A concept is an abstract idea – a plan or intention – that is rapidly becoming de rigueur for the construction industry. No longer do we rely on the expertise of the architect or the engineer to turn their ideas into physical structures, hoping that when the vision bumps into the realities of construction there are not too many glitches to overcome. Instead, we can explore a number of design and construction options before we cut the first sod, bringing in contractors, experts, consultants, owners and eventual users to give their twopenn’orth, thereby eliminating many of the errors and mismatches that bedevil construction projects.
With conceptual modelling well established in construction and town planning, we now turn to civil engineering – but with significant improvements. Instead of populating a landscape with Mass Models composed of dumb artifacts, we now have the technology to lay out intelligent concept designs in real-time, to change elements on the fly, and to supplement conceptual designs with life-like visualisations and animations, using Bentley’s recent offering, OpenRoads ConceptStation. As the software is underpinned with Bentley’s InRoads design tools, concepts conform to local civil engineering standards and norms, and the successful design can immediately be used to progress the concept to fruition and construction.
WYGIWYS - turned on its head! The OpenRoads ConceptStation can show lifelike cars, behaving naturally, at any time of day or night, along tree-lined roads that adhere to highway regulations, before construction starts, saving time, money, energy and resources.
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