Bentley Synchro tracks progress on new Barca stadium complex

Bentley Synchro 4D modelling will help construction team on Barcelona's Espai Barca project

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Bentley Synchro tracks progress on new Barca stadium complex Bentley's Synchro will allow the Espai Barca project team to track construction over time compared to the planned model.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 21, 2018

Bentley Systems has showcased a new solution using Synchro 4D construction modelling and mixed reality, which will be used in the construction of FC Barcelona's Espai Barça sports stadium project.

The Espai Barça project solution was demonstrated at Inspire, Microsoft's annual partner conference.

Synchro will be used as part of a mixed reality construction management solution, which will be used for FC Barcelona's major renovation to the Espai Barça sports arena in Barcelona, Spain. In conjunction with time-lapse monitoring footage of the construction site provided by EarthCam, Bentley's Synchro will help the stadium project team to visualize and compare construction progress with the 4D construction model.

Bentley acquired Synchro through the purchase of UK-based Synchro Software in June this year.

Greg Demchak, technical architect for Bentley, said: "The scope of this project demands that we look for new solutions, and for this, we turned to Microsoft. Using Azure infrastructure, HoloLens technology, and Cognitive Services, multiple users can interact with a holographic representation of the stadium data at any moment in the construction process. We are also leveraging machine learning and on-site images to digitally track actual progress with Synchro."

Synchro, ‘construction's time machine', has been globally adopted, in particular, for building and civil infrastructure projects. The acquisition broadens Bentley's ProjectWise construction offerings-which already include ConstructSim, the leader for 4D construction modelling in project delivery of industrial plants. With construction project management in 4D, benefits of BIM can extend throughout infrastructure project delivery and asset lifecycles, as traditionally disconnected workflows become digital workflows.

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