Bentley Issues 2 Industry Insights: Year in Infrastructure Conference 2014
Bentley Systems has issued 2 new industry insights based on their recently concluded Year In Infrastructure Conference at London witnessing gathering of leading AEC executives, infrastructure owner-operators, and 100+ journalists from around the globe.
The first release talks about “EPC and AE Firms Citing Significant Project Delivery Improvements,”
The other release focuses on “BIM Models for Better and Faster Decisions on Site and in the Field.”
Industry Insight 1 :
EPC and AE Firms Cite Significant Project Delivery Improvements Resulting in Lower Costs
Time is money for EPC and AE firms, and by reducing project delivery time, these firms are able to achieve savings throughout the project lifecycle. By using Bentley software, Guangdong Hydropower Planning and Design Institute, for example, shortened its schedule for the Qing Yuan Pumped Storage Power Station. It did this by improving multi-discipline design collaboration, with a reduction of 400-man days of design and lowered project delivery costs. Similarly, J.L. Patterson & Associates was able to react quickly to alignment changes on the Tehachapi Mountain Range project, which significantly improved design efficiency and reduced project delivery time by three to four months.
The cost savings, just for a single segment, were approximately USD 2.7 million. Marc A. Cañas, vice president of J.L. Patterson & Associates, said, “Bentley products and their inter-platform exchange capabilities allowed us to become more efficient and effective in our project deliveries to our clients.” By leveraging interoperable and collaborative tools, EPC and AE firms are improving design quality, reducing design errors, and providing better plans to minimize risk, resulting in high-performance project delivery.
Industry Insight 2 :
Leverage BIM Models for Better and Faster Decisions on Site and in the Field
BIM models can benefit the entire extended project team if they have the right software to unlock this rich source of information. Many of this year’s Be Inspired Award nominees have shared their own experiences about the advantages leveraging models in the field and on site to make better decisions in less time.
For its Skyway Water Treatment Plant project, CH2M HILL used Bentley Navigator for model review and visualization, linking dispersed project teams directly to the owner. Bentley Navigator enabled visual and automated clash detection and facilitated collaborative resolution of any issues. The construction site team was able to build familiarity with the design prior to the commencement of work on site. Navigator Mobile also allowed CH2M HILL to access the models on site to field-verify as-built progress and data capture and to drive walk-through sessions.
SpawGlass Contractors on their Frost Westover Hills project shared that Bentley Navigator enabled more team members out in the field to view the model, allowing greater participation in the BIM process. Swapna Biju, BIM manager, states that, “Having the model at the fingertips of the project team, as well as the stakeholders of the project, enhanced the preconstruction and the construction processes and added tremendous value to the project.”
PowerChina Hubei Electric Engineering Corporation used Navigator Mobile on its Xiandong Jingzhou 220kV substation project in conjunction with ProjectWise to give its field staff complete access to models for project review. Reviewers will be able to perform immersive review of engineering models and equipment information in the field, significantly improving the flexibility of the review process. This technology also enables field workers to view information models created by the institute at any time during the construction phase, more closely connecting the construction site and the design office and maximizing communications between design and construction teams.
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