Integrating geotechnical engineering and digital workflows

May 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Bentley Systems has acquired both Plaxis, a provider of geotechnical software, and soil engineering software provider SoilVision. The acquisitions, with the company’s existing borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals. It also allows BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project. Geotechnical considerations are coming to the fore in today’s infrastructure demands. Urbanisation, for instance, drives growth both vertically and underground, with emphasis on the capacity of foundations and tunnels. And new infrastructure projects of every type depend upon constructed dams, embankments, dikes, levees, and reservoirs to improve their resilience. Moreover, new asset types such as offshore wind turbine structures require new geotechnical analysis capabilities. Because infrastructure assets are crucially linked to subsurface environs, they are vulnerable to geo-environmental risks including seismic activity, subsidence, and weather impacts. Leveraging new digital workflows which incorporate real-time monitoring and analytics during infrastructure operations, geotechnical professionals can play the increasingly valuable role in achieving geo-environmental resilience.

Contact Martiens Pelser, Bentley Systems, martiens.pelser@bentley.com