collection system, a gas flare, sewer system improvements, emergency backup generators, security fencing, and roadway improvements.

For this USD 42 million project, GHD leveraged ProjectWise EADOC, Bentley’s cloud-based construction management software to coordinate the entire project team and stakeholders—including the owner located 10 time zones away, on the other side of the International Dateline. ProjectWise EADOC enabled the team to manage, mine, and utilize an enormous amount of project data including onsite weather station logs, site video monitor imagery consisting of thousands of images a day, aerial drone photography, and CM/CQA and contractor daily reports.

The Ordot Dump project was located in remote harsh tropical environment, and the contractor filed multiple claims due to bad weather totaling 202 days. GHD evaluated the claims fairly based on the meticulous and extraordinary records that were developed, managed, and archived in ProjectWise EADOC. By leveraging this project data, GHD negotiated a time extension of 107 work days, to which the owner and contractor agreed.

GHD used ProjectWise EADOC to efficiently manage the project’s 262 submittals, 76 RFIs, 36 design clarification memos, 163 documents related to the design clarifications, 711 contractor daily production reports, 553 daily construction quality control reports, and 32 correction required notices. ProjectWise EADOC’s document module managed all project drawings, specifications, construction photographs, archaeological, environmental, and UXO (unexploded ordinance) monitoring reports. GHD estimates that ProjectWise EADOC saved its submittal and RFI manager approximately 800 resource hours, and significantly increased efficiency for the entire project team.

Paul Baron, P.E., principal/pacific business group manager, GHD, Inc., said, “EADOC provided us a broad, collaborative solution for a complex project with multiple stakeholders spread across 10 time zones, and has won us over as our go-to construct management tool.”

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Municipalities Improve the Quality and Speed of Their Plan Review Processes with Bentley’s Electronic Plan Review

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley’s new Electronic Plan Review is a hosted system that eliminates paper plans, reduces delivery time, and increases visibility into the plan review workflow. This Bentley managed service automates the electronic plan review process, from project application completed with an easy-to-use, public-facing website through efficient online review and approval by municipal department personnel. Electronic Plan Review provides municipalities and their constituents with continuous access and the ability to submit plans, check status, and review decisions regarding their projects and plans.

Key capabilities include:

•         Streamlined plan review processes – provides municipalities with fast and easy access to accurate plan information. Reviewers can quickly and easily markup plans and share information with other reviewers and applicants, saving time and rework.
•         Managed electronic plan workflows – agencies can manage the plan review and approval processes electronically for commercial building, residential building, and planning and land use reviews. Using the Electronic Plan Review reviewer website, municipalities can check and review plans concurrently instead of sequentially. By using standard workflow templates that match an organization’s business processes, Electronic Plan Review saves printing and transportation costs and reduces plan review times from weeks to days.
•        Easy-to-use applicant website – enables constituents to quickly and easily submit plans through the applicant website. Applicants can create and submit new projects, upload plans and documents, and monitor project review status online, which increases visibility and reduces plan approval times.

Noah Eckhouse, Bentley’s senior vice president, Portfolio Development, said, “At last, the electronic plan review process is made easy for both municipalities and their constituents. With this innovative cloud service from Bentley, constituents and governments save money in printing and transportation costs, and results in faster application processing.”

Electronic Plan Review enables people, plans, communication, schedules, and markups to interact in a consistent, clearly defined workflow. Using a public-facing website and proven Bentley software, Electronic Plan Review facilitates the communication, workflow, information, and document control needed to have full visibility into ongoing plan review activities.

About Electronic Plan Review
Electronic Plan Review provides municipalities and their constituents with continuous access and the ability to submit plans, check status and review decisions regarding their projects and plans. Electronic Plan Review gives municipalities and applicants the ease, speed, and confidence involved in submitting, reviewing, and concluding the plan review process.

About AssetWise CONNECT Edition
AssetWise CONNECT Edition optimizes asset performance and supports an asset strategy for risk mitigation, operational efficiency, and regulatory compliance. Built on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a connected data environment, AssetWise facilitates the interoperability of multiple data sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering with accurate and reliable information, when it is needed, to make informed decisions, from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance.

