Bentley Releases Bentley Water V8 XM Edition

Satisfies Need for Utilities and Municipalities to Tightly Integrate Workflow Between Hydraulic Modeling, Asset Management, and GIS as They Design, Document, and Manage Potable Water Distribution Networks

BALTIMORE – BE Conference 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced the release of Bentley Water V8 XM Edition. This comprehensive water distribution design software helps engineers and GIS professionals in water utilities and municipalities design, document, and manage potable water distribution networks more efficiently. Bentley Water V8 XM provides all the capabilities of Bentley Map including map management, thematic and overlay analysis features, business and topological rules enforcement, and accurate editing. In addition, it allows easy access to enterprise data to improve the management of the asset lifecycle. Because Bentley Water V8 XM integrates with Bentley’s industry-leading Haestad Methods hydraulic modeling and analysis software, users of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, and HAMMER can share network connectivity, maintenance records, and operational data to run hydraulic simulations of their potable water distribution systems. Bentley Water V8 XM also interoperates with Bentley Geospatial Server for enterprise GIS implementation and enterprise collaboration, Bentley PowerMap Field to support field technicians using offline data, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher for publishing water infrastructure data to internal and external websites.

“Bentley continues to lead and innovate with this latest addition to its comprehensive solution for potable water networks,” said Olcay Ebcin, GIS manager, Istanbul Water & Sewerage Administration, which serves a city with a population of more than 11 million. “As users of both Bentley Water and WaterGEMS, we welcome Bentley’s efforts to provide us with a tightly integrated workflow between hydraulic modeling, asset management, and GIS.”

Commenting on the new software, Jack Cook, Bentley vice president, said, “The release of Bentley Water V8 XM broadens Bentley’s support of potable water infrastructure – from sources to treatment plants, transmission, and distribution networks, right through to the consumer. It includes the powerful capabilities of other Bentley mapping, data management, collaboration, plant design, hydraulic simulation, construction documentation, and field engineering tools to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive water solution for investor-owned utilities, civil engineering consultants, and municipal utilities.”

Bentley Water V8 XM Edition uses geospatial XML Feature Modeling (XFM) fully. This paradigm shift in the development of GIS applications empowers users to completely customize functionality and the predefined schema, as well as to choose from a wide range of persistent data models including stand-alone DGN, DGN/RDBMS, and Oracle® Spatial. When used concurrently with Bentley Geospatial Server, Bentley Water supports simultaneous multi-user editing, optimistic and pessimistic transactions, and time component features, including versioning and live or disconnected mode editing, provided by Oracle®.

The XFM environment enables a new set of asset management, water network maintenance, and operation capabilities. These include smart placement and network connectivity, configurable isolation tracing and reporting, dynamic property-based symbology and annotation, and network leak analysis tools.

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About BE Conference

BE Conference 2008 – BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure is being held May 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. At this two-and-half-day event, decision makers and senior practitioners from infrastructure organizations around the globe, including owner-operators and AEC firms, will share innovative best practices using Bentley solutions. Conference sessions address the needs of executives, managers, architects, engineers, designers, builders, and other infrastructure professionals and include user-led content and programs dedicated to 13 “solutions communities.” The highly focused agenda of BE Conference 2008 enables attendees to explore innovative ways to increase productivity, improve project quality, and reduce the costs and risks associated with sustaining infrastructure.

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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 company’s 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 world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

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