Bentley to use digital solution from Siemens to optimise capital project delivery

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 07 Sep 2018


Bentley Systems and Siemens PLM Software to employ the use of digital twins to manage complexity and simulate the performance of intelligent plants

Siemens PLM Software has announced that together with Bentley Systems, it will work towards an integrated solution for enterprises to deliver capital projects more efficiently, combining the Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio with Bentley’s ProjectWise and its Connected Data Environment (CDE).

Siemens said that Teamcenter is the one of world’s most widely used product lifecycle management (PLM) system, and ProjectWise is the project delivery collaboration platform for 43 of Engineering News Record’s global Top 50 Design Firms. The new offering continues Siemens’ and Bentley’s strategic alliance that was announced in 2016, and will uniquely extend enterprise visibility across program management of capital project engineering and construction.

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, said, “In going digital, the work of engineers and constructors is increasingly about the digital context and digital components around, and within, their infrastructure projects. As we industrialise project delivery, it is exciting for us to be working with Siemens to extend the reach of our CDE’s digital workflows beyond individual capital projects. With the Teamcenter PLM integration, the connections of project digital twins can now both expand into their enterprise context and drill down into their manufactured components—advancing infrastructure through digital DNA.”

The leading capabilities for systems engineering and requirements management within Teamcenter, and lifecycle simulation of engineered components, will now use Bentley’s CDE to take advantage of a project digital twin. The twins automate digital alignment and change synchronisation across the project supply chain, enabling continuous and comprehensive status reviews. Digitalising a plant from the beginning of a project enables the aggregation and dissemination of data in a scalable and manageable fashion.

By connecting digital twins with a consistent digital thread, companies can reduce project delivery costs and avoid cost overruns, and can improve operational margins by increasing plant productivity and reducing operational overhead. Siemens says that the enterprises can now achieve consistent digital workflows that span project economics, program management, and project controls to speed up capital project delivery, reduce cost overruns, and improve fit-for-purpose project outcomes.   

 “Owner/operators and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms in the industry need to lower costs and deliver projects more efficiently, and this new digital solution facilitates data-driven business processes for the optimisation of projects and the plant,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO of Siemens PLM Software. “Powered by the digital twin, this solution allows engineering data to flow between capital project stakeholders, and will support a broad set of industry use cases.”