US: Bentley Systems announced that Greg Bentley, CEO; Keith Bentley, CTO; Barry Bentley, executive VP; and Ray Bentley, executive VP, have been named the 2011 recipients of the George Washington Medal by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to technological progress through engineering management. This announcement was made during the company’s annual gathering of infrastructure professionals, Be Together: The Bentley User Conference, at Philadelphia, US.
The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to technological progress through engineering management. It was presented by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He congratulated Bentley brothers for their contributions to engineering innovation, as well as to the economic growth of the Greater Philadelphia area through job creation.
Earlier, during the conference, Bentley introduced its new AECOsim family of information modelling applications. These applications enable architects and engineers to author and use rich information models to:
– Predicatively design and interactively optimise 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.
The company also revealed additions and enhancements to its growing line of geotechnical and geoenvironmental products for sustaining infrastructure. With the release of its new GeoStructural offerings, Bentley brought a new category of software tools to surface and subsurface project work. The new software paves the way for the inclusion of geotechnical and geoenvironmental considerations in integrated project workflows and decision making. Bentley also announced innovative enhancements to its gINT software for subsurface projects that affords gINT users the “V8i advantage,” including geospatial context for geotechnical data management within ProjectWise.
In addition, the company proclaimed that it is extending its leadership in design/build and integrated projects with its introduction of V8i software innovations that bring continuity to the “hand-off” between design and construction – making it a “hands-on” process. The V8i advantage includes intuitive modelling, immersive design, intrinsic 3D, and enhanced performance, along with interoperability that supports software choice, data reuse, and Bentley’s compatibility commitment to its users. In addition, the company is extending its ProjectWise V8i synchronised collaboration and Bentley Navigator V8i review and markup capabilities to users of mobile devices, such as iPads.
During the conference, Bentley announced the addition of new interoperability offerings to the iWare Apps site (www.bentley.com/iWare) it launched this past March. The site provides access to Bentley’s no-cost iWare Apps for enhanced interoperability, along with links to free training in their use and in-depth reference documentation. The new offerings include i-model drivers for Excel, Access, Crystal Reports, and Visual Studio, the Bentley DGN Reader for Windows 7, Bentley ODBC Driver for Windows 7, Bentley FlexUnits, and the AGS Toolkit.