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Bentley Systems acquires London 4D construction modelling firm Synchro Software

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Global construction software solutions provider Bentley Systems has expanded its building information modelling (BIM) capabilities after buying London-based Synchro Software.

Specialist in 4D construction modelling, Synchro’s solutions effectively enable BIM to be deployed over the entirety of a project lifecycle, brining together disconnected workflows into a single digital workflow.

The two companies already combined expertise for London’s Crossrail, whose CEO Malcolm Taylor said helped speed up the project teams’ understanding of what needed to be done and when, helping also to keep a handle on projected costs.

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Commenting on the Synchro deal, Bentley Systems’ CEO Greg Bentley said: “Synchro has already inflected upward the construction productivity curve, by leading the adoption of 4D construction modelling for significant projects worldwide.

“The opportunity to extend digital workflows from BIM to institutionalize 4D construction modelling across infrastructure project delivery, superseding disconnected planning and scheduling, is enormous and immediate; its magnitude is confirmed by the clamour of new startups.”

Synchro will be absorbed into Bentley’s ProjectWise construction range, which already contains a 4D modelling solution for industrial facilities, called ConstructSim.

Stephen Jolley, Vice President of Construction for Bentley, added: “In construction modelling for industrial projects, the market is already converging around ConstructSim’s advanced work packaging and workface planning.

“In the advancement of going digital for civil and building construction, the needed impetus for these ‘industrialised’ advantages is precisely what we are now announcing. For infrastructure projects, integrating Synchro’s 4D construction modelling completes the reach of our ProjectWise CD.”

No financial details of the deal were disclosed in Bentley’s announcement.

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