Bentley Launches OpenSite Designer

LONDON, UK (The Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference), Oct 18, 2018 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, launched OpenSite Designer, a built-for-purpose application for the design and construction of civil site projects. It also launched OpenBuildings, bringing together its AECOsim building design and Speedikon factory and industrial design applications; and announced the availability of OpenBuildings Station Designer, a specialized application for designing rail and metro stations. At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of OpenBridge Designer, which combines Bentley’s bridge modeling, analysis and design capabilities into one comprehensive package, and OpenFlows FLOOD, a flood analysis and early warning system.

OpenBridge Designer integrates modeling capabilities and analysis and design features of to meet the design and construction needs of both concrete and steel bridges.

In addition, in pursuit of its ‘industrialization’ strategy, Bentley announced it has rebranded under its Open portfolio several of its applications based on MicroStation technology which collectively accelerate the advancement of its comprehensive modeling environment by connecting digital workflows across disciplines and sharing digital components in its Connected Data Environment (CDE).

Bhupinder Singh, chief product officer, Bentley Systems, said, “Open has three meanings. First, it signifies open to multiple disciplines. Second, it means open to analysis and simulation. Using different applications, two different disciplines, for example, a geotechnical engineer and a structural engineer, can iterate on the same dataset in our comprehensive modeling environment, providing a ‘digital feedback loop’ and enhancing their collaboration across BIM workflows. And third, because MicroStation technology underpins Open applications, users can produce multidiscipline deliverables and accomplish multidiscipline clash resolution from any Open application. Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment is ‘Open’ for collaborative digital workflows.”

Fully 49 of the 62 finalists and awardees of this year’s Year in Infrastructure Awards credited collaborative digital workflows in their successful outcomes. For example, OpenRoads, Bentley’s civil design applications for road networks, is credited by 22 awards finalists’ projects in 12 categories, and OpenPlant, Bentley’s plant design project management applications, is credited by 10 finalists’ projects in 9 different categories. ProjectWise and/or AssetWise were credited by finalists’ projects in 16 of 19 awards categories this year.

OpenSite Designer

The collaborative nature of digital workflows connecting analysis and simulation with design and modeling is exemplified in OpenSite, Bentley’s new solution for the design and construction of civil site projects. OpenSite provides rapid site modeling and analysis, earthwork optimization and quantification, drainage and underground utilities, and automated project deliverables.

OpenSite Designer provides the most comprehensive site design workflow available including reality modeling, geotechnical, underground utilities, stormwater drainage, terrain modeling, detailed drawing production, and visualization. OpenSite Designer optimizes design outcomes with multidiscipline information modeling and analysis. Interoperating with PLAXIS, Bentley’s newly acquired geotechnical engineering solution, site plans can be enhanced with new information about the active properties of soil including bearing capacity, stresses, and displacement.

OpenBuildings Designer

The newly launched OpenBuildings Designer incorporates all of the capabilities of AECOsim Building Designer as well as Components Center and a range of new capabilities and standards including EnergyPlus, a building energy model to help users comply with ASHRAE standards in the US, and UK energy requirements; support of international standards including IFC 2×3, IFC4 Reference View, COBie, and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority; new capabilities to design curtain wall systems; and OpenBuildings Speedikon, a leading application for industrialized design and construction. OpenBuildings Designer takes advantage of collaborative digital workflows with other applications in Bentley’s Open portfolio, for example templates in OpenBuildings Station Designer for tunnel segments created through GenerativeComponents based on linear alignment from OpenRail. Showcasing their robustness and versatility, OpenBuildings applications were credited by 32 of 62 of the Year in Infrastructure Awards finalists projects in 15 of 19 categories.

OpenBridge Designer

OpenBridge Designer is a new, all-encompassing application that integrates the modeling capabilities of OpenBridge Modeler and the analysis and design features of RM Bridge, LEAP Bridge Concrete, and LEAP Bridge Steel to meet the design and construction needs of both concrete and steel bridges. OpenBridge Designer enables bridge designers to rapidly create an intelligent, parametric bridge model, fully integrated with analysis and design, as well as drawings. It enables seamless synchronization of various disciplines for analysis, design, detailing, documentation, construction engineering and load-rating.

