At its annual Year in Infrastructure conference, Exton, Pa.–based software company Bentley Systems introduced iModelHub, a new cloud-based service that helps its ProjectWise service users complete the transition to “going digital.” The service does not require changes to existing BIM applications, but instead “synchronizes and distributes changes made through discipline-specific BIM applications,” according to the company's press release.

The company also unveiled the second generation of its iModel cloud platform, aptly named iModel 2.0, which will work in conjunction with the new iModelHub service. “IModelHub cloud services provide the solution for many infrastructure engineering challenges where BIM modeling has created the potential for advancement, but where information misalignment has limited its value,” said Bentley Systems chief technology officer and founder Keith Bentley in the release.

The iModelHub service will act as a digital synchronization service to automatically update project models for “continuous design reviews, highlighting progress and risks in digital workflows,” according to the release. The new service will also be compatible with other BIM applications, including Autodesk Revit, enabling customers to aggregate and share information on a single platform.

“I foresee an accelerating ecosystem of innovation for true digital workflows around infrastructure assets,” Bentley said. “To get there, our first priority has been to make possible substantial improvements in infrastructure project delivery and asset performance outcomes, without needing to change current BIM workflows.”

More information about Bentley's new services and updated platform can be found in the company's white paper.

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