Bentley Introduces promis•e V8i Software at Automation Fair 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Automation Fair 2008 – Nov. 19, 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the lifecycle of the infrastructure that sustains our world, introduced at Automation Fair 2008 today promis•e V8i software for automatically generating electrical system schematics and supporting documentation. The intelligent, easy-to-use promis•e software, which can be used on MicroStation, MicroStation PowerDraft, or AutoCAD platforms, reduces electrical design time by more than 30 percent. In addition, it makes the electrical design process more accurate by virtue of more than 2 million up-to-date parts in its extensive content repository. Bentley is making its debut at the Automation Fair, which runs Nov. 19-20, as an Encompass Partner – an approved third-party vendor of products that work in conjunction with Rockwell Automation products.

promis•e V8i is part of Bentley’s newly launched V8i software portfolio for infrastructure. Encompassing products for all of the solution communities served by Bentley, including roads, bridges, rail and transit, campuses, factories, buildings, power generation, mining and metals, oil and gas, water and wastewater, electric and gas utilities, communications, and cadastre and land development, the V8i portfolio leverages and extends core capabilities of its new interoperability platform to provide the breadth and depth of technology needed for fully integrated project delivery. Developed as a collective whole, the V8i software portfolio facilitates streamlined workflows among multiple disciplines and across project teams throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

“Our first appearance at Rockwell’s Automation Fair provides us with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how promis•e V8i integrates and interoperates with related Bentley products, specifically AutoPLANT P&ID V8i, Bentley Building Electrical Systems V8i, and Bentley Instrumentation and Wiring V8i featuring FOUNDATION Fieldbus network design capability,” said Rob Whitesell, senior vice president, Bentley Building and Plant Products. “In addition, promis•e V8i complements our contributions to a vendor category of rapidly growing significance for infrastructure creation – industrial solution suppliers.”

Whitesell continued, “These suppliers are assuming more and more of the engineering on projects as they design, configure, and fabricate modules of larger scope for assembly on site, superseding traditional piecewise specification and construction. By doing so, they help owner-operators and engineering, procurement, and construction firms overcome professional, materials, and crafts resource shortages.”

promis•e V8i can be used as a stand-alone product or to support MicroStation V8i as an add-on. It also can exchange data with other Bentley Plant products via the common project database shared by Bentley’s plant design applications – AutoPLANT and PlantSpace. Powerful new functions of promis•e V8i include:

· Shortest Distance Wire Routing – The software determines the most efficient route for wires that connect components on a mounting panel. Each wire connection is listed in promis•e V8i with its calculated length, providing information that’s invaluable to panel builders and other installation professionals.

· Panduit Wire Containment – A wire-path function allows users to define the areas of a panel layout used for routing wires. By comparing these areas and the user’s preferences to the included parts database, the software also will automatically select the optimum Panduit component part numbers for items such as wire duct, wire ties, and so on.

· promis•e Publisher – This powerful function offers incredible flexibility and convenience in outputting project drawings and reports. In addition to sending output to printers and plotters, users export data in a wide range of electronic formats including DWG, DGN, PDF, HTML, and RTF. In one step, an entire project can be published in any combination of these output options, facilitating the exchange of information in the digital factory.

For additional information about promis•e V8i, visit booth 257 at Automation Fair 2008, or go to For more information about V8i, the most comprehensive software portfolio for infrastructure ever assembled in a single release, visit

About Automation Fair

Automation Fair is the premier industry event focusing on advanced automation products, integrated control and information architecture – and value-add services and solutions. At Automation Fair 2008, many targeted industrial forums and labs will provide a fantastic educational experience for professionals at all levels. The complete program includes over 50 technical sessions, more than 20 hands-on labs, and eight focused industry forums. More than 100 Rockwell Automation Partner companies are expected to display their latest innovations and products. The Automation Fair will be held in the Gaylord Opryland Complex in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 19 and 20, 2008. For additional information about Automation Fair, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions. For additional information about Bentley, visit

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