Bentley Systems is planning to release new software in early 2014 to manage the lifecycle of construction work packages.
The ProjectWise Construction Work Package Server system is claimed to fill the technology gaps in project delivery between design engineering and the construction workface.
Bentley said the software will "facilitate construction information mobility by bridging the process gaps between engineering content and workface planning".
The company claims that the software will address the need of advanced work packaging for defining the flow of information exchange between engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and handover.
In the July 2013 Research Team (RT) 272 report, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) included a case study that evaluated the value of ‘advanced work packaging’ as allowing a 10% reduction in total installed cost with increased safety, in comparison to typical practice today.
The key to this is said to be an integrated approach spanning and connecting discipline-and-system-oriented engineering work packages (EWPs), through geospatially defined 3D construction work packages (CWPs), into component-level Installation Work Packages (IWPs), with pervasive change management enabled to cope with inevitable project realities.
Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, "The addition of Construction Work Package Server extends the reach of ProjectWise functionality all the way through ConstructSim workface planning, made possible by leveraging our i-model deliverables and our eB/Information Manager (eB/IM) to maintain the relationships and changes at the level of construction component instances, across EWPs, CWPs, IWPs, and related enterprise systems for procurement and crafts."
"By addressing construction work packaging this comprehensively, projects can now go beyond merely ‘visualisation for statusing’ to ‘proactively progressing,’ and, hence, from schedule simulation to schedule improvement," Bentley added.