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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of 2017 Be Inspired Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s conference included:

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

The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Sponsors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

SINGAPORE — The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference — Today, Bentley Systems’ founder Keith Bentley introduced the company’s “iModel 20” cloud platform and its first new service, iModelHub, to accelerate “going digital” for users of its ProjectWise Design Integration services Without requiring changes to existing BIM applications or processes, the iModelHub cloud service, invoking application-specific “iModel bridges” triggered automatically by ProjectWise:

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

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

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

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

Digital Alignment
Bentley’s widely-utilized i-model (“10”) containers for BIM deliverables makes their native structures usefully self-describing in their own right, but that approach was not intended for aggregation and understanding across disciplines  iModel (“20”) advancement relies upon the iModelHub cloud service, and iModel Bridges, to achieve maximum possible digital alignment across iModels

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

Immersive Visibility, Anywhere
By adding change synchronization and digital alignment to the connected data environment shared across ProjectWise and Bentley’s AssetWise operations services, iModelHub increases the value of digital workflows within and between connected projects, connected assets, and enterprise data lakes By distributing and synchronizing copies of iModels anywhere, the iModel 20 cloud platform is designed to support massive scale-out for reliable, ubiquitous, and asynchronous project visibility For example, Bentley’s new Navigator Web enables any authorized user on any modern browser to access project and asset digital component information securely through intuitive 3D immersion Immersive visibility includes alignment of BIM models and digital components within their digital context of engineering-ready reality meshes, created by Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modeling software, for instance from continuous UAV surveying

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

Keith Bentley’s Perspective
Keith Bentley said, “With our ‘iModel 20’ cloud platform, I foresee an accelerating ecosystem of innovation for true digital workflows around infrastructure assets  To get there, our first priority has been to make possible substantial improvements in infrastructure project delivery and asset performance outcomes, without needing to change current BIM workflows iModelHub cloud services provide the solution for many infrastructure engineering challenges where BIM modeling has created the potential for advancement, but where information misalignment has limited its value  Indeed, we have engineered the iModel 20 cloud platform to instill digital alignment, change-based accountability and synchronization, and immersive visibility as its core tenants The best news is that ProjectWise Design Integration users can set up their iModel Bridges to connect to iModelHub without retraining users or changing their existing applications or work processes - and without introducing any risk to their projects If nothing else, the value of change-based visualization through Navigator Web will prove so indispensable, I predict most organizations will never want to do another project without it

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

For more about the iModel 20 cloud platform and iModelHub cloud service, read the white paper

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The advancement of digital workflows in OpenRail will help users to achieve faster delivery, system-wide visibility, assured compliance, and better decisions in design, construction, and operations of rail infrastructure
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About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans 

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

Additional information about Bentley is available at wwwbentleycom 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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Helmuth Ludwig, Siemens’ Global Head of Information Technology, Highlights Joint Development Projects with Bentley Systems at Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

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Bentley Systems, Inc Siemens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality for more than 165 years The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €796 billion and net income of €56 billion At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide Further information is available on the Internet at wwwsiemenscom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional information about Bentley is available at wwwbentleycom 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 Systems Adds Procurement Management Offering through Acquisition of eBid Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bentley’s Design Insights enables:

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

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


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ProStructures CONNECT Edition Delivers Parametric Structural Components to Drive Greater Productivity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition provides users with the ability to:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

New capabilities include:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more advanced visualization workflows, users can leverage Bentley LumenRT CONNECT Edition Additional capabilities enable users to output even higher resolution images and Ultra HD videos as well as produce models for use on virtual reality devices such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR to provide both phone-based static VR and dazzling immersive VR environments It also includes API integration with Bentley design modeling applications, Revit 2017, Archicad 20, Sketchup 2017, and City Engine 20161 Using immersive VR, users can:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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AssetWise Provides Comprehensive Linear Road Network Infrastructure and Inspection Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About AssetWise CONNECT Edition
AssetWise optimizes asset performance and supports an asset strategy of safety, reliability, regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation Built on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a common data environment, AssetWiseconverges and analyzes IIoT and other data sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering with accurate and reliable information, when it is needed, to make informed decisions, from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance
Aligned with international asset management standard ISO 55001 and BIM standard PAS 1192 (Level 3), AssetWise ensures assets are delivering optimal value and meeting business needs AssetWise applies information modeling and information management technologies to asset operations and, when combined with Bentley’s ProjectWise, provides a complete lifecycle information management solution for owner-operators AssetWise solutions are advancing intelligent infrastructure for owner-operators in asset-rich industries including oil, gas and chemical, transportation, electric power, and water/wastewater utilities, which have a combined net infrastructure value of over $45 trillion For additional information about AssetWise, visit
wwwbentleycom/AssetWise


