Digital twin software calculates environmental footprints

By Catrin Jones09 March 2022

Bentley Systems has partnered with One Click LCA Ltd, a provider of lifecycle assessment and environmental product declaration software, to enable the Bentley iTwin Platform to track the environmental footprints of linear infrastructure projects, thus helping consturction’s drive to become more sustainable. 

Exporting quantities to One Click LCA from an infrastructure digital twin via the Bentley iTwin platform (Photo: Bentley Systems)

The integration of workflows for lifecycle assessment (LCA) and the ability to calculate and optimise a building’s carbon footprint in the Bentley iTwin platform will support the sustainable development goals of infrastructure projects, says the America-based software development company.

The software can be used for buildings, infrastructure, renovations, construction products as well as materials, and portfolios.

Bentley Systems says that the partnership will enable its users to achieve sustainable development goals, particularly addressing climate action and decarbonising infrastructure.

Kaustubh Page, director of product management, Bentley iTwin platform, said, “We are excited to see developers in the Bentley iTwin platform ecosystem tackling sustainability and carbon reduction challenges. Tracking the environmental impact of an infrastructure project involves a constant stream of design changes coming from various engineering disciplines.

“By unifying these data streams, users can quickly create a quantity takeoff report at the right aggregation level required for LCA calculations while reducing the lifecycle assessment workflow from weeks to hours.”

With the One Click LCA integration, users can incorporate engineering data created by diverse design tools into a single view using the Bentley iTwin platform. They are able to generate a unified report of materials and quantities and share it with One Click LCA via cloud synchronisation, says the software company.

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