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Bentley Substation Accelerates Project Delivery by Increasing the Speed and Flexibility of Design Workflows

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley Substation now allows users to further accelerate the completion of their projects through increased engineering productivity and collaboration. Bentley Substation, an integrated software application for intelligent electrical and physical substation design, empowers project teams to design substations substantially faster.

With these new capabilities, users can:

  • Address a wider range of lightning protection requirements with support for IEC lightning protection levels, custom analysis algorithms, and overhead cables;
  • Accelerate preliminary layouts by inserting 3D components using symbols to identify devices rather than specifying manufacturers’ parts;
  • Design grounding grids faster with automatic grounding rod placement as well as enhanced 3D visualization, reporting, and integration with third-party analysis tools;
  • Slash latency times when using local or remote databases through fewer and faster queries;
  • Increase collaboration by importing models from ProStructures to use load points to define valid equipment connections.

Barry Grib, project manager with Aurecon, said, “Working smarter rather than harder and longer is the key to staying at the top of an increasingly sophisticated and competitive engineering design market. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the use of 3D design technology for electrical substations.” Using Bentley Substation, ProjectWise WorkSite, and Navigator Mobile, Aurecon reduced substation design time by 50 percent compared to traditional 2D design on its Sidwadwa 66/11kV substation in South Africa. Grib added, “Bentley has proven to be the one software partner that can help us to realize our dreams in a visual environment.”

Santanu Das, senior vice president, design modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “Bentley Substation continues to advance the industry’s ability to design greenfield and brownfield electric substation projects faster, more cost effectively, and with higher quality. The scope and breadth of enhancements in the latest release of Bentley Substation demonstrates our unceasing commitment to enabling ever-higher levels of productivity and collaboration for our users.”

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

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    Image 1 Caption: Bentley Substation now enables users to address a wider range of lightning protection requirements. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.
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    Image 2 Caption: The latest version of Bentley Substation enables users to design grounding grids faster with automatic grounding rod placement as well as enhanced 3D visualization. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

GHD’s Proactive Construction Management Delivers Successful Closure of Hazardous Toxic Dump

31.10.2016 1:00  

GHD has successfully managed a challenging public safety infrastructure project for the Government of Guam—The Ordot Dump Closure. Originally built in the 1940s by the United States Military, the 50-acre dump introduced toxic leachate into the Lonfit River, which feeds into Guam’s Pago Bay. The site was also the source of significant air pollution from methane gas emissions. To close the Ordot Dump, GHD managed the construction of a network of environmental safeguards including a complete cover system, a leachate collection system, a gas flare, sewer system improvements, emergency backup generators, security fencing, and roadway improvements.

For this USD 42 million project, GHD leveraged ProjectWise EADOC, Bentley’s cloud-based construction management software to coordinate the entire project team and stakeholders—including the owner located 10 time zones away, on the other side of the International Dateline. ProjectWise EADOC enabled the team to manage, mine, and utilize an enormous amount of project data including onsite weather station logs, site video monitor imagery consisting of thousands of images a day, aerial drone photography, and CM/CQA and contractor daily reports.

The Ordot Dump project was located in remote harsh tropical environment, and the contractor filed multiple claims due to bad weather totaling 202 days. GHD evaluated the claims fairly based on the meticulous and extraordinary records that were developed, managed, and archived in ProjectWise EADOC. By leveraging this project data, GHD negotiated a time extension of 107 work days, to which the owner and contractor agreed.

GHD used ProjectWise EADOC to efficiently manage the project’s 262 submittals, 76 RFIs, 36 design clarification memos, 163 documents related to the design clarifications, 711 contractor daily production reports, 553 daily construction quality control reports, and 32 correction required notices. ProjectWise EADOC’s document module managed all project drawings, specifications, construction photographs, archaeological, environmental, and UXO (unexploded ordinance) monitoring reports. GHD estimates that ProjectWise EADOC saved its submittal and RFI manager approximately 400 resource hours, and significantly increased efficiency for the entire project team.

Paul Baron, P.E., principal/pacific business group manager, GHD, Inc., said, “EADOC provided us a broad, collaborative solution for a complex project with multiple stakeholders spread across 10 time zones, and has won us over as our go-to construct management tool.”

