Amsterdam, The Netherlands: The 2010 Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure event by Bentley got off to a start here today with a reminder from Malcolm Walter, COO, Bentley about the compelling human side of infrastructure as he shared with the audience a video of the trapped Chilean miners being rescued recently. The event aims to showcase and recognise outstanding achievements in infrastructure design, engineering, construction and operations, culminating in the Be Inspired Awards ceremony on October 20. Welcoming the audience, Malcolm highlighted the appropriateness of The Netherlands as the host nation for the event as the country has been known for infrastructure development throughout, from the windmills to pumping out of water, with a large part of the nation below sea level.
Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley, addressing the Be Inspired conference
In his keynote, Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley expressed the need for sustaining infrastructure, looking at how the society, professionals and economy can be improved through infrastructure, making ‘resilience’ the buzzword and finding work that is the best return on talent. Taking a look at the infrastructure development cycles, he remarked on the emergence of digital infrastructure and intelligent infrastructure after physical infrastructure and how the same can be leveraged and information modelling applied for intelligence infrastructure more than ever before. He also illustrated the importance of Bentley’s work through instances from earthquakes, water challenges, energy consumption and energy supply. Discussing the annual performance of the company, he observed that while the company was not able to quite sustain its revenues in 2009, but the setbacks were not so much that it could not be overcome and there has been no setback in the company’s commitment to investment and acquisition which were rapid last year, with significant acquisitions being eB and Exor. He then detailed the merits of the V8i portfolio.
Malcolm Walter, COO, Bentley
Continuing the keynote, Bhupinder Singh, Senior VP, Bentley Software, discussed rising to the challenge through Bentley offerings. He elaborated on the Bentley products for 3-D modelling, while looking at innovations in V8i including geo-coordniation, project performance and no special hardware adoption. Observing that new releases are often considered to be disruptive, he assured the users that with V8i, the company takes commitment of interoperability and summerised various new offerings for users in the pipeline. He also detailed various nuances of information modelling. Two launches by Bentley a year ago were the ISM toolkit and the i-models concept. Bhupinder traced the journey of the two over the last year and the progress made.
With owners being the key stakeholders in a project, Greg observed that improvement in asset management for owners is a benchmark for vendors and elaborated on Bentley initiatives towards sustaining owners, including combining ProjectWise and AssetWise for owner advantage.
Following the keynote were the Thought Leadership sessions, with presentations showcasing innovations in various segments.
Innovations in government witnessed discussion on the online mobile device GIS4Mobile, from Denmark-based GeoSite.dk. Connecting mobile device with GIS, the service allows data to be captured on a handheld phone (a smartphone) which is synchronised with GIS, replacing the need to carry an exclusive device to capture data in applications like field inspection, registration in cases like fire hydrants, sculptures, monuments, road signs, utility data etc; farm / field data, maintenance plan, rat hole inspection, and archaeological registration.
Using maps for decision making often leads to challenges of updation, different map providers and different distribution formats. Denmark-based chartered surveying company Tvilum Landsinspektorfirma AS demonstrated how these issues can be overcome with a single click through mapping using web-feature services.
The session on utility transmission and distribution networks showcased three case studies in sub-station management, two from China on achieving optimal design efficiency and minimising sub-station area in overall planning of urban construction and one from Germany on renewing an existing substation through reliable point cloud scanning. Substation solutions are a relatively new offering from Bentley, having been launched in 2009, and are finding applications in large scale enterprises across geographies.
The session on water, wastewater and storm water network witnessed three presentations of efficient water management. Arizona America Water was able to address the water distribution challenges of demands, water rights, base loading, annual shutdown, water order and water quality concerns. Westernport Water required a flexible and sustainable water model and integrated SCADA data into model calibration which resulted in more accurate modeling and models for any flow rate. CH2M Hill was able to implement real-time energy optimisation for Dept. of Water Resources of Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA, to mitigate rising energy costs, manage energy cost in real-time environment and reduce energy use and greenhouse gas transmissions.
Source: Our correspondent