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Bentley confirms Crossrail BIM collaboration details

Software house Bentley Systems has confirmed the details of its initiatives that will aim to support Crossrail’s construction.

Bentley announced that Crossrail’s Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) for the firm’s application software portfolio will be broadened to serve the extended “Crossrail enterprise” – now encompassing its Tier 1 contractors. Crossrail’s ELS connects project participants through the ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services and eB software for controlling project information.

In addition, a newly chartered Crossrail/Bentley Construction/BIM Academy will support the Crossrail extended enterprise with applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the Crossrail construction phase.

The two initiatives are the first components of an agreement between Crossrail and Bentley to augment the intent of BS1192 –the British standard for collaborative production of information – by introducing a project role for a strategic technology partner. Crossrail has asked Bentley to serve as this partner for its “construction enterprise” to enable the Crossrail contractors to collaboratively contribute to information modelling and business processes.

“I want to use the Crossrail opportunity to move the whole industry forward in a number of areas which includes the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the delivery and lifecycle phases of major projects,” said Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme. “Many of our project contractors are already developing their own capabilities in this important area.

“We share Crossrail’s view that there is much about construction that information modelling can advance in terms of efficiency, safety, quality, and more,” added Bentley Systems chief executive Greg Bentley. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our strategic technology partnership with Crossrail by helping to introduce innovation in information modelling.”

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