August 14, 2006
Learning on Every Desk
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to AECWeekly! Many efforts are being made to bridge the gap created by not having enough trained engineering professionals in the global workforce. Technologies addressing the disconnected enterprise, collaboration and integration all help professionals work together productively from different locations using different products. Another way to address this gap is to provide affordable, flexible training allowing any time, any time instruction. Announced at
Bentley BE Conference in Charlotte this spring was the Bentley LEARN program and LEARN Server, now available enterprise wide to Bentley SELECT subscribers at 20 percent of the cost of Bentley SELECT. Read about this new program in this week’s Industry News.


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Industry News

Learning on Every Desk

by Susan Smith


Many efforts are being made to bridge the gap created by not having enough trained engineering professionals in the global workforce. Technologies addressing the disconnected enterprise, collaboration and integration all help professionals work together productively from different locations using different products. Another way to address this gap is to provide affordable, flexible training allowing any time, any time instruction. Announced at
Bentley BE Conference in Charlotte this spring was the Bentley LEARN program and LEARN Server, now available enterprise wide to Bentley SELECT subscribers at 20 percent of the cost of Bentley SELECT.


Bentley LEARN is delivered via the Internet and Bentley LEARN Server, a learning management system which allows Bentley and our users to handle registration, to find courses online and also to plan and track their learning.


Bentley LEARN addresses the barriers and limitations that many already in the AEC industry face in terms of getting training. For some, taking time off work or during work for training is not feasible. The cost of travel is prohibitive for others, and also the availability of specific topics for advanced users might require travel to where the courses were offered. Bentley LEARN may not solve everyone’s learning dilemmas, but it definitely takes a stab at it. It offers unlimited access to OnDemand elearning and addresses the issues of cost, time and availability.
Feature Tip



According to Maureen Pomeroy, director, Bentley Institute, the OnDemand elearning is on every desk, so users don’t have to travel. They can work whenever they want to at their own schedules, in the office, or a hotel, wherever they’re located. “There’s no extra time for travel. There are no schedule conflicts because training is available when you’re available,” noted Pomeroy. “We have developed elearning in each of the verticals that Bentley serves as well as visualization, 3D, programming, and of course our platform products ProjectWise and MicroStation.”


Pomeroy said they are planning to add hundreds of hours of content to OnDemand elearning this year.


What’s inside Bentley LEARN?


Three types of content in three different lengths:


  • Hands on courses, where the user can do some exercises along with reading and understanding particular content.
  • Recorded lectures where information is shown in audio and video.
  • Short five-minute feature tips, which are high quality visuals with very short, task-based information.
  • All of this learning is recorded to the user’s online transcript which earns them Bentley Learning Units (LUs).


    Is the OnDemand elearning at all interactive?


    “At this time the courses are self contained but we are exploring other ways of bringing our instructor expertise to some of the online learning that’s currently available,” Pomeroy explained. “Within the LEARN Server, you’re able to request courses, sign up for courses, find online learning, find which accreditation is available for a course, and check up on the instructor who’s teaching. The LEARN Server is available for all countries. OnDemand elearning and registration now is available in the US, UK, Canada and Ireland. We are also moving towards building in registration systems for Australia and other countries in Europe, which we’ll be doing
    that in the second part of the year.”


    In addition to earning LU credits, some of the courses offer industry accreditation such as for the AIA or IACET and CPD.


    “The accreditation appears on the transcript so you can see what the student has completed, but there’s currently no testing available in most of the courseware,” said Pomeroy. “That’s something we’re looking at adding in terms of people verifying their learning.”


    Bentley LEARN Server also includes Classroom Learning which is currently available in Canada, Ireland, UK, and the U.S. In order to access a Bentley Institute regional server in some other country to find out about available courses, you can visit this
    Bentley LEARN web page and move your mouse over the world map to find the area you’re interested in. Distance learning courses, which are instructor-led, are also offered anywhere from four hours to a multiday session. “Many people find those meet their needs well for limited travel as well as limited time away, because you might be able to join a four hour distance learning session, but not take a whole day,” Pomeroy said. “This has grown considerably since Bentley began Distance learning last year.”


    Announcements


    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that BE Conference 2006, which took place May 21-25 in Charlotte, N.C., attracted capacity attendance of more than 2000. The inaugural BE Conference Europe, which took place June 11-15 in Prague, attracted more than 1000 attendees. The combined attendance of the two conferences represented more than 1100 organizations and more than 60 countries. Moreover, the conferences maintained the 99 percent attendee satisfaction rating achieved at both the 2004 and 2005 BE Conferences.


    QuadriSpace Corporation, a developer of 3D Publishing software for manufacturing, architecture and digital content; announced receipt of a patent for its award-winning software products and technologies.


    The recent award reinforces QuadriSpace’s leadership role as a technology provider of 3D publishing solutions. Just last week, QuadriSpace announced a new 2006 line of products based on the cutting-edge concepts detailed in this patent. These products and technologies revolutionize the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and 3D publishing industries with incredible time-to-market improvements and cost-cutting benefits.


    Axiom will be part of an executive panel discussing CAD standards and compliance during the American Society for Quality's Design and Construction Division's Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona on 29 August 2006. Also on the panel are representatives from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, STV Incorporated and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority.


    The panel is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The conference will be held at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. For more information on attending the conference, visit the website.


    Financials


    Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, announced total revenues of $107 million for the six months ended June 30, 2006, representing an increase of approximately 62 percent over the same period in 2005. Software revenues were approximately $37 million for the first half of the year, nearly double software revenues for the same period last fiscal year. Revenues from professional services and maintenance were also significantly higher on a comparative basis. See


    People


    CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, consulting and construction management firm, has named Dr. Brian Cullis vice president and global lead for the firm's new Enterprise Information Strategies line of business.


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