In an effort to ease the exchange of structural information among construction project participants and between applications, Pennsylvania-based software developer Bentley Systems has released two tools, making them available to users without charge.
The new applications, Structural Synchronizer V8i and Structural Dashboard V8i, released in late January, provide various features, including a shared repository for structural model data, the ability to pass data back and forth among several applications including those created by other vendors, and the capability to track revisions. The dashboard and synchronizer support a workflow management process that Bentley has dubbed Integrated Structural Modeling, or ISM. “Current workflows are fragmented,” says Gus Bergsma, vice president of sales for Bentley’s structural division. “There are engineers, there are architects, and there are fabricators. All of these [entities] are trying to be linked via various industry data exchange standards, with limited success.”