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  • Gearing up for Bentley's 2019 Year in Infrastructure Conference

Marina Bay Sands, the most iconic hotel in Singapore, will host Bentley Systems' Year in Infrastructure Conference from October 21 to 24. This year, and for the second time after the 2018 edition in London, I will have the opportunity to attend an event that will make the Asian country the world capital of digital transformation in infrastructure construction, bringing together more than 1,200 professionals under the theme: Advancing BIM through Digital Twins.


Digitization will be the undisputed protagonist of a Conference that will have a good number of world leaders to share best practices and technologies in this area. In addition to key presentations by industry experts such as Dr. Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and executive director of ADDO AI, and Keith Clarke, president of Forum of the Future, the following activities will be carried out:

  • Keynote presentations by industry experts - Dr. Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI and Keith Clarke, CBE, FREng, FICE, RIBA, chairman of Forum of the Future
  • Digital Advancement Academies - interactive learning sessions led by subject matter experts in BIM advancement, construction, constructioneering, digital advancement research, process industries, and reality modeling
  • Technology demonstrations and discussions from Bentley’s strategic co-venturers - Microsoft, Siemens, and Topcon
  • Opportunities for attendees to watch awards finalists ’presentations and meet for one-on-one discussions
  • Informative product masterclasses, industry forums, and panel discussions
  • Awards ceremony and gala featuring announcement of the Year in Infrastructure Awards winners

Year in Infrastructure Awards

The annual awards program recognizes the work of Bentley software users, who improve the design, construction and infrastructure operations worldwide. Twelve independent jury panels, made up of leading industry experts, selected the 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 organizations in more than 60 countries.

This year, I have had the honour of being appointed as a Jury in the category ‘Water networks, sewage and rainwater’. Together with my colleagues: Eric Bindler (Research Director of Digital Water, Bluefield Research), Sahana Singh (Editor, Asian Water) and Richard Massey (Director, Zweig Group), we have chosen these 3 finalists:

Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall Joint Venture, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Thames Tideway, London, United Kingdom.

  • Project Playbook: LumenRT, MicroStation, Navigator, OpenBuildings Designer, OpenRoads, ProjectWise, Promis.e, SYNCHRO.

The GBP 450 million Thames Tideway Tunnel project includes a 25-kilometer-long tunnel in the western section that interfaces with a significant amount of existing assets. The Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall Joint Venture was established as the lead designer for this section and needed to provide real-time data access and information sharing to accommodate the technical engineering challenges among numerous project participants.

The project team established an open, connected data environment (CDE) using ProjectWise while the digital twin facilitated construction management and stakeholder buy-in. The CDE helped accommodated different file formats, eliminating delays and onsite rework by digitally identifying issues prior to construction. LumenRT helped facilitate digital maintenance planning to reduce ad-hoc model navigation, saving GBP 56,000 over a six-month period. Linking the SYNCHRO model with the digital twin visually identified clashes in a VR environment to optimize construction sequencing, saving thousands in costs.

Henan Water & Power Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd .. Decision Support System for Emergency Disposal of Sudden Water Pollution in Middle Route of South-to-North Water Diversion Project, Beijing, China.

  • Project Playbook: ContextCapture, MicroStation, OpenBuildings Designer, OpenRoads, ProjectWise.

Beijing’s Middle Route of the South to North Water Diversion channel is a long route subject to water pollution. Traditional emergency measures for obtaining information and disposal capability are insufficient to ensure safe and efficient water supply. To improve emergency response and disposal efficiency in the event of sudden water pollution, Henan Water and Power Engineering Consulting was retained to develop a decision support system and improve management and emergency disposal of pollution along the water delivery channel.

ContextCapture enabled the team to build a 37.8-kilometer, high-precision surface model of the existing site in nearly two months, saving approximately CNY 600,000. OpenBuildings Designer and MicroStation helped create 3D models of infrastructure, establishing real-time visualization and simulation of the water quality diffusion. Development of the online decision support system provided a visual platform that has saved more than CNY 3 million in disposal of sudden water pollution per occurrence, guaranteeing a safe water supply for 54 million people.

NJS Engineers India P Limited. JICA Assisted Guwahati Water Supply Project. Guwahati, Assam, India.

  • Project Playbook: Hammer, OpenCities Map, OpenFlows WaterGEMS, ProjectWise, STAAD.

To achieve 24/7 potable water supply for all citizens, the Guwahati Metropolitan Drinking Water and Sewerage Board initiated an INR 1 trillion project to construct brand new water supply infrastructure. NJS was responsible for design review and construction management. The team needed to troubleshoot the existing distribution system models and manage data and construction processes among the numerous contractors, stakeholders, and the client.

OpenFlows WaterGEMS and OpenCities Map helped determine that 60% of the designed water supply network was subject to high pressure and water loss. The applications were used to design a solution to install pressure-reducing valves at strategic locations while accelerating design review to quickly complete the redesign. ProjectWise streamlined and standardized workflows to produce accurate deliverables, reducing production of large-scale printed drawings by 60% and minimizing rework. The team achieved 100% digitalization of the project, saving INR 250 million in overall costs. Upon completion, the project will improve living conditions in the area.

The winner will be announced on October 24th at the Conference’s gala dinner.

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