OpenFlows FLOOD

Bentley also announced the rebranding of its Haestad water modeling and ACTION Modulers flood analysis product lines to form OpenFlows for water districts, sewer utilities and flood plain managers. OpenFlows extends smart water networks capabilities with GIS-based asset-centric information for water loss reduction, water operations, flood prediction and prevention. OpenFlows FLOOD continuously monitors watersheds, integrating data from real-time monitoring stations and numerical models to calculate risk levels. OpenFlows FLOOD mitigates flood risk, improving understanding of the processes involved in flood generation, and transmitting early alerts to reduce the impact caused by floods.

Connecting Digital Workflows Across Disciplines

Applications for analysis and simulation, on the one hand, can collaboratively and iteratively work with applications for design and modeling, and on the other, connect operational workflows and converge the work of different disciplines. Collaborative digital workflows are characterized by data captured or created for one purpose being accessed and used by other applications for other purposes thereby saving time, minimizing rework, and improving data quality over the asset lifecycle.

An example of multidiscipline collaboration with OpenFlows involves workflows that use ContextCapture to create a 3D reality mesh, feeding into OpenFlows FLOOD modeling and using the terrain as input to various analyses in a single review environment for visualization and presentation to stakeholders using LumenRT.

Connecting analysis with modeling in another Open collaborative digital workflow involves the layout of road geometry, and hydraulic analysis and design using storm analysis tools including the determination of the size of storm inlets, pipes, depth of pipes, and manholes. The collaborative nature of the workflow enables clash detection in the subsurface environment, and iteration and adjustment as needed, to confirm functional and physical characteristics.

Other instances of Open collaborative digital workflows connecting design and analysis include OpenUtilities with Siemens’ PSS©SINCAL, which helps utilities improve resilience and deal with weak spots in the grid; and OpenBuildings Station Designer with LEGION pedestrian simulation, to enable designers to design, test, and validate simulations of scenarios for pedestrian traffic.


Completing its announcement about Open applications, Bentley said that Bentley Map will be rebranded as OpenCities Map; and OpenComms, aimed primarily at multisystem operators, will incorporate Bentley Fiber and Bentley Coax.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley’s MicroStation-based engineering and BIM applications, and its digital twin cloud services, advance the project delivery (ProjectWise) and the asset performance (AssetWise) of transportation and other public works, utilities, industrial and resources plants, and commercial and institutional facilities.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2012. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers. Bentley shares transact by invitation on the NASDAQ Private Market; strategic partner Siemens AG has accumulated a non-voting minority stake.

CGTrader Named Rising Star at Deloitte’s CE Fast 50 Award 2018

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Oct 18, 2018 – The rapidly growing 3D marketplace has been awarded for the second year in a row. CGTrader has been named a Rising Star in Deloitte´s CE Fast 50 Award 2018 for its rapid growth in the last three years. The increasing demand for 3D products and services has expanded CGTrader’s user base to over 1.5 million professional 3D designers in recent months, as the company is looking to provide new solutions for businesses interested in creating 3D content.

CGTrader founders- Marius Kalytis – COO, left, and Dalia Lasaite – CEO

Deloitte has announced the winners of its CE Fast 50 program, which recognizes the fastest growing technology companies in central Europe. CGTrader, based in Vilnius, Lithuania, was named Rising Star for the second year in a row. The Rising Star category features companies established in the last three years.

Dalia Lasaite, the CEO of CGTrader, credits these achievements to bringing much needed fresh air into the 3D industry: “CGTrader was born with the notion that the market lacks a democratic place for 3D artists to sell their digital artwork. We are certain that rewarding artists fairly is the key factor that has enabled CGTrader to attract so many designers and quality 3D models to our platform in such a short time. The growing demand for 3D models in several major industries, like e-commerce, has also greatly contributed to our growth,” she said.

The company has grown rapidly in the last four years, expanding its database to over 700,000 3D models, which are used in various industries, such as e-commerce, game and virtual reality development, architecture and 3D printing, among others. The company states that over a hundred of Fortune 500 companies already use CGTrader’s services.

