• Mott MacDonald Bentley

    Mott MacDonald Bentley Project

    Leeds, United Kingdom

Project Summary

    • Mott MacDonald Bentley Project uses ProjectWise and OpenPlant to manage BIM deliverables


Having been involved in over 500 water industry and design construction projects, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) recognized the need for a step change in its information management to sustain corporate growth and meet and exceed client expectations. MMB focused its efforts on creating a digital component catalogue (DCC), understanding the needs of stakeholders working in a common data environment, and streamlining process engineering. To facilitate this approach, MMB needed to successfully integrate ProjectWise with OpenPlant PID.


Using ProjectWise as the cornerstone of its information management strategy, MMB created a water-specific digital library containing over 4,000 high quality, reusable BIM objects accessible to all users through a single location, the DCC. Capitalizing on Mott MacDonald’s common data environment, MMB adopted a standardized approach using ProjectWise to establish a “Common Way of Working” that allowed the rapid deployment of pre-defined templates to projects around the globe. MMB used Bentley’s interoperable OpenPlant PID to facilitate a seamless flow of information from design through commissioning that could be integrated with the common data environment, providing a single source for asset data.


Integrating ProjectWise with OpenPlant PID introduced rigor into the management of BIM project information to improve the flow of information throughout all stages of the projects. The centralized and standardized approach to content using the DCC optimized consistency and efficiency in BIM deliverables, while working in a common data environment significantly reduced project start-up time. Bentley solutions saved MMB GBP 20,000 in design changes on a recent reservoir project for Yorkshire Water. The interoperability of OpenPlant PID facilitated accurate, open asset data exchange with clients, reducing errors and costly rework.


The availability of intelligent components from the DCC through well-structured data in ProjectWise, coupled with working in a common data environment, enables quick accommodation of design changes, reducing errors and onsite costs. Using OpenPlant PID facilitated cross-pollination of P&ID datasets with third-party 3D software by establishing a simple interface, liberating historically buried data and ensuring data consistency. The interoperability of ProjectWise and OpenPlant PID supports users of different software platforms and provided MMB a single source of data for developing the digital content system and optimizing information management. The adoption of a BIM methodology also greatly contributed to the consult’s ability to grow double in size in a just over two years.

  • ProjectWise and OpenPlant PID enhanced the management of BIM project information, helping MMB improve compliance within its own stringent IMS system and exceed client expectations.
  • Using Mott MacDonald’s common data environment allows MMB to capitalize on the expertise and resource availability of its global teams, which has resulted in design cost savings of 50 percent.
  • The DCC is a core enabler of Mott MacDonald’s newly launched Carbon Portal to help cut carbon and costs on MMB projects, which is expected to exceed the UK Government’s Construction 2025 carbon reduction target of 50 percent.
  • ProjectWise facilitates MMB’s mission to engineer sustainable outcomes by providing the right information, at the right time, to the right people, avoiding delays on construction sites.
  • “Bentley ProjectWise has had a hugely positive influence on MMB over the past four years and has helped us scale our business significantly to meet the demands of the new AMP period by providing a rigorous and robust means of storing all technical information on over 500 projects.”

    Simon Kerr Senior Project Technologies Mott MacDonald