Leading Civil Engineers Credit Bentley’s OpenRoads ‘BIM Advancements’
Introducing OpenRoads CONNECT Edition, OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition, and OpenRoads ConceptStation
The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference – 3 November 2015 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today reported that OpenRoads is setting the pace for civil and transportation engineers, contractors, governments, and owner-operators that are meeting today’s design, construction, and operations challenges by working more productively, collaborating globally, and delivering better-performing infrastructure assets. Among the many projects crediting OpenRoads are 52 nominees, spanning 13 innovation categories, in the 2015 Be Inspired Awards program. Examples of projects that have benefited from OpenRoads’ ‘BIM advancements,’ along with a brief description of advantages gained, immediately follow the product advancement update below.
Product Advancement Update OpenRoads CONNECT Edition
Dustin Parkman, Bentley vice president, product development, road, rail, and site design, said, “With our most recent V8i versions of OpenRoads and our sewer and stormwater offerings having led the way through unprecedented integration between civil design and analysis, here at The Year in Infrastructure 2015 we turn our attention to the even more comprehensive integration of the OpenRoads CONNECT Edition.
“OpenRoads is already known for empowering civil infrastructure project teams to accelerate design, produce intelligent 3D models that enable construction-driven engineering, share information across project teams, and facilitate project delivery. With the OpenRoads CONNECT Edition, we complete the reach of our common modeling environment across roads, bridges, rail, geotechnical, and site optimization.
“With this month’s General Access to the OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition app, and our new OpenRoads ConceptStation available for Limited Access in 2016, we are advancing comprehensive project delivery from conceptioneering through field workflows and next, construction modeling.”
OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition App
Bentley’s OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition app provides easy-to-use workflow access to civil design and pay item information in the field. It supports teams working better together to speed approvals and resolve issues during design, construction, and operations. OpenRoads Navigator integrates with ProjectWise to support collaboration for all team members and enable even faster resolution of field issues, resulting in better decisions throughout the lifecycle of a project.
The new OpenRoads ConceptStation CONNECT Edition introduces conceptioneering. Through conceptioneering at the project outset, users are able to balance the demands of creative infrastructure designs with the financial, environmental, and engineering performance requirements of modern infrastructure projects. In conceptioneering, users consider the larger issues to help shape the project’s approach to meeting the programmatic requirements. Accordingly, conceptioneering spans context capture through compelling communication of a design proposal. Throughout the project, users explore design alternatives through optioneering, applying engineering analyses to improve decision making.
OpenRoads ConceptStation will help users to explore preliminary design options, leverage functional component catalogs, optimize project performance, and rapidly make decisions in the pre-bid phase to avoid high-cost errors. This conceptual design workflow takes full advantage of reality modeling – first to enable engineering in context, including reality meshes fromContextCapture, and then to enliven the engineered environment through LumenRT, including moving traffic and dynamic landscaping. With OpenRoads ConceptStation, engineers can evaluate designs and associated costs faster and more easily, present projects through immersive visualization, and continuously advance conceptual designs through project delivery by way of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition common modeling environment.
Examples of Projects Crediting OpenRoads
Enabling Global Supply Chain Collaboration While Enhancing Quality through Standards
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance, and operate infrastructure assets around the world for publicand private-sector clients. Its Roadmap for the Development of the E4 from Ljungby to Toftanäs project in Småland, Sweden, involved more than 15 sub-consultants located in different locations, including different countries. The challenge was to provide design standards to ensure quality control and implement a well-defined data environment workflow. OpenRoads was used to define civil software standards across all design teams. It allowed extensive utilization of 3D models to streamline collaboration across all disciplines and provide earlier clash detection and resolution to reduce errors in the field. ProjectWise provided the common data environment to be used by all team members. Using both applications together allowed AECOM to increase overall project performance and deliver a higher-quality design.
Leveraging Design-time Visualization to Help Gain Project Approval
Louis Berger is a leading global professional services corporation that helps clients solve complex infrastructure and development challenges. For the I-11 Boulder City Bypass project in Nevada, U.S., the company produced a 3D animation of the critical mountain pass section of the bypass just before the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The summit of the mountain pass provides panoramic views of Lake Mead and nearby mountain ranges. The design needed to provide a scenic overlook and dedicated wildlife crossing bridge before the summit. The visualization was needed to illustrate the new design at public meetings and on YouTube to gain public project approval. The team used edge-of-pavement and striping curves from the OpenRoads digital terrain model (DTM) to model the roadways and extensive cut-and-fill sections. The visualization was invaluable in helping not only the public but also the lawmakers clearly understand the road design.
Leveraging Benefits Tenfold, from Subsurface Utility Engineering
Utility Mapping Services, Inc., provides Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) services for site developments and transportation projects. For its project encompassing the installation of a Puget Sound Energy 8-inch, high-pressure natural gas main along SR510 in Lacey, Washington, U.S., the firm used OpenRoads and Bentley Subsurface Utility Engineering to model the utility infrastructure and avoid potential utility conflicts. The result was reduced costs from unnecessary utility relocations, avoidable construction delays, and contractor change orders. Philip J. Meis, P.E., Utility Mapping Services principal engineer, said, “For a number of years now we’ve had the ability to acquire 3D data on existing utility infrastructure, but have not been able to effectively leverage the value of that data and the ‘engineering’ in our SUE services. With the Bentley Subsurface Utility Engineering application, the benefit and value of our services have increased by tenfold. … We are now, from a holistic stance, able to provide the public, to whom we owe our paramount responsibility as professional engineers, the full benefit of SUE!”
Creating Design-Construct-Operate Model via Reality Modeling
African Consulting Surveyors, a leading geospatial service and solution provider, working with global professional services firm SMEC, used LiDAR, terrestrial, and mobile scanning in the N1 Freeway Upgrade Mobile Laser Scanning Survey project for Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. All three imaging datasets were combined into a single point cloud to ensure a detailed accurate 3D model for the design work. Taking advantage of OpenRoads’ unmatched data acquisition capabilities, the design team created 3D models to ensure that all project information was available to all team members across disciplines such as bridges, drainage, road design, and construction. OpenRoads provided an intelligent and accurate design, helping minimize expensive construction errors. Brett Forbes, director business development, African Consulting Surveyors, said, “Bentley’s technology allows users in all phases of the project lifecycle, including survey, optioneering, design, construction, maintenance, and operations, to effectively manage and utilize the geospatially correct laser point cloud in their particular discipline. This enables informed decision making and improved design, which reduces costs and optimizes project expenditure.”
Meeting Budget Constraints with Information Sharing from Design through Construction
BCC Engineering, Inc., known for its work on massive infrastructure and transportation projects, was the lead design firm on the SR 826/SR 836 Interchange Improvements – Section 5 Design-build Florida Department of Transportation Project in Miami, Florida, U.S. Using Bentley’s OpenRoads, LEAP Bridge, and STAAD, the team developed cost-saving innovations that brought the project within FDOT’s budget constraints. OpenRoads enabled information sharing among the large design team and allowed for standardization and efficiencies that could be used from design through construction by all disciplines. Jose A. Muñoz, PE, president, BCC Engineering, said, “Bentley’s software solutions provide BCC Engineering with the tools to confidently turn complex plans inside out to create better built designs and more cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of our clients.”
For additional information:
- ContextCapture and the ContextCapture Center
- The Be Inspired Awards Program
- The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference
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