Part 3 in a Series: Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?

By Rodrigo Fernandes, Ph.D, Director, ES(D)G – Empowering Sustainable Development Goals

A call to action

I’ve been passionate about the environment since I started working on a research and development team for ecology and marine resources 20 years ago. The research center director was my environmental engineering Ph.D. supervisor and a great mentor. He told me many times that “the most valuable asset of any organization is its soul: a shared purpose, built around an audacious goal and a set of common values.” His words made an immediate and significant impact on me.

For Bentley, that shared purpose is to empower our users to advance infrastructure responsibly. We call it Empowering Sustainable Development Goals or ES(D)G for short. Our conviction is that it is our users, the engineers, builders, owners, and operators of infrastructure who, – aided by the power and insights provided by our software, can future-proof the infrastructure needed to accomplish the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, we often speak of Bentley’s SDG “handprint” as our corporate goal to empower our users to achieve SDGs globally.

“The most valuable asset of any organization is its soul: a shared purpose, built around an audacious goal and a set of common values.”

I’m now fully convinced that digital twin solutions will be an essential enabler and accelerator in transforming infrastructure performance towards sustainable development goals.

But why?

Managing infrastructure usually involves managing complex supply chains (demanding data synchronization), a multidiscipline approach (with multiple data formats, needing proper alignment), and long-lived assets (thus data needs to be transferable across all lifecycle stages).

Currently, digital twins are the only technological approach to efficiently address all those infrastructure challenges, enabling faster transitioning towards low-carbon, resilient pathways.

More than a year ago, during the pandemic, I was conducting market research on the environmental industry. As I witnessed the acceleration of digital transformation across our users and partners, it became evident that we could harness our digital twin technology to support better and smarter decisions around environmental engineering, specifically through tracking of environmental KPIs and carbon intelligence.

As I gathered more information across multiple colleagues, peers, and users, I was overwhelmed by the large number of engineers calling out for better and more efficient workflows for measuring environmental footprints and developing life cycle analysis (LCA) for their infrastructure projects.

Some engineers envisioned purpose-built solutions where environmental impacts were not only quantified and reported but also reduced, based on informed decisions starting in the early stages of infrastructure projects. The first obvious use-case was to build a solution for carbon footprint assessment and embodied carbon optimization for infrastructure projects.

More in the next blog post about climate change…

This article was reposted with prior written permission of Bentley Systems. © 2022 Bentley Systems, Incorporated.

(Source: Fernandes, Rodrigo. “Can Engineers Save the Planet from Climate Change and Its Effects?” Bentley Blog, Bentley Systems, 9 Mar. 2022,

About Bentley

Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

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