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USACE configurations goals


The Tri-Services configuration has been designed to assist the USACE districts and the AE community in the adoption of the BIM process. In designing the Tri-Services centralized workspace, the following items became criteria in its development.

Centralized Workspace Criteria

“Picture in Time”

The Tri-Services corporate BIM dataset has been incorporated into the Project directory structure to maintain the connection between the project data and the data used to create the project. This allows the project to carry its dataset as a ‘Picture in time”. As each project is contracted it can be assigned a standard and that standard can be maintained throughout the project. This will allow new projects to continually adopt the latest corporate standard, perpetually moving the BIM process forward with each project and advancement in the standards. This also provides for the opportunity to adopt the latest software versions and advancements.

Corporate and Project Dataset

Each project dataset is linked to the corporate dataset and is also linked to an empty project dataset. The project dataset serves several goals. 1) It allows users to add content to the project that is not captured in the corporate dataset, It provides a structure storage container for supplementary files required to reproduce the project. It also allows the user to propose change or enhancement to BIM content. 2) It provides an identifiable container for the Tri- Services BIM administrators to review for additional content and enhancement to be added to the Tri-Services corporate dataset.

AE Flexibility

The CAD/BIM Technology Center understands that many of the AE firms have greatly invested in the customization of their software to enhance production and map workflows. That is why it was very important that the CAD/BIM Technology Center provided a centralized workspace that should not interfere with any of AE customization. The Tri- Services centralized workspace does not alter any of the files on the local workstation and uses only a series of shortcuts to access their networked base configuration. This centralized configurations should allow firms great flexibility for personnel to participate on a Tri-Services project while mapping directly to the provide standards. AE firms can be operational in an environment similar to that found in a USACE district office in a very short time.


The Tri-Services configuration supports multi-discipline environments. It allows for the operation of Bentley Architecture, Bentley Structural, Bentley Building Mechanical Systems (BBMS) and Bentley Building Electrical Systems (BBES). It allows for the operation of all the application either to run together or in any combination of the four applications such as Architecture and Structural or Structural and Mechanical. The configuration is also tied to your users’ default discipline. For example, if architects log in, they are automatically assigned the architectural standards. However, understanding that multi discipline firms may have user that might want to look at information from a different perspective, the users have the option to override their default and may view Structural information through the structural application as though they were a structural user.

The CAD/BIM Technology Center solicited comments from associated districts and several of their AE firm under contracts after the initial development of the Tri-Services centralized workspace and has received positive responses.

TriiServiices BIIM Standards, Datasets and Confiiguratiion for Bentlley Buiilldiing Applliicatiions Version 07Q3

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