SITEOPS Integration with Bentley’s ContextCapture for Reality Modeling and Real-life Visualizations Adds Life to Site Design

EXTON, Pa. — January 26, 2017Bentley Systems Incorporated, announces the availability of a new SITEOPS workflow for creating optimized site designs, leveraging reality meshes created with ContextCapture and stunning visualizations created with Bentley LumenRT as part of the design process. With ContextCapture, users can create highly accurate 3D reality meshes containing the precision to allow any engineering project to be done completely in context. These reality meshes are engineering ready and can now be directly used as context for 3D design, with the most accurate topography possible, within SITEOPS. Once the design is complete, users can export the 3D model to Bentley LumenRT for creating amazing, enlivened 3D visualizations.

The hardest part of creating a site plan and design is to acquire an accurate and complete survey of the existing conditions. ContextCapture allows designers to quickly produce accurate terrain models from a collection of ordinary digital photographs, which can be immediately used in SITEOPS to begin the process of identifying optimal site configurations.   

SITEOPS and ContextCapture helps engineers, architects, and designers examine real-world existing conditions to create optimized designs.

Key new capabilities include:

  • Acquire detailed existing surface topography from digital images for use in grading design and analysis;
  • Conduct site feasibility studies by using digital imagery, computational design tools, and cost optimization in a fraction of the time it normally takes using traditional CAD software;
  • Analyze multiple site layouts and grading plans using the digital topography produced by ContextCapture to determine the best design options based on constraints and cost of construction;
  • Combine the most cost-effective layout and grading with enlivened digital content such as buildings, trees, vehicles, and more to bring projects to life with Bentley LumenRT;
  • Create stunning 3D visualizations that will allow design professionals to convey the intent of their designs to project stakeholders.

When determining the construction budget, one of the biggest risks is typically in the cost of grading, due to the lack of quality data in the conceptual stage and the time it takes to perform grading designs. Now, with ContextCapture, users can turn site photos into detailed topography, replacing the low quality surface data with high-quality detailed reality meshes. This workflow allows design firms to determine optimal design options based on accurate data enabling the client to make a better decision sooner in the project lifecycle.   

Phil Christensen, VP, analytical modeling, Bentley Systems, said, “The integration of ContextCapture reality meshes into SITEOPS extends the dramatic positive impact that drones are having on civil teams that work on site optimization. These teams can now benefit from the automatic conversion of photos to meshes that ContextCapture provides and more rapidly identify optimal site configurations from an accurate, up-to-date terrain model.” 


With SITEOPS, civil engineers, architects, and land planners can perform site configuration simulations that fully assess millions of layout, parking, grading, and drainage options for a site within hours – not days. Evaluating more information in the early stages of a project allows users to design more efficiently and minimize land development costs. Preliminary cost estimates and conceptual designs can be produced faster while optimizing site designs through advanced optioneering.

About Bentley LumenRT

Bentley LumenRT is for any infrastructure professional needing to visualize enlivened designs within a realistic environment in order to more quickly and clearly communicate winning design ideas to project stakeholders. With Bentley LumenRT you no longer have to be a computergraphics expert in order to integrate lifelike digital nature into your simulated infrastructure
designs, and create high-impact visuals for stakeholders. This revolutionary real-time visualization medium is easy for any professional in the AECO industry to use and powerful enough to produce stunningly beautiful and easily understandable visualizations nearly instantly.

About ContextCapture

ContextCapture can produce 3D models, derived from simple photographs, in order to provide context for infrastructure projects of all types. Without the need for expensive, specialized equipment, and saving time over traditional surveying methods, highly detailed 3D phototextured reality meshes can be produced, providing precise real-world context for use in design, construction, and operations decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects.  







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