Bentley Systems and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), leading providers of BIM technology for engineers and contractors, have committed to leveraging construction modeling for the benefit of capital, industrial, and infrastructure project delivery. Aspects of construction modeling include modeling 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 modeling deliverables. Today, architects and engineers perform design modeling with BIM toolsets that support optioneering and analytical modeling, and enable owners to make better decisions for better-performing assets, including in respects that would be pertinent and valuable during operations and maintenance. However, some of the most advanced BIM deliverables have simply not been useful for constructors' requirements. Accordingly, the constructors have been left to create their own discrete 3D models for the limited purposes of construction visualization. As a result, 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, which otherwise could have been useful during operations. In practice, therefore, this discontinuity has negated the potential benefits of BIM for either better-performing projects or assets. Construction modeling is the response by Bentley and Trimble to fill this gap and to enable all the potential benefits. In construction modeling the architects' and engineers' work is preserved and referenced, with construction modeling overlaid and as-built changes included. Bentley and Trimble will each contribute to construction modeling advances by pooling 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;
- joining forces to advance standards, for instance the Open Geospatial Consortium's "intrinsic geo-context" down to construction levels of detail;
- leveraging in certain cases common modeling software for virtual and physical alignment; for instance, Trimble uses Bentley software technology to provide intrinsic 3D geo-context for Trimble® Field Link.
- 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.
- saving time, reducing rework, preserving design intent, and accelerating project delivery via the seamless transfer of information from concept through construction. This results from 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.
- providing contractors the greatest 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 by enabling 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 - information mobility "from BIM to bulldozer."
For additional information, visit www.bentley.com.About Trimble Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For additional information, visit www.trimble.com. Bentley, the "B" Bentley logo, Be, Bentley's OpenRoads, Bentley Navigator, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Trimble, the Globe & Triangle logo and Quantm are registered trademarks of Trimble Navigation Limited or its subsidiaries, registered in United States Patent and Trademark Office. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.