On 24 October, Bentley continued its tradition of acknowledging and felicitating its 18 Infrastructure Awards winners and nine Special Recognition Awards winners at the conclusion of its Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference in Singapore.
Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by over 440 user organisations in more than 60 countries. The XXX-day conference also witnessed the launch of exciting new solutions at a time when infrastructure creation is becoming highly digitalised and precision-driven.
New iTwin cloud services for infrastructure engineering digital twins
Bentley Systems announced new cloud services for infrastructure engineering digital twins. Digital twins are digital representations of physical assets and their engineering information that allow users to understand and model their performance in the real world over their lifecycle. In effect, ‘evergreen’ digital twins advance building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information system (GIS) through 4D.
“Today the ‘digital twin era’ is underway, and its pace accelerates every day,” observed Keith Bentley, Founder & Chief Technology Officer. “The early adopters we’ve worked with are already staking out leadership positions in the new digital twin economy, towards innovations in both their business processes and their business models. The advantages gained by replacing decades-old, disconnected paper-based workflows and work products with open, live, trusted, and evergreen digital twins are immense.”
iTwin Services enable engineering firms to create, visualise and analyse digital twins of infrastructure projects and assets. They federate digital engineering content from BIM design tools and multiple data sources, enable 4D visualisation of digital twins, and log engineering changes along a project or asset timeline, to provide an accountable record of ‘who changed what and when’. Engineering teams are using iTwin Services to conduct design reviews, validate design data, and generate design insights.
In fact, digital twin advancements featured in 24 finalist projects in 15 categories in project locations across 14 countries ranging from transportation, water networks and treatment plants, to power stations, steel plants and buildings. Overall, 139 nominations in 17 categories cited digital twin objectives for the innovations used on their projects, which was a significant increase from 29 such nominations in 2018.
Accelerated focus on infrastructure engineering for digital cities
The company also presented its new digital cities initiatives, applying digital twins for enhanced city and regional operations and more connected and resilient infrastructure. Digital twins converge 4D-surveyed and engineering representations of assets to enable new collaborative digital workflows to serving planners and engineers in public works, utilities, property management and development, and city stakeholders.
“The major technical thrust of Bentley Systems is the advancement of digital twins across infrastructure domains,” said Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems. “This finally opens up for owners their previously ‘dark’ engineering technologies and data for federation with traditional information technology and newly connected operating technologies.”
City-scale digital twins begin and are updated through 4D surveying and use of reality modelling software such as ContextCapture and Orbit GT to derive as-operated 3D models from photogrammetry, including from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)s and or point clouds. Reality modelling provides engineering-precise, real-world context to support planning, design, construction and operations. Users of Bentley’s open applications can leverage this digital context to model new and improved buildings, roads, transit systems, tunnels, bridges, utilities, and more.
4D digital twins become a common and federating index for previously siloed information, without requiring source systems to change their existing environments or data formats. The foundation context for any digital twin includes reality meshes, terrain models, imagery and GIS sources. Engineering models from any BIM software of buildings, streets, transit systems, utilities and other city infrastructure, both surface and subsurface, are semantically aligned and geo-referenced to enhance the richness and relevance of digital twins over time.
Bentley Systems, Topcon Positioning Systems JV opens for business
Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Systems, a world leader in positioning technology for the survey and construction industries, also announced that their JV firm, Digital Construction Works, was open for business. Digital Construction Works will provide digital automation, integration and ‘twinning’ services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services, from Topcon, Bentley and other software vendors, to realise the breakthrough potential of ‘constructioneering’ for industrialising construction.
Bentley Systems and Topcon joined forces in 2016 to jointly develop enhanced integration between their respective MAGNET and ProjectWise cloud services so that engineering and construction workflows could be integrated for improved project quality and performance.
According to Greg Bentley, “The Digital Construction Works JV has the full management and capital commitments of both our companies, multiplying our unique strengths for helping to realise constructioneering's potential to close the world’s infrastructure gap.”
And Ray O'Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems, opined, “Through the new organisation, companies will have the opportunity to integrate hardware and software capabilities to more quickly and efficiently adopt new technology for more rapid productivity improvements. With customised services to address the individual needs of an organisation, widespread adoption and technology improvements can be more readily realised.”
Digital Construction Works is chartered to embed its experts within constructors’ major project teams to advance and optimise constructioneering processes for delivering better design-build outcomes. At the same time, experiences gained by Digital Construction Works will help guide Bentley Systems and Topcon in prioritising their constructioneering software development investments.
Winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Special Recognition Awards:
Advancing Urban Planning through Digital Twins
Civil Engineering and Development Department, Hong Kong SAR Government and AECOM, Hong Kong SAR
Advancing Industrial Sustainability through Digital Twins
MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation, China
Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Roadway Digital Twins
Shenzhen Highway Engineering Consultant Co, China
Digital Cities Award for Comprehensive Water Digital Twins
Águas do Porto, EM, Portugal
Advancing Infrastructure Resilience through Digital Twins
Italferr SpA, Italy
Advancing Construction Industrialization through Digital Twins
Heilongjiang Construction High-Tech Capital Group Co, China
Advancing Economic Infrastructure through Digital Twins,
CCCC Water Transportation Consultants Co (WTC), Pakistan
Advancing Digital Workflows through Digital Twins
Mott MacDonald/Systra Designers working with Balfour Beatty/Vinci JV, UK
Bentley Institute Knowledge Advancement Advocate Award
Alison Watson, Chief Executive & Founder, Class of Your Own
Winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards for Going Digital Advancements in Infrastructure:
Mortenson, Clark, US
PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk, Indonesia
Buildings and Campuses
Voyants Solutions, Bangladesh
Communications and Utilities
POWERCHINA Hubei Electric Engineering Co, China
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co, Changjiang Ecological Environmental Protection Group Co, China
ARUP Singapore, Tanjong Pagar Mixed Development
Mining and Offshore Engineering
Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co, China
Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute, China
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), US
Rail and Transit
Italferr SpA, Italy
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Road and Rail Asset Performance
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Roads and Highways
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, US
Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
EPCOR Utilities, Canada
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
Jacobs Engineering Group and Singapore’s National Water Agency, PUB, Singapore
Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Networks
Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall Joint Venture, UK