Solutions can simulate people movement and can test space performance to help mitigate risk in reopening public facilities
Bentley Systems has enabled full access to its LEGION Simulator and OpenBuildings Station Designer and waived subscription fees through to September 30. The move aims to help building and facilities managers meet social distancing requirements as more facilities open to the public.
With social distancing and crowd management at the forefront of global concerns, OpenBuildings Station Designer and LEGION Simulator software can help station owners, planning and design firms, and facilities operators to develop models, simulate crowd movement, analyse foot traffic, and optimise space utilisation of infrastructure assets such as rail and metro stations, airports, retail and commercial complexes, hospitals, and stadiums, the statement from Bentley Systems said.
OpenBuildings Station Designer’s BIM environment is said to provide 3D context for LEGION’s included pedestrian simulation to create an operational digital twin to improve safety, efficiency, and security, while mitigating risk. The firm says LEGION Simulator helps users solve new planning and operations challenges in validating social distancing plans, while helping to ensure safe operations; ensuring space maximisation, activities distribution and controlled egress/ingress; modeling safe and comfortable wayfinding strategies and evacuation plans; and providing virtual, collaborative planning, design and operations reviews.
“We are going through extraordinary times and change will be a constant reality in the months and years ahead. Bentley’s OpenBuildings Station Designer and LEGION Simulator enable planners, architects, engineers, and operators to apply digital twin approaches to solve today’s design and operation challenges more quickly, efficiently, and safely across rail and metro stations, airports, and other public buildings and amenities,” said Ken Adamson, VP of Design Integration for Bentley Systems.
Bentley notes that LEGION Simulator and OpenBuildings Station Designer can offer the continued long-term benefits of a BIM collaboration environment that avoids data silos, coordination delays, and other limitations that result from the separation of planning and design workflows.
“Atkins has collaborated successfully with LEGION for over 20 years, and we look forward to building upon our own thought leadership on COVID-19 and for the Transport Sector by applying LEGION’s simulations for social distancing in response to requests by our metro clients in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia,” remarked Cameron MacDonald, technical director, Operations Advisory at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.