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Bentley Acquires Synchro Software to Extend Digital Workflows for Infrastructure Project Delivery Through 4D Construction Modeling


Introducing time dimension to synchronize BIM processes with work packaging, immersive visualization, and constructioneering, by way of Connected Data Environment (CDE)

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Synchro Software, headquartered in London, leader (and the market creator) in 4D construction modeling software, for scheduling and project management Synchro, “construction’s time machine,” has been globally adopted, in particular, for building and civil infrastructure projects The acquisition broadens Bentley’s ProjectWise construction offerings—which already include ConstructSim, the leader for 4D construction modeling in project delivery of industrial plants With construction project management in 4D, benefits of BIM can extend throughout infrastructure project delivery and asset lifecycles, as traditionally disconnected workflows become digital workflows

Synchro’s strong growth, since the introduction of Synchro PRO in 2007, has coincided with the burgeoning adoption of BIM for design workflows—which, however, stop short of considering construction planning, scheduling, and project management strategies For London’s Crossrail, Synchro digital construction innovatively applied Bentley Systems’ iModel work packaging to complete the reach of its BIM application portfolio and its CDE Crossrail, the largest European construction project over this period, is now being completed on time and on budget Synchro has increasingly become the standard for major constructors leveraging BIM through project delivery Synchro’s 2018 4D Digital Construction Conference in Amsterdam brought together infrastructure construction thought leaders from 18 countries, including presentations by Royal BAM Group, Mortenson Construction, Robins & Morton, Shanghai Construction No 4 Group, Skanska UK, and Larsen & Toubro, who shared their benefits achieved through innovatively applying 4D construction modeling with Synchro

In industrial project delivery, characterized by EPC (engineer-procure-construct) contracting,
integrated processes are already the norm—leading to ConstructSim’s digital workflows for advanced work packaging However, in vertical buildings and civil infrastructure projects, notwithstanding the advancement of BIM for design and engineering, prevalent design/bid/build contracting has institutionalized disconnected workflows isolating construction planning from BIM data and geometry

        • Constructors have been constrained by the limitations of stand-alone planning and scheduling
           programs, without digital visibility into the engineering information coalesced within the
           separate 3D BIM environment;

        • construction planning typically lacks the workface-level granularity and depth of detail, and
          exploration of sequencing alternatives, to sufficiently minimize risk and schedule variance; and

        • constructors characteristically need to create their own independent 3D models to serve
          construction only, in the process orphaning the BIM deliverables which can then never, despite
          their engineering intelligence, accurately represent the as-built asset for operations and

Within Synchro, 3D BIM deliverables are linked with the 4D time dimension to intrinsically and immersively synchronize, through digital workflows, the construction strategy, work breakdown structure, schedule, costs, resources, supply chain logistics, and progress Synchro’s 4D construction modeling appropriately incorporates other construction variables (human, materials, equipment, falseworks, and space) for safe, reliable, and predictable project delivery performance Synchro includes intrinsic CPM scheduling, or users can maintain external project schedules

By synchronizing changes from BIM, schedule and/or field conditions, Synchro provides clear visibility into both the project data and the design, making it quick and easy to communicate and analyze the impact of changes on the entire project delivery process This also enables Synchro users to compare construction strategy alternatives—even in early stages of design and bid processes—and to evaluate the feasibility and efficiency of different scenarios, deriving insights toward the best possible construction outcomes

By incorporating Synchro 4D construction modeling through the ProjectWise CDE, infrastructure project delivery can now benefit from unprecedented digital workflow advancements For the first time, change synchronization can assure that BIM deliverables are updated for changes which occur during construction, aligning the as-designed, as-constructed, and as-operated digital engineering models to improve both project performance and asset performance And, in particular for civil infrastructure projects, constructioneering digital workflows can automate direct relationships between the project’s digital engineering models, the continuously-surveyed digital context of site conditions before and during construction, and positioning devices controlling construction equipment and feeding back as-built conditions

“I’m very excited about what Synchro brings to Bentley’s capabilities for comprehensive project delivery, not only in terms of technology, but also by virtue of the proven construction expertise of the Synchro team, led by the vision and advocacy of Tom Dengenis,” said Stephen Jolley, vice president of construction for Bentley “In construction modeling for industrial projects, the market is already converging around ConstructSim’s advanced work packaging and workface planning In the advancement of going digital for civil and building construction, the needed impetus for these ‘industrialized’ advantages is precisely what we are now announcing For infrastructure projects, integrating Synchro’s 4D construction modeling completes the reach of our ProjectWise CDE”

