Bentley Systems Acquires Voice-Based Field Automation Provider NoteVault

June 9, 2020
The acquisition expands Bentley’s SYNCHRO digital construction environment with mobile field applications to track and manage labor, materials and equipment.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, acquires NoteVault, a San Diego-based provider of voice-based field automation for construction management. The acquisition expands Bentley’s SYNCHRO digital construction environment with mobile field applications to track and manage labor, materials and equipment. Together, these comprehensive offerings enable projects to combine immersive 4D models of the construction progress with detailed up-to-date reports on resource expenditures, reportedly enabling more effective management of cost, schedule and risk, according to the company.

NoteVault’s reporting automation offerings are used widely by both large and small construction companies across the global ENR Top 400 Contractors, according to Bentley Systems. Designed to simplify and accelerate job site information collection, NoteVault’s SaaS offering is deployed via mobile devices, offering natural language automated speech-to-text, augmented with automated machine learning and human transcription to ensure accuracy. Because NoteVault is engineered specifically for construction site mobile field reporting, it recognizes construction-specific language for accurate transcription and enables automated translation so non-native English speakers can submit daily reports using their native language. With NoteVault on their mobile devices, construction professionals can help synchronize status reporting, reducing the risk of contractual disputes, according to the company.

“Digital twins continue to transform the way projects are delivered and operated. Inherent in every digital twin is a stream of continuously updated data, and for construction, automating the semantic interpretation of field reports can now be one of the richest sources of live project information,” says Dustin Parkman, vice president, project delivery, Bentley Systems.

Peter Lasensky, CEO, NoteVault, adds, “Updating 4D construction models through insights gleaned from our software for field-captured reporting fully extends the power of voice and positioning technologies together.”

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