Today project management in construction depends on collaboration between architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators. There is imminent need for comprehensive solutions that advance the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure.

Companies like Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., are bringing forward solutions such as ProjectWise Essentials, a cloud-based product. This SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology provides immediate access to key advantages of ProjectWise, a design collaboration and work sharing solution, while enabling user organizations to further benefit from a budget-friendly, predictable cost model.

AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) project organizations that want to avoid risk and stay competitive can turn to ProjectWise and enable high-performance project delivery. The technology provides information mobility with integrity, cross-functional work process management, and change management to increase information quality and visibility throughout the project lifecycle.

As a networking tool, in the ProjectWise Essentials environment, geographically dispersed teams managing projects from small to “mega” in size and scope can leverage industry standards and best practices required to speed secure information sharing and the exchange and delivery of project drawings, models, documentation, and complex reference files—in support of applications commonly used in AEC projects, including Revit and AutoCAD Civil 3D. The benefits are increased team productivity, mitigated project risk, lowered costs, and improved project performance.

Additionally, as further movement to broaden innovation, Bentley acquired SITEOPS to advance site engineering to site optioneering. Bentley recently acquired BLUERIDGE Analytics Inc., provider of SITEOPS, which uses cloud-based computing techniques to empower site development professionals to move beyond engineering to optioneering.

This enables the exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs and improves the choices considered for any site development, including commercial, industrial, institutional, campus, and residential projects.