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July 8, 2013

Utility operators reach BIM goals faster with new Bentley software


Bentley Utilities Designer combines GIS-neutral CAD design

Bentley Systems, Inc. has introduced its Bentley Utilities Designer, design and GIS-based management software with built-in access to its MicroStation infrastructure modeling platform and Bentley Map-based design editor to help electric, gas, water, and wastewater utility network operators-owners reach building information modeling (BIM) objectives.

“With Bentley Utilities Designer, utility owner-operators can reap the many BIM benefits that provide competitive advantage in the marketplace and result in increased returns on investment,” said Richard Zambuni, Bentley global marketing director, geospatial and utilities.

Exton, Pa.-based Bentley said the new software accelerates brownfield and greenfield layout by combining GIS-neutral, engineering-grade design, on-the-fly cost estimation, design management, and a utility-specific GIS into a single product.

Reduce the total cost of engineering software ownership. provides owner-operators the option to consolidate design and GIS-based management into a single license and application for simplified training, deployment, maintenance, and enterprise system integration.

Other features include:

  • Engineering-grade utility network design
  • On-the-fly cost estimation
  • Workflow management with WMS and ERP integration
  • Asset management and mapping via:
  • Built-in utility-specific GIS based on Bentley Map
  • Configurable integration with a variety of external GIS
  • All-in-one license and application

“Bentley Utilities Designer will greatly reduce the complexity of our Bentley software installations and investments, allowing us to more cost-effectively and efficiently maintain and administer the capabilities required for electric, gas, and water engineering design, installation, and mapping operations,” said Ronald McLeroy, PE, manager of technical services, Huntsville Utilities, in Huntsville, Ala.

Bentley said multi-utilities, providing both electric and gas services or water and wastewater services, can generate even bigger savings by avoiding using separate design applications.

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