Tom Dengenis, CEO of Synchro Software, said, “This combination reflects my conviction about what’s imperative for finally driving infrastructure construction substantially forward At Synchro, we accomplished the breakthrough of 4D construction modeling software many years ago, but we have wanted to advance the market faster than our own continuous growth With my 40+ Synchro colleagues in the UK, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Moscow, I look forward to working more directly with our new Bentley colleagues, thanks to our now so much greater combined power and commitment, to accelerate the global industry in going digital”

Malcolm Taylor, head of technical information, Crossrail, said, “Using specialist software from Bentley Systems and Synchro, our project schedule could be linked to the 3D information to produce 4D models that could show the progress of design and installation at any particular point in time Using 4D models to plan helped speed up the project teams’ understanding of what we needed to do and when They could also tease out conflicts that were not normally apparent from regular Gantt charts and drawings Using the 4D model for construction progress also manages payment expectations as it allows teams to readily agree on what’s completed and accepted—as well as producing an excellent as-built record for the future maintainer For me, the news of Bentley Systems’ acquisition of Synchro Software is excellent, and will help reinforce how 4D can be used to improve construction management”

Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said, “Synchro has already inflected upward the construction productivity curve, by leading the adoption of 4D construction modeling for significant projects worldwide The opportunity to extend digital workflows from BIM to institutionalize 4D construction modeling across infrastructure project delivery, superseding disconnected planning and scheduling, is enormous and immediate; its magnitude is confirmed by the clamor of new startups Tom Dengenis’ informed enthusiasm and business foresight in anticipating and advancing the market’s potential—reflected in Synchro’s sustained and increasing growth from critical mass to escape velocity—assures me that we now, uniquely, have the right combined team and converged technologies Every constructor and every infrastructure project can gain from going digital through our 4D construction modeling!”

About Synchro
Synchro Software, Ltd provides digital construction software and services that improve the safety, reliability, predictability and quality of complex construction projects Their 4D digital construction platform serves the global market, combining traditional Gantt chart CPM scheduling with integrated 4D visualization capabilities in real time Their customers range from small consultants to the world's largest and most recognizable contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers using Synchro on high-profile, complex construction projects For more information visit wwwsynchroltdcom

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Bentley Named 2018 Microsoft CityNext Partner of the Year


Bentley recognized for helping Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit Corporation in going digital
for a world-class railway project

Bentley Systems today announced it has received a 2018 Microsoft Partner of the Year award Bentley was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of user solutions based on Microsoft technology

Awards were announced in 39 categories, with winners chosen from more than 2,600 entrants from 115 countries worldwide Bentley Systems was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in the CityNext Partner of the Year category

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We are honored to have received this prestigious award which recognizes Bentley as a provider of cloud-based software solutions powered by Azure, for the advancement of infrastructure projects throughout the world, and specifically for Mass Rapid Transit Corporation’s [MRTC] outstanding Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya [SSP] line in Malaysia MRTC is going digital, harnessing Bentley and Microsoft technology to deliver one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Asia”

With more than 17 million people residing in just 94 square miles, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has one of the highest population densities globally As a result, it is estimated that residents living in the Greater Klang Valley region collectively spend 280 million hours per year stuck in traffic The SSP line is the second line of MRTC’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit railway project, which will create better mobility for residents and make it possible to ease traffic by an estimated 160,000 cars daily As Malaysia’s largest infrastructure project, the SSP line includes 11 interchange stations, making it easier for commuters to transfer to existing and future rail lines, while 16 stations will have park and ride facilities In addition to creating an estimated 130,000 new employment opportunities, the line has the potential to generate RM 20 billion in cost savings per year as a result of reduced traffic congestion

The MRTC project team utilizes Bentley OpenRail’s connected data environment comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure seamless information exchange, real-time collaboration, and management of asset information across the lifecycle, among hundreds of team members

Poh Seng Tiok, director of planning and design for MRTC noted that on a project of this scale and complexity, it is essential to effectively manage and share the huge amount of data across the entire project—from design and construction, through to operation and asset management

Mr Poh said, “We need to make sure that all the different [project] phases are well covered and information that we build up during design, and during construction are taken forward during the operation and maintenance stage for better understanding By turning to the Bentley/Microsoft cloud-based solution, we are able to streamline collaboration across all teams and identify and mitigate potential issues, before they impact cost, schedule, and safety We expect to increase productivity by about 35 percent, through reducing design rework by providing real-time, accurate information”

Through the partnership with Bentley Systems and Microsoft, MRTC expects to complete the project on time and within budget by 2022 Watch the project video here Learn more about the featured project here