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    Image 1 Caption: An aerial view of the Ordot Dump located in Chalan Pago-Ordot municipality, United States Territory of Guam.
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    Image 2 Caption: A ground-level view of the Ordot Dump located in Chalan Pago-Ordot municipality, United States Territory of Guam.

Maryland State Highway Administration’s Routing and Permitting Solution to Save Carriers USD 24 Million Annually

31.10.2016 1:00  

Maryland State Highway Administration’s Motor Carrier Division (MCD) within the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for issuing the oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permits that ensure the safe travel of permitted loads across the state. The USD 2.3 million agreement for permitting and routing implementation encompasses GIS, routing, and bridge load analysis, an upgraded Web interface, and city and county road additions. Conservative estimates predict that the new system will save carriers USD 24.6 million annually, assuming a one-hour saving at an average hourly load expense of USD 200, on the 123,000 permits issued yearly.

Although it was an unusual practice for Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) to rely upon a hosted environment from an outside vendor, MDSHA saw value in a cloud implementation and worked very closely with Bentley to expand and move an on-premises solution to Microsoft Azure. As a result, Bentley and MDSHA were able to complete the project several times faster than if Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) had undertaken a traditional on-premises upgrade. Maryland State Highway has entered into a Success Plan with Bentley for the ongoing support and operation of the hosted service.

Through the cloud service, MDSHA provides cross-state capability regardless of jurisdiction, while giving each agency total responsibility and flexibility to manage its assets. The solution provides safer travel for the general public, reduced costs for the hauling community, increased efficiency, the potential to realize staff savings, plus reduced maintenance costs and operational expenses for government agencies directly attributable to ensuring OS/OW loads will not do undue harm.

Bentley’s SUPERLOAD provides the foundation for MDSHA’s entire OS/OW permitting, routing, and analysis solution. MDSHA also uses LARS Bridge to create detailed structural models of the state and Maryland Transportation Authority bridges structures, which are then loaded into the SUPERLOAD application for real-time bridge analysis. MDSHA uses InspectTech to continually maintain the bridge inventory and inspection information, ensuring that the over and under and horizontal and vertical bridge clearances are accurately verified for each permit vehicle.

The solution provides an easy-to-use system with a single point of contact for all billing and invoices, eliminating the need for companies to hold multiple bonds to cover the city and state. It reduces the time spent on bridge analysis and permit issuance, enabling users to fully review and automatically issue permits, which can help achieve automated system issuance rates in excess of 80 percent.

Tina Sanders, technical support manager, Motor Carrier Division, Maryland State Highway Administration, said, “Our new Bentley Maryland One System allows carriers anywhere in the world to use any device and browser to apply for OS/OW permits 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have them routed, analyzed, and automatically system issued up to configurable thresholds. Maryland State Highway Administration’s Motor Carrier Division is confident that all clearances are checked, every bridge crossed over is structurally analyzed, and all temporary conditions are considered.”

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    Image 1 Caption: Maryland One System showing analysis results for OS/OW routing. Image Attribution: Maryland State Highway Administration – Motor Carrier Division
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    Image 2 Caption: Maryland One System showing analysis results for OS/OW routing and SUPERLOAD Permit Report. Image Attribution: Maryland State Highway Administration – Motor Carrier Division

SKA South Africa Building the World’s Largest and Most Sensitive Radio Telescope with Help of AssetWise

31.10.2016 1:00  

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project is an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope installation in the world, with locations in both Africa and Australia. The SKA will ultimately use thousands of dishes and up to 1 million antennae that will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence. The ZAR 2 billion South African MeerKAT radio telescope, currently being built some 90 kilometers outside the small town of Carnarvon, South Africa, is a precursor to the (SKA) telescope and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1.

The MeerKAT telescope structure will consist of 64 antennae comprising primary reflector dishes, each with a projected dish diameter of 13.5 meters and sub-reflectors of 3.5 diameters offset from each other (known as an offset Gregorian optical layout). The precise orientation of these dishes is calibrated to the intended use of the telescope. Sixteen of these antennae are already installed and operational, and precise information about the configuration of the assets in the array is required at all times.

