Collaboration in the construction industry is key—meaning data needs to reach across desktop and mobile devices that can be extended through the asset lifecycle. Technology providers are stepping up, offering new solutions.

For example, Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., has offered Navigator for years, as the go-to tool for model-based review and issue resolution. However, the company unveiled its next-generation release of Navigator CONNECT Edition, which offers new capabilities, performance, and a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile devices.

Bentley Systems first unveiled the CONNECT Edition, a next-generation software succeeding its V8i software in November 2014. At the time, the company initially announced the CONNECT Edition integrates Bentley’s platform technology to supporting a hybrid environment across desktop-modeling applications, cloud services, on-premise servers, and mobile apps.

Today, with Navigator CONNECT Edition, contractors can gain insight into projects and operations with clear visibility into the information in the 3D models to improve project delivery and project coordination, and accelerate collaboration. The product enables clash resolution, punchlists, field-data collection, and capabilities to resolve issues through the asset lifecycle—while in the office or at the jobsite.

This product stands out, as a product that has great benefits to the construction industry, which is why it recently won the 2016 Constructech Top Products award, which highlights achievements and advancements in technology that have had a significant impact on the commercial market.

Tools such as this create communities of collaboration across and within disciplines, integrating data from a wide variety of applications and devices to reduce the barriers between teams and tasks. The result is a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile devices that can be extended through the asset lifecycle.

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