Reality Modeling Conference

Cahmagroup GH Limited, Channel Partner of Bentley Systems International in collaboration with the Ghana Institution of Surveyors respectfully invite you to attend the latest reality modeling technology that is of high demand by Engineers in our world today.
Learn how to capture the physical world, automatically create highly detailed 3D model and many more with unprecedented speed and precision from simple photographs .

Date of Event: 30th & 31st May 2018 @ 9:00 AM GMT
Venue: Ghana Institution of Surveyors Conference Room, Shiashi, Accra
Registration is free



Bentley Analytical Modeling Seminar

Invitation goes to all GhIE structural engineers for a one-day BENTLEY ANALYTICAL SEMINAR, which take place at the GhIE Conference Auditorium on the 22nd June 2017, 8:45 AM prompt.

This event is brought to you by Bentley Systems Inc., Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) and Cahmagroup (Gh) Ltd


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Bentley Announces Autodesk License

July 12, 2016

Bentley Announces Autodesk License Upgrade Program July 12, 2016 | Press Release

Evergreen Bentley Licenses Recover Forfeited Investment in Orphaned Autodesk Licenses

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced its Autodesk License Upgrade Program. For consideration by owners of Autodesk perpetual licenses facing Autodesk’s imminent deadline for the write-off of the future value of their investment, Bentley Systems is offering recovery of the value otherwise subject to forfeit. Bentley Systems will credit the net value of Autodesk licenses towards upgraded “evergreen” perpetual licenses of Bentley’s applications. These perpetual licenses never depreciate, as (for instance) Bentley’s SELECT’s annual “portfolio balancing” permits exchanges among Bentley’s comprehensive application portfolio.

Bhupinder Singh, Bentley’s Chief Product Officer, said, “Bentley Systems considers purchases of perpetual licenses to be long-term investments by our users, so we continually innovate to increase their value. We are glad to now extend this ‘future-proofing’ to Autodesk license owners who otherwise will lose value in their applications. And we will continue to offer users the choice to purchase licenses or subscriptions to fit their commercial preferences. Especially with the new CONNECT Edition generation of our applications, which leverage intrinsic cloud services, I’m convinced that former Autodesk users will considerably prefer the many BIM advancements of our comprehensive modeling environment.”

Roy Kim, Principal of PacRim Engineering, said, “Bentley’s new Autodesk License Upgrade Program was a fitting solution for our organization — a small business which is experiencing growth. With Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications, our users came up to speed quickly and are already realizing impressive productivity gains.”

John Cruikshank, President & CEO, JMC2 Civil Engineering + Surveying, said, “Autodesk continually sets deadlines forcing us to give up our perpetual license for an annual subscription. Their actions have made sticking with the great Bentley products that much easier. With design software being the lifeblood of our civil engineering and surveying operations, it has always been our objective to keep our applications up to date and to maximize our investment. Bentley’s new Autodesk License Upgrade Program is the perfect solution for us. And with Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications, our staff can get up to speed fast, giving us unheard-of growth in productivity.”

Jenn Goodwin, Business Manager with Bennett Engineering, said, “Bentley’s new Autodesk License Upgrade Program was the perfect solution for our company during this growth period. With Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications, users are up and running quickly and easily.”

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About The CONNECT Edition
Introduced in 2015, and with general access to Bentley’s full portfolio of applications becoming available in 2016 and 2017, the CONNECT Edition represents Bentley’s next generation of infrastructure engineering software. CONNECT Edition provides a comprehensive modeling environment, a common data environment, and a connected performance environment, leveraging the accessibility and computing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and mobile apps. The CONNECT Edition extends the reach of information mobility for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Learn more at: CONNECT Edition.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the 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 website 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.


Produce Conceptual Roadway Designs

Brand: OpenRoads
Product Line: Civil Design
Product:  OpenRoads ConceptStation
Availability: General Access

September 12, 2016

Quickly Produce Conceptual Roadway Designs–in Real-World Context–with Compelling Visualizations

Bentley Systems announces OpenRoads ConceptStation, a conceptual modeling application that empowers highway engineering professionals to quickly create conceptual road and bridge models in a matter of hours – not days. OpenRoads ConceptStation enables rapid and iterative conceptual and preliminary design, leveraging contextual information obtained through point clouds, reality meshes, GIS, and other sources.

