Bentley’s AECOsim building designer CONNECT Edition surmounts the challenges of BIM scalability for major projects

September 2017: Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, Bentley’s building information modelling (BIM) application designed for building projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity, and which are typically characterised by the challenges of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.).


On such projects, design and project delivery firms often have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint venture organisations. 

Users of AECOsim Building Designer V8i have demonstrated its versatility in a wide range of project types. Among Bentley’s 2017 Be Inspired Awards nominations, 63 projects credited AECOsim, including 15 of the 51 finalists, in projects as diverse as bridges, airports, Olympic sports facilities, mining, manufacturing, offshore, municipal, power generation, utility transmission and distribution, and water and wastewater treatment facilities. 

The new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition shares a comprehensive modelling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications. Without a comprehensive modelling environment, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence.

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition integrates the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application, and now extends its scalability by leveraging CONNECT Edition’s comprehensive modeling environment. The new release provides seamless, translation-free, intra-operability with Bentley’s full multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modeling applications.

Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modelling, said, “This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modeling environment.”

For more information about AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, please visit www.bentley.com/aecosimbuildingdesigner.

About the CONNECT Edition

The CONNECT Edition of Bentley’s infrastructure engineering software is built on a comprehensive modeling environment to support the delivery of infrastructure projects and to improve the performance of projects and assets from design through construction and operations.

CONNECT Edition applications feature CONNECTservices, which enable project teams to improve collaboration, ensure mastery of Bentley software, and empower individuals with the personal mobility to work from any location.

Leveraging the reach and computing power of Microsoft Azure, and supporting a hybrid environment that includes on-premise servers, desktop applications, and Bentley apps, the CONNECT Edition provides an unprecedented level of information mobility for advancing infrastructure.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2011 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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