EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 7, 2006— Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that BE Conference 2006, which took place May 21-25 in Charlotte, N.C., attracted capacity attendance of more than 2000. The inaugural BE Conference Europe, which took place June 11-15 in Prague, attracted more than 1000 attendees. The combined attendance of the two conferences represented more than 1100 organizations and more than 60 countries. Moreover, the conferences maintained the 99 percent attendee satisfaction rating achieved at both the 2004 and 2005 BE Conferences.
The BE Conference is an annual gathering of Bentley software users
and their managers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their
knowledge. Attendees better themselves, better their organizations,
and better the ways they can improve the world's infrastructure.
John Ford, director, Management Education Programs, ZweigWhite,
and BE Conference 2006 attendee and presenter in Charlotte, sees a
direct correlation between the leadership positions of the
organizations in attendance at the conference and their commitment to
professional training. "What really impressed me about the BE
Conference was the strong commitment of the organizations in
attendance to the education and development of their project teams,"
said Ford. "The fact that they encourage team members to attend a
conference that celebrates learning speaks volumes as to why these
organizations are leaders in their industries. I hope that more
organizations pick up on the significance to their bottom lines of
having the best trained and educated workforce in the industry."
The Monday sessions of both conferences began the learning process
with inspiring and informative keynote presentations by Bentley
Tony Flynn, Bentley chief marketing officer, opened the keynotes
by putting the critical work of Bentley users into proper perspective.
"In human terms, infrastructure means fresh water, transportation,
shelter, communications, and more - in short, systems that support all
human activities," said Flynn. "Yes, infrastructure is about people.
It improves the living conditions of every citizen, rich and poor - a
higher quality of life for us all."
But who will provide the solutions for today's really big
problems, the ones that may require decades to complete? "Mostly, it
will be the kids," said Flynn. "And it is one of our top
responsibilities to prepare them, to stir their interest in this work,
to educate them to be their best, and to make them great in their
One good way to do this, he said, is through initiatives such as
BE Careers Network. The mission of this rapidly expanding global
program is to graduate more students in engineering and architecture
that are skilled in professional software and immediately employable
Flynn next announced a new subscription program for learning from
the Bentley Institute called Bentley LEARN. As he explained, "Bentley
LEARN is unlimited OnDemand eLearning from Bentley. Available from
your desktop, it includes OnDemand lectures and hands-on courses. It
starts with over 800 hours of courses, and that number will triple by
CEO Greg Bentley took the dais next to overview the company's
strategies, priorities, and results - summarized in the company's May
2006 annual report, titled "Empowering Distributed Enterprises for the
World's Infrastructure" and available at
He began by highlighting the impressive capabilities of Bentley
colleagues around the world. As Mr. Bentley said, "In keeping with
Tony Flynn's point that human resources and continued learning are
increasingly the critical factors in our markets and projects, our
annual report starts at our foundation of over 2000 Bentley colleagues
at your service. I'm very proud of their credentials and commitment -
an unprecedented resource pool that makes everything else possible."
He explained that evolving requirements of work on infrastructure
projects shape Bentley's strategies. Today, these strategies must
address the global dispersion of project sites and technical
resources. This distribution of infrastructure enterprises, he said,
results in a "tapestry of interrelated activities and responsibilities
within infrastructure projects."
Mr. Bentley then detailed new developments in the following five
distinguishing Bentley strategies that address the requirements of
-- Bentley's comprehensive portfolio - which the company
continues to improve in capability and extend in scope through
research and development as well as acquisitions
-- The ProjectWise system of collaboration servers - which
provides managed access to architecture, engineering, and
construction (AEC) and geospatial content, and spans
requirements from workflow and security controls through plot
services, lifecycle change management, and enterprise-system
-- Software interoperation - which enables organizations to reuse
their AEC and geospatial content and translates to higher
leverage and compensation for their work, better
profitability, and increasing returns on their investment in
data and software
-- Innovative licensing and learning subscriptions - including
Bentley SELECT, Bentley's Enterprise License Subscription,
Bentley's Enterprise Training Subscription, and the new
Bentley LEARN program
-- Global resources - principally the world-class and
world-distributed credentials of the more than 2000 Bentley
Mr. Bentley was followed by Buddy Cleveland, senior vice
president, Bentley Software, who elaborated on distributed enterprises
and the many functions they must perform to improve the world's
infrastructure. "The inherent complexities associated with the
performance of these functions," said Cleveland, "are nontrivial, to
say the least, with multiple organizations, multiple IT systems,
multiple skill levels, and so on. But this complexity is made even
more daunting when you consider geography."
He explained that the infrastructure asset, the design office, the
owner's offices, the suppliers, and others involved in projects are
never located in the same place. This, he said, is further exacerbated
by the fact that "virtually every project represents a new supply
chain, a temporary enterprise that must be constituted quickly,
execute, and then disband."
Bentley's software, he said, is developed based on the realization
-- Every project, large or small, is a distributed enterprise.
-- Successful project delivery in a distributed enterprise
depends on using, delivering, and sharing information to
execute project functions.
-- The greater the return on investment in the project
information, the more successful the project.
Next up was Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president, Bentley
Software, who announced the commercial availability of MicroStation V8
XM Edition, the most powerful and most accessible MicroStation release
ever. He explained that organizations would find the transition to
this new edition very easy. An intuitive new interface places powerful
features within easy reach of the user, and an unchanged DGN file
format and full support for existing V8 standards allow projects to
proceed uninterrupted while participants upgrade to MicroStation V8 XM
Edition at any time.
Singh demonstrated the new release, pointing out its many
innovations, including: reference enhancements, element templates,
ProjectWise StartPoint, link sets, a DirectX graphics system, element
transparency and display priority, keyboard position assignments, 3D
modeling advancements, visualization and animation improvements, and
Microsoft "Designed for XP" logo compliance.
Singh explained that MicroStation V8 XM has been tailor-made to
help distributed enterprises with six challenges: content management,
"finding," applications, formats and standards, workflow, and
collaboration. By addressing each of these challenges, he said,
MicroStation V8 XM "helps distributed enterprises work as one
At BE Conference Europe, Singh announced the commercial
availability of ProjectWise V8 XM. The new edition provides powerful
new tools specifically for organizations managing a portfolio of
-- A project framework offering new capabilities to find and
reuse content across projects
-- Standards management tools that increase the quality and
consistency of work on all MicroStation- or AutoCAD-based
-- Load balancing and clustering for scaling the solution to a
portfolio of projects and optimizing performance across a