SKA South Africa deployed AssetWise across all sites to capture and manage all asset information required for construction, operations, and maintenance. The system ensures information mobility among its multi-discipline team, which includes civil infrastructure (including 160 kilometers of buried cables), structural design for the massive dishes, purpose-built housing (for all the electronic equipment), software development, and all network and communications. The software saves maintenance time and helps the team manage change. All participants in a subsystem are informed of any change, what is changing and by whom, and the effects analysis of the change. With AssetWise, the team applied best practice configuration management principles. As assets are handed over to operations and maintenance, the asset information system allows integration with logistics and maintenance management systems while maintaining a single view of the asset and control over the design and asset infrastructure. 

Willem Esterhuyse, MeerKAT project manager, SKA South Africa, said, “By ensuring that complete and accurate data was available at all times, that baselines were maintained, that engineering change procedures were completed efficiently and in a timely manner, and that configurations of serialized items where constantly maintained, we were able to reduce rework to a minimum, achieve our aggressive timescales, and exceed the user requirement.”

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    Image 1 Caption: South African MeerKAT Core Array in May 2016. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of SKA South Africa
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    Image 2 Caption: MeerKAT receptor antennae transported to the site. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of SKA South Africa
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    Image 3 Caption: The SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of SKA South Africa
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    Image 4 Caption: Screen shot of AssetWise ALIM with powerful configuration management capabilities. Image Attribution: Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

Accelerate Construction Progress and Validate System Readiness with ConstructSim Systems Completions

31.10.2016 1:00  

Construction and commissioning teams can now control project transparency and team collaboration to advance their systems completions and commissioning processes with Bentley’s ConstructSim Systems Completions. The application automates the inspections process to accelerate systems progress and validate system readiness for efficient project closeout and turnover. Web-based and mobile access enables organizations to eliminate manual data collection with automated check sheets and easily monitor, control, and automate testing and inspection workflows for real-time project status and reporting.

ConstructSim Systems Completions is now available in Early Access.

Key capabilities include:

  • Streamlined and tracked commissioning progress. Users can save significant time by creating, managing, editing, and distributing system check sheets, punch list items, test packages and system certificates with the most up-to-date project information, vendor data, construction mechanical completion status, and commissioning progress.
  • Managed and assigned commissioning activities in the field. Users can manage, assign, and track mechanical completion, pre-commissioning, and commissioning check sheets with digital smart forms removing manual efforts to get accurate information to and from the field.
  • Mechanical completion review and commissioning status reports and dashboards. Users can monitor key performance indicators through graphical project dashboards on a project, system, sub-system, or tag level, as well as generate informative reports to plan early system walkdowns and determine where to relocate resources for early completion.  

Adam Klatzkin, senior director, software development, construction, Bentley Systems, said, “Aligning construction and commissioning teams for system-driven turnover not only improves productivity but informs stakeholders with accurate project status to predict system handover down to the task level. Until now, systems completions and commissioning processes were a painstakingly, manual process. We believe this automation will change how the industry delivers projects.”

ConstructSim Systems Completions enables users to maintain a systematic completion process from construction completion, pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up, performance testing, through to stable operations. The alignment of construction and commissioning for system-driven turnover delivers more efficient projects and safer operations.

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    Image 1 Caption: Useful home screen navigates users through workflow-driven completions process. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems                                        
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    Image 2 Caption: Project dashboards increase transparency with KPIs on project, systems, and tags. Image Attribution: Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

SITEOPS Integration with Bentley’s ContextCapture for Reality Modeling and Real-life Visualizations Adds Life to Site Designs

31.10.2016 1:00  

Bentley announces the availability of a new SITEOPS workflow for creating optimized site designs, leveraging reality meshes created with ContextCapture and stunning visualizations created with Bentley LumenRT as part of the design process. With ContextCapture, users can create highly accurate 3D reality meshes containing the precision to allow any engineering project to be done completely in context. These reality meshes are engineering ready and can now be directly used as context for 3D design, with the most accurate topography possible, within SITEOPS. Once the design is complete, users can export the 3D model to Bentley LumenRT for creating amazing, enlivened 3D visualizations.

