Bentley Systems unveils 4D SYNCHRO XR app for infrastructure projects

bently 4dBentley Systems, one of the leading global providers of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has introduced SYNCHRO XR app for infrastructure construction projects

Selected as a Microsoft mixed reality partner representing the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, Bentley Systems demonstrated how with SYNCHRO XR for Microsoft HoloLens 2, users can interact collaboratively with 4D digital construction models using intuitive gestures to plan, visualise and experience construction sequencing.

Project digital twin data is visualised with the HoloLens 2 via Bentley System’s connected data environment, powered by Microsoft Azure. With the mixed reality solution, construction managers, project managers, owners, operators and other project stakeholders are set to gain insights through immersive visualisation into planned work, construction progress, potential site risks and safety requirements.

“Additionally, users can interact with the model together and collaboratively experience 4D objects in space and time, as opposed to traditional interaction with a 2D screen depicting 3D objects,” said Bentley Systems.

Noah Eckhouse, senior vice-president for project delivery at Bentley Systems, noted, “Instead of using a 2D screen with a mouse and keyboard, the user can now walk around the model with their body and reach out and grab digital objects that appear to co-occupy physical reality.”

The Netherlands-based Royal BAM Group is using SYNCHRO and HoloLens 2 mixed reality solution for a large museum project in Rotterdam. Menno de Jonge, director of digital construction for the Royal BAM Group, commented, “Using this technology, we can easily visualise the construction schedule. Then, we can see if we are behind in schedule, we can flag any potential problems or issues, look into the problems, and get back on track.”

Alex Kipman, technical fellow for artificial intelligence (AI) and mixed reality at Microsoft, added, “The newly announced Microsoft HoloLens 2 is a self-contained holographic computer that enables hands-free, heads-up interaction with digital models. It builds on the breakthrough innovation of HoloLens and is even more immersive, more comfortable and delivers industry-leading value right out of the box with partners like Bentley.”

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Partner Programme focuses on enabling and supporting solution providers who aim to build mixed reality solutions. Upon acceptance to the programme, Microsoft provides training, technical assistance, sales and marketing enablement and business planning.

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