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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If you read the many releases from Bentley’s invitation only Be Inspired: Infrastructure Best Practices Symposium and Awards (Joe Francica is in attendance) you’ll learn of Bentley’s move from #2 to #1.

External market rankings that Mr. [Greg] Bentley [CEO] referenced included:

#1 in GIS/geospatial architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) software, per Daratech, Inc.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/13 at 01:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bentley signed a “continuous technology transfer” agreement with PointTools to be able to reference LiDAR point clouds to Bentley design data. Greg Bentley, the company’s CEO said that incorporating point clouds into the engineering design workflow was something that they have wanted to solve for a while but wanted to “do it right.” Bentley said that the hardware has improved greatly over the last ten years and that embedding the Vortex engine (Ss2) to reference and manage point clouds. “is a real breakthrough to reference point clouds into every workflow,” said Bentley. The Vortex engine from PointsTools will be embedded in the next version of MicroStation and ProjectWise SELECTseries 2 and delivery is scheduled for early Q1 2010. Aerial LiDAR data can be referenced to MicroStation drawings and workflows. This will not import point clouds into the drawing file but users can use point clouds as a reference for “snapping” to the point cloud data with an existing CAD drawing. PointTools is hardware neutral and Bentley saids the performance is excellent.

by Joe Francica on 10/13 at 10:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

While some companies are solely focused on the feature/function race against the competition, Bentley Systems understands the more cost-conscious nature of the current economic conditions. As such, the company’s CEO, Greg Bentley (at right), announced options that provides for the “pooling” of licenses at the country-level, and “bundles” at an individual level. Now, bundling of software suites is certainly not new, but Bentley has taken the step to add training (“live” or “on demand”) and content as added value for users. This “Passport Subscription” option is an annual license that is priced very aggressively versus a perpetual software license. For example, for the mapping professional, the perpetual license costs $5926 but for the Passport subscription the cost is $1295 and includes Bentley PowerMaps, Descartes, and ProjectWise.

At a country-level, Bentley’s License Pooling option was a nod to organizations that have offices throughout one country but need to “pool” their licenses for a more cost effective means of allowing as many people as possible to share licenses. Whereas Bentley had previously offered site licenses, the country-level licensed pooling expands this option beyond a single geography.

Both options closely align with a “software as a service” model for sharing of licenses. And it’s a good move on Bentley’s part. The constant harping on more features by some software companies is often fruitless. By acknowledging that not everyone uses software during 100% of their work time, Bentley is squarely addressing both an issue of workflow and cost.

Another issue that the company has addressed is interoperability through “i-models.” According to the company, an i-model “is a container for open infrastructure information exchange. A key characteristic of i-models is ‘provenance’: knowledge of its origin and evolution –it’s change management history.” Though Bentley did not use the term “metadata” this is exactly the kind of information that it is providing through the use of their ProjectWise Navigator V8i (SELECTseries 1) solution. A very unique benefit of this feature is the ability to subscribe to notifications that a user’s work has been updated by someone other than themselves. This "dynamic" information is certainly beneficial when large teams are collaborating on massive projects. [photo courtesy of Bentley Systems]

by Joe Francica on 10/13 at 10:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This tidbit from Reuters on Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University:

—Combining data from sources ranging from surveys to satellite imagery, Ostrom has uncovered principles that govern successful sustainability and that defy conventional beliefs.


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/13 at 09:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the word from Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford’s chief technical officer. He’s referring to GPS satellites, so of course, he really means that data from them could be used with other tech to prevent accidents. The somewhat misleading discussion at USA Today explains:

Ford and Auburn are trying to see if GPS satellites can act as an early warning system that detects when a vehicle is about to lose control and communicate with the vehicle’s stability control systems and other safety features to prevent a rollover or other serious accident.

Those satellite won’t detect anything - but tools here on the ground might use information from them to determine location information and determine if a vehicle is out of control and warn other cars.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/13 at 09:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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