DESIGN GOING DIGITAL

Digital twins enable multidiscipline design collaboration, converging data within an open, interoperable platform.

Infrastructure projects’ collaboration workflows benefit from an open, interconnected data ecosystem. Buildings and plant design data can now flow freely in and out of digital twins. The data flows intuitively by referencing digital twins across desktop applications and transparently by synchronizing changes in real time. Openness and connectedness maximize the value of data and enable network effects to thrive in the infrastructure ecosystem.

HOW ARE BENTLEY DIGITAL TWINS OPEN AND INTEROPERABLE?

A digital twin is a continuously updated representation of a physical asset, process, or system, which allows us to understand and model its performance. Data from market-leading design applications— MicroStation®, AutoCAD, Revit, OpenBuildings™, OpenPlant®— can be synchronized via bridges into open, robust data repositories while changes are synchronized to iTwin®. This platform enables data access by the right people at the right time, allowing iTwin Services collaboration workflows like design review, change management, clash detection and resolution, and design insights and validation.

HOW CAN OPENBUILDINGS AND OPENPLANT USERS COLLABORATE VIA DIGITAL TWINS?

Users can now attach iModels as references to a DGN file. Under the collaborate section of the desktop application ribbon bar, they can select from intuitively organized model-trees for selected iModel

It can then be manipulated with capabilities like snap, measure, associate, constrain, dimension, clip, display properties, print, and generate drawings. Changes can be synchronized back into the digital twin, and the user receives notification when changes are available for the referenced data.

As an example, Paul, the Architect, and Lisa, the Plant Engineer, are collaborating on a new water and wastewater facility project. Lisa references building components—such as walls and slabs—into her OpenPlant session while Paul does the same with plant ones—such as pipes and pumps—into his OpenBuildings session. Both of them can now efficiently collaborate by synchronizing design changes, running cross-product clash detection, filing issues, viewing each other’s data, and producing deliverables while also getting notified of any changes in real time. The same data can also benefit other stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle with additional cloud iTwin Services, including project managers or even the final customer.