"Users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway – more so than any other infrastructure asset – is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset."
Bentley Systems is to release a software package that will give the rail operators using it complete control over their infrastructure related to planning, engineering, project delivery and operations. Called OpenRail, the powerful programme will be released in early 2018 and will comprise three built-in apps that will handle conceptual railway planning and design; 3D design of track, overhead lines, tunnels and bridges; rail and transit station modelling – OpenRail ConceptStation, OpenRail Designer and AECOsim Station Designer.
Billed by Bentley Systems as the bringing together of digital components and digital context through digital workflows, OpenRail is a connected data environment (CDE) that is shared by the company’s other programmes ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise operations services.
In OpenRail, Bentley Systems has helped streamline multi-discipline design, construction and project handover, providing users of the programme with access to the information needed to boost project and organisational performance. Enabling more informed decisions to be made during operations, OpenRail ensures information created during project delivery can be made available to owner-operators, thus optimising asset performance.
Chief executive officer of Bentley Systems, Greg Bentley, said the company has advanced its building information modelling (BIM) technology that allows the company to improve project delivery and asset performance for “the most challenging rail and transit projects”.
“Most of our portfolio applications are used on rail projects, and we’ve advanced BIM for rail, in particular, with our Rail Track offering, rail corridor maintenance optimisation through Optram, and via ComplyPro railway requirements compliance progressive assurance,” said Bentley.
The development of Bentley Systems’ latest software has been helped in large part by the input from the railway engineers that use its products, Bentley added. “Users have been persuasive in making the case that a railway – more so than any other infrastructure asset – is a system of connected components, meriting a systems engineering approach from the outset.”
As a result of that view from rail engineers, Bentley Systems now makes rail a company priority, industrialising BIM for project delivery and leveraging digital DNA for asset performance. “At this point, while there are still scheduled stops ahead on our OpenRail application journey, every rail project and asset can benefit now from OpenRail’s CDE and digital workflow service,” said Bentley.
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