OpenRoads ConceptStation combines engineering drawing tools and project costs to facilitate better decision making in the conceptual design phase of a project. Benefits include increasing design productivity, identifying potential high-risk items, and minimizing project development costs. Once the optimal design is identified, the user can easily upload the model to OpenRoads and OpenBridge to streamline highway and bridge design.

OpenRoads ConceptStation models can be brought forward in their entirety for detailed design work into OpenRoads Designer, ensuring that both the work and the data generated in conceptual design is preserved and progressed as the project moves from concept through construction.


Key capabilities include:

  • GeoCoordination services to find, download, import, and georeference contextual information to support 3D design modeling workflows, including point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, images, and GIS information.
  • Engineering sketching tools to create 3D models rapidly and efficiently conceptualize roads, bridges, ramps, guardrails, retaining walls, and other infrastructure designs.
  • Automated generation of costs for the design, allowing engineers and planners to identify high-cost items or potential risks in the project, extract quantities, and analyze project costs to facilitate better project decisions.
  • Integration of LumenRT (Bentley’s visualization and reality modeling software) enables the production of real-time, realistic scenes without the need for intensive and lengthy pre-rendering, bringing the engineering environment to life through cinematic-quality images and life-like animation.
  • Integration of PTV VISSIM to incorporate traffic analysis and planning for OpenRoads conceptual or detailed design.

“OpenRoads ConceptStation allows HNTB to easily assemble existing condition data from different sources in the beginning of a project. From this base information, we are able to create multiple design alternatives for business development, as both an owner-representative or when working collaboratively with our partners. Using OpenRoads ConceptStation, we can identify high-cost items and issues and propose alternative technical concepts when appropriate for our clients. This conceptual design application helps us reduce costs while creating more optimal designs for our clients,” said Mark Urban, senior vice president, design-build projects, HNTB Corporation.

“PTV Vissim is recognized in the US market as the industry-standard software for microscopic traffic simulation. We are continually working on evolving our solution to ensure that we anticipate market requirements. By collaborating closely with Bentley on OpenRoads ConceptStation, customers of both companies benefit. Bentley and PTV Group now offer clients a smooth and convenient workflow process that integrates two of the leading global design and traffic engineering software platforms,” said Miller Crockart, vice president, global sales and marketing, traffic software, PTV Group.


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OpenRoads ConceptStation Q12016 Cost Calculation

Engineers and designers can evaluate more options with associated costs during the planning and pre-bid stage of the project.

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OpenRoads ConceptStation Screenshot

Draw roads, bridges, guardrails, streetlights, and more in hours using engineering-friendly drawing tools that adhere to AASHTO standards.

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Bringing the Civil Engineering Office to the Field Speeds Approvals and Helps Resolve Issues During Design, Construction, and Operations

Brand: OpenRoads
Product Line: Civil Design
Product:  OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition
Availability: General Access

September 12, 2016

Bringing the Civil Engineering Office to the Field Speeds Approvals and Helps Resolve Issues During Design, Construction, and Operations

Bentley Systems announces OpenRoads Navigator CONNECT Edition, an innovative application that provides civil and transportation professionals an easy-to-use, dynamic product for quick access to civil design information in the field. OpenRoads Navigator supports Windows, iOS, and Android.

Key capabilities include:

  • View, analyze, and augment a wide variety of project information, including geometry, 3D models, and 2D topography.
  • Search and filter models based on attributes such as feature definition or geometric criteria.
  • Locate model elements, station, offsets, and embedded properties to perform tasks quickly in the field.
  • Walk through projects using GPS to view your location in real-world coordinates.
  • Combine design artifacts with pay item tracking for field inspection.
  • Create mark-ups including screenshots, pictures, mark-up text, and comments.

