Bentley OnSite Connects Worlds of Civil Engineering Design and Construction Speeds Project Construction, Decreases Project Risk and Costly Rework

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EXTON, PA., January 4 /CNW/ - Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced Bentley OnSite, breakthrough software that connects the worlds of civil engineering design and construction. This new offering automates and streamlines tasks for stakeout, inspection, and measurement in the field, facilitating project management and helping ensure unprecedented levels of accuracy during construction.

Employed in concert with industry-standard Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware, the software runs on portable devices and is used by field personnel in applications ranging from earthwork and grading to drainage, utilities, and signage. By improving the flow of design information, Bentley OnSite also brings benefits to the infrastructure owner, engineering consultants, and contractors.

Commenting on the product's significance to the construction industry, Gabe Norona, senior vice president, Bentley Civil, said, "For the first time, field crews have powerful, automated tools that operate with construction-ready project information. Bentley OnSite has already proven its abilities in the field by dramatically increasing efficiency and performance and decreasing project risk and costly rework."


Bentley OnSite Streamlines Construction and Inspection

Bentley OnSite streamlines construction by taking design models directly into the field, avoiding the pitfalls of disconnected design and construction information. By integrating up-to-date electronic design intelligence with on-site information from GPS hardware, field crews can, on demand, automatically attain elevations, determine cut and fill, position stakes at desired intervals and offsets, and accomplish a variety of other critical tasks. This increases accuracy, decreases rework, and speeds construction by eliminating the need for reverse engineering.

Bentley OnSite also streamlines the inspection process - everything from locating, measuring, and verifying constructed features to generating reports and records of project status. Rather than being encumbered with paper documents, inspectors carry a single portable device containing electronic versions of all pertinent documents and images, standards manuals, specifications, drawings and plan sheets, contracts, construction directions, and inspection forms.

With instant access to all relevant information, the construction engineer is able to complete tasks correctly the first time, avoiding costly errors and their ripple effects across the project. Where site conditions require design changes, construction and inspection staff are able to quickly assess the situation, and then make revisions and accurately record them.


Delivers As-Built Project Status, Simplifies Records Management

Another feature of Bentley OnSite is its ability to routinely deliver true as-built project status as stakeout and inspection updates are completed. This ensures accurate construction, provides a critical record that enables accurate and timely progress payments, and facilitates maintenance, repair, and improvements throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

In addition, by eliminating paper documents in the field, Bentley OnSite greatly simplifies the compilation and management of all construction records. This reduces production costs and improves the ability of team members to find and review essential information in a timely manner.


Field-Proven Technology Complements Collaboration Solution

Bentley OnSite has been field proven by several organizations, including the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). In project after project, this new software continues to demonstrate its ability to increase efficiency and decrease project risk and rework by connecting designers, surveyors, contractors, and inspectors for the benefit of all.

Although Bentley OnSite does not require any other Bentley software products, in the case of NYSDOT, the OnSite solution takes advantage of a statewide implementation of Bentley's ProjectWise collaboration servers. ProjectWise provides a single, scalable system for secure project management, enabling distributed enterprises such as NYSDOT to collaborate among internal and external teams of designers and construction personnel to successfully deliver infrastructure projects.

For more detailed information on Bentley OnSite, to review the complete NYSDOT success story, or to watch Bentley OnSite in action, please visit www.bentley.com/onsite.


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 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 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.

To receive Bentley press releases as they are issued, visit www.bentley.com/bentleywire. For more information, visit www.bentley.com. To view a copy of Bentley's May 2006 Annual Report online, go to www.bentley.com/May2006annualreport.

Bentley, the "B" logo, Bentley OnSite, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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