Bentley Architecture Achieves IFC2x3 Certification

    Provides Collaboration Among Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Building
Owners and Operators, and Regulatory Agencies Through Single Shared Building
Information Model

    LOS ANGELES, April 30 /CNW/ - Bentley Systems, Incorporated today
announced that Bentley Architecture, an advanced Building Information Modeling
(BIM) application for architectural design and construction documentation, has
successfully passed certification for the coordination view of IFC2x3.
Implemented on the common technology platform for Bentley's building
applications, the IFC2x3 translator is also available in Bentley Structural,
Bentley Building Mechanical Systems, and Bentley Building Electrical Systems.

    Commenting on the certification, Volker Thein, Bentley's product director
for Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), said, "The IFC data model is one of the
keys to facilitating collaboration among project teams and interoperability
among software systems. We at Bentley are proud to have achieved IFC2x3
certification and are fully committed to this standard's ongoing development.
It aligns perfectly with Bentley's mission to provide BIM solutions that let
architects, engineers, contractors, and owners build as one."

    Developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), IFC
is a global industry standard for sharing design, construction, and facility
management data in a vendor-neutral format across BIM applications that
support it. By capturing both geometry and properties of intelligent building
objects and their relationships, the IFC data model facilitates
interoperability among disparate applications, including design applications
such as Bentley Architecture, analysis applications, compliance checking
software, and so on. As a result, architects and engineers, contractors,
building owners and operators, and regulatory agencies can access, modify, and
coordinate design and construction information in a single shared model and
data repository.

    The combination of IFC and information-rich Building Information Models
helps overcome the inefficiencies of a distributed and fragmented building
industry. At the same time, it enables fundamental process improvements that
provide all stakeholders with tremendous benefits, including faster project
delivery, less waste, and greater productivity.

    In addition to supporting IFC, Bentley's comprehensive portfolio of fully
integrated products and solutions provides other capabilities that facilitate
the sharing of information and interoperability among BIM, CAD, and analysis
applications, such as:

    --  The ProjectWise scalable collaboration system for connecting people
and information across the distributed enterprise

    --  DGN/DWG compatibility

    --  3D PDF and Google Earth(TM) support

    --  Import/export tools for general-purpose industry standards such as
STEP, STL, IGES, DXF, and SKP (SketchUp)

    --  Import/export tools for many dedicated industry standards such as
CIS/2 and SDNF

    --  Seamless integration with Bentley's STAAD and RAM structural analysis

    --  Direct integration with many structural analysis applications, such

    --  Direct integration with CAMDUCT duct fabrication solutions

    --  Integration with power analysis applications - EDSA (US
NEC/ANSI/IEEE), AMTECH ProDesign (BS 7671), elcoPower (DIN/VDE)

    --  Integration with lighting analysis solutions - Lumen Designer,
DIALux, Relux

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    About Bentley

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the
world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the
building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture,
engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing
$400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the
leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top Design
Firms and major owner-operators, and was named the world's No. 2 provider of
GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.

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    Bentley, the "B" logo, Bentley Architecture, Bentley Structural, Bentley
Building Mechanical Systems, Bentley Building Electrical Systems, ProjectWise,
RAM, and STAAD are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service
marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect
wholly-owned subsidiaries. Google Earth is a trademark of Google Inc. All
other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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