The hardest part of creating a site plan and design is to acquire an accurate and complete survey of the existing conditions. ContextCapture allows designers to quickly produce accurate terrain models from a collection of ordinary digital photographs, which can be immediately used in SITEOPS to begin the process of identifying optimal site configurations.  

Key new capabilities include:

  • Acquire detailed existing surface topography from digital images for use in grading design and analysis;          
  • Conduct site feasibility studies by using digital imagery, computational design tools, and cost optimization in a fraction of the time it normally takes using traditional CAD software;
  • Analyze multiple site layouts and grading plans using the digital topography produced by ContextCapture to determine the best design options based on constraints and cost of construction;
  • Combine the most cost-effective layout and grading with enlivened digital content such as buildings, trees, vehicles, and more to bring projects to life with Bentley LumenRT;
  • Create stunning 3D visualizations that will allow design professionals to convey the intent of their designs to project stakeholders.

When determining the construction budget, one of the biggest risks is typically in the cost of grading, due to the lack of quality data in the conceptual stage and the time it takes to perform grading designs. Now, with ContextCapture, users can turn site photos into detailed topography, replacing the low quality surface data with high-quality detailed reality meshes. This workflow allows design firms to determine optimal design options based on accurate data enabling the client to make a better decision sooner in the project lifecycle. 

Phil Christensen, VP, analytical modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “The integration of ContextCapture reality meshes into SITEOPS extends the dramatic positive impact that drones are having on civil teams that work on site optimization. These teams can now benefit from the automatic conversion of photos to meshes that ContextCapture provides and more rapidly identify optimal site configurations from an accurate, up-to-date terrain model.”

About SITEOPS
With SITEOPS, civil engineers, architects, and land planners can perform site configuration simulations that fully assess millions of layout, parking, grading, and drainage options for a site within hours – not days. Evaluating more information in the early stages of a project allows users to design more efficiently and minimize land development costs. Preliminary cost estimates and conceptual designs can be produced faster while optimizing site designs through advanced optioneering.   

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

About ContextCapture
ContextCapture can produce 3D models, derived from simple photographs, in order to provide context for infrastructure projects of all types. Without the need for expensive, specialized equipment, and saving time over traditional surveying methods, highly detailed 3D photo-textured reality meshes can be produced, providing precise real-world context for use in design, construction, and operations decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects.

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    Image 1 Caption: SITEOPS and ContextCapture help engineers, architects, and designers examine real-world existing conditions to create optimized designs. Image Attribution: Bentley Systems
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    Image 2 Caption: Create stunning visualizations to help convey design intent to shareholders. Image Attribution: Bentley Systems

A BIM Commitment Helps Los Angeles Community College District Deliver on this USD 6 Billion Project

31.10.2016 1:00  

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) serves Los Angeles, California, USA, and its neighboring cities. It is the largest community college district in the United States and one of the largest in the world, educating more than 3 million students over the past 77 years. In the early 2000s, the state initiated several bond programs called Proposition A and AA and Measure J to expand the capacity and efficiency of the district while targeting a zero-energy usage. The propositions called for designing and constructing 50 new buildings and remodeling many other buildings. Proposition A and AA were traditional design-bid-build projects, while Measure J introduced a design-build with the requirement to take a BIM approach to designing and constructing the buildings.

Some of the unique challenges of the Measure J project included a large number of participants needing access to the same information across the project lifecycle. LACCD used more than 200 public and private firms for the construction and project management alone. To ensure collaboration, LACCD needed all its data to be managed in a common environment, adhering to standards and specifications that could ensure a successful project. For this USD 6 billion project, LACCD is leveraging Bentley’s ProjectWise to ensure collaboration and project performance by integrating people, data, standards, and processes throughout the project lifecycle. This strategy meant that all stakeholders, including architects, engineers, designers, construction managers, and consultants would have access to a single repository of information.