“We are extremely excited about OpenRoads Navigator. This mobile application lets us publish our data-rich 3D models, design planimetrics, and linked project documentation to a single easy-to-use platform. No other application available today is as flexible and robust with publishing, redlining, issues tracking, and civil data intelligence as OpenRoads Navigator. It is clear that Bentley is doing something truly innovative by delivering a platform that will eventually replace all the functions of a traditional paper- or PDF-based plan set while giving field crews tools and capabilities in the field that have historically only been available to staff using desktop applications back at the office,” said Terry Walters, software and technology evangelist, HW Lochner.

OpenRoads Navigator is built specifically for civil engineers, surveyors, designers, and other professionals to use while working in the field. The application helps users make faster, more informed decisions throughout the lifecycle of a project, reducing project risk. OpenRoads Navigator supports teams working together to speed approvals and resolve issues during design, construction, and operations. In addition, the application integrates with ProjectWise to support collaboration with all team members for faster resolution of issues in the field.


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OpenRoads Navigator 3D in the Field

OpenRoads Navigator makes it easy to work with 2D or 3D designs in the field allowing users to access all project information associated with a project.

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OpenRoads Navigator Windows, iOS, Android image

OpenRoads Navigator is available on Windows, iOS, and Android to ensure users have the right information at the right time to help save time, reduce errors, and make better decisions with the latest project information.

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Bentley’s CONNECT Edition of ConstructSim Aligns Engineering Deliverables with the Path of Construction on Projects of All Sizes from Mega to Small

Bentley Systems announces the general availability of the CONNECT Edition of ConstructSim, an Advanced Work Packaging solution enabling safer, more predictable construction projects, reducing risks in the capital projects process. The CONNECT Edition release supports a construction-driven execution for project planning and aligns engineering and procurement with Path of Construction by providing visibility into the quality and timing of deliverables.

This release comes with a new business model enabling users to adopt this solution for use on projects of all sizes. ConstructSim CONNECT Edition is now offered as a consumption-based subscription making it more cost-effective. Organizations can better control their software budget by setting a subscription level that matches anticipated usage and are billed only when they use the product.

On every project, the Path of Construction is an iterative process where engineering work packages (EWPs) and procurement deliverables are related to the construction work packages (CWPs) scope and release requirements. CWPs are defined and sequenced based on the commissioning and startup strategy. ConstructSim CONNECT Edition enhances support of Advanced Work Packaging with these key new capabilities:

  • Support for Independent Project Analysis’s (“IPA”) Construction Readiness Assessments and Excellence Through Measurement® metrics, consultancy, and reporting
  • Management of scope and boundary dependencies for EWPs and CWPs as sequenced on the Path of Construction
  • Versioning of EWPs
  • Side-by-side schedule comparison for planned vs. actual progress
  • Ability to define and associate work pack templates for publishing

Bentley’s ConstructSim CONNECT Edition promotes the Advanced Work Packaging best practice and provides insight into potential schedule deviations by managing work package development, master lists of deliverables, resource constraints, and quality and error reporting. It provides 4D/5D functionality for engineering content management, status visualizations, schedule simulations, and key performance indicators and project predictive indicators.

KPIs and predictive indicators support IPA standards for their Construction Readiness Assessment product and Excellence Through Measurement® methodology. The IPA-Bentley collaboration is intended to mitigate alignment issues between engineering, procurement, and construction, and provide an analytics and benchmarking platform to improve visibility and successful outcomes.

Geoff Ryan, P.M.P., Insight-wfp, said, “The positive returns from ConstructSim started early in a project when we needed to track trends in material quantities and planned value during engineering. The software makes searching the meta data simple and intuitive. The news is not always good but of course bad news early is good news. The project folks embraced this new level of understanding, and we applied it on many fronts throughout the project. We certainly owe a big portion of our success and enhanced reputation to ConstructSim, and we are looking forward to applying it on future projects.”

Adam Klatzkin, senior director of software development, Bentley Systems, said, “ConstructSim CONNECT Edition enables Bentley’s users to monitor and better align their engineering deliverables, resources, materials, documentation, and schedules to improve engineering accuracy and constructability. Visibility into the flow of engineering and procurement information throughout construction using a virtual construction model gives our users more control over project execution and owners more control over capital effectiveness.”

