The new solution is powered by Bentley Systems’ iTwin platform.
One of the biggest buzzwords in the AEC world today is the concept of “digital twins”, which has long been considered a mere buzzword with no real, tangible value. This view is certainly changing, as the accessibility of these tools continues to improve over time. The market certainly supports the idea that it is no longer just a trendy concept, but rather a very valuable tool for companies to use, with an estimation projecting that the digital twin industry will reach $125.7 billion by 2030, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 39.48% over that period. Generally, this technology is mostly associated with individual building construction projects, although the idea of the industrial metaverse expands this scope. That said, many spaces can benefit from the information provided by digital twins, traffic management being one example.
We are talking about this due to a recent announcement from the software company Phocazwho announced earlier this month the official release of their new Traffic Design Data Managerwhich is powered by Bentley Systems‘ iTwin platform. Whether traffic design is able to work (mostly) seamlessly is something many of us probably take for granted, but it’s a very complex process with ever-changing factors to consider and many moving parts to consider. Phocaz’s new solution aims to address these issues, leveraging the Bentley iTwin platform to aggregate design data and graphics workflows. At a high level, the goal of the program is to simplify the massive amounts of data that must be considered by transportation agencies to more easily collect information and make decisions based on that data.
The program was originally designed for the Florida Department of Transportation and is now available to add to other agencies. Phocaz boasts that with the program, agencies will be able to save time with the ability to automatically capture potential quality issues, no longer needing to undertake the often tedious process of checking and re-checking potential design issues. . They also note increased data confidence across domains and disciplinary silos by improving data integrity. Finally, they call for the elimination of paper – a win for costs and sustainability goals – for quality assurance and quality control.
More generally, Traffic Design Manager works to eliminate a problem that is all too common in AEC-adjacent industries, namely a number of siled departments working with different programs that don’t work well together. This program combats this by aggregating data and graphical workflows from all subject areas, all in the same environment without the need to export to different file formats. Additionally, the program is web-browser based rather than a separate application, which makes it much easier for many people to access and simple to use. Going forward, Phocaz notes that they are looking to include more quality testing, add support for new reporting capabilities, and add improvements to issue reporting and tracking. They hope to make these changes sometime in 2022, as well as create automated quality agents to notify design managers of issues, eliminating the need for visual design inspections.
Bentley’s iTwin platform has been a game changer for many different applications as they continue to partner with emerging solutions for a variety of use cases. In the past few months alone, they’ve announced partnerships with digital twin platforms like AKULAR and SmartViz, as well as security platforms like Digital Energy’s ODIN. With the iTwin Partner Program, Bentley Systems provides a solid, established foundation upon which emerging companies can create SaaS solutions to design, build and operate their platforms. By providing this foundation, they allow start-ups to focus on what they know best to more easily and effectively build their vision.
Commenting on this partnership with Phocaz, Adam Klatzkin, Vice President of iTwin Platforms at Bentley Systems, said, “We are very pleased to have Phocaz add its Traffic Design Data Manager application to the Powered by iTwin program. In doing so, Phocaz joins the growing ecosystem of software developers enabling digital twin solutions with the Bentley iTwin platform. Traffic Design Data Manager is a great example of how digital twin technologies can improve road design and construction by automating the capture of design quality issues and increasing data confidence in traditionally siled discipline areas. .