Virtual ExperienceJune 8, 2021

Data Continuity for Infrastructure Lifecycle Management

The following article is excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a…
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The following article is excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes. To read more and learn more about infrastructure lifecycle management, download the full whitepaper here. For part 2 of this series, read here.

No infrastructure is the same. The number of 2D design drawings is huge, and sometimes, lack of data consistency and continuity can be the cause of serious onsite problems.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform allow teams to allocate roles and build up knowledge and data continuity.

Maximizing Project Outcomes During Full Project Lifecycle

The project-based nature and fragmentation of the construction industry makes it difficult for civil design and construction teams to standardize all work onto an integrated platform and efficiently share information. The risk is that competitive bidding practices and functional silos can lead to padded estimates and poor outcomes.

A more effective process for civil design and construction requires dissecting traditional industry practices and rethinking assumptions about collaboration, execution and information. Innovations like prefabrication, 3D modeling, real-time project management tools and predictive models are empowering teams to build collaboratively, in the long term, while avoiding conception mistakes and loss of critical data.

High performance teams apply efficient process proven in manufacturing industries.

Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA brand provides a virtual environment that allows construction planners to validate construction activities before construction begins. The resource cataloguing and simulation capabilities can be deployed to allocate the right resources for each job. 4D simulations bring together the multiple players in the supply chain to give them a better understanding of all the interactions and dependencies. With the collaborative 3DEXPERIENCE platform, all stakeholders can validate construction and maintainability, and work together to create a fast-track project environment.

Using the preformed catalogue, real-time site data and information imported from a range of platforms, users can easily create infrastructure and highly complex projects of any size. Operation and maintenance can be planned predictively with the virtual twin technology.

Construction process planning.

“Benefits are immediate for better communication and productivity in all lifecycle from infrastructure planning to operation and maintenance, design and construction efficiency also prevent risks and reduce waste, as well as deliver project on time and on budget.”

– Akio Moriwaki, Industry Marketing Director, Construction, Cities & Territories Industry, Dassault Systèmes

One of the benefits of using a virtual twin is that it can maximize profits by providing precise calculations of materials and construction costs, even in managing operation and maintenance processes. In general, a project has two kinds of costs – design and construction, as well as operation costs. Normally, design and construction costs account for 20 percent of the overall cost, while operation costs take up 80 percent. For the project owner, a better management of maintenance and operation with virtual twin reduce the total cost of operation and sustainability.

“Having all data in a central, easily accessed location, equips civil designers, engineers, and contractors with the insights to more efficiently plan, design and construct infrastructure, and can save money during an infrastructure’s operation and management.”

– Jonathan Riondet, Senior Technical Director, Construction, Cities & Territories Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Excerpted from Infrastructure Lifecycle Management Through Virtual Twins, a Dassault Systèmes whitepaper. Download to learn more.

This white paper is presenting industry trends in Construction, Cities & Territories covering infrastructure lifecycle management through virtual twin. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is currently taking over the traditional methods for infrastructure developments, operation and maintenance. Using BIM and virtual twin allow collection, analysis, and aggregation of data and enhances collaboration between different stakeholders, from design to operation and maintenance.

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Dassault Systèmes Construction, Cities & Territories Industry

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