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About AssetWise
AssetWise optimizes asset performance and supports an asset strategy of safety, reliability, regulatory compliance, operational efficiency, and risk mitigation AssetWise is built on a hybrid cloud-computing platform that leverages a common data environment Itconverges and analyzes IIoT and other data sources, providing operations, maintenance, and engineering professionals with accurate and reliable information to make informed decisions, from capital planning through proactive asset maintenance
Aligned with international asset management standard ISO 55001 and BIM standard PAS 1192 (Level 3), AssetWise ensures assets are delivering optimal value and meeting business needs AssetWise applies information modeling and information management technologies to asset operations and, when combined with Bentley’s ProjectWise, provides a complete lifecycle information management solution for owner-operators AssetWise solutions are advancing intelligent infrastructure for owner-operators in asset-rich industries including oil, gas and chemical, transportation, electric power, and water and wastewater utilities, which have a combined net infrastructure value of over $45 trillion For additional information about AssetWise, visit wwwbentleycom/AssetWise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Dali to Ruili railway is a single-track passenger and freight railway being constructed at a total cost of CNY 257 billion in the Yunnan province of Southwest China The China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co, Ltd, established as a subsidiary to China Railway Group Limited in 1952, is responsible for design and 3D modeling of the 330-kilometer project Using Bentley’s BIM technology, the design team greatly improved design efficiency and shortened the design time by 1,000 hours Moreover, using this technology provided the foundation for future 3D design and digitalization of the Chinese railway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Highways England (HE) is the UK government organization charged with operating, maintaining, and improving England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) As part of its work, HE manages lane closures across the 4,300 miles of motorways and major trunk roads that make up the network, and its license to operate requires that lane availability does not fall below 97 percent for a rolling year Using its Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS), HE aims to reduce the number of lane closure events by 6,000 a month, with the potential to provide a cost savings of GBP 702 million per year

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

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

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

Richard Arrowsmith
Highways England Asset Information Group Leader

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

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The Heihe - Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Bridge is a bridge being constructed at a total cost of CNY 24 billion It will connect Heilongjiang Province, China to Amur State, Russia The Long Jian Road & Bridge Co, Ltd is responsible for all civil construction for the 199-kilometer Armur River Bridge project Bentley technology helped Long Jian Road & Bridge Co, Ltd solve engineering challenges it faced in a complex construction environment, enabling high levels of collaboration and increasing project management efficiency by 25 percent on the project

As the first road bridge over the Heilongjiang River, this project forms an important part of China’s Silk Road economic zone Construction of the 1,284-meter Amur Bridge, which connects the 65-kilometer Chinese section from Changfatun, Heihe City with a 134-kilometer Russian section to Canikulgan Village, Blagoveshchensk City, commenced in 2016 The team met quality and cost objectives through the use of Bentley software, leveraging OpenBridge Modeler’s 3D parametric modeling to achieve the required accuracy levels for the bridge’s superstructure and RM Bridge’s finite element analysis to simulate pile foundations and main beam and other structures to optimize structural strength, rigidity, and stability

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

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

Xuyuan Liang, Director, Technology R&D Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The AAM Group completed a vehicle-based mobile mapping survey covering 5,500 kilometers of public roads for the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and produced highly detailed 3D models for all of Singapore’s roads and city furniture including bus stops, taxi stands, light poles, traffic signs, overhead bridges, covered walkways, bollards, electrical boxes, manholes, guard rails, and railings The data was modeled to an accuracy level of 03 meters to the CityGML standard using MicroStation AAM estimated that 3,000 resource-days were saved in the development of the National 3D Map using Bentley applications 

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

In a third example, Haiwei Spatial Information Technology developed a 3D reality mesh for the Yangzhou City Planning Bureau as the foundation for a 3D GIS database to be shared with citizens and used for decision support by the city Building the “Yangzhou 3D digital city” has great significance for the planning, construction, and management of the city – planning and design proposals can be presented to governmental decision makers in 3D reality space where the ultimate results of the plan can be easily visualized and analyzed Image acquisition of oblique photograph data with a resolution of 3 centimeters and production of the models were completed within one month, taking advantage of the multi-node parallel computing capabilities of ContextCapture to process the very large volume of imagery in only 20 days – a task that previously took about 10 months With the help of the mesh editing function of Descartes, three people finished revising 400 water surface models in three days and MicroStation allowed for integration of data from additional sources along with linking of attribution to the reality meshes Labor and data acquisition costs were estimated to have been reduced by about CNY 12 million over previous methods

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

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

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

SEIKEY Srl is using an innovative method for inspecting the operating parameters of 11,800 radio base stations (RBS) in Italy for risk prevention, compliance, and the maintenance and development of the 3, 4, 45, and 5G networks Inspections are carried out through high definition photography, LiDAR sensors, thermographic cameras, and spectrum analyzers During the inspection phase, it is possible to view the data that the drone is acquiring in real-time through ProjectWise Using ContextCapture, MicroStation, and Bentley Map, data is collected, processed, and managed in ProjectWise where, through Bentley Navigator, 3D visualization provides a comprehensive and realistic view of situations requiring intervention The management of flight schedules, the collection and preparation of the necessary permits, and the management of collected and processed data posed significant challenges ProjectWise proved to be essential for this operational management The inspection method led to a reduction in the risk to human life and a reduction in inspection times, where previously it took five days to perform an RBS inspection, it can now be done in six hours 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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