Bentley Systems,, Exton, Pa., and Siemens,, Munich, Germany, are teaming up to promote greater integration of the digital product and process lifecycle using the factory’s digital design.

The two companies are combining Bentley’s point-cloud BIM (building information modeling) advancement with process simulation tools found in Siemens’ Tecnomatix software for 3D digital factory automation. This combination will let users of Siemens’ PLM (product lifecycle management) software solutions to work from 3D digital models of existing factories in their “as operated” conditions. This will be done by leveraging the models made from the point clouds grabbed in scanning.

As a result of this, manufacturers will benefit from an earlier start on production and avoid interferences from construction or production; get better designs with increased production throughput reached through accurate simulations of all potential factory layout configurations; the rapid creation of as-built plant models which will lessen the amount of time and money associated with modeling the digital factory; and the ability of the point-cloud model to serve as the “as-built/as-operating record of the line that will bring about improvements to operational performance through the factory, product, and process lifecycle.

In order to achieve this, Bentley and Siemens expanded their current relationship. Siemens PLM software can now leverage Bentley’s Vortex point-cloud technology and put it into other Siemens applications when appropriate situations arise.

In related news Bentley announced that its emerging pacesetter AECOsim Building Designer V8i is delivering some key advantages for architectural and design projects. This collaborative BIM (building information modeling) advancement for the architectural design and multidiscipline engineering of facilities ranges from architecture, engineering, and construction in a unified environment. It supports an increased depth of information modeling that affords users the analysis and simulation needed to interactively converge towards better-performing assets through optioneering.

At the same time, AECOsim Building Designer supports an improved range of information mobility, from design through construction, for better performing projects, especially through Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration services for information mobility with integrity.

What is most exciting for Bentley is that 39 of the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition project nominations credited AECOsim Building Designer’s capabilities on projects spanning 17 countries and ranging from office buildings, hospitals, campuses, and underground rail stations to bridges, power generation plants, wind farms, mining facilities, and wastewater-treatment plants.

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