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Bentley to Highlight Its Reality Modeling Asset Management and Visual Operations Offering at SPAR, June 5-7


Bentley to Highlight Its Reality Modeling Asset Management and Visual Operations Offering at SPAR, June 5-

New Solution Effectively Documents As-built Conditions and Spatially Links Asset Information

Reality modeling-enabled visual operations is a compelling new solution for owner-operators of industrial facilities seeking to streamline their operations and decrease inspection costs. By combining asset information with a 3D reality mesh automatically created from photographs, asset managers and field technicians can more easily access information and obtain intelligence about their assets. This solution provides a comprehensive digital twin that effectively documents brownfield conditions and spatially links asset information providing the “where” to asset management.

At SPAR, being held from June 5-7 in Anaheim, California Bentley will demonstrate Visual Operations offered as part of the AssetWise asset performance management system and available as both an on-premise and cloud-service solution.

Visual Operations Workflow

To classify assets in Visual Operations, a 3D engineering-ready reality mesh is first generated. Ground, or aerial photography (for example, a drone, helicopter, or airplane) is automatically converted into a 3D reality model by ContextCapture. This can also be augmented with laser scan data captured using static or handheld scanning devices. Next, the ContextCapture Editor is used to attach design and asset information to the 3D reality mesh. Lastly, the resulting model is published and is ready to be viewed in a web browser, which enables the navigation of the scene in Visual Operations.

The Visual Operations web application enables visualization of the reality model of the asset and allows users to:

  • Create and display classifications on the reality data objects
  • Link the classified objects and assign asset properties from AssetWise
  • Link asset objects to documents and other operations or inspection information
  • Access key documents associated with the assets
  • Display classified asset properties and information from the design file
  • Access navigation capabilities to easily explore and view the asset scene

The following examples use reality modeling technology for design, construction, and asset management demonstrating how this technology can be essential for all phases of an asset lifecycle.

3D Reality Mesh of Penn State’s University Park Campus Provides an Integrated Data Solution

The University Park campus located in State College, Pennsylvania is Penn State University’s largest of 24 campuses, featuring almost 1,000 buildings and structures with numerous assets contained within each facility. To more efficiently meet campus operations and maintenance demands, the university developed a reality model of the campus that integrates geospatial and asset work order data.

Using Bentley software, the team generated a detailed, geospatially accurate 3D reality mesh of the campus and surrounding area from 2,500 aerial images in less than two days. They integrated geospatial and asset work order data from the university’s own geospatial information system and computerized maintenance management system with the reality mesh. As the collaborative storage interface, ProjectWise provided web-based access to the model, which eliminated the need for computer storage space and model transfer time, and improved information sharing among stakeholders to optimize campus facility and asset management.

Iconic Bridge Connecting Hong Kong Adopts BIM Methodology to Reduce Construction by 12%

The Leighton-Chun Wo joint venture standardized on BIM methodology to drive consistency on this large multi-discipline design project that will connect Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai. This revolutionary Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau 50-kilometer bridge and tunnels will be a new distinctive entry point to Hong Kong. Leighton Asia combined the civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, subsurface, and building work as the lead contractor for the BIM implementation, combining all disciplines. The 130-hectare site will include site formations, roads, bridges, clearance building, footbridge, steel roof, and other public facility buildings. With project teams spread across various countries, and with independent, differing software applications, Leighton Asia provided consistency and uniformity for the design, survey, and construction of this project, due for completion in 2018.

For this USD 4.6 billion project, Leighton Asia leveraged Bentley technology to meet a variety of construction challenges. By standardizing on MicroStation’s DGN format, architects, engineers, contractors, and surveyors had to access to the same models and data. For the roadway design, OpenRoads was used to conceptioneer proposed designs and then cross-referenced against the as-built, ensuring accuracy and error-checking. iModels were used as the data exchange format, ensuring the fidelity and integrity of the engineering data. Navigator was used for clash detection and analysis, saving 12 percent of construction cost through the team’s anticipation of errors. ProjectWise was used as the connected data environment ensuring the engineering data could be access by dispersed project team members.

Addressing cultural changes required bespoke training and workshops. Following BIM processes, Leighton Asia trained all project participants on the same platforms and applications. ContextCapture, Bentley’s reality modeling solution, was used by surveyors and design teams to capture and enliven digital photographs and point-cloud data of the existing site conditions. The Earth Solutions provided technical and training support to integrate the reality mesh into the engineering environment, ensuring 3D BIM models could be cross-referenced with continuously surveyed models. The coordinated design and surveyed models streamlined workflows, which enabled Leighton Asia and the survey department to save 15 percent of the survey costs.

City of Helsinki Advances 3D City Initiative with Bentley’s Reality Modeling

In 2017, the City of Helsinki completed a project that called for capturing the city and creating a new 3D city model. Helsinki has a long tradition of 3D city modeling, dating back to the 1980s. Helsinki wanted to update its current 3D city model with new, innovative applications that could provide entire city modeling capabilities to improve its internal services, promote digital city development, and share data through an open format for citizens and other agencies. Helsinki also wanted to create a pilot portfolio to illustrate the power of reality modeling in coordination with local universities to generate interest in academic organizations.

This EUR 1 million project used Bentley applications to encourage commercial research and development and public engagement. For example, the city used Bentley Map to create accurate base maps and geo-coordinate utility networks. It also used Pointools to pre-process laser scanning data, Descartes to integrate oblique, raster files and orthophotographic images into its infrastructure workflows, and Navigator for clash detection and design reviews. Reality modeling applications the city used included ContextCapture for the entire city mesh model and LumenRT to enliven designs. Lastly, the city used ProjectWise for collaboration and the management of the data that would be uploaded to a web portal for distribution and general access.

The unique nature of this project ensured Helsinki would share data internally and externally. External agencies requesting the 3D city model included 3D Plus and 3D GPC – a flagship, low-carbon program that looks at the benefits of 3D modeling as opposed to other methods. Helsinki is also sharing this data with the Technical University of Munich as part of its Solar Energy Potential program.

By utilizing Bentley’s reality modeling applications, the City of Helsinki has opened its data to a host of internal and external stakeholders. This has ensured Helsinki is at the forefront of digital city initiatives, including collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium on digital-city programs across Europe.

Jarmo Suomisto, architect, project manager, Helsinki 3D+, said, “The advanced capabilities inherent in Bentley applications facilitated our ability to promote [digital] city development and improve our internal services. Using this technology allowed us to create innovative city models and make well-grounded decisions.”

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3D Reality Mesh of Pennsylvania State University Campus

Integration of Chemical Engineering Building Information Model with Reality Mesh.

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A distinctive building provides a new entry point to Hong Kong.

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Multi-discipline design processes required collaboration.

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City of Helsinki Advances 3D City Initiative

Helsinki utilizes many reality modeling products to capture the city in 3D.

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3D Reality Model of the City of Helsinki

The scope of the project included the entire city.

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About ContextCapture
ContextCapture is Bentley’s reality modeling software that can quickly produce 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, derived from simple photographs and/or point cloud. Without the need for expensive or specialized equipment, ContextCapture enables users to quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D engineering-ready reality meshes to provide precise real-world context for design, construction, and operations decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects. Project teams can easily and consistently share reality modeling information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation for use in any engineering, operations, maintenance, or GIS workflow. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/ContextCapture.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700 million during 2018. Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.


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