New Constructioneering Academy Optimizes Survey Workflow
Bentley Systems, Topcon offer best practices in construction data sharing
Topcon Positioning Systems and Bentley Systems are partnering to provide constructioneering education to construction professionals. Constructioneering is a process of managing and integrating survey, engineering, and construction data. It is designed to streamline construction workflows and improve project delivery.
“The future of construction automation continues to move forward today with efforts like constructioneering. Together with Bentley we are helping reshape the traditional surveying, engineering and construction workflows,” says 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.”
Constructioneering enables engineers to begin work with an accurate 3D model of current construction site conditions, captured by Topcon’s UAS photogrammetry and laser scanners. The data 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. Topcon and Bentley will collaborate to create the Constructioneering Academy curriculum which will be implemented through existing learning centers located in Livermore, Calif., Houston and London.
“The growing momentum in demand for infrastructure project delivery across the world, against finite resources including an aging construction workforce, makes ‘going digital’ imperative,” says Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley. “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, we and Topcon have advanced our digital co-venture to jointly deliver constructioneering technologies through instant-on cloud services, federating our respective connected data environments and applications.”
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems provides architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development and acquisitions.
About Topcon Positioning Group
Headquartered in Livermore, Calif., Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management, and mobile control markets. Brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star and 2LS. Parent Topcon Corporation, founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.