Bentley Systems, the infrastructure engineering software company, has announced the acquisition of E7 Pty Ltd, a Brisbane, Australia-based leader in field-based construction delivery software for heavy civil construction.
The acquisition adds capabilities to Bentley’s comprehensive project delivery solution that helps civil contractors meet the schedule and budget requirements of infrastructure investment programs.
E7 helps organisations achieve greater resource utilisation and field productivity through mobile and web interfaces that transform manual, field-based tasks into digital workflows. It includes capabilities specifically designed for heavy civil construction, including daily diaries, unplanned event tracking, timesheets, dockets, daily costs, and quantity progress measurement, which enable supervisors to produce daily progress measurement reports simply and quickly.
E7’s flexible daily cost capture methods will extend Bentley’s SYNCHRO construction modelling, project management and reporting, task management, voice-based field data capture, and automation capabilities to create a comprehensive 4D construction digital twin solution. The combined capabilities enable heavy civil construction contractors to effectively optimise the utilisation of field resources to stay on schedule and on budget.
Dustin Parkman, vice president, project delivery, Bentley Systems said visibility into field resource utilisation is key to project profitability.
“The addition of E7 to Bentley’s SYNCHRO digital construction delivery solution complements our industry-leading 4D construction modelling with field-based resource management tools that are essential for heavy civil contractors. This new combination makes possible a truly comprehensive digital construction delivery solution for heavy civil contractors everywhere.”
E7 has been deployed on over 350 projects valued at more than AUD 50 billion. On the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway (CR2SM) AUD 812 million Bruce Highway Upgrade project, the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte joint venture uses E7 to deliver daily productivity insights and optimise resource deployment to drive better cost and schedule outcomes.
E7 ensures that data from 115 subcontractors is efficiently captured and can be used with confidence for productivity tracking, progress measurement, and payment of invoices.
Brad Thompson, CR2SM project director, said managing a large project of this nature requires failsafe systems that ensure large volumes of information can be processed accurately and fast.
“The efficiency of E7 has saved our project time and money, as it minimises errors and maximises productivity.”
Hugh Hofmeister, E7’s chief executive officer, and Adrian Smith, E7’s chief technology officer, join Bentley as director of product management and director of product development, respectively.
“After more than 10 years of working, first as Envision and then as E7, to develop the leading field-based construction delivery solution for Australian and now global projects, Adrian and I and our colleagues are excited to be joining Bentley. There is already great alignment between E7 and Bentley’s SYNCHRO team. Our shared vision will accelerate the adoption of 4D construction digital twins that will significantly benefit our users in driving more profitable and predictable project outcomes,” Hofmeister said,