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Digital twin software specialist launches digital cities initiatives

Bentley Systems is applying digital twin technology to help achieve more efficient city and regional operations and more connected and resilient infrastructure.

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Bentley wants to ramp up infrastructure engineering digital twins to full city scale
Bentley wants to ramp up infrastructure engineering digital twins to full city scale

Bentley Systems has announced several digital cities initiatives, which aim to apply digital twin technology for more efficient city and regional operations and for more connected and resilient infrastructure.

 

A recent report from ABI Research revealed that urban modelling and digital twins, in particular, will form the “end game” of the smart cities journey towards optimised design and the ultra-efficient operation of entire cities.

 

Ramping up

 

Bentley Systems, a global provider of software and digital twin cloud services, is seeking to ‘ramp’ infrastructure engineering digital twins to full city scale to help tackle a variety of challenges.

 

“Bentley Systems’ major technical thrust is the advancement of digital twins across infrastructure domains. This finally opens up for owners their previously ‘dark’ engineering technologies and data (ET), for federation with traditional information technology (IT) and newly connected operating technologies (OT),” said Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems.

 

“The opportunities for benefits are so compelling.”

 

For infrastructure professionals, building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information system (GIS) are effectively advanced through 4D digital twins, said Bentley.

“City and campus digital twins now offer an immediate opportunity to help cities and regions solve a wide range of challenges and problems”

Bentley Systems reports that 4D digital twins will become a common and federating index for previously siloed information, without requiring source systems to change their existing environments or data formats. The foundation context for any digital twin includes reality meshes, terrain models, imagery, and GIS sources.

 

Engineering models (from any BIM software) of buildings, streets, transit systems, utilities, and other city infrastructure, both surface and subsurface, are the semantically aligned and geo-referenced to enhance the richness and relevance of digital twins over time.

 

Public works departments, property developers, utilities, transportation agencies, and others have access to a full and current contextual view of the built environment.

 

Engineering and architectural firms will be able to develop new services that contemplate updating and managing digital assets over their lifecycles. And, cities will benefit from living and current digital twins of their infrastructure and surrounding environment.

 

“At Bentley Systems we have long and rich histories in respectively geospatial technology, and in BIM, for municipal infrastructure applications spanning capex and opex,” added Robert Mankowski, vice president, digital cities.

 

“With our new cloud-based iTwin Services, city and campus digital twins now offer an immediate opportunity to help cities and regions solve a wide range of challenges and problems, enhancing their infrastructure performance and their constituents’ quality of life.”

 

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