Level 3 BIM to turn engineers into service providers, says Bentley

Credit: Bentley
Credit: Bentley

The CEO of software developer Bentley Systems, Greg Bentley, believes that Level 3 will redefine how engineers work, turning them from designers and builders into bona fide service providers.

According to Bentley, whose company turned 30 this year, present-day engineers must do more than just take on building work if they want to stay profitable. This type of work relies on hours worked, which Bentley argues is not a good system: “Hours are commoditised and there are cheaper options out there.”

“How about seeing engineering as a service? To be the ones responsible and accountable for the uptime of a Metro, or a water treatment works?” asks Bentley. “That has to be a lot better than selling hours.”

By operating something akin to a subscription service, engineers will be able to guarantee income, and Bentley believes that Level 3 will help facilitate this.

New Civil Engineer, who conducted the wide-ranging interview, writes that Bentley perceives Level 3 vision as a unifier, connecting assets and their components to the physical environment.

“In effect,” the article goes onto say, “Level 3 information modelling enables engineers to make continuous real-time decisions for best performance.”

These comments illuminate how BIM is encouraging all corners of the industry to re-evaluate what they offer their clients.

Elsewhere in the interview, Bentley talks about the advantages of wearable technology, arguing that the immersion granted by these displays could be “lifesaving”.

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