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Bentley Brings Infrastructure Digital Twins to NVIDIA Omniverse

Infrastructure is coming to the world of NVIDIA Omniverse technology—Bentley Systems connects iTwins platform to NVIDIA’s real-time platform.


Bentley Systems (NASDAQ: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, has this week announced it is developing applications for NVIDIA’s very promising Omniverse platform for photorealistic, real-time visualization and simulation of digital twins for the biggest of infrastructure and civil engineering projects.

iTwin and Omniverse

A key component of Bentley’s “digital twins” technology stack is its iTwin platform. The company has integrated this platform with NVIDIA Omniverse, supplying the graphics pipeline with AI-enhanced, real-time visualization, and simulation of digital twins of infrastructure projects.

Architosh has written about iTwin technology before. The tech is open, scalable, and cloud-based and enables engineering firms and owner-operators to create, visualize, and analyze digital twins of infrastructure assets.

Omniverse comes to the world of Infrastructure design.

Bentley’s iTwin platform now supports the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for real-time, photorealistic, and simulated environments, offering infrastructure asset engineers, designers, and owner-operators better collaborative workflows. (Image: Bentley Systems)

“Visualization and simulation underpin many of the use cases for infrastructure digital twins,” says Bentley CEO Greg Bentley. “The collaboration of Bentley iTwin and NVIDIA Omniverse is delivering real-time, immersive 3D/4D experiences that will enable true-to-reality, physics-based simulation of even the largest and most complex infrastructure assets. GPU-computing is transforming the world of engineering and construction and promises to unleash the potential of AI for simulation and advanced analytics in infrastructure digital twins.”

“Modern infrastructure are magnificent feats of engineering. NVIDIA and Bentley share a vision of physically-based digital twins—so accurate and realistically simulated that they will revolutionize everything from infrastructure design to operations,” said Jensen Huang, founder, and CEO of NVIDIA. “NVIDIA Omniverse was built precisely to realize this vision—to create shared virtual worlds that are simulated with physical and photorealism. We are delighted Bentley is developing applications for infrastructure digital twins on NVIDIA Omniverse.”

Unmatched High-Fidelity

The combination of the Bentley iTwin platform and NVIDIA Omniverse provides an unmatched, high-performance user experience at a scale that had previously not been possible.

Omniverse Infrastructure

NIVIDIA’s Omniverse platform enables universal interoperability across different applications and 3D ecosystem vendors, providing real-time scene updates based on an open-standard file format and protocol. (Image: NVIDIA)

The integration of the capabilities of the Bentley iTwin platform and NVIDIA Omniverse enables users to virtually explore massive industrial plants and offshore structures as if they are walking through the infrastructure in real-time, for purposes such as wayfinding and safety route optimization.

“The industry is moving in a positive direction toward more automated and sophisticated tools that improve client outcomes,” said Donna DeMarco, plant information modeling, Jacobs.  “Jacobs is proud to partner with Bentley in leveraging tools like iTwin linked with NVIDIA Omniverse to achieve strong results for our clients.”

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