BENTLEY Systems Inc. used the annual Year In Infrastructure event in Singapore to announce new additions and updates to its open modelling applications and open simulation applications to advance engineering digital twins throughout asset lifecycles.

The company’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 broad acceptance of BIM has substantially benefited AEC professionals and projects over the last fifteen years, but now—with cloud services, reality modeling, and advanced analytics—we can advance BIM through digital twins,” said Santanu Das, Bentley’s senior vice president, design integration.

“Until now, the use of BIM has been limited to static deliverables, which, after handing off to construction, quickly go out-of-date, losing the potential further value of the engineering data locked in BIM models.

“Now, with digital twins, we can open up the engineering data in a BIM model with its constituent digital components as a starting point, continually refresh the digital context with drone surveys and reality modelling, and—this is where it gets really exciting— continue to model and simulate the fitness for purpose of an asset over the digital chronology of its lifecycle.

“Finally, the value of the engineering data in a BIM model can extend beyond handoff to construction, and even beyond handover to operations, assuring and improving both project and asset performance. Advancing BIM to 4D through evergreen digital twins means that design models and simulations can serve a greater purpose than merely project deliverables, as the living asset’s digital DNA!”

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, 4D-visualize, and analyse 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 modelling and other associated data, with no disruption to their current tools or processes.
Open Modeling Applications and Open Simulation Applications
Sharing digital components and connecting digital workflows across disciplines are the foundation of an open modelling 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
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