Topcon Positioning Systems, known for positioning instruments for survey and construction, and Bentley Systems, a provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, have joined efforts to provide opportunities for construction industry professionals.
This collaboration will help companies to learn the best practices in constructioneering, a process of managing and integrating survey, engineering and construction data, to streamline construction workflows and improve project delivery
“The future of construction automation continues to move forward with efforts like constructioneering. Together with Bentley we are helping reshape the traditional surveying, engineering and construction workflows,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems. “Our efforts are proving successful in several phases of project delivery, particularly in road resurfacing, but the opportunities to expand its benefits are tremendous. That’s a big driver for creating the Constructioneering Academy.”
Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said, “The growing momentum in demand for infrastructure project delivery across the world, against finite resources including an aging construction workforce, makes ‘going digital’ imperative. We and Topcon, and early adopters of constructioneering over the past year, have become convinced that heavy civil construction can lead the way, starting by ‘industrializing BIM’ through digital workflows which make the work of surveyors, engineers and constructors automated, continuous, and continuously more valuable, throughout the project lifecycle. Also over the past year, both companies have advanced its digital co-venture to jointly deliver constructioneering technologies through instant-on cloud services, federating our respective connected data environments and applications.
“The benefits of constructioneering, with digital visibility into efficient and effective project outcomes, are so substantial that I believe civil infrastructure projects can finally become bankable, attracting abundant private financing to fill the funding gap. The results can be significant—improved overall economic growth and quality of life!
“The challenge in going digital, now, is to motivate and empower the historically conservative engineering and contracting firms, so that people and processes can catch up with constructioneering technology acceleration. We and Topcon enthusiastically accept this responsibility, and are pooling our experiences in promoting and sustaining digital advancement. At Bentley Systems, our Academy programs have helped major infrastructure owners to onboard their consultants, contractors, and supply chains into BIM and construction digital workflows that benefit every project delivery participant. Topcon has likewise invested in advancing people and processes, and we look forward to applying the same resourcefulness and creativity in collaborating for Constructioneering Academies, as we have already successfully shown in our joint technical endeavors.”
Constructioneering enables engineers to begin work with an accurate 3D model of current construction site conditions (as captured by Topcon’s UAS photogrammetry and laser scanners) which then can be processed into engineering-ready 3D reality meshes (by Bentley’s ContextCapture software). Cloud services convey the engineers’ work directly to construction processes in the field. The resulting digital engineering models work with the 3D machine control that guides construction machinery. Compared to traditional workflows between design and construction in which data in the digital engineering models is often lost and inefficiently recreated, constructioneering provides seamless integration for constructible models that offer real-time updates and data exchange for improved efficiency and cost reduction. Topcon and Bentley will collaborate to create the Constructioneering Academy curriculum which will be implemented through existing learning centers located in Livermore, California (Topcon), Houston, Texas, and London, UK (Bentley).
Vinayak Trivedi, Bentley Institute vice president, commented, “The constructioneering collaboration with our digital co-venturer Topcon will appropriately extend our successful program of global Academies for sharing advancements to help user organizations and their supply chains in going digital. We will be opening new Academy locations in the coming months in Pune, India; in Dubai, UAE; and in Beijing, China. Along with supporting Topcon’s training centers, our priorities also include virtualizing Constructioneering Academy offerings through universities with leading construction degree programs.”