Bentley Systems has introduced the next generation of its software solutions to the UK construction market with launch of its Connect Edition at an event in Manchester earlier this week.
Bentley describes the concept as a “common environment for comprehensive project delivery comprising a common modelling environment, common performance environment, and common data environment”.
The system uses Microsoft Azure cloud service to span hybrid computing configurations, which Bentley says will help teams become more connected users working in connected projects for connected enterprises.
Speaking at the event, Bentley COO Malcolm Walter said that the company had delivered a 30 year programme of cumulative BIM advancements that have enhanced the performance of the assets being designed, built, and operated. Walter also outlined the key acquisitions during that period and how they have been incorporated into Bentley’s business.
According to Bentley global marketing director Ron Gant, the Connect Edition will draw together all of the modelling environments created through acquisitions into a common platform.
Walter said that Connect Edition brings it all together and connects it all.
“The Connect Edition lets them continue to use their existing Bentley software and services in whatever hybrid computing environments they are currently employing, but now they can connect comprehensively across their project through the Azure cloud,” said Walter. “They also can connect to other environments and enterprise environments with i-models for project deliverables coming in and going out, and add the field environment for their devices via apps. Moreover, they can introduce this new technology in stages of advancement, at a pace with which they are comfortable, thereby making the transition seamless in terms of their existing workflows.”