“Our ecosystem of partners is crucial to delivering transformative solutions, and this year’s winners have proven to be some of the finest among their peers,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp “We are pleased to recognize Bentley Systems for being selected as winner of the 2018 Microsoft CityNext award”

About Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Awards
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year Award winners are recognized at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner event, to be held this year in Las Vegas, July 15 through 19 Learn more about the awards program

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OpenPlant CONNECT Edition Deploys Bentley's Innovative iModelHub for Collaborative Plant Design with Cloud-based Data Management


Bentley Systems announces the availability of OpenPlant CONNECT Edition, the latest of Bentley’s plant design offerings that allows users in the process and manufacturing industries to improve design and operations with a collaborative, intelligent, 2D and 3D plant design environment based on open data standards OpenPlant CONNECT Edition now provides owner-operators and engineering, procurement, and construction companies the ability to design and manage their plant data through cloud-based services, while supporting reliable and asynchronous project visibility, anytime, anywhere

OpenPlant CONNECT Edition is the first application in Bentley’s multi-discipline plant design to utilize iModelHub, Bentley’s cloud service, which tracks all changes made to project designs and notifies users of changes Participants can choose to synchronize to and from particular timeline milestones and can visualize, summarize, analyze, and interpret the impact of ongoing changes Utilizing the integration between OpenPlant and iModelHub, users can synchronize 3D models from OpenPlant with iModelHub, to view and query the model data in a web-based interface Users can also perform 2D and 3D consistency checking through integration with OpenPlant PID A full history of all the changes made to the 3D model and 2D designs are synchronized to iModelHub, including who made changes, what was changed, when changes were made, and the date the changes were completed

In addition, OpenPlant CONNECT Edition with iModelHub improves plant design collaboration and saves project time with the following capabilities:
• Easy access to project data through ProjectWise and ProjectWise Connection Services for cloud-based workflows granting access to services for data editing, tag creation, reporting, and dashboarding of all user data that has been synchronized to iModelHub
• Improved isometric production with the additional ability to generate isometrics based on pipeline data that has been synchronized with iModelHub
• Enhanced interaction with third-party data via the ability to review PDMS, E3D, and Smart 3D data and models in the context of the connected data environment that provides all the change tracking implicit with the use of iModelHub

Artur Abramowicz, project manager, ICHEMAD, said, "Bentley software is the key to optimizing the design and plant construction We achieve visible targets such as quality, optimization of time and financial gains For me, this is the key to success”

Jesse Wolfe, CAD manager for Wink Engineering, said, “The Isometrics Style configuration tools in OpenPlant Isometrics Manager CONNECT Edition will save us much time in drawing production This will allow us to quickly customize the isometrics style to accommodate multiple client standards The ability to import data from an iModel or an external source such as a database or spreadsheet saves us much time, allowing us to validate data at a single point rather than manually enter it on each drawing”

Ken Adamson, vice president, building, electrical, plant, and structural detailing for Bentley Systems, said, “The new cloud-based capabilities for managing changes to the project, as well as querying, reporting, and monitoring the health of our users’ projects with OpenPlant CONNECT Edition and iModelHub provides improved insights for all project participants” Adamson continued, “The improvements in productivity and efficiency with redesigned user interfaces, interdisciplinary coordination between 2D and 3D models, and the addition of CONNECT Advisor with context-sensitive searches of learning content from multiple sources as an in-product experience, provides a truly significant leap forward in how organizations manage, execute, and maintain plant facilities”

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

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

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700 million Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions wwwbentleycom

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Caption and image link: Use iModelHub to track and report changes made to plant designs
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Caption and image link: Improve design efficiency with OpenPlant CONNECT Edition
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Lehigh Valley Section of ASCE Names Bentley System's Dr. Thomas Walski as Civil Engineer of the Year


Award recognizes Bentley colleague for outstanding contributions to civil engineering in 2017

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that Bentley colleague, Thomas Walski, PhD PE, F ASCE, F EWRI has received the Civil Engineer of the Year 2017 award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Lehigh Valley Section (LV-ASCE) The award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions of a civil engineer to the engineering profession, to the education and support of younger and future engineers, and to the community

The LV-ASCE Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates nominees based on their professional and occupational achievements including positions held, research, technical writing, volunteer involvement in the community, and aid to educational development

Dr Walski said, “I appreciate the Lehigh Valley ASCE’s recognizing me with this award I have been lucky to have worked as a water engineer, which enabled me to work on technically challenging projects, with outstanding individuals while providing essential services for people I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had with great organizations from the start of my career though the years I’ve spent on the Bentley team”