About ConstructSim
ConstructSim CONNECT Edition is for owners and their supply chain, EPCs, and fabricators who construct and maintain industrial facilities. These organizations are able to integrate project design, fabrication, construction, schedule, and resource data to visually plan and safely execute work. ConstructSim CONNECT Edition aligns engineering, construction, and commissioning for safer, repeatable projects. Bentley offers a comprehensive solution combining technology, implementation, and training to help user organizations realize the extraordinary benefits of the Construction Industry Institute’s Advanced Work Packaging best practice methodology.


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Schedule Comparison
Side-by-side schedule comparison shows planned vs. actual progress.
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Gain visibility into work progress with color-coded indicators.
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Bentley Institute and Rutgers University Collaborate on Hurricane Sandy Research

September 14, 2016 Bentley Institute and Rutgers University Collaborate on Hurricane Sandy Research First of Several Research Findings Published in ASCE Journal Natural Hazards Review EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – Bentley Fellow Dr. Zheng Yi Wu and a team from Rutgers University jointly published a paper titled “Analysis of Dominant Factors Associated with Hurricane Damages to Residential Structures Using the Rough Set Theory” in the March 29, 2016 issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) journal Natural Hazards Review. The research was sponsored by Bentley and jointly conducted with research collaborator Dr. Jie Gong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow Bingsheng Liu; and Graduate Research Assistant Xuan Hu. The research leveraged the data collected from advanced remote sensing technologies, including mobile LiDAR sensors, to collect high-resolution, 3D images of damaged communities. Using Bentley Pointools and MicroStation software, a “reality modeling” representation was then developed to enable rapid assessment of hurricane-related flooding. One outcome of the research was the determination of the dominant factors that contributed to the failure of residential structures during the hurricane. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history and affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine. The technical paper can be accessed at ASCE Library. Dr. Zheng Wu said, “Bentley’s reality-modeling-based approach allows rapid and objective evaluation of hurricane damage and, more importantly, yields more extensive data, thereby enabling more strategic approaches to building and rebuilding infrastructure that better ensure resiliency. We gained valuable insights into the specific mechanisms of damage and how best to conduct systematic assessment of damages. In addition to publication by ASCE, our research findings are being published in several other journals, and we have been asked to present our findings in many conference venues and workshops sponsored by state and federal agencies.” Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, Dr. Jie Gong said, “Working together with Dr. Wu at Bentley, I was able to take my initial research concept and turn it into a predictive model on hurricane damage and damage mitigation that has important practical applications for the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and any other part of the world with hurricane events. I am indebted to Dr. Wu’s hydraulics modeling expertise, Bentley’s MicroStation and Pointools modeling and visualization software, and the work of the two talented post-graduate interns who worked on this important project.” Global Head, Bentley Institute, Vinayak Trivedi said, “Bentley Fellow Dr. Zheng Wu’s project is an excellent example of Bentley Institute’s commitment to advancing the infrastructure professions. Studying the mechanisms of damage of Hurricane Sandy and applying the information learned from this data will help to mitigate both the economic and environmental impact of future hurricanes and create greater infrastructure resiliency.” Dr. Wu also collaborates frequently with researchers at the School of Municipal Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, in Harbin, China. The June 2016 issue of ASCE’s Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management published a paper detailing the results of joint research entitled “Leakage Zone Identification in Large-Scale Water Distribution Systems Using Multiclass Support Vector Machines.” The paper presents a new method for identifying leakage zones of water distribution systems, and can be accessed here. In other ASCE news, Greg Bentley, CEO, was recently named to the ASCE Industry Leaders Council (ILC). ILC engages senior leaders from industry, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations to prioritize agenda-setting actions for ASCE and the civil engineering profession. Greg Bentley, CEO, said, “I am honored to join a distinguished group of industry leaders on the Industry Leaders Council and look forward to working together to identify critical national infrastructure challenges and, more importantly, solutions and strategies that advance America’s infrastructure.” –