“As stock 3D models cost only a fraction of what is normally spent on creating 3D content, CGTrader’s value proposition has resonated strongly with the market and fuelled the company’s growth. CGTrader also offers customized solutions for businesses to solve their 3D challenges. With the development of technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, spatial computing and WebGL, it is becoming essential that 3D content creation is made more efficient. CGTrader and our growing multinational team is focused on creating solutions for the 3D market,” said Mrs. Lasaite.

CGTrader has recently celebrated several milestones: the platform reached 1.5 million users in July, and climbed over 700,000 3D model uploads in September. The company is planning to reveal several major partnerships in ecommerce before the end of the year.

About CGTrader

CGTrader is the leading 3D model marketplace globally. The company’s platform is home to one of the largest 3D designer communities in the world. CGTrader offers a plethora of products and services for 3D content creation, including a custom freelance 3D design platform and advanced marketplace analytics for designers on the site. CGTrader is backed by Intel Capital, Practica Capital and Karma Ventures. The company has won the Deloitte Rising Star award in 2017.

About Deloitte

Deloitte is a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Their network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories serves four out of five Fortune Global 500 companies.

Electroflight Selects E3.series for All-Electric Aircraft

MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, MA, Oct 18, 2018 – UK-based Electroflight has recently selected E3.series, Zuken’s electrical and fluid engineering solution. Specialists in high performance electric powertrains, Electroflight is using E3.series to design, build, test and commercialize an all-electric aircraft – all within a 24-month timeframe – as part of the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) research initiative.

Electroflight will use E3.series to help design an all-electric aircraft.

ACCEL involves a consortium of partners which aims to address the technical challenges associated with all-electric flight, to develop a more robust supply chain and ultimately contribute to cleaner, greener flight.

Stjohn Youngman, Electroflight’s program manager, comments: “With such a compressed timeframe for the ACCEL aerospace initiative, speed is everything. E3.series was selected because of its ease-of-use, flexibility, and output capability for all data needed to manufacture wiring harnesses, including bills of materials.”

E3.series is already popular in the aerospace industry, and it is fast becoming the wiring harness tool-of-choice within the motorsport industry, where it helps meet racing deadlines. Electroflight plans to take advantage of E3.series’ aerospace/motorsport synergies as it will use System 25 mil-spec motorsport connectors and harness construction techniques on the ACCEL aircraft.

Youngman adds: “We’re at the start of an extremely ambitious R&D project. To get from concept to commercial offering in just two years is unheard of in the aerospace industry. Our learning curve has to be incredibly fast, another reason for selecting Zuken’s E3.series.”

Optimization will be key for many aspects of the design of the ACCEL aircraft as, for all-electric flight, it is necessary to tackle the twin challenges of energy storage capacity and powertrain performance. To keep the weight of the aircraft down, Electroflight will be trying to keep cable runs as short as possible – through the smart placement of sources, switches and loads. In this respect, E3.series’ ability to integrate well with leading MCAD tools was another reason for selection.

Meet Zuken at the Engineering Design Show: Stand H50, 17-18 October 2018, Coventry, UK

Zuken will be on Stand H50 at the Electronics Design Show, part of the Engineering Design Show. Attendees can discuss their design challenges with experts in electrical design, PLM integration, ECAD/MCAD enterprise systems, engineering data management and more. Ralf Bruening will lead a workshop on “Engineering Requirements for IOT Applications,” as part of the Workshop 3 track at 12:15-12:55 on both 17 and 18 October.

About Electroflight

Electroflight is an innovative technology company focused on accelerating the development, integration and testing of electric powertrains. The team leverages many years’ experience in high performance automotive and motorsport applications to bring pace to aerospace electrification.

For more information, visit


Rolls-Royce is leading a research project known as Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) to explore the use of a high power electrical system in a demonstrator aircraft. In this project Rolls-Royce is working with Electroflight Ltd (UK), specialists in high performance electric powertrains, including energy storage systems. ACCEL has received funded from the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute.

For more information, visit

About Zuken

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner.

Zuken is focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of choosing Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people—the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements.

