Bentley introduces shared ‘OpenRoads’ information modelling functionality in InRoads, GEOPAK, and MXROAD V8i (SELECTseries 3)
Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We have carefully enabled the users of InRoads, GEOPAK, and/or MXROAD to adopt and benefit from OpenRoads information modelling in a continuous and nondisruptive manner. This powerful new functionality is here in the SELECTseries 3 releases of these products, and all users will gain by previewing them and upgrading as soon as possible.”
The just-released McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report “The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure” emphasises the strong potential of information modelling for roadway and bridge infrastructure. According to the report, the percentage of firms expected to reach information modelling usage for the majority of their work on these projects will rise to 56 percent in 2013 (from 20 percent in 2009 and 35 percent in 2011). A key reason for this increasing uptake, states the report, is that “The project-related benefits of model-based design and construction accrue directly to owners and are compelling.” To accelerate these gains, delegates from more than 30 transportation agencies are attending Bentley’s Be Together conference this week to hear about the latest advances in information modelling. For consulting firms doing work for multiple departments of transportation, the OpenRoads common functionality is just as compelling because it will enable them to maximise return on talent through work sharing to the best needs of all clients.
Commenting on the benefits of information modelling, Steve Meyer, information technology specialist, Engineering Applications, Iowa Department of Transportation, said, “We have been using Corridor Modeller (Roadway Designer) for a number of years. 3D design has improved our ability to produce more accurate plans with less field changes because we can look at our design and find problem areas before they are constructed. With SELECTseries 3 using intelligent elements that can update on the fly, we see huge advantages. Intelligent elements will allow us to establish an interrelational design that maintains our design intent while giving us the ability to make changes that are immediately apparent, both visually and geometrically.”
Immersive Modelling and Design-Time Visualisation
The OpenRoads immersive modelling functionality provides design-time visualisation, giving engineers and designers the ability to view their designs interactively as rendered on-demand models in the design software environment – enabling government agencies, consultants, and operators to make better design, construction, operations, and maintenance decisions. Immersive modelling is supported by the software’s ability to capture and persist design. It does this by self-documenting design decisions and changes, and then reacting to and anticipating such changes as they relate to design intent. As a result, the engineer or designer is always in control of the design process and no changes or relationships are ever “hidden.”
Hypermodels present information directly within the 3D context, which serves as a “spatial index” for immersive interaction with content of any type, including 2D drawings, raster images, photos and videos, point clouds, scalable terrain models, hyperlinks, survey data, and design data. The OpenRoads hypermodelling functionality uniquely enables civil design information to remain continuously vital throughout the lifecycle of construction and operations, as a critical success factor for design-build and especially public-private partnership (P3) projects.
The information mobility facilitated by OpenRoads shares architectural, engineering, construction, operations (AECO), and geospatial information across the infrastructure lifecycle and project disciplines. Users and work processes can readily exchange information in the appropriate format with the required level of precision.
OpenRoads provides this functionality through its support of i-models (containers for open infrastructure information exchange that maintain the provenance of their content), allowing teams to analyse projects virtually, for instance to detect and resolve clashes and simulate project schedules. Users can augment data by registering comments in i-models and can produce 2D and 3D PDFs for consumption by a wider audience. OpenRoads and i-models make information modelling pay off through “hands-on” reuse in field construction and asset management, instead of truncating benefits at “hand-off” and “hand-over”.
Construction-driven engineering is an objective, driven by project economics, that is facilitated by OpenRoads functionality. With information-rich 3D modelling, design-time visualisation, and information mobility secured by ProjectWise, engineers and constructors can stay in sync, assuring that design models become and remain sufficiently complete, and that quantities are always accurate. OpenRoads functionality accordingly supports machine-guided construction and virtual inspection.
Ron Gant, Bentley global marketing director, said, “Construction-driven engineering is vital for P3 projects – to make the ‘hand-off’ between design and build, and ‘hand-over’ to operations ‘hands-on,’ reducing project risk and maximising return. The OpenRoads common foundation in our SELECTseries 3 roadway products facilitates this information mobility that design/build civil projects demand.”
OpenRoads Functionality Available in Technology Previews
At the Be Together conference this week, Bentley is inviting the hundreds of delegates from transportation agencies and their consultants to participate in test drives of OpenRoads functionality in workshops, and (with all Bentley SELECT subscribers) in technology preview implementations within their respective organisations upon returning home. For details, go to Bentley Civil V8i (SELECTseries 3) technology preview at www.bentley.com/Beta.
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