Digital Construction Works to simplify digital transformation
Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group have launched a new digital automation, integration, and digital twinning service, Digital Construction Works (DCW), that will help revolutionise the construction industry by simplifying digital transformation
DCW solutions span every phase of the project – from planning to construction and operations through to asset management – creating a digital thread that connects technologies and workflows.
DCW end-to-end services automate and optimise construction operations through the digital transformation of the asset lowering full-lifecycle asset costs. Through digital twins, you can visualise the asset, check status, perform analysis, and generate insights to predict and optimise asset performance.
Fast and continuous site surveying using modern technology shortens the digital twinning cycles between the physical and digital twin, achieved in combination with automated analytics. This process is applicable for linear infrastructure, but also vertical construction or the extensive off-site modular construction. Harry Parnell, head of digital project delivery for Balfour Beatty, said: “We see the benefits of working with organisations such as DCW, whose position in the market as the only end-to-end construction solutions service provider brings us confidence in how our core business targets will be kept a priority throughout the entire project.
“Their ability to be agnostic to technology is also important. We know that a combination of technology and process improvement will provide us with the best digital solution and make sure that technology follows the operational process change efforts, but never leads it.
“The use of technology in silos throughout our organisation will never bring real operational, or industry change, but the use of technology with digital twin workflows and key operations processes in a focused and strategic effort will enable Balfour Beatty to reduce the gap between the office and the site continually.”
Owners don’t need to do it on their own. DCW can do it for them. DCW will help them to automate and connect disparate tools, including fit-for-purpose software and cloud services from Bentley and Topcon or, if needed, by other third parties.
DCW can provide next best practices and enable project teams to gain visibility and insights through data and analytics to improve construction planning, execution, reduce project costs, increase safety and reduce liability, and improve capital project delivery. Through its Partnering and Community, DCW has a global network of service providers who engage in projects with our customers to deliver digital transformation outcomes. The network includes technology partners such as Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group and other third-party technology providers. Educational resource providers, including schools, unions, and trades, will be partnered-with to help fill the construction skills gap.
The Labs at DCW drive increased transparency and efficiency in construction operations. The Labs turn big ideas into solutions and serves as the construction industries R&D engine, where we prove repeatable workflows and technology integrations affecting interoperability, reporting, analytics, and digital twin delivery.
Ted Lamboo, CEO of DCW, said: “The construction industry sees that digitising their workflows will increase efficiency and avoid risk and overruns.
“Leveraging Digital Twins will accelerate this process, and DCW can support the marketplace to make this transition. Our broad spread of digital solutions and services will support our users in this process.”
Jason Hallett, COO of DCW, said: “We believe that open collaboration and a commitment to improving the industry are the primary requirements for step-function advancement in digital construction.
“No single tool company can, or should, own the entire construction process as that journey only leads to a lack of innovation.
“DCW is starting with the backing of two large product companies, and we will welcome technology partnerships and service providers that can contribute to delivering a complete portfolio of digital solutions that are capable of moving the industry toward a more efficient and automated future.”
DCW brings together both a combination of Bentley and Topcon colleagues, including Domain Experts from the construction industry.