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Digital Twins Gains Momentum in AEC
An Interview with Bentley Systems on Technology Trends

ConnectPress recently asked Bentley Systems to share the company’s views on what’s trending in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

See the interview below with Adam Klatzkin, vice president, Business Development, iTwin Services, Bentley Systems.

What were some trends you observed in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in 2019?

In 2019, we saw momentum in the adoption of digital twins for infrastructure.

At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference in Singapore, digital twin advancements were featured in 24 finalist projects in 15 categories ranging from transportation, water networks and treatment plants, to power stations, steel plants, and buildings.

Overall, 139 nominations in 17 categories cited digital twin objectives for the innovations used on their project, a significant increase from 29 such nominations in 2018.

Adam Klatzkin
“In 2019, we saw momentum in the adoption of digital twins for infrastructure.”


What trends from 2019 do you think will carry over into 2020 and/or beyond?

We see many more projects that are model-based, rather than requiring 2D paper-based deliverables, and projects that are implementing digital twins.

Digital twins will have increasingly broad application in advanced design environments, in which a fully functioning digital model is developed, allowing it to be improved by analyzing different design choices, right up to the project phase for a more evolved process.

What new trends are emerging and what role will they have in the AEC?

With a trend toward model-based projects, digital twins, and the continued maturation of related technologies such as reality modeling, I expect to see more use cases for artificial intelligence and machine learning to emerge.

What’s changed in the last 10 years in the AEC industry?

Technology advancements and digitalization of AEC processes have enabled the industry to improve many aspects of the infrastructure lifecycle. Our industry has moved from document-centric to model-centric, and we are now entering the era of the digital built environment.

What is your outlook on the industry 10 years from now?

With the increasing ability to combine, visualize, and analyze different data sources, data has become the new infrastructure. Having accurate, trustworthy, and actionable data will not merely be a competitive advantage in the future, it might be an existential issue.

“With the increasing ability to combine, visualize, and analyze different data sources, data has become the new infrastructure.”


What technology or practice do you think is crucial for design teams to stay competitive?

Effective collaboration and the ability to analyze designs based on key performance indicators.


Are there any additional resources you would recommend AEC firms take advantage of?
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Published 2020-01-29 00:00:00