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Bentley Pursues a New Era of Asset Management with Hypermodels #SPAR13

Matt Ball on April 16, 2013 - in Design/Engineering, Event Coverage, Facility Management, Modeling

Greg Bentley addressed the audience at the SPAR Conference this morning in Colorado Springs. Bentley’s focus is on sustaining infrastructure to improve the planet, and that underlies our economy and improves our environment. Bentley focused on making certain that the expense we have taken to create point clouds pays off by being repurposed for multiple downstream uses. All cases where the point cloud is not just for the survey, but is maintained and managed for multiple purposes.

For an aerial LiDAR point cloud, it can be used for monitoring roadways compared with the plans for that roadway to see patterns where the road is degrading more quickly or where there is subsidence. Using the difference or subtraction between point clouds you can see progress as well as the need for maintenance.

The big data from LiDAR is useful, but has been difficult to use due to software constraints. Greg Bentley showed the display of point clouds within a video view in order to model the area more accurately. Going into the video, with an operator’s viewpoint, the operator can quickly detect problems or to check to see that the changes that have been made are correct. Persistent point clouds within video imagery makes the infrastructure easier to construct and to learn, and adds safety.

Documentation in 3D and 2D, and 2.5D are all useful and part of the design. The contextual alignment of these elements, puts together things by both their position and meaning into a “hypermodel.” The Hypermodel is a 3D representation where all the other documentation is referenced within that model, so that detailed drawings appear where as links for further exploration.

The hypermodel shines in augmented reality for such things as detailed inspections tied to the design.

The hypermodel shines in augmented reality for such things as detailed inspections tied to the design.

Showing a cityscape, Greg Bentley suggested we could provide a new index for asset management for safety, inspection, compliance, inspection, operations and maintenance. 3D/3P is something Bentley has coined to illustrate the alignment of position, precision and provision with the 3D view. For 3D processes, we change the way of working by creating precise 3D reference points from design through construction with, “cursors into the virtual environment” to know exact space. The 3D provision in virtual and physical aligns intended conditions (and safety) and is particularly useful in complex areas such as in a plant.

The 3D/3D combines the model with

The 3D/3D combines the model with position, precision and provision.

The immersive alignment, thinking in terms of combining the model with reality, you match what you’re sensing to the model in real time, providing all-new perspectives. Matching the 3D images to what the physical model characteristics are, provides the ability to see through walls or under ground, and seeing what is hidden from our eyes. You can think of the value to first responders, but also for such things as avoiding gas leaks or avoiding cutting into electrical cables.


We’re getting to the point of an “X-ray Vision” to see into walls or below ground.

Greg Bentley closed by saying that the persistence of this modeling is a $15 trillion use case by being applied to the work for owner operators. The greater use of our 3D investment to think beyond end-to-end 3D is the focus of Bentley, and the return on this investment can be endless.

Matt Ball

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Matt Ball is founder and editorial director of V1 Media, publisher of Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping and the video news site GeoSpatial Stream.

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