Before and after the Bentley Navigator
April 16, 2018

Before and after the Bentley Navigator

Rafael Becemberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Bentley Navigator

It is currently being used in small projects of artisanal fishing ports that are being developed in Peru which, because they are relatively small projects but with the intervention of numerous specialists from different areas, located in different countries, that must interact continuously and dynamic, they have been used as "pilot projects" to evaluate the real usefulness of the tool.
  • It allows the different specialists or users, to make virtual and quick analyzes that have been translated into the rapid resolution of problems.
  • Bentley Navigator allowed me to incorporate and manage important amounts of information that were key in the design phase, and that being inputs for different areas could be a source of conflict. The conflicts that have been generated are much smaller than those seen in similar projects previously carried out without the help of this tool.
  • Allowing the visualization of the information in 3D models, added to its capacity to export 3D models as PD files, has allowed to increase the fluidity and communication of information with the client, which has translated into a reduction of the hours invested by the technical manager in that activity.
  • It could give alert messages warning that the information that is of shared use, has the latest version, with all the updated modifications.
  • The information contained in the visual reports currently generated by the software could be expanded.
  • The frequency and quality of information flow between field and office staff has improved.
  • The costs for cellular use concepts associated with the sharing of information associated with the projects where the software has been used have been reduced compared to projects where more traditional control tools have been used.
The tools and functionalities that have been used previously, are not commercial software, they have been software developed internally, of course much simpler and less functional than commercial software such as Bentley and its competition. This fact clearly obeyed a guideline of the organization that aimed to minimize the costs associated with the acquisition of software such as the Bentley.

As you learn from the experience and mistakes, once you lost a lot of time and money because you did not have the necessary tools to guarantee the timely flow of information, between personnel who were physically distant from each other but who needed of a very high technical interaction. As a result of this fact, the use of tools such as this was proposed as a test, in order to evaluate its real usefulness over time.
I think the complexity and cost of the program make it particularly useful, in situations where: the project is relatively large, with a wide variety of specialties that interact and depend on one another, and with specialists who are not physically together and whose communication and understanding is vital for the proper development of the project.

If the project does not meet these characteristics, it is preferable to use less complex tools, cheaper, and that require less effort training the staff to use the software in question.

Bentley Navigator Feature Ratings

Plan distribution & viewing
Plan markups & sharing
Document sharing
Issue tracking & punchlists
Photo documentation
Jobsite reports
RFI tools
Collaboration & approvals
As-built drawings
Mobile app

Evaluating Bentley Navigator and Competitors

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The company where I work is very active in remote sites (far from population centers), where direct communication between the personnel involved and responsible for the work and field activities, and the project manager (usually located in the office), is difficult.

The ability to visualize the program in 3D, together with the ease to generate reports (which could be several per day), as well as to correct these reports, have resulted in significant decreases in the number of hours that resources (people) must invest to achieve the same results, which without the use of the benefits of this software, would definitely have been much higher. Although the use of the software is still in the testing phase, it is very possible that it will be definitively adopted as a fixed work tool within the organization.
I would not really change anything because the main variables for having considered it (which does not mean that it was used permanently and definitively) were both its price and the characteristics and advantages that it "theoretically offered".
If the functional characteristics of the software really satisfy our expectations, the price does not become a variable on which its definitive acquisition depends.