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New Cloud Service Assures Data Integrity for Geotechnical Information Management 

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Bentley Systems Incorporated, a provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, announced the availability of OpenGround Cloud.

OpenGround Cloud is a new cloud service that enables geotechnical professionals to access reliable geotechnical data for better engineering decision support and to improve collaboration across the entire supply chain.

It offers a complete solution for planning, data entry, borehole log production, lab data management, reporting, visualization, and more. The cloud service improves collaboration across multi-disciplinary project teams and significantly increases the value of geotechnical data by making it easily accessible to key project stakeholders.

Geotechnical project team dynamics and the applications and services they require to manage natural resources are changing rapidly. Relevant geotechnical data is typically dispersed across various applications and devices and can be cumbersome to gather and consolidate, complicating the effective and timely use of this data.

Geotechnical engineers

Now, with OpenGround Cloud, geotechnical engineers can readily access reliable, high-quality current and historical geotechnical data for the modelling, simulation, and analysis of infrastructure projects’ ground conditions.

Bentley Systems senior director (geotechnical information management) Scott Devoe said OpenGround Cloud provides a single enterprise repository of multiple data sources for all ground investigation projects—a long-sought improvement for geotechnical and geological professionals.

“It eliminates the need to retain copies or to exchange data and ensures that everyone in the supply chain has the correct access rights to the most current version. As a result, OpenGround Cloud helps minimize project delays due to encountering unforeseen ground risks during construction,” said Bentley Systems senior director (geotechnical information management) Scott Devoe.

Richard O’Brien, principal process engineer with Atkins, said from a risk management perspective, the company is now able to more easily identify the gaps in data, to highlight risk items and, if required, assist in the planning of targeted ground investigations. 

Data-driven assessments

“From the tender process, when local site data availability is limited, through to detailed design, we are now able to undertake data-driven assessments to aid in our decision-making,” said Richard O’Brien.

O’Brien added that OpenGround Cloud gives the company the ability to determine and cross-reference the organization’s geotechnical parameters and correlations with those available from literature sources.

“Tender design is made more efficient and we can consider a wider range of site properties leading to reductions in geotechnical risk. Ground investigations are planned more effectively taking into consideration multidiscipline and multiproject data leading to reduced costs. And, detailed designs are delivered from a more complete perspective, which leads to greater value for the client,” said Richard O’Brien.

Lower Thames Crossing ground engineering lead Cedric Allenou said OpenGround Cloud improved the workflow for all members of the team.

“The various add-ins are faster within the cloud version of the database, which is useful when dealing with large datasets such as CPT data,” said Cedric Allenou.

Infrastructure operation

Cedric Allenou said In addition, maintaining the link with the database when members of other organisations need to access the data has also improved the workflow due to the servers being cloud-based.

“As a result, external support teams can more easily solve issues that arise. The process allows rapid responses and minimizes potential downtime on the project,” said Cedric Allenou.

Bentley Systems is a leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure.

Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities. 

Bentley Systems employs more than 4,000 colleagues and generates annual revenues of more than $700 million in 171 countries outside the United States. From its inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by the Bentley brothers. 

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