Design integration - a commitment to advanced BIM through Digital Twins

The "Evergreen" digital twins expand the value of the work of infrastructure engineers and Bentley's open modeling and simulation applications throughout the life cycles of assets

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new additions and updates to its open modeling applications and open simulation applications to advance engineering digital twins throughout asset lifecycles. Bentley’s open applications enable collaborative, iterative, and automated digital workflows spanning infrastructure professional disciplines. Now, with new digital twin cloud services, they extend business value and actionable insights throughout the construction and operations phases of an infrastructure asset.

«The wide acceptance of BIM has benefited substantially the professionals and projects of AEC in the last fifteen years, but now, with cloud services, reality modeling and advanced analysis, we can advance in BIM through digital twins »Said Santanu Das, senior vice president in integration design at Bentley. “Until now, the use of BIM has been limited to static deliveries, which, after being delivered to the construction, are quickly outdated, losing the possible additional value of the engineering data locked in the BIM models. Now, with the digital twins , we can open engineering data in a BIM model with its constituent digital components as a starting point, continuously update the digital context with drone recognition and reality modeling - and this is where it becomes really exciting -, continue modeling and simulating the suitability for an asset throughout the digital chronology of its life cycle. Finally, the value of engineering data in a BIM model can be extended beyond transfer to construction and transfer to operations, ensuring and improving both project and asset performance. Moving BIM to 4D through Evergreen digital twins means that design models and simulations can serve purposes greater than project deliverables, it will be like the digital DNA of the living asset!

New Digital Twin Cloud Services for Design Integration

Bentley’s design integration offerings now extend from desktop applications to cloud services to enable organizations to create, XNUMXD-visualize, and analyze digital twins of infrastructure assets. iTwin Services enable digital information managers to incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a living digital twin and align it with reality modeling and other associated data, with no disruption to their current tools or processes.

iTwin Design Review facilitates quick design review sessions. It allows professionals to initiate ad hoc design reviews in a hybrid 2D / 3D environment, as well as project teams working on digital twins to perform design reviews and multidisciplinary design coordination coordination. It provides workflows:

  • ● (for practitioners) to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and switch between 2D and 3D views without leaving the 3D environment
  • ● (for projects using ProjectWise) to visualize 4D digital twins—capturing engineering change along the timeline of the project, and providing an accountable record of who-changed-what-and-when

iTwin OpenPlantprovides OpenPlant users with a distributed work environment and bi-directional referencing between 2D and 3D representations of plant digital components.

Open Modeling Applications and Open Simulation Applications

Sharing digital components and connecting digital workflows across disciplines are the foundation of an open modeling environment. Comprising MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications specialized for asset types and solutions, Bentley’s open modeling environment advances collaboration, enabling clash resolution and production of multidiscipline deliverables from any application.

Building its applications on the MicroStation platform ensures interoperability, access to a connected data environment, and digital services like Components Center for shared components libraries and GenerativeComponents for generative design capabilities. In addition, integrated engineering analysis and simulation empowers designers to iterate on various scenarios to achieve the most appropriate solution, not only for the initial design, but also for subsequent interventions and capital improvements to infrastructure assets.

Open Modeling Applications Updates

(New) OpenWindPower offers interoperability between geotechnical, structural, and piping analysis and design applications, automating data-exchange workflows between disciplines, to minimize risk in the design and operations of fixed and floating offshore wind farms. OpenWindPower enables users of a wind turbine model to check design status, perform analyses, mitigate risks, and generate insights into its predicted performance.

"OpenWindPower shortens the overall design cycle and effectively solves the problem of large design margins, reducing the cost of offshore wind power development," said Dr. Bin Wang, deputy chief engineer of the New Research Institute Energy, POWERCHINA Huadong Engineering.

(New) OpenTower is a purpose-built application for the design, documentation, and fabrication of new communication towers, and for the rapid re-analysis of existing telecom towers for tower owners, consultants, and carriers who need to continually update equipment. OpenTower’s introduction is timed for the upcoming 5G rollout.

“With the help of Bentley applications, the design and analysis of the towers are easier, faster and more reliable. It also gives our customers satisfaction, confidence and peace of mind, and improves public safety, ”said Frederick L. Cruz, president and CEO of FL Cruz Engineering Consulting.

OpenBuildings Station Designer now includes LEGION and improves design quality by optimizing the functional space layout of the station building and the path of travel for the pedestrian.

OpenSite Designer now includes residential capabilities, supporting the conception and design of residential parceling and parcel grading, and custom parcel creation.

OpenBridge Designer now combines OpenBridge Modeler with the analysis and design features of LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, and RM Bridge Advanced.

OpenRoads SignCAD enhances OpenRoads to perform 3D modeling of signs within new or existing roadway designs.

Open simulation application updates

(New) Bentley Systems announced the acquisition of Citilabs, to enable its CUBE traffic simulations to be intrinsically available from OpenRoads.

PLAXIS and SoilVision geotechnical applications allow engineers to run multiple analysis methods, in either finite element or limit equilibrium, interchangeably. New interoperability with RAM, STAAD, and OpenGround enhances the quality of comprehensive geostructural solutions for integrated design and analysis of soils, rocks, and associated structures.

Digital co-ventures for Design Integration

(With Siemens) Bentley’s OpenRoads will take advantage of Siemens’ Aimsun for micro level traffic simulation.

(With Siemens) The forthcoming OpenRail Overhead Line Designer integrates OpenRail Designer, and Siemens SICAT Master.

(With Siemens) OpenRail-Entegro Train Simulator combines Siemens Entegro and Automatic Train Control Simulation with Bentley’s ContextCapture, OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer, and LumenRT, for rail operations digital twins.

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