BE Conference 2006 in Charlotte and BE Conference Europe Attract Combined Total of More Than 3000 Attendees

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."

Executive keynotes

The Monday sessions of both conferences began the learning process with inspiring and informative keynote presentations by Bentley executives.

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 careers."

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 and productive.

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 year's end."

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 distributed enterprises:

-- 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 synchronization

-- 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 colleagues

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 that:

-- 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 connected entity."

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 projects, including:

-- 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 projects

-- Load balancing and clustering for scaling the solution to a portfolio of projects and optimizing performance across a distributed enterprise

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