Bentley Unveils Bentley Gas V8 XM Edition

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 8, 2008— Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced the release of Bentley Gas V8 XM Edition facilities design software for gas distribution networks. Bentley Gas helps engineers and GIS professionals in gas utilities and contractors serving utility owner-operators design, document, and manage gas distribution networks more efficiently by unifying CAD and GIS capabilities, and by providing a built-in, intelligent, gas distribution data model. The streamlined workflows that result ensure high-quality infrastructure data, reliable as-built data, and significant time savings in the creation of new designs and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Because Bentley Gas V8 XM is based on Bentley Map Bentleys software for managing the worlds infrastructure in a geospatial context it provides all of this technologys core capabilities, including map management, thematic and overlay analysis features, business and topological rules enforcement, and highly accurate editing capabilities. In addition, it provides the same powerful 3D visualization capabilities of MicroStation, as well as network tracing, leak analysis, and an interface to Bentley sisHYD for hydraulic modeling and analysis procedures. It also can export data to Bentley PowerMap Field to support field technicians with work packages and redlining capabilities. Bentley Gas V8 XM integrates with Oracle® Spatial in a two- or three-tier mode and, when deployed with Bentley Geospatial Server, supports enterprise GIS for long transactions with both optimistic and pessimistic locking.

Robert Mankowski, Bentley director, Geospatial Product Management, said, The release of Bentley Gas V8 XM further extends Bentleys commitment to advancing GIS for infrastructure. It delivers spatial data seamlessly and transparently to gas utility engineering teams when they need it, increasing organizational efficiency, decreasing errors, and improving data quality.

Take, for example, the softwares advanced network tracing and leak analysis capabilities. With Bentley Gas V8 XM, reported leaks are quickly correlated to network infrastructure, speeding repair and replacement activities, limiting service interruptions, and increasing profitability.

Bentley Gas V8 XM Edition is delivered with a prebuilt data model that empowers users to completely customize and extend its functionality as required through easy-to-use administration tools. The data model is supported by inference-driven connectivity that automatically establishes network relationships as the user lays out new facilities. The data model supports comprehensive and customizable attribute sets for classes of network objects, and the logical connectivity model is persisted in DGNs or relational databases, including Oracle® Spatial.

Added Mankowski, As powerful as Bentley Gas V8 XM is, municipalities and private owner-operators of gas utilities will have even more to look forward to in the months following its initial release. The software soon will be integrated with the forthcoming Bentley Expert Designer Gas to deliver on-the-fly design cost estimation and design-cost comparison, further enhancing organizational efficiencies.

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About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the companys mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the worlds #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

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