Infrastructure planning and optimisation

August 24th, 2015, Published in Articles: PositionIT


This year’s annual Bentley Systems Connection event focused on the mining, transport and utility industries, and took place from 18 to 19 August 2015 in Johannesburg. One of several such events worldwide, it promotes the company’s Connect Edition software (including MicroStation and Navigator) for modelling, visualisation and documentation of infrastructure projects. Pre-project planning and optimisation processes were emphasised as a means to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and to avoid cost and time overruns.

Bentley Connection

Bentley Systems’ Ted Lamboo, Frederik Verhoef, Frederik Boersma, and Robert Mankowski.

Pre-project planning also enhances infrastructure access and resource management, as well as makes compliance easier. Asset management and asset performance management, including better maintenance planning, are part of the optimisation approach. Predictive maintenance is favoured over reactive maintenance, but this requires good information management to identify failure patterns. Pre-project planning and optimisation also includes infrastructure modelling, and case studies on the day looked at faster modelling methods for infrastructure projects, such as photogrammetry and lidar scanning.

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