Today, architects and engineers perform design modeling with BIM toolsets that support optioneering and analytical modeling, and enable owners to make better decisions for better-performing assets, including in respects that would be pertinent and valuable during operations and maintenance. However, some of the most advanced BIM deliverables have simply not been useful for constructors’ requirements. Accordingly, the constructors have been left to create their own discrete 3D models for the limited purposes of construction visualization. As a result, owners have been unable to expect their designers’ BIM work to even survive the construction process let alone provide visibility into the engineering and analytics, which otherwise could have been useful during operations. In practice, therefore, this discontinuity has negated the potential benefits of BIM for either better-performing projects or assets. Construction modeling is the response by Bentley and Trimble to fill this gap and to enable all the potential benefits. In construction modeling the architects’ and engineers’ work is preserved and referenced, with construction modeling overlaid and as-built changes included.
Bentley and Trimble will each contribute to construction modeling advances by pooling resources for product development through:
Benefits realized thus far from Bentley and Trimble construction modeling advances include:
Andy Kayhanfar, director of Virtual Construction, Kiewit, said, “One of the challenges we face in construction is translating design models into meaningful construction models for survey utilization in the field. Bentley and Trimble have provided a solution that helps drive greater efficiencies and reduces rework and risk when translating the design model to the survey. The Bentley-Trimble integration helps us better deliver the information created during the design process in OpenRoads to the project survey team through Trimble’s Business Center – HCE. With a greater amount of information passing through, the field has more confidence in the model, while the risks that come with multiple translations are significantly reduced.”
Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions, said, “We are now really hitting our stride working with Bentley so that our mutual construction modeling activities help our users, working together on projects, to get the most advantage of constructible models. We see a great many ways to transform workflows so that BIM’s lifecycle benefits can be achieved.”
Harry Vitelli, Bentley Systems vice president, construction and field, said, “Bentley’s ongoing collaboration with Trimble is delivering real-world solutions that will transform the design to construction workflow – for example, by enabling greatly enhanced information mobility through Bentley’s recently announced ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and Trimble’s recently announced Trimble Connect platform. Both of our companies share the belief that construction modeling will offer new levels of construction data visibility. We also share a commitment to the provision of advancements in design-to-construction workflows that bring new value to our users in the project delivery space.”
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, 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 worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
For additional information, visit www.bentley.com.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For additional information, visit www.trimble.com.