To maintain consistency, LACCD published Measure J BIM standards for models, drawings, specifications, photographs, and all other project information in 2011, and used ProjectWise as the connected data environment. i-models enabled the information flow of the BIM models and standards, ensuring data was exchanged without losing integrity or accuracy. Additionally, LACCD used Bentley Navigator for BIM review and issue resolution, which provided a 3D environment where project participants could better understand, review, and share feedback on a variety of ongoing designs. This strategy reduced time and costs and equated to a 12 percent savings in labor and USD 12 million in cost savings.

The BIM methodology allowed LACCD to incorporate solar energy and use low-cost electricity during off-peak hours, and helped reduce energy and ensure all buildings achieved at least a LEED Silver certification. LACCD could also confidently manage its documents and data as it adopted ongoing asset management strategies.

James Conway-Juarbe, maintenance and operations standards coordinator, LACCD, said, “Bentley’s ProjectWise provided us with the capability to coordinate over 3 million documents totaling 5 terabytes of data to give 500 project participants the latest controlled information on which to base confident action. The repository provides the base of documents for ongoing asset management.”

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    Image 3 Caption: Bentley Navigator was used for BIM review and issue resolution.

Owner-operator Banedanmark Aims to Deliver Denmark’s First High-speed Line On-time and On-budget Using State-of-the-art Technology

31.10.2016 1:00  

On May 18, 2010, the Danish Parliament passed an act approving the construction of a new dual track, electrified railway running from Copenhagen to Ringsted via Køge, Denmark. Capable of handling passenger train speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour, the new line will be Denmark’s first high speed railway, and its largest rail project for many years. Responsibility for establishing the 60-kilometer line, which will include four tunnels, 88 bridges, and require the expropriation of around 290 hectares of land, fell to Banedanmark, Denmark’s national rail owner-operator. Its stated aim was to construct the line on time and within budget, setting a best-in-class example for all European rail projects, in a competitive market, using state-of-the-art technology. Construction of the new line commenced back in 2012 with completion scheduled for late 2018.

The Banedanmark team used an extensive list of Bentley software on the project including:

  • ProjectWise, which helped ensure data could be shared between all parties involved across 20 different contracts on the project. The connected data environment provided by ProjectWise was split into pre-tender, post-tender, and as-built information, ensuring that only the right users had access to information relevant to their organization, contract, and role. This well-coordinated process resulted in contract costs that were 9.3 percent lower than estimated, and an overall budget saving for Banedanmark of 10 to 15 percent.
  • MicroStation, chosen to ensure that all project information could be visualized within a comprehensive modeling environment. The flexibility offered by the DGN format and tools within MicroStation made it possible for the team to combine data generated using Bentley applications and third-party software for tasks including consistency and clash control, creation of multi-discipline sections or hypermodels, quantity takeoffs, quality checks, and high resolution visualizations and animations.
  • Bentley Rail Track, used to create 3D models of the minimum infrastructure gauge. Built-in Danish design standards and validation enabled Banedanmark to create models and animations approximately 10 times faster than using other techniques.
  • PowerCivil for Sweden, which enable the team to easily extract earthworks volumes. The 3D models were then used by the contractors for machine control, increasing the accuracy and speed of works. Finally, mapping functionality within PowerCivil for Sweden made it possible to exchange data with ArcGIS, Banedanmark’s GIS in operations and maintenance.

As a result of its achievements on the Copenhagen – Ringsted project, Banedanmark implemented a strategic project called The Digital Railway of Future. The project’s mission is to look at implementing the same methods and requirements on all construction projects in the future, and to explore the potential for using models and intelligent data generated during design and construction within asset management, implementing a whole lifecycle approach to BIM.

Gita Mohshizadeh, CAD manager, Banedanmark, said, “Bentley’s commitment to providing the tools necessary to support the whole lifecycle of assets and interoperability with other design and construction software means that Banedanmark’s project information is usable, well-coordinated, and well-documented.”

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    Image 1 Caption: Copenhagen to Ringsted High Speed Line section and perspective of track including catenary and ducting. Image Attribution: Banedanmark
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    Image 2 Caption: Hvidovre Tunnel cutaway on Denmark’s first high-speed line. Image Attribution: Banedanmark
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    Video Caption: Banedanmark’s Copenhagen to Ringsted High Speed Line promotional video. Image Attribution: Banedanmark
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