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Bentley Systems and Microsoft accelerate digital twin innovation for infrastructure

Alliance will combine Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps with the iTwins platform, enabling city planners to work within a comprehensive city-scale digital twin.

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Digital twin technology is seen as key to future smart city development
Digital twin technology is seen as key to future smart city development

Bentley Systems and Microsoft have announced an expansion of their strategic alliance in a move to accelerate infrastructure digital twin innovation.

 

The companies said they will collaborate to develop new smart city solutions.

 

City-scale digital twin

 

The alliance will combine Microsoft’s Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps with Bentley Systems’ iTwins platform, enabling engineers, architects, constructors and city planners to work within a comprehensive city-scale digital twin. The aim is to empower better decision-making, optimise operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve collaboration.

 

“With Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins and Bentley’s iTwins platform, the world’s infrastructure – vital to our economies and environment – stands to gain so much by enabling people to create comprehensive digital models of an entire environment,” said Casey McGee, vice president, global ISV sales, Microsoft.

 

“Our expanded strategic alliance with Bentley Systems opens up new opportunities for innovation and will accelerate the benefits of digital twins for infrastructure engineering organisations and, more broadly, society at large.”

“We believe that infrastructure digital twins can empower engineers, constructors and owner-operators to design, build and operate infrastructure assets that are more cost-effective, more resilient and more sustainable”

The companies will further combine Bentley’s infrastructure digital twins’ expertise with Microsoft’s cloud technologies for:

  • ProjectWise 365, an instant-on, 100 per cent Azure cloud-based solution that increases the speed and quality of infrastructure design collaboration, which will be available through Microsoft’s commercial marketplace. Bentley reports that when used in conjunction with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Teams, it has empowered Bentley’s users to work from home safely while collaborating virtually on projects anywhere in the world
  • Bentley’s iTwins platform to leverage Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Time Series Insights and other Microsoft cloud services, for users to rapidly store and process operational data.

“At Bentley we believe that infrastructure digital twins can empower engineers, constructors and owner-operators to design, build and operate infrastructure assets that are more cost-effective, more resilient and more sustainable,” added Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems.

 

“With Azure as the foundation of our cloud services, our offerings are more broadly scaled and differentiated by the further integrations of Microsoft technologies. We are excited to extend our partnership to bring new digital twin advances to infrastructure engineering organisations and their constituents.”

 

Planning efforts

 

The capital city of Dublin, Ireland, with a population of more than 1.2 million, is working with Bentley Systems to develop a large-scale digital twin as part of the city’s planning efforts.

 

“To overcome the challenges of getting public review and comment for new development projects in Dublin during the pandemic, we turned to Microsoft and Bentley to create an interactive virtual environment to ensure our citizens could provide their input from the safety of their homes and keep the development projects on track,” said Jamie Cudden, smart city programme manager at Dublin City Council.

 

He continued: “Working with these technology partners, we are building an adaptable and scalable solution based on Microsoft Teams and Bentley’s OpenCities Planner that will set the standard for the future of planning and public engagement in cities.”

 

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