Digital twin of a bridge. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.
Bentley Systems (Bentley) has announced a collaboration initiative with WSB in an effort to boost the use of infrastructure digital twins across the construction industry.
WSB has launched a new digital construction management solution and advisory service, based on Bentley’s SYNCHRO, to help the civil infrastructure market overcome challenges of adopting model-based digital workflows and leveraging the power of construction digital twins.
Carsten Gerke, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships with Bentley said many construction firms and owners are realising the importance of new digital workflows in meeting current and future infrastructure demands.
“Applying these digital workflows successfully requires a deep understanding of technology, processes, and data,” said Gerke. “The Bentley Digital Integrator Program is built around combining technology with subject matter expertise for improved infrastructure.”
“WSB joining the program provides a leapfrog opportunity for all our transportation users.”
WSB is the first firm to join the Bentley Digital Integrator Program for construction to provide programmatic go-to-market support and knowledge transfer to eligible engineering and project delivery firms and system integrators creating and curating digital twins for their clients’ infrastructure assets.
Construction work is often based on 2D drawings, spreadsheets, and document-based workflows resulting in errors, waste, and rework that cause most projects to be over budget and schedule. Bentley and WSB will lead firms in transforming construction by adopting technology and digital delivery.
The aim of Bentley and WSB’s digital construction management initiative is to help shape the way infrastructure projects are delivered. Key services include enabling a single source of truth by connecting project, contract, and document management to the future of design – a 3D/4D/5D constructable model – as well as the ability to create constructable models from current 2D plan sets, which allows the transition to a single source of truth for all stakeholders.
This initiative will put the model-based construction management tool in the hands of those who build the work.
Jon Chiglo, Chief Operating Officer of WSB said the company is committed to delivering innovative solutions through the use of technology.
“We believe the successful deployment of an operational 3D model drives transparency, maximises return on investment, makes possible true lifecycle planning, and drives collaboration to connect and align all stakeholders,” said Chiglo. “We have an entire organisation that is leading, creating, and innovating into our digital future.”
“Our partnership with Bentley is an important part of this vision and we are excited to bring this digital construction management service to market.”
SYNCHRO, Bentley’s construction management software that supports the entire civil construction lifecycle with simple office-to-field workflows and gives firms insight into project performance, productivity, and financial health, is the foundation for WSB’s offering. SYNCHRO is the construction service of the Bentley Infrastructure Cloud leveraging digital twin technologies, powered by iTwin.
Together, Bentley and WSB are providing the tools, training, education, and support to help the construction industry take the digital leap. Their initiative aims to enable project teams to realise the value of model-based digital delivery for better project efficiency and outcomes. It aims to help infrastructure owners and contractors overcome barriers to technology adoption to drive efficiencies from preconstruction planning through construction execution. It also aims to improve skills as more projects adopt model-based delivery, resulting in it becoming the common standard.
Rich Humphrey, Vice President of Construction with Bentley said owners and construction firms often face issues when determining how best to adopt technology.
“In civil infrastructure, they also face unique challenges related to the nature of the design information they receive, and the spatial logistics involved,” said Humphrey. “Bentley with WSB is the perfect combination to enable project teams to resolve adoption hurdles and ensure that technology results in a step function improvement in the way projects are delivered from design through construction execution.”