Bentley and Topcon launch joint constructioneering venture at YII

By on 22 October, 2019

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley and Topcon’s Ray O’Connor announce the launch of joint venture Digital Construction Works.

Bentley Systems and Topcon have banded together to launch Digital Construction Works, a joint venture they say is aimed at advancing and optimising constructioneering processes and delivering better outcomes.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley, joined by Topcon president and CEO Ray O’Connor, announced the new firm at the launch of the company’s Year in Infrastructure conference this week in Singapore.

Greg Bentley said the new venture is the result of several years of collaboration.

“In this case we have invested together,” he said. “Our investment consists not only of our financial commitments to Digital Construction Works but it is especially the secondment, the people who are our best experts and Topcon’s best experts in construction and software and project digital twins and the integration it takes to bring them together.”

Bentley Systems and Topcon partnered in 2016 to more fully integrate their respective MAGNET and ProjectWise cloud services, and since then the companies have each worked to introduce what they call “4D” innovations in surveying, reality modelling, logistics, work packaging, and machine control.

“This is not a startup,” said new Digital Construction Works CEO Ted Lamboo, a near 30-year Bentley Systems veteran. “This is something that we started four or five years ago and it’s a continuity with the expertise of hundreds of years of industry knowledge that sit there in the company today.”

Jason Hallett, the former vice president of digital construction and business development for Topcon responsible for the development of MAGNET, has also joined the new company’s leadership team as COO.

The company says the strength of its offerings is in workflow solutions that serve as an “open platform” and integrate with a wide variety of products and deliverables from various suppliers.

The announcement came on the first day of Bentley Systems’ annual Year in Infrastructure Conference, being held this week in Singapore.

In what has become a yearly tradition at the conference, the company announced two major acquisitions, saying it has bolstered its digital cities offerings with the addition of Orbit Geospatial Technologies, a global provider of 3D and mobile mapping software, and global mobility simulation and analytics provider Citilabs.

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