Bentley Systems Speaks to a Convergence of Experience and Data Across Devices #YII2015
Bhupinder Singh, SVP Bentley Software spoke to the increase in devices and software, with exponential increases in the data that we all create at the Year in Infrastructure event in London today. Singh spoke to convergence in user experience and interface across all devices, with access to the right data and context that is synchronized. Bentley looks to the cloud as the enabler of this convergence. The benefits of the cloud are this “information mobility.”
The CONNECT Edition products come with this cloud extension, a more dynamic interface, a parametric functional component library, reality capture enhancements and more, and all delivered through subscription with automated updates.
ProjectWise CONNECT Edition reaches into the full enterprise with cloud sharing of data and workflows — engineering content shared securely through the enterprise. Navigator CONNECT Edition works the same on devices and desktops with iModels as the format for this portability and the ability to validate and resolve any conflicts.
These advancements of the CONNECT vision are extending throughout products. The common modeling environment applies to all products into both conceptual and detailed design. Singh reiterated the company’s commitment to, “paying the integration tax so that users don’t have to.”
Western Power Distribution is the largest electrical distribution network in the U.K., making use of mobile tools for things like outage management. Being able to securely communicate changes in the network is possible with thousands of iPads to distribute the change sets to the field, getting accurate as-built, as-operated, as-maintained updates. The synchronization of change sets is something that Bentley will extend upon.
Maps and 3D visualization are an integrated element in many of the apps for engineers and operations personnel. All the apps leverage data capture, issue resolution and other elements of the Cloud platform.
The goal is to help owners improve asset performance. Digital Engineer Models are the means to help manage and maintain, with relationships and details on change. The challenge is to keep the data current and consistent, which is possible with their content platform. Throughout the lifecycle, there’s a need to view different aspects of the data.
Spatially-enabled views with full engineering precision is key to all of this functionality. You can navigate, view, query and combine with links and edit capability in the same interface. It’s not just 2D, it’s engineering-precision 3D.
From the content platform, Singh focused on work packaging with ConstructSim Work Package Server. This packaging contains all the crews need to know about the work that needs to be done, down to the component level. This used to be done in big binders, but making this digital means that it can be applied and extended across more work groups and for the entire lifecycle of the asset.
With the iModel construct—self-contained, self-describing and integrated—allows you to manage the interdependencies and bridges a gap between what design delivers and construction needs. Going from design to construction has been a painful process that often takes the intelligence out of the model to provide a plan set. With work package templates, Bentley discusses the BIM advancement.
Optioneering—the exploration of design spaces in a quantitative fashion with performance metrics—is advanced with more simplified dashboards and tools (Wizards and other assistance) to explore different scenarios. There is increasing automation of different options, helping users choose the most performant options. The common data environment allows all of this to happen, allowing users to explore without having to worry about integration.
Infrastructure projects all begin with existing context. The convergence of hardware (sensors) and data handling and processing tools make reality modeling more accessible. The move is toward larger and more realistic 3D cityscale models. The vision is to deliver this reality modeling with continuous survey throughout the assets lifecycle from conceptual design to construction monitoring and on to maintenance.
The reality mesh becomes another data type to explore and measure and combine with other data, including the ability to simulate the proposed reality. The combined engineered in-context model allows you to continue to augment and improve upon.
This reality capture now combines with Bentley’s Lumen RT from the acquisition of E-On Software, with great realism and an extended ability to model vegetation and weather factors for a realism that is completely believable.
OpenRoads CONNECT Edition includes modeling tools and templates that draw on component catalogs. As you explore the alternatives, everything is connected and can be visualized. You can move from the conceptual to the detailed design, linking to analysis products as well, and on to the creation of design documents. With extension to Lumen RT, you can see and simulate exactly what it will look like when it’s built.