Data is one of the most valuable assets on a construction job. Having easy access to data can be key to improving process efficiencies, which is essential for any type of construction organization including EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contractors.

Last week, Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., announced availability of a tool that will help improve data sharing across the supply chain. With AutoPIPE Vessel V8i powered by Microprotol, teams working on pressure vessel design projects will be able to easily share data.

Bentley Systems says the new software extends information mobility across the manufacturer, EPC contractor, and owner-operator workflows, ultimately improving collaboration and supply-chain efficiency. AutoPIPE Vessel V8i also shares data with plant design software, further improving workflows on projects.

This news comes on the heels of Bentley acquiring Microprotol last year. Following the acquisition, Bentley has continued to add new functionality to the Bentley AutoPIPE line of products.

With Bentley AutoPIPE, contractors can do pipe stress analysis including hot-clash detection, which reveals weak points in the operating plant design, including how a pipe will bend on a windy day or move during an earthquake. With AutoPIPE Vessel, users can run asset health monitoring simulations and interactive inspections with corrosion and fatigue to ensure a vessel’s safe operation throughout its lifecycle.

Santanu Das, senior vice president, Bentley Systems, says the new offering of AutoPIPE Vessel V8i extends its reach to a global scale, making the software suitable for both new vessel builds, as well as recertifying and revamping existing vessels.

This technology ultimately provides data related to construction of the pressure vessel, giving contractors details needed for a project. For the construction industry, having access to data such as this is essential to efficiently managing projects.