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WSB and Bentley Systems launch digital construction-management service based on SYNCHRO

March 13, 2023
Promises to provide digital-integrator and advisory services for construction digital twins running in Bentley Infrastructure Cloud.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced a collaboration initiative with WSB to lead civil-infrastructure owners and contractors to adopt and use infrastructure digital twins. WSB has launched a new digital construction-management solution and advisory service, based on Bentley’s SYNCHRO, to help the civil-infrastructure market overcome challenges of adopting model-based digital workflows and leveraging the power of construction digital twins. WSB is the first firm to join the Bentley Digital Integrator Program for construction to provide programmatic go-to-market support and knowledge-transfer to eligible engineering and project-delivery firms and system integrators creating and curating digital twins for their clients’ infrastructure assets.

“Owners and construction firms realize that new digital workflows are needed to meet infrastructure demands. Applying these digital workflows successfully requires a deep understanding of technology, processes, and data,” said Carsten Gerke, senior vice president of strategic partnerships with Bentley Systems. “The Bentley Digital Integrator Program is built around combining technology with subject-matter expertise for improved infrastructure. WSB joining the program provides a leapfrog opportunity for all our transportation users.”

Bentley and WSB’s digital construction-management initiative is helping to shape the way infrastructure projects are delivered, they claim. Key services include enabling a single source of truth by connecting project, contract, and document management to the future of design—a 3D/4D/5D constructable model—as well as the ability to create constructable models from current 2D plan sets, which enables the transition to a single source of truth for all stakeholders. This initiative is committed to putting the industry-leading model-based construction-management tool in the hands of those who build the work. WSB promotes advanced project-delivery and knows how to apply the right technology and expertise to support their clients’ aspirations for a digital future, they note.

“WSB is committed to delivering innovative, reliable, and secure solutions through the use of advanced technology. We believe the successful deployment of an operational 3D model drives transparency, maximizes return on investment, makes possible true lifecycle planning, and drives collaboration to connect and align all stakeholders,” said Jon Chiglo, chief operating officer of WSB. “We have an entire organization that is leading, creating, and innovating into our digital future. Our partnership with Bentley is an important part of this vision and we are excited to bring this digital construction management service to market.”

SYNCHRO, Bentley’s construction-management software that supports the entire civil construction lifecycle with office-to-field workflows and gives firms insight into project performance, productivity, and financial health, is the foundation for WSB’s offering, per its maker. SYNCHRO is the construction service of the Bentley Infrastructure Cloud leveraging digital-twin technologies, powered by iTwin. 

Together, Bentley and WSB are meeting the market where it is and providing the tools, training, education and support required to make the digital leap. Project teams will realize the value of model-based digital delivery for better project efficiency and outcomes. Civil-infrastructure owners and contractors will overcome barriers to technology adoption to drive efficiencies from pre-construction planning through construction execution. Skills will improve as more projects adopt model-based delivery, resulting in it becoming the common standard, these partners believe.

“Owners and construction firms realize that new digital workflows are needed to meet infrastructure demands, but they often face issues when determining how best to adopt technology,” said Rich Humphrey, vice president of construction with Bentley. “In civil infrastructure, they also face unique challenges related to the nature of the design information they receive, and the spatial logistics involved. Bentley with WSB is the perfect combination to enable project teams to resolve adoption hurdles and ensure that technology results in a step function improvement in the way projects are delivered from design through construction execution.”