For more information about the company and its products, visit

Progman Expands Partnership with Rettig ICC

TURKU, Finland, Oct 18, 2018 – Progman has announced an expanded relationship with its customer Rettig ICC, Europe’s leading supplier of systems for indoor climate comfort. Rettig’s well-known brands Vogel&Noot, Purmo, Radson and Thermopanel, offering radiators, underfloor heating, valves and controls, have made further product series available in 3D model format on MagiCloud and MagiCAD.Over 20 product series, with multiple variants of each product, have been added.The products are ready for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) designers to add in their building plans.

Rettig ICC’s Purmo products on MagiCloud

The first version of the 3D model library of Rettig’s new climate control products was launched in June, and now, a new extended version is published with further new products. Crucially, the expanded relationship with Rettig ICC means that their products will not only be available in MagiCAD, but can also be downloaded from MagiCloud. This enables a wider access to Rettig’s heating products for MEP designers working anywhere in the world.

MagiCloud includes more than 1 million BIM models containing technical product data from over 250 manufacturers. BIM solutions such as MagiCAD and MagiCloud make it possible to implement a comprehensive BIM strategy for construction projects.

Rettig ICC’s Vogel and Noot products on MagiCloud

“This is an important step for Rettig ICC because we can now deliver a broader range of our products as BIM objects directly into the hands of MEP designers,” says Mia Högkvist, project manager, Digitalization at Rettig ICC.

“The specification of a radiator in a building project may come down to an architect, or a contractor. With our BIM strategy, we aim to ensure that all parties in a building project have access to the 3D models of our products. To enable this, Progman provides us with a very strong technical solution, as well as an efficient reach to MEP designers, contractors and other players in the construction field.” 

The products are available on Rettig’s dedicated area of MagiCloud at the following links:

Högkvist continues, “We want to ensure that we’re in line with the industry trends. AutoCAD and Revit are today important technologies of choice for the building industry in many of our countries, and MagiCAD is the solution for drawing up MEP plans with real-life products on these platforms.”

“Today’s announcement represents an important expansion of our work with Rettig,” says Jukka Nyman, managing director of Progman. “Rettig ICC’s products of exceptionally high quality can now be viewed and chosen using our tools, and added directly into building plans. For a manufacturer in HVAC, there is no easier way to ensure that MEP designers select your state-of-the-art heating products into their projects.”

About Rettig ICC

Rettig ICC is Europe’s leading supplier of systems for indoor climate comfort, including radiators, underfloor heating, valves and controls. The company’s two main brands are Vogel &Noot and PurmoRadson. Rettig’s largest direct customers are sanitary and heating wholesalers based in Northern, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, but increasingly also in North America and Asia. Rettig ICC’s mission is to offer more indoor climate comfort with less resources, energy consumption and emissions.

For more information, visit

About Progman

Progman specializes in software and services for the building industry. Their popular MagiCAD software for Revit and AutoCAD is the number one building information modeling (BIM) solution for mechanical, electrical and piping design in the Nordics, Russia and China. In addition, our online BIM library, MagiCloud enables access to more than 1,000,000 intelligent 3D product models from leading industry manufacturers. Each product has been carefully modeled to contain accurate dimensions and comprehensive technical data.

With more than 35 years of experience in the industry, our team of passionate software professionals continues to provide our customers with intelligent solutions which make daily engineering and design easier, faster and more profitable. Progman’s products are sold in over 80 countries around the world. Progman is a Glodon Group company.

For more information, visit

Hardy Introduces HI 6200 Series

The Hardy HI 6200 series are single-channel Weight Processors featuring industrial Ethernet-based communications, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) compatibility, remote diagnostics and a color touch screen interface.

At 2 inches wide and 3 inches high (40 sq. cm), the HI 6200 series installs on standard 35 mm DIN rail, allowing for high-density panel design. The HI 6200 series enables a proactive maintenance strategy with IIoT device-level connectivity though a built-in Webserver or directly via the UDP layer.

Just like a smart phone, the touch-screen user interface allows anyone with basic scale knowledge to set-up and operate the instrument without having to read a manual or receive instruction.

24-bit processing and hardware design, combined with Hardy’s Waversaver filtering technology ensure stable readings in adverse conditions where mechanical vibrations can plague process control.

