Alberta Transportation Chooses Bentley’s InRoads V8i Software to Help Enhance In-House Design Capabilities

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 17, 2009— Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that the Alberta Transportation Ministry has chosen InRoads V8i as its standard road design software. A key factor behind the selection of InRoads was the ministry’s need to enhance its in-house technical capabilities by providing its engineering teams with advanced design software. The department also recognized the many advantages of Bentley’s OnDemand eLearning, which can cost-effectively provide entire organizations with 24x7 access to thousands of hours of quality, self-paced learning. By procuring its new software through Bentley’s SELECT subscription program, Alberta Transportation will ensure a maximum return on its investment in Bentley software, training, and services.

Alberta outsources the bulk of its design services to engineering consultants, who are required to submit drawings in MicroStation format. With a number of engineers at Alberta Transportation retiring, the department wanted to ensure its team could continue to effectively manage the work of the consultants. To do this, it needed design software compatible with its MicroStation-based drafting system.

Because InRoads is built on and fully integrated with MicroStation, the complexities and data loss that could result from drawing conversion are no longer issues for Alberta Transportation. All drawings will now retain full design intelligence. InRoads’ particular strengths in LiDAR survey data, divided highways, and interchange design were leading factors in the selection of the software. Dynamic updating and superior animation capabilities were also important criteria for success.

“Our portfolio for road design and engineering offers a comprehensive, interoperable toolset for roadway infrastructure development, and Alberta Transportation is the latest government entity to take advantage of its capabilities,” said Ron Gant, Bentley’s global marketing director for civil engineering. “The ministry joins the many government transportation agencies that have long relied on Bentley’s road and bridge solutions and products for their civil engineering needs. Among these agencies are 47 of the 50 U.S. state departments of transportation (DOTs), the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and seven of the 10 provinces in Canada.”

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About Alberta Transportation

With offices throughout the province and about 1,000 employees, Alberta Transportation leads the planning, construction, and preservation of a 30,875-km provincial highway network to connect Alberta’s communities and support the province’s economic and social growth. It implements the Traffic Safety Plan and provides a wide range of education, information, and enforcement programs to promote the safety of Albertans using the transportation system. Alberta Transportation also designs, builds, and maintains the province’s water management infrastructure on behalf of the Department of Environment. For additional information about Alberta Transportation, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

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