EVERY year at the annual Bentley Systems Inc.’s Year in Infrastructure event a new offering is unveiled that jumps out at you as being a must have for any oil and gas developer.

This year’s conference in Singapore is no different, and while there have been announcements on a number of ground breaking offerings, the items that really grabbed attention are the new capabilities announced for Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration platform and a comprehensive expansion of the company’s SYNCHRO 4D construction environment.

Together, these offerings break down a number of silos holding back project developers snf extend the value of project digital twins across the entire project delivery ecosystem, improving design and constructability coordination workflows.

The new ProjectWise 365 cloud services, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extends the reach, affordability, and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure design data for organizations of all sizes.

In addition, with Bentley’s new SYNCHRO cloud services, contractors can 4D-visualise design data and construction models for project and field management, advanced work packaging, and Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality solutions.

Noah Eckhouse, senior vice president, project delivery for Bentley Systems, said project digital twins for infrastructure engineering and construction have made a major advance with these announcements, particularly with the new cloud services.

“Users of ProjectWise, the #1 BIM collaboration software in ARC’s new market study, have made Bentley one of the largest ISV users of Azure,” Mr Eckhouse said.

“We are expanding our instant-on, web-based ProjectWise 365 cloud services; making iTwin cloud services broadly available for both practitioner- and project-level design reviews; and comprehensively expanding the scope of SYNCHRO through cloud services. Infrastructure project delivery is fundamentally about time, as well as space. Bentley’s 4D project and construction digital twins are driving digital advancement for infrastructure engineering, today, worldwide!”

New ProjectWise 365 Cloud Services
Purpose-built for design teams, ProjectWise 365 is an innovative, 100% SaaS-based offering enabling teams involved in design and engineering, from practitioner and design leads to stakeholders, to readily store and find designs, accelerate content sharing and collaborative workflows, and manage feedback, for maximum team productivity.

iTwin Design Review (for practitioners) enables ProjectWise 365 users to initiate ad hoc design reviews in a 2D/3D environment. It provides workflows to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and to immersively link between 2D and 3D views.

iTwin Design Review (for projects) enables project teams using ProjectWise Design Integration services to capture engineering changes throughout the lifecycle of project digital twins, providing a record of who-changed-what-and-when. Multi-discipline design reviews can be conducted continuously and comprehensively, for design coordination through “4D” visualization.

New SYNCHRO Cloud Services for Construction

New SYNCHRO cloud services comprehensively extend SYNCHRO’s leading 4D construction modelling to span construction project management and execution, and to assimilate ConstructSim advanced work packaging. The new SYNCHRO cloud services, released in September 2019, are further advancing innovation in construction.