Emirate of Sharjah's Directorate of Town Planning and Survey Deploys Bentley's Cadastral Solution to Streamline Workflows

    Moves to Bentley Geospatial Server for Enterprise GIS and Bentley Cadastre
    for Data Editing

    EXTON, Pa., Sept. 2 /CNW/ -- Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading
company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the
infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that the Emirate of
Sharjah, Directorate of Town Planning and Survey (DTPS), United Arab Emirates,
has successfully deployed Bentley's fully integrated cadastral solution. The
solution incorporates an enterprise geospatial information system (GIS) based
on Bentley Geospatial Server and a computer-aided design (CAD) data editing
system based on Bentley Cadastre. Called the Integrated Land Management
Solution (ILMS), the new system replaces one configured using separate GIS and
CAD workflows. Because data from each workflow was stored in independent
silos, DTPS often faced data inconsistencies between CAD files and the spatial
data store, along with data validation and quality control problems. In
addition, the legacy system failed to provide an enterprise workflow with
standardized approval processes or audit trails, leading to inefficiencies and
further quality issues. The new ILMS overcomes these challenges by integrating
DTPS's GIS and CAD workflows and creating a single spatial data store. As a
result, all of the departments within DTPS now benefit from standardized
workflows and approval processes, high-quality data, and enhanced efficiencies
-- enabling them to better meet the needs of the citizens and organizations
they serve within the emirate.

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    "Our frustration with the quality of data in our legacy GIS focused our
attention on integrating our GIS and CAD workflows," said Mr. Ahmed Al Khatib,
head of GIS data management, DTPS. "Bentley's ability to provide an enterprise
GIS that works seamlessly with Oracle Spatial met our needs for standardized
workflows, audit trails, security, enterprise printing and plotting, and more.
Moreover, the unique capabilities of Bentley Cadastre as an editing
environment are attractive to any organization involved with land management
and parcel management workflows."

    Mr. Al Khatib continued, "The DTPS is a forward-looking and progressive
government corporation. Our mandate is to consistently provide the citizens,
businesses, industries, and institutions within the Emirate of Sharjah with
the highest level of services, and we firmly believe the capabilities of our
new Bentley cadastre and land management solution will enable us to do just

    The Bentley Geospatial Server provides the DTPS staff with ready access
to the spatial data store. This enables all of the departments within DTPS,
including survey, planning, public services, land registration, and GIS, to
leverage authorizations, audits, and logs of actions taken to help expedite
the services they provide. At the same time, those staff members editing CAD
files can access the spatial data stored in Oracle Spatial 10g to insure data
consistency and quality across the enterprise. The Bentley Geospatial Server
also provides DTPS with enterprise printing and plotting, and controlled,
standardized workflows for editing and approvals.

    All data editing is being done using Bentley Cadastre's specialized
capabilities. Built on the powerful Bentley Map desktop GIS, Bentley Cadastre
is an efficient application for creating, maintaining, and analyzing land
information. It can address any type of land management requirement, including
parcel management and taxation, agricultural land management, easement, and
right-of-way maintenance.

    DTPS has also implemented Bentley Descartes for imaging and document
conversion. Fully integrated with MicroStation, Bentley Descartes provides
high-performance raster operations and enables users to quickly warp,
reference, resample, mosaic, and reproject images. Users also can create image
scenes for visualization and analysis with 3D terrain draping.

    For additional information about Bentley Geospatial Server, visit
www.bentley.com/geospatialserver. For additional information about Bentley
Cadastre and Bentley Descartes, visit www.bentley.com/mapping.

    About DTPS

    The Directorate of Town Planning and Survey was established as a
government corporation on June 3, 1998. The objectives and tasks of the
directorate include developing a comprehensive regional land management plan
for the Emirate of Sharjah; preparing and reviewing individual plans for each
of the emirate's cities, suburbs, and districts; preparing standards and
regulations for the emirate's cities and basic utilities; preparing and
implementing a housing policy; allocating residential, industrial,
agricultural, and commercial lands; maintaining records of land use in the
region; land surveying; and keeping pace with the latest technologies used for
all of these purposes. For additional information about DTPS, visit

    About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

    Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects,
engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software
solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more
than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, had 2008 revenues
surpassing $500 million, and, since 1995, has invested more than $1 billion in
research, development, and acquisitions.

    For additional information about Bentley, visit www.bentley.com. To
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community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit

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either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley
Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned
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respective owners.

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    Ron Kuhfeld
    +1 610 321 6493


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