Bentley Systems Announces Introductory Access Programs for the CONNECT Edition

Plus New CONNECTED Partner Program Offerings

Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Systems’ CONNECTION Event – May 19, 2015 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced new programs at the inaugural CONNECTION Event introducing the CONNECT Edition. The CONNECT Edition provides the first common environment for comprehensive project delivery – comprising a common modeling environment, common performance environment, and common data environment. The CONNECT Edition leverages the Microsoft Azure cloudservice to span hybrid computing configurations for every project and enterprise. From the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., the CONNECTION Event series moves on to 28 cities around the globe over the next five months.

MicroStation CONNECT Edition: Introductory Access Program
MicroStation CONNECT Edition provides the common modeling environment for comprehensive infrastructure delivery. Its innovations, which include functional components and a common documentation center, enable optioneering across disciplines.

Santanu Das, Bentley senior vice president, design and simulation, said, “I would like to thank the users we invited to robustly exercise MicroStation CONNECT Edition through the Early Access Program. Now we are extending an invitation to every MicroStation SELECT subscriber, along with every SELECT Open Access subscriber and Enterprise License Subscriber, to introduce MicroStation CONNECT Edition (SELECTseries 1) into their current toolset – to facilitate this advancement, there is no change from the MicroStation V8i file format.”

The Introductory Access Program for MicroStation CONNECT Edition is scheduled to open on June 1, 2015. At that time, eligible users will be able to download the software at

Navigator CONNECT Edition: Introductory Access Program
The Navigator CONNECT Edition “app-lication” enables project participants to advance beyond visualization to visibility for issue resolution. Its features include a touch-enabled interface; availability for both desktop and mobile operating systems (including Microsoft, iOS, and Android); and a single, consistent experience for users across all of their touch-enabled devices – from tablets to large touch screens, and from office to site to field.

Keith Bentley, Bentley Systems founder and CTO, said, “Our development of Navigator CONNECT Edition, along with the mobile i-model technologies supporting it, has been one of my favorite projects across our 30-year history. I think that every user of MicroStation and our applications will find it valuable to use Navigator CONNECT Edition to extend their work to every device, in the course of their day and across their projects. So we’ve also made it a great value, requiring only a nominally-priced Bentley CONNECTIONS Passport subscription.”

The Navigator CONNECT Edition Introductory Access Program is scheduled to open on July 1, 2015, for CONNECTIONS Passport holders. All others will be welcome to take part in the Navigator CONNECT Edition Test Drive. Those completing a test drive will be eligible to win prizes, including Microsoft Surface Pro 3 computers. For additional information, visit

CONNECTED Partner Program
The robustness of the CONNECT Edition’s common modeling environment enables Bentley to extend Project Playbooks and Personal Playlists to include application tools from CONNECTED Partners – with SELECTservice-based licensing and administration, including through SELECT Open Access and Enterprise License Subscriptions. Initial CONNECTED Partner offerings include:
• LumenRT (e-on software) – for “visual optioneering,” with real-time, immersive interaction, enlivening infrastructure environments with rich libraries of dynamic content. With the “cinematic” quality of LumenRT scenes and intuitive, hands-on interface, every engineer can envision his or her proposed design alternatives as they would be experienced in actual operation.
• ADDS (Roussey Solutions) – for electric utility designers to optioneer underground residential distribution, minimizing provisioning cost and network loads.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancingthe design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities. To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit