May 30, 2011
Interoperate and Integrate with New Bentley Applications
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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New applications announced for the iPad are the ProjectWise Explorer for iPad just like ProjectWise Explorer on the desktop or laptop, which provides that safe secure access to project content regardless of where it is in the world. Now you can do that directly from your iPad.

Also announced is Bentley Navigator for the iPad, the review and markup tool that allows you to bring the model or drawings in, view them, navigate them and mark them up with hand’s on review and markup synchronization. You can put clash detection on your desktop, can make a change that synchronizes back through ProjectWise and back into the originating model with that markup. So whoever made the model is notified that there is a markup for your model and the markup is presented back in the original model in the right place in the right orientation so that the author knows what’s going on. The markup is managed so you know if the other party receives it and does anything
with it, you get notified about that.

It also has panoramic navigation, where you can hold the iPad in your hand, as you move it around, wherever it is pointing is where you’re looking in the model.

In the future Bentley plans to extend this capability to devices such as Blackberry playbooks and Android.

Other releases include a new release of ConstructSim and its integration with ProjectWise, and Bentley also announced six new partnerships, plus their ProjectWise for Constructing and ProjectWise for Revit users packaged offerings that have software training support setup in a single purchase.

Hand-off Between Design and Construction

While the following applications had not been announced at press time, AECWeekly will follow up with some coverage of the following:

(From the press release: ) Bentley’s new AECOsim family of information modeling applications provide interdisciplinary building design, analysis, and simulation software focused on helping architectural, engineering, and construction professionals deliver high performance, intelligent buildings. AECOsim enables best practices in integrated building systems design and performance simulation, and results in simulations that properly represent design intention and accurately predict the performance of the delivered building. These applications enable architects and engineers to author and use rich information models to:
  • predictively design and interactively optimize the performance of building systems, while benefiting from integrated workflows among multiple disciplines – all facilitated by the software’s decision-support capabilities,
  • produce high-quality building and project documentation, including by way of Bentley’s new hypermodel innovation, for use throughout the project lifecycle of design, construction, and operations.
  • They also extend the capabilities of commonly available design tools from Bentley, Autodesk (including AutoCAD and Revit), Graphisoft Archicad, and others through their support of open standards.

  • Newly released is construction workface planning with open interfaces to the major plant engineering applications, now fully leveraging ProjectWise V8i and Bentley Navigator V8i, through the new ConstructSim V8i.

    Top News of the Week

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced at the BE Conference the addition of new interoperability offerings to the
    iWare Apps Site launched in March. Also announced at this annual gathering is the extension of its ProjectWise V8i synchronized collaboration and Bentley Navigator V8i review and markup capabilities to users of mobile devices, such as iPads. ProjectWise, the world's  project team collaboration and work-sharing platform, is used by 71 of the ENR Top 100 Design Firms.

    Autodesk, Inc. announced its 2012 portfolio of software suites and free* curricula to help students learn core design and engineering skills. The new suites provide the same tools used by professionals and will make it easier for students to adopt and use a broader set of Autodesk’s comprehensive and sophisticated design software. The suites have a range of capabilities that bring together compatible sets of complementary products to help prepare students for successful careers in architecture, engineering and digital arts. Offered around the world, the suites are available in more than 10 languages, including English.

    Autodesk Vault 2012 integration for Inventor LT Suite 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 is now available for download for subscription customers only via 

    These software updates enable Vault functionality for use within Inventor LT Suites 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012. In order for Inventor LT Suites 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012 users to connect to a Vault Workgroup 2012, Vault Collaboration 2012 or Vault Professional 2012 server, these updates must be installed.


    Meridian Systems announced the upcoming Prolog Solution Presentation Webinar Schedule for the May, June and July of 2011. See

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it is accepting entries for the
    2011 Be Inspired Awards competition. Be Inspired brings together infrastructure professionals from around the world as well as members of the academic community to:

    advance best practices and innovation in information modeling leading to higher-performing infrastructure and more cost-effective project realization,

    promote the extraordinary achievements of architects, engineers, constructors, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators in sustaining infrastructure empowered by Bentley software.

    To learn more about the 2011 Be Inspired Awards program or to submit an entry, visit

    Rand Worldwide announced its IMAGINiT Technologies division will host a series of live events this June in Australia. Attendees will learn about the new Autodesk 2012 3D design and engineering software, the overall benefits to business and the numerous advantages of partnering with IMAGINiT’s expert training and customer-support team. Events are scheduled for Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide.


    New Products

    Newforma announced that the latest edition of the Newforma PIM solution is commercially available to new and existing A, E and C customers worldwide. The solution includes Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition and its new add-on products, Newforma Mobile, Newforma Contract Management, and Newforma Add-in for Autodesk Revit. The software streamlines AEC project delivery workflows that customers use every day, freeing them from overbearing administrative burdens and helping A, E and C firms work together more effectively.

    Bentley Institute Press, publisher of cutting-edge university textbooks and professional reference works for the architectural, engineering, construction (AEC), geospatial, and educational communities, announced the release of its newest title, Water Loss Reduction. Written by a prestigious group of water loss experts from around the world, the book addresses the needs of water utility managers, a wide range of engineers (including water resources, hydraulic, and environmental), as well as teachers and students of the water engineering disciplines. It joins the many other widely acclaimed water books in the Bentley Institute Press catalog, including the
    Water Resources Modeling collection. What makes Water Loss Reduction stand far above other books on the subject is its comprehensive scope, covering in detail everything from the basics of water loss to almost every method of reducing it, including conventional device-based approaches, data management, simulation and optimization analysis, online monitoring, pressure management, and pipeline condition assessment and renewal planning. To order Water Loss Reduction,

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it is extending its leadership in design/build and integrated projects with its introduction of breakthrough V8i software innovations that bring continuity to the “hand-off” between design and construction – making it a “hands-on” process. Bentley’s design/build credentials include its unique experience gained among EPCs as the  software platform provider for plant creation, project collaboration, and construction simulation; and its long-standing commitment to interoperability endeavors such as its  participation in the iRING consortium for “virtualizing
    construction,” and new partnerships it is announcing . As building and civil integrated projects have increasingly gained marketplace momentum, Bentley’s offerings have become a major enabler.

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