BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 2003--Bentley Systems,
Incorporated, today announced that DaimlerChrysler is the first car
manufacturer to deploy building information modeling (BIM) to create
virtual, digital mock-ups of factories.
DaimlerChrysler is implementing BIM for the development and
operation of its new Alabama-based M-Class and Grand Sports Tourer
Using Bentley's BIM solution based on the unifying platform of
MicroStation(R), DaimlerChrysler will design, build, and operate all
of its manufacturing plants throughout the world. BIM incorporates all
of the graphical and non-graphical information required throughout the
entire life cycle of DaimlerChrysler's manufacturing plants. By
committing to BIM, DaimlerChrysler can simulate the manufacturing
process and coordinate factory components to guarantee smooth,
trouble-free construction and streamline long-term plant operations.
"We are expecting the digital factory project to cut plant design
time in half while enabling us to continually improve plant management
and operations," said Dr. Dietmar Michel, director of construction and
works planning at DaimlerChrysler.
By standardizing on MicroStation for its BIM implementation,
DaimlerChrysler ensures a common information platform between all of
its production plants, and enables the information to be reused for
maintenance and administration. DaimlerChrysler will fully implement
digital factories by 2005.
In the first two stages of its digital factory project,
DaimlerChrysler will use the Bentley BIM solution for its plant in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it will retool and expand its M-Class
production facility and construct a Grand Sports Tourer factory.
Bentley's BIM solution will enable DaimlerChrysler to carry out
reliable simulations and perform feasibility studies early in planning
"During the past 10 years, Bentley has helped us continually
achieve new levels of innovation and automation," said Peter Csavajda,
digital factory project sector manager at DaimlerChrysler. "With
MicroStation as the unifying platform for our digital factories, we
expect to greatly increase our return on investments."
Functionality found only in the V8 release of MicroStation
contributed to DaimlerChrysler's decision to standardize on the
Bentley solution. For instance, MicroStation V8's digital rights
functionality protects the integrity of the building model and gives
DaimlerChrysler greater control of who may view and edit the
information it contains. MicroStation V8 also generates a continuous
record of the design history, allowing managers to monitor and track
revisions to the building model.
"The digital factory is a gigantic leap forward for automobile
manufacturers and their suppliers," said Torsten Rohrlack, building
industry director for Bentley in central Europe. "Through the digital
factory, auto makers can manage plant design, construction, and
operations, and realize considerable cost savings throughout a
factory's entire life cycle."
Bentley is a market leader in building information modeling (BIM).
A superset of CAD, BIM models essential building concepts and
information beyond drawings and provides a managed environment for
building projects and operations. Bentley's BIM solution encompasses
20 enabling BIM technologies, is based on the proven and scalable
MicroStation platform, and offers a unique ramp to BIM so users can
run mixed projects and realize BIM via evolution versus revolution.
Overall, BIM is upgrading the way that architects, engineers,
contractors and facility managers work and collaborate.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global software vendor founded in
1984, provides software solutions to create, manage, and publish
architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) content. Bentley
enables leading AEC firms and owners to design, build, and operate
facilities, industrial plants, roadways, and other essential
infrastructure assets. Bentley delivers integrated building design,
plant design, civil engineering, and geospatial solutions for
transportation, process and discrete manufacturing, government and
public works, building, and utilities.
Bentley's 2002 revenues reached $230 million. Bentley software
plays a mission-critical role in over two-thirds of the work of the
Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms.
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