Bentley goes digital, improving reality modelling to widen the scope of engineering and surveying value

Global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, Bentley Systems, Incorporated, demonstrated their new ContextCapture offering for reality modelling on the 5th of April in the SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, with the aim of increasing joint opportunities in surveying and engineering.

Now, ContextCapture’s capabilities extend to include cloud processing services, a mobile app, as well as photo planning for Bentley’s applications. It also broadens Bentley’s ProjectWise connected data environment to manage, share, and stream reality meshes and their input sources across project teams and applications securely. A new web application, Navigator Web, is capable of providing the user with high-performance streaming of very large reality meshes through the browser to desktop or mobile devices.

As for infrastructure project delivery, the reality modelling catches the actual context of the infrastructure designs though the use of photos and/or scans, thus creating engineering-ready reality meshes for analytical, construction, and design modelling.

While performing, the reality meshes can geo-coordinate the alignment of the digital engineering models with right-time inputs from connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies as operated, and also in an engaging manner. Thus, in accordance, the reality modelling will widen the scope for engineers to bring in additional value to include the “conceptioneering” and “constructioneering” for capital projects, and “inspectioneering” and “productioneering” operating assets. In turn, these use-case benefits of “continuous surveying” deliver new opportunities and value for surveyors all around the infrastructure lifecycle.

With 66,000 employees scattered around the world, Bureau Veritas is a world leader in certifying, inspecting, and testing infrastructure assets. “Reality modelling is becoming pivotal in many industries as it fundamentally changes t he management of assets, reinventing the handling of inspections, maintenance, and training, while opening doors to brand new services,” Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Bureau Veritas, Thomas Daubigny, said. “Bureau Veritas is playing a key role in leveraging digital engineering models, implementing acquisition, and classifying objects based on its expertise on the asset, and ultimately operating the model as a data gatekeeper. The new Bentley ContextCapture cloud processing service will provide us the flexibility and power to accelerate the deployment of such innovations to our clients.”

“Last year at SPAR I described what I believed to be the significant potential of reality modelling for improved infrastructure engineering, in particular from continuous surveying enable by simple digital photography and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), but that was then based only on our own experience,” Bentley CEO Greg Bentley said. “And there could have been resistance from survey professionals concerned that this is more accessible technology might jeopardise their return on investments in laser scanning specialisation, for example. It is gratifying to report now that in the intervening year, reality modelling has ‘gone mainstream’ globally, supporting projects and assets of every domain and scale in ‘going digital.’ Additionally, laser scanning is now fully incorporated – where available, and as needed to supplement photography – among hybrid inputs for engineering-ready reality meshes. In the coming year, our priority at Bentley Systems is to help engineers and surveyors take full advantage of this breakthrough opportunity to broaden the scope and value of their work in ‘going digital’ themselves!”