Enabling greater collaboration with Bentley Systems and Microsoft Azure
Poh added: “Therefore, MRTC decided to adopt a BIM maturity level 2 strategy for the KVMRT SSP line, as well as the use of a connected data environment for a collaborative workflow to cut the reliance of manual processes. It is the first metro project in Asia to adopt BIM level 2, an advanced way of working that leverages digital collaboration and has become a standard for many leading governments for public-sector projects. With this implementation, all parties involved can use their own 3D BIM models. However, design information is shared through a connected data environment, which enables any organization to combine data with their own to create a federated BIM model.”
MRTC chose Bentley System’s ProjectWise and AssetWise to manage both the execution of this project and future asset management. By leveraging Microsoft’s Azure cloud services, ProjectWise and AssetWise enable all project disciplines to work dynamically using a federated model for coordinated design. With a cloud-based platform, information can be shared across various parties, reducing the risk of data loss and rework due to misinterpretation.
The CONNECT Edition ProjectWise and AssetWise solutions make the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure assets easier for owners, consulting firms, and their supply chains around the world. This model of coordination also enables the integration of design and asset information with operation and maintenance systems to ensure optimal asset performance throughout the project and asset lifecycle.
With this deployment, MRTC was able to conduct a fortnightly virtual design review process, allowing its diverse teams to review and coordinate their respective models, regardless of locations. This process standardized collaboration across all teams and helped identify and mitigate potential issues, before they impacted cost, schedule, and safety. This is a large improvement from work on the first KVMRT line (SBK line) that relied on 2D drawings and a traditional Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) workflow. The approach is expected to increase productivity by an estimated 35 percent, while reducing design rework by providing accurate information the project team could trust. Poh highlighted: “The team is confident to see much less rework on site, which will help us meet our goal of delivering the project within the targeted time and cost.”
Poh added: “We have seen improvements in the execution of the SSP line despite the increased complexities faced. For example, we were able to reduce the number of on-site resolution meetings that required the attendance of all stakeholders, because the virtual design review allowed us to identify design clashes in earlier stages. More importantly, embracing digital has enabled MRTC to improve our productivity, while also enabling our workers to acquire new skillsets necessary to adhere to the BIM standards that will be mandatory in civil engineering projects from 2020.”
Embracing digital transformation to achieve greater efficiencies
“As industries and economies are impacted by digital transformation, organizations that go digital will stand to benefit from real-time insights and analysis,” Microsoft Asia Pacific Vice President Alberto Granados said. “MRTC’s use of Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise and AssetWise solutions has shown the value of a connected data environment and an integrated project information management and collaboration platform. This is made possible by the state-of-art Azure platform and services, a testament of how Microsoft’s technology empowers every organization to achieve more. Large-scale, personnel-and-capital-intensive infrastructure projects can significantly benefit from the scalability, information integration, and collaboration offered with deploying a cloud-based solution, which in turn, positively impacts citizens and economies.”
“The KVMRT project is an example of how the world’s infrastructure projects are undergoing digital transformation through the power of cloud services to improve project delivery and asset performance. Together with Microsoft, we are pleased to see organizations tapping the power of the cloud to realize the potential of real-time business insights and collaboration to deliver greater efficiency in a highly complex industry,” said Kaushik Chakraborty, vice president, regional executive, Asia South, Bentley Systems.