Bentley Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of buildings and infrastructure, has announced the general availability of OpenBuildings Station Designer.
A New Application for Rail and Metro Transit Stations
OpenBuildings Station Designer is a new multidisciplinary app specifically for the design, analysis, and simulation of new or operating rail and transit stations. The new application goes beyond generic, generalized BIM applications used for buildings and infrastructure and contains asset-specific content and workflows just for rail transit design.
OpenBuildings Station Designer is built on LEGION, the industry-leading simulation software acquired by Bentley in late 2018. The software system fully models pedestrian traffic for optimized footfall, wayfinding, crowd management, safety, and security. With the integrated capability to model and simulate pedestrian scenarios, OpenBuildings Station Designer helps designers to improve the functional use of space, passenger throughput, and the pedestrian experience.
OpenBuildings Station Designer reflects our goal of advancing BIM through digital twins, by including within its multi-discipline design scope the integral simulation of pedestrian traffic outcomes.
By virtue of Bentley’s open modeling environment, OpenBuildings Station Designer enables iterative digital workflows spanning OpenRail and OpenRoads to assure comprehensive and coordinated engineering modeling of transportation assets and modes. Within Bentley’s OpenRail Connected Data Environment (CDE), the Components Center cloud service contributes to station project quality and integrity through pre-populated digital components which include signaling equipment, escalators, turnstiles, public address systems, signage, kiosks, and more.
OpenBuildings Station Designer breaks down barriers among stakeholders and increases the value and fitness-for-purpose of design deliverables through its:
- included LEGION pedestrian simulation;
- integration with OpenRail for rail design;
- integration with OpenRoads for road design;
- clash resolution;
- multi-discipline documentation;
- ready-to-use catalogs for functional spaces and equipment; and
- enlivened visualizations
Santanu Das, SVP for Bentley’s design integration business unit, said, “OpenBuildings Station Designer reflects our goal of advancing BIM through digital twins, by including within its multi-discipline design scope the integral simulation of pedestrian traffic outcomes. With such insight, the designer can anticipate pedestrian bottlenecks and modify the layout to improve the station efficiency and safety, ultimately improving the passenger experience. Accordingly, we expect OpenBuildings Station Designer to also benefit existing rail and transit stations for renovations and upgrades, increasing their capacity and throughput.”
Mike Nicholson, an associate for“For over a decade Steer has successfully been delivering a wide range of pedestrian modeling studies around the world utilizing LEGION. We are now looking forward to using the full BIM capabilities of OpenBuildings Station Designer.”
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