India: Bentley Systems’ infrastructure experts and thought leaders are travelling across the world to appraise the industry with their CONNECT Edition software package. On Wednesday, Bentley’s pit stop was Mumbai, India. Here, Alan Kiraly, Senior Vice President, Server Products, Bentley Systems, delivered the keynote address. He talked about the capabilities of the CONNECT Edition products — MicroStation, ProjectWise and Navigator.
Personalised user experience and optimised user workflows were a major focus in the releases, along with the addition of the Ribbon interface in Microstation, and Spatial Indexing for accessing engineering documents directly in ProjectWise. Meanwhile, the Navigator CONNECT Edition is especially close to Bentley Systems’s founder and CTO Keith Bentley’s heart. He has maintained that it has been one of his favourite projects across the company’s 30-year history. “I think that every user of MicroStation and our applications will find it valuable to use Navigator CONNECT Edition to extend their work to every device, in the course of their day and across their projects,” he has said.
The Mumbai event focused on three industry sectors — Transportation, Water/Wastewater, Oil and Gas and Offshore. Greg Rhoads, who is the vice president of Bentley Connect Select services, was present to talk about the common environment for comprehensive project delivery. He said, “Projects are a core concept in all of our products. And now, you can share project information with other users in your company or other companies without impacting your local environment (firewalls, etc.), while still maintaining the integrity and control of your data.”
It should be noted that the CONNECT Edition makes use of Microsoft Azure’s secure cloud services for hybrid computing configurations. Rhoads added, “With the flexibility that the Microsoft Azure platform offers us, we are able to provide Bentley cloud services for publishing, calculating and enhancing our users’ engineering data more efficiently.”
Steve Cockerell, Industry Marketing Director, Rail, pointed out that people often think that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a product. “It’s not,” he said. “No matter what any software vendor may tell you. BIM is a process. ”
While talking to Geospatial World, Kiraly said that he was happy to see a great turnout — there were at least 200 attendees. “Events like these enable us to interact with our users. We can introduce them to the next generation of our entire product portfolio. But, basically, we get to connect each and every customer of ours,” Kiraly insisted.
Source: Our correspondent