Leading providers of BIM technology for engineers and contractors, Bentley
Systems and Trimble are pooling their capabilities and resources to leverage construction
modelling for the benefit of capital, industrial, and infrastructure project
Construction modelling encompasses modelling of temporary works, intelligent
positioning, splitting and sequencing, detailing for fabrication, workface
planning, construction work packaging, and support for distributed construction,
referencing and supplementing design modelling deliverables.
BIM toolsets supporting optioneering and analytical modelling are used
by architects and engineers to perform design modelling, enabling owners to
make better decisions for better-performing assets, including in respects that
would be pertinent and valuable during operations and maintenance. However, when
some of the most advanced BIM deliverables are not able to meet constructors’
requirements, the constructors are left to create their own discrete 3D models
for the limited purposes of construction visualisation.
Consequently, 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, negating the potential benefits of BIM for better-performing
projects or assets.
Aiming to fill this gap by enabling all the potential benefits of construction
modelling, Bentley and Trimble will pool their resources for product
development through sharing schemas across design and construction applications
to ensure that constructible models maintain semantic fidelity; leveraging
i-models for construction deliverables to and from the companies’ respective
software and hardware, when used together in project delivery; and joining
forces to advance standards; leveraging in certain cases common modelling
software for virtual and physical alignment.
Construction modelling advances resulting from the Bentley and Trimble
collaboration have realised several benefits for clients including facilitating
accurate information mobility between vertical building, plant design, and the
construction site by enabling engineers to create intelligent field data in Bentley
Navigator, manage those point sets in ProjectWise, and securely deliver them to
Trimble Field Solutions via Trimble Field Link, creating high fidelity
positioning points between the construction model in the design office and positioning
devices in the field.
Users are able to save time, reduce rework, preserve design intent, and
accelerate project delivery via the seamless transfer of information from
concept through construction, thanks to the new link between the Trimble Quantm
Alignment Planning System and OpenRoads, which extends the detailed
design-to-construction workflow for heavy civil alignment to encompass the
corridor planning and value engineering processes, complete with change
management and tracking.
Contractors also have high flexibility in performing field layout tasks
and enabling the construction of higher-quality buildings by accepting Bentley’s
i-models in Trimble Field Link to enhance information mobility.
Responding to the ‘Every Day Counts’ challenge of the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, the Bentley-Trimble
integration enables terrain and alignment to be taken directly from Bentley’s
OpenRoads technology for multi-discipline civil engineering into Trimble’s Business
Center – HCE office software and then sent directly to its Site Positioning
Systems and Grade Control Systems.
Bryn Fosburgh, vice president, responsible for Trimble’s Construction
Technology Divisions, said that the construction modelling collaboration is helping
their users working together on projects, to get the most advantage of
Harry Vitelli, Bentley Systems vice president, construction and field adds
that 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 ProjectWise
CONNECT Edition and Trimble’s Trimble Connect platform, both announced recently.