Digital Twins to Advance Reliability and Asset Management

One of the organizations that has been a huge long-term source of awe, inspiration and new paradigms for me is Bentley Systems, Incorporated, led by Greg Bentley, CEO. Greg joined his brothers at Bentley Systems in 1991. Keith A. Bentley and Barry J. Bentley founded Bentley Systems in 1984.

Bentley Systems is an American-based software development company that develops software and services for the design, construction, and operation and reliability of infrastructure. The company’s software serves the building, plant, civil and geospatial markets in the areas of architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. Its software products are used to design, engineer, build, and operate and maintain large constructed assets, such as roadways, railways, bridges, buildings, industrial plants, power plants and utility networks. The company reinvests 20 percent of its revenues in research and design (R&D).

Greg Bentley has led the creation of a team of some of the best and brightest subject matter experts, technical leaders and visionary relationship managers in infrastructure asset information. 

Greg recently stated, “Bentley Systems opens up the dark data, the digital alignment, the change synchronization from the reality, the voracity of the engineering information and the integrity. Because if it’s going to be a twin, it has to continually change, as does a construction project or an infrastructure asset. But, we want to be enabling everyone to take advantage of that…

Opening up to that dark data is the sea change that will enable us to be thinking differently about how our work in construction and project delivery leads to smart enterprises and connected plants. This creates opportunities for engineers in improving the throughput and functionality of what’s designed in projects and the value delivered in operation.”

Analytics and Machine Learning – Nothing Wasted

Imagine all asset information in a connected data environment, in any available view, from every phase of the asset’s life cycle, available for decision support, modeling and performance analysis. In other words, begin asset performance and value delivery on the day the idea for the asset is born.

At its core, Bentley Systems is a software development company that supports the professional needs of those responsible for creating and managing the world’s infrastructure assets, including roadways, bridges, airports, skyscrapers, industrial and power plants, as well as utility networks. Bentley delivers solutions for the entire lifecycle of the infrastructure asset, tailored to the needs of the various professions – the engineers, architects, planners, contractors, fabricators, IT managers, operators and maintenance engineers – who will work on and work with that asset over its lifetime.

The team at Bentley Systems views infrastructure asset management holistically and creates technology to support commonly used frameworks, like ISO55001 Asset management — Management systems — Requirements and Uptime® Elements A Reliability Framework and Asset Management System™.

The team at Bentley understands that a successful infrastructure is needed for a successful world. They are leading digitalization for advancing reliability and asset management in real and pragmatic ways. We look forward to the future they are creating under the leadership of their CEO, Greg Bentley.

Terrence O'Hanlon

Terrence O’Hanlon, CMRP, and CEO of® and Publisher for Uptime® Magazine, is an asset management leader, specializing in reliability and operational excellence. He is a popular keynote presenter and is the coauthor of the book, 10 Rights of Asset Management: Achieve Reliability, Asset Performance and Operational Excellence.

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