Bentley Systems Inc. has announced the finalists for its Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program, which honors “the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.” Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected the 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 organizations in more than 60 countries.
Digital twins have become one of the most talked about topics because of their promise to leverage innovation to improve design, visually enhance collaboration, and increase asset reliability and performance. However, rail is a very traditional and safety-sensitive industry, and with the backdrop of owner-operators and project delivery firms needing to work within tighter budgets, shorter deadlines, and with increased legislation, change can be slow and challenging.
Bentley Systems Inc. has released OpenBuildings Station Designer, described as “a new multidisciplinary application for the design, analysis, visualization, and simulation of new or operating rail, metro or other transit stations. Advancing beyond generic BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications, OpenBuildings Station Designer was developed specifically for rail and transit station modeling, with asset-specific content and workflows. It streamlines and automates design collaboration design between architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural disciplines sharing modeling, clash resolution and documentation capabilities.”
Bentley Systems Inc. has released OpenSite Designer, described as “an integrated application for civil site and land development workflows across conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design phases. OpenSite Designer advances BIM (Building Information Modeling) through comprehensive 3D site design, spanning reality modeling of site conditions from drone imagery and scans, geotechnical analysis, terrain modeling, site layout and grading optimization, stormwater drainage modeling and analysis, underground utilities modeling, detailed drawing production and enlivened visualizations.”
Infrastructure design, construction and operations software provider Bentley Systems, Inc. recently announced its acquisition of Keynetix, a U.K.-based provider of cloud-based software for the capturing, visualizing, modeling and sharing of geotechnical data.
Rail and transit continues to be the fastest growing transportation sector, producing new opportunities and challenges for those responsible for existing and proposed networks. Against the backdrop of limited resources, tighter budgets and shorter deadlines, the relevance and need for trusted data, including that collected from IoT connected devices like drones and sensors is greater now than ever before.
Bentley Systems, Inc. has appointed Dr. Nabil Abou-Rahme as Chief Research Officer for Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies, London. He will lead Bentley’s efforts in digital advancement research, collaborating with government, university, and industry “to promote innovative solutions for advancing infrastructure.” He was introduced April 10 to fellow researchers attending the Future Infrastructure Symposium at the Academies.
Bentley Systems Inc., a leading global provider of infrastructure design, construction and operations software, has introduced SYNCHRO XR, described as “an app for immersively visualizing 4D construction digital twins with Microsoft’s new HoloLens 2,” a self-contained holographic computer that enables hands-free, heads-up interaction with digital models.
Sir John Armitt, the chair of Britain’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), told the 2018 Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore that it isn’t any one technological feat that will solve the issues facing the world. It is collaboration.
Planning annual curve rail replacement programs is an essential element of maintenance planning on Class I railroads. Every railroad does it, with varying degrees of automation in the planning office and verification in the field.