Since 2000, Dr Walski has served as a senior product manager and research fellow for Bentley Systems He is co-holder of several patents in hydraulic analysis, and his research in the water industry has resulted in significant improvements in engineering practices in applied hydraulics Additionally, Dr Walski has authored or contributed to more than 25 reference books and more than 100 conference presentations and journal papers

Dr Walski has served on numerous committees, is associate editor for the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and former editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering To date, Dr Walski has received numerous awards and honors including being named as one of the 50 water industry icons by Water and Waste Digest in 2011, and early in his career awarded as Outstanding Young Engineer by ASCE, Mississippi Section, in 1985

Prior to his tenure at Bentley Systems, Dr Walski served as executive director of Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and has held several environmental, sanitary, and civil engineering positions, including with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania American Water, and the Water and Wastewater Utility in Austin, Texas Dr Walski was an associate professor for Wilkes University, where he taught courses in hydraulics, water resources planning, and water supply design Dr Walski earned his master’s degree and PhD from Vanderbilt University

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Dr Thomas Walski receives LV-ASCE Civil Engineer of the Year award

Read more here about ASCE Awards criteria

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700 million Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions

About the American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society

ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment wwwasceorg

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Siemens and Bentley Systems Collaborate on Process Industries Academy Initiative


Supporting development and sharing of best-practice approaches for
project delivery and asset operations

FRANKFURT (from ACHEMA, World Forum for the Process Industries) − Siemens’ Process Industries and Drives and Digital Factories divisions are teaming up with Bentley Systems’ Bentley Institute to establish a Process Industries Academy that will support the companies’ joint vision for cloud services and digital workflows in engineering and operations The Process Industries Academy will help organizations to better understand and develop an effective digital strategy across all aspects of the asset lifecycle, based on the practical experience and knowledge of the industry’s leading experts

With recent fluctuations in the oil, gas, and global energy markets, and the subsequent impact on related process manufacturing sectors, established ways of working in the process industries are now being challenged across the entire project lifecycle Fewer capital investments in greenfield projects, and an increased focus on optimizing productivity, performance and utilization of existing assets, have prompted the process industries to examine new ways to increase competitiveness and operating revenues

An optimal approach to project delivery and asset performance addresses the interactions and balance between an organization’s capabilities, its people, the underlying business processes and methods, all coupled with the latest technology, to consistently improve its business outcomes

Based on the experience and knowledge of the industry’s leading experts, the Process Industries Academy will provide sessions focusing on real-world examples of the key aspects of a digital approach to capital project delivery and asset operations Participants will discover how developing a clear digital strategy for improved collaboration, communication, and coordination between project teams creates an ideal environment to optimize information creation and digital workflows

Eckard Eberle, CEO, Process Automation, Process Industries and Drives Division, Siemens AG, said, “The Process Industries Academy supports the development of industry best-practice approaches, while respecting the culture and traditions within today’s process industries Our shared vision for the academy is to offer a practical, effective means for asset owners, decision makers, and program and project managers to understand the interactions and balance between teams, processes, and technologies so they can see improved project delivery and asset performance”

Alan Lamont, vice president of Digital Advancement Academies for Bentley Systems, said, “The Process Industries Academy will offer industry professionals an environment to learn and share practical insights about business process improvements enabled by technology, so they can educate and equip their teams to be more productive and achieve the best outcomes With academy sessions, we hope to help participants to develop a better understanding of their role and the benefits across the asset lifecycle, with practical, real-world examples of “Going Digital” to advance capital project delivery and asset operations”

Process Industries Academies will be situated in the following locations to support the global process industry:

Karlsruhe, Germany at Siemens’ Process Automation World
Houston, Texas, US in Bentley’s Digital Advancement Academy
Shanghai, China at Siemens’ Process Industry Center of Excellence

The first academy session is scheduled for November 14, 2018 in Karlsruhe at Siemens Process Automation World A half-day preview of the Process Industries Academy will be featured during Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference in London on Monday, October 15

Caption and image link: The Process Industries Academy will help organizations develop a digital strategy based on practical experience and knowledge from leading experts

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years The company is active around the globe, 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 With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, 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 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €830 billion and net income of €62 billion At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide wwwsiemenscom

Bentley Institute advances the infrastructure professions by encouraging and supporting going digital Its initiatives advance and attract current and future infrastructure professionals through continuous learning about technology solutions, as well as project delivery and asset performance best practices Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies facilitate an environment and a culture of innovation via awareness sessions, forums, and targeted seminars and working groups, helping to ensure that all project collaborators fully understand the digital processes, standards, and deliverables expected for successful project outcomes wwwbentleycom/learn

Bentley Systems, Incorporated is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700 million Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions

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