Rich Humphrey of Bentley Systems commented that with the continued expansion of the use of general construction management software and 3D and 4D twins, there is a growing need for assistance in using this technology. He said, “This is why we’ve partnered with WSB, to facilitate the digital delivery for owners or DOTs in North America.”
Andy Kaiyala is vice-president of Construction Technology & Controls at WSB and commented, “The market needs somebody to show the industry how to use it. For a lot of contractors, it still seems a challenge. WSB can assist firms in using digital twins.”
WSB can also supply expertise to help clients with developing project models. According to Kaiyala, this allows discussions with customers on how to work through from the bidding process to delivery. The model can be used to simulate what is wanted from a project and allows more time to avoid errors. Design changes are also far easier to implement than using conventional methods. For the customer, being able to show a model to those involved in a project provides greater confidence.
The use of SYNCHRO also means that the various members of the project team will not be working in separate silos as the data is all in the cloud, allowing collaboration in real time. Humphrey said, “It’s about monitoring a project and keeping it under control.”
With the combination of sophisticated software, expertise, and innovation, Bentley and WSB say this digital construction management initiative will help shape the way infrastructure projects are delivered. A single source of truth can connect project, contract, and document management to the future of design, a constructable model, as well as the ability to generate constructable models from current 2D plan sets.
Looking ahead, Humphrey commented, “We need a step function change. Infrastructure needs to move ahead with the times.”