Bentley Systems: Geospatial, Civil Engineering and the Digital Twin
May 29th, 2020 by Susan Smith
Francois Valois, vice president, Civil Engineering with Bentley Systems spoke at Bentley’s recent Civil Design Virtual Press Briefing about the current state of civil engineering and how we now need to do things differently. Civil infrastructure will continue to need to accelerate, according to Valois. “There has been an enormous infrastructure deficit over the years. Any time we stop accelerating we make the problem worse. Now we have social distancing, and funding challenges. Projects may be funded by a special tax on gas, for example. In addition to this, we have to stay home and when we’re onsite we must have less people onsite and find new ways to work. Our answer is the digital twin, and helping our users to go digital.”
As an example of growth, Florida will invest US$2.1 billion on civil. How resilient is building construction? Most states are business as usual. Florida can take advantage of low flow on highways to do construction.
The digital twin encompasses the reality of the design information, geospatial information, the analysis information, unstructured information, dark information and CAD files, all being available to the world.
“This combined with new...