All versions include the Hardy Process Toolbox, a set of productivity tools, including  embedded Webserver for set-up, monitoring and control from any browser-anywhere, C2 weightless calibration, INTEGRATED TECHNICIAN instrument diagnostics, and a suite of control integration tools such as Rockwell EDS_AOP, HMI Faceplates, and GSDML files.

For more information, visit Hardy website.

AccelMotion Announces DC2M17 Intelligent Motor Module

AccelMotion has announced the DC2M17 Intelligent Motor Module. It transforms a NEMA17 stepper motor into a motion-control subsystem.

AccelMotion created the DC2M17 by integrating a 2A 35V driver with a motion controller, configurable general-purpose inputs and outputs, and diagnostic and protective circuits; all of it powered by a single DC supply. It features interoperability with other AccelMotion DC-series controller/drivers allowing up to 32 axes of motion under a single host control, and language compatibility with products from sister company AMS. When attached to a step motor it extends the motor length by 1.18” (30mm) so it fits into tight spaces.

Designed for OEM use, the DC2M17 is priced for integration in equipment destined for: laboratory materials handling, packaging, testing, factory automation, and other motion-control applications. An optional aluminum case cover provides protection in tough environments as well as cooling under highest load.

For more information, visit  AccelMotion website.

LTI, PTC Unveil IoT Center of Excellence

MUMBAI, India, Oct 18, 2018 – Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., a global technology consulting and digital solutions company, in alliance with USA-based PTC Inc., unveiled a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence (CoE) in Bengaluru, focused on Internet of Things (IoT)-based innovations. The CoE will focus specifically on Industry 4.0 solutions in Manufacturing and Oil & Gas sectors.

LTI will leverage the CoE to design, build and showcase solutions for smart, connected enterprises, from proof-of-concept to industrialized deployments. The CoE will showcase the possibilities of transformative technologies to global customers, featuring Industrial IoT solutions developed on PTC’s ThingWorx platform. LTI plans to deploy reusable IoT assets from its real-world experience in implementing enterprise-scale digital transformation solutions for global customers like L&T Construction and other global industrial manufacturing enterprises.

A unique feature of the CoE will be the use of real-time data from multiple facilities in use at LTI’s campus, thereby providing rich, real-life data beyond what’s usually available in a simulated environment. These include:

  • Asset Performance Management capabilities shown using data from generators in use on campus, demonstrating condition-based monitoring
  • Connected Elevator solutions shown using data derived from the elevators in use on campus
  • Smart transport solutions used to track & monitor performance of lawn mowers on campus
  • Additional information inputs will help showcase other capabilities, such as those for solutions that supply & sort products on a conveyor

AR/VR technology will also be demonstrated to show how those technologies can be used to contextualize digital information in the physical world and enable seamless interaction with users.

Sudhir Chaturvedi, president sales, and executive board member, LTI, said, “The convergence of the physical and digital worlds is resulting in exciting business opportunities and LTI aims to maximize returns from these. Our collaboration with PTC offers enterprises pursuing Industry 4.0 transformation the chance to gain privileged access to hi-tech innovations to help them accelerate their digital adoption journey.”

Michael DiTullio, EVP, sales and marketing, PTC, said, “Companies are investing significant resources to transform their businesses – having clear direction and the right technologies is critical for success. We are pleased to partner with LTI on this CoE to help accelerate these transformations and help companies achieve value through connected products more quickly.”

ThingWorx is a leading industrial IoT platform purpose-built for driving industrial innovation. With rapid development tools and support for on-premise or cloud deployments, ThingWorx is the preferred IoT choice for companies serious about industrial innovation.

About LTI

Larsen & Toubro Infotech is a global technology consulting and digital solutions Company helping more than 300 clients succeed in a converging world. With operations in 30 countries, we go the extra mile for our clients and accelerate their digital transformation with LTI’s Mosaic platform enabling their mobile, social, analytics, IoT and cloud journeys. Founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited, our unique heritage gives us unrivaled real-world expertise to solve the most complex challenges of enterprises across all industries. Each day, our team of more than 25,000 LTItes enable our clients to improve the effectiveness of their business and technology operations, and deliver value to their customers, employees and shareholders.

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