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Bentley Systems Acquires Synchro Software to Extend Digital Workflows for Infrastructure Project Delivery Through 4D Construction Modeling

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of
comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure,
today announced the acquisition of Synchro Software,
headquartered in London, leader (and the market creator) in 4D
construction modeling software, for scheduling and project management. Synchro,
“construction’s time machine,” has been globally adopted, in particular,
for building and civil infrastructure projects. The acquisition broadens
Bentley’s ProjectWise construction offerings—which already
include ConstructSim, the leader for 4D construction modeling in
project delivery of industrial plants. With construction project
management in 4D, benefits of BIM can extend throughout infrastructure
project delivery and asset lifecycles, as traditionally disconnected
workflows become digital workflows.

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Synchro 4D construction modeling of Crossrail Station. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

Synchro’s strong growth, since the introduction of Synchro PRO
in 2007, has coincided with the burgeoning adoption of BIM for design
workflows—which, however, stop short of considering construction
planning, scheduling, and project management strategies. For London’s
Crossrail, Synchro digital construction innovatively applied
Bentley Systems’ iModel work packaging to complete the reach of its BIM
application portfolio and its CDE. Crossrail, the largest European
construction project over this period, is now being completed on time
and on budget. Synchro has increasingly become the standard for major
constructors leveraging BIM through project delivery. Synchro’s
2018 4D Digital Construction Conference in Amsterdam brought together
infrastructure construction thought leaders from 18 countries, including presentations
by Royal BAM Group, Mortenson Construction, Robins & Morton, Shanghai
Construction No. 4 Group, Skanska UK, and Larsen & Toubro, who shared
their benefits achieved through innovatively applying 4D construction
modeling with Synchro.

In industrial project delivery, characterized by EPC
(engineer-procure-construct) contracting, integrated processes are
already the norm—leading to ConstructSim’s digital workflows for
advanced work packaging. However, in vertical buildings and civil
infrastructure projects, notwithstanding the advancement of BIM for
design and engineering, prevalent design/bid/build contracting has
institutionalized disconnected workflows isolating construction planning
from BIM data and geometry.

Within Synchro, 3D BIM deliverables are linked with the 4D time
dimension to intrinsically and immersively synchronize, through digital
workflows, the construction strategy, work breakdown structure,
schedule, costs, resources, supply chain logistics, and progress. Synchro’s
4D construction modeling appropriately incorporates other construction
variables (human, materials, equipment, falseworks, and space) for safe,
reliable, and predictable project delivery performance. Synchro
includes intrinsic CPM scheduling, or users can maintain external
project schedules.

By synchronizing changes from BIM, schedule and/or field conditions, Synchro
provides clear visibility into both the project data and the design,
making it quick and easy to communicate and analyze the impact of
changes on the entire project delivery process. This also enables Synchro
users to compare construction strategy alternatives—even in early stages
of design and bid processes—and to evaluate the feasibility and
efficiency of different scenarios, deriving insights toward the best
possible construction outcomes.

By incorporating Synchro 4D construction modeling through the
ProjectWise CDE, infrastructure project delivery can now benefit from
unprecedented digital workflow advancements. For the first time, change
synchronization can assure that BIM deliverables are updated for changes
which occur during construction, aligning the as-designed,
as-constructed, and as-operated digital engineering models to improve
both project performance and asset performance. And, in particular for
civil infrastructure projects, constructioneering digital
workflows can automate direct relationships between the project’s
digital engineering models, the continuously-surveyed digital context of
site conditions before and during construction, and positioning devices
controlling construction equipment and feeding back as-built conditions.

“I’m very excited about what Synchro brings to Bentley’s
capabilities for comprehensive project delivery, not only in terms of
technology, but also by virtue of the proven construction expertise of
the Synchro team, led by the vision and advocacy of Tom
Dengenis,” said Stephen Jolley, vice president of construction for
Bentley. “In construction modeling for industrial projects, the market
is already converging around ConstructSim’s advanced work packaging and
workface planning. In the advancement of going digital for civil and
building construction, the needed impetus for these ‘industrialized’
advantages is precisely what we are now announcing. For infrastructure
projects, integrating Synchro’s 4D construction modeling
completes the reach of our ProjectWise CDE.”

Tom Dengenis, CEO of Synchro Software, said, “This combination
reflects my conviction about what’s imperative for finally driving
infrastructure construction substantially forward. At Synchro, we
accomplished the breakthrough of 4D construction modeling software many
years ago, but we have wanted to advance the market faster than our own
continuous growth. With my 40+ Synchro colleagues in the UK,
Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Moscow, I look forward to working
more directly with our new Bentley colleagues, thanks to our now so much
greater combined power and commitment, to accelerate the global industry
in going digital.”

Malcolm Taylor, head of technical information, Crossrail, said, “Using
specialist software from Bentley Systems and Synchro, our project
schedule could be linked to the 3D information to produce 4D models that
could show the progress of design and installation at any particular
point in time. Using 4D models to plan helped speed up the project
teams’ understanding of what we needed to do and when. They could also
tease out conflicts that were not normally apparent from regular Gantt
charts and drawings. Using the 4D model for construction progress also
manages payment expectations as it allows teams to readily agree on
what’s completed and accepted—as well as producing an excellent as-built
record for the future maintainer. For me, the news of Bentley Systems’
acquisition of Synchro Software is excellent, and will help
reinforce how 4D can be used to improve construction management.”

Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said, “Synchro has already
inflected upward the construction productivity curve, by leading the
adoption of 4D construction modeling for significant projects worldwide.
The opportunity to extend digital workflows from BIM to institutionalize
4D construction modeling across infrastructure project delivery,
superseding disconnected planning and scheduling, is enormous and
immediate; its magnitude is confirmed by the clamor of new startups. Tom
Dengenis’ informed enthusiasm and business foresight in anticipating and
advancing the market’s potential—reflected in Synchro’s sustained
and increasing growth from critical mass to escape velocity—assures me
that we now, uniquely, have the right combined team and converged
technologies. Every constructor and every infrastructure project can
gain from going digital through our 4D construction modeling!”

About Synchro

Synchro Software, Ltd. provides digital construction software and
services that improve the safety, reliability, predictability and
quality of complex construction projects. Their 4D digital construction
platform serves the global market, combining traditional Gantt chart CPM
scheduling with integrated 4D visualization capabilities in real time.
Their customers range from small consultants to the world’s largest and
most recognizable contractors, subcontractors, owners, and suppliers
using Synchro on high-profile, complex construction projects. For more
information visit www.synchroltd.com.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects,
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. Bentley solutions
encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling,
ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated
projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent
infrastructure – complemented by comprehensive managed services
offered through customized Success Plans.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50
countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700
million. Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in
research, development, and acquisitions. www.bentley.com

Related Images:

Airport screenshot.jpg – Synchro
PRO 4D model of airport construction project

Pull Planning.jpg – 4D
Pull Planning in Synchro PRO

Crossrail Station.jpg – Synchro
4D construction modeling of Crossrail Station

Photo attribution: Images courtesy of Bentley Systems

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