Bentley Integrates Bentley Building Electrical Systems With Visual Lighting Design and Analysis Software
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Bentley Integrates Bentley Building Electrical Systems With Visual Lighting Design and Analysis Software

Provides Users of Visual Lighting Design and Analysis Software With Immediate Access to Building Geometry and Design Data in Building Information Model

BALTIMORE – BE Conference 2008 – May 29, 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced the integration of Bentley Building Electrical Systems, a professional engineering design application in Bentley’s suite of Building Information Modeling (BIM) products, with Visual, the leading lighting design and analysis software from Acuity Brands Lighting. Through this integration, those using Visual for lighting design and analysis will have immediate access to all building geometry and design data in the BIM model. The completed detailed luminaire placement and lighting design data can then be easily brought into the model to produce accurate 3D representations and detailed design and construction documentation. At the same time, electrical load data can be used for circuiting design and power and energy analysis, and IES photometric files can be brought back into the BIM model to facilitate lighting visualization.

Said Rob Whitesell, vice president, Bentley Software, “This joint development will enable lighting designers to easily share data and work collaboratively with other building electrical system disciplines. The improved efficiencies and ready access to accurate data will increase productivity and eliminate many of the errors that plague workflows associated with uninteroperable software. Thus, project quality will be enhanced and costs reduced.”

The Visual Professional Edition is a comprehensive lighting analysis tool designed for demanding interior and exterior applications. It combines an advanced 3D interface with the latest in radiosity theory to provide efficient and highly accurate analyses of complex architectural spaces. The new lighting calculations in Visual 2.6 are 10 to 100 times faster than previous releases of Visual, facilitating the completion of complex lighting projects.

Bentley Building Electrical Systems is based on MicroStation and complements Bentley Architecture, Bentley Mechanical Systems, and Bentley Structural to provide a comprehensive suite of BIM solutions for the building industry. Its key features include automated symbol placement, circuiting and labeling; raceway design; cable/circuit routing and management; automated generation of riser diagrams and drawing legends; and reporting including schedules, bill of materials, quantity take-offs, and cost estimation. The product supports 2D/3D workflows, “step-wise refinement” of the design process, and BIM methodology.

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About Acuity Brands Lighting

Acuity Brands Lighting is one of the world’s leading providers of lighting fixtures and includes brands such as Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, Gotham, Carandini, SpecLight, MetalOptics, and Antique Street Lamp. For more information, visit

About BE Conference

BE Conference 2008 – BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure is being held May 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. At this two-and-half-day event, decision makers and senior practitioners from infrastructure organizations around the globe, including owner-operators and AEC firms, will share innovative best practices using Bentley solutions. Conference sessions address the needs of executives, managers, architects, engineers, designers, builders, and other infrastructure professionals and include user-led content and programs dedicated to 13 “solutions communities.” The highly focused agenda of BE Conference 2008 enables attendees to explore innovative ways to increase productivity, improve project quality, and reduce the costs and risks associated with sustaining infrastructure.

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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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