Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today released the V8i (SELECTseries 3) version of Bentley Substation, the first intra-operable software for intelligent electrical and physical substation design. Bentley Substation empowers project teams to design substations 30 percent faster than they typically can with non-integrated applications. The software’s single interface for substation design and the common intelligent information model enable users to design more precisely, generate accurate bills of material, create drawings quickly and efficiently, and rigorously enforce company standards. At the same time, Bentley Substation’s integration with ProjectWise collaboration services provides superior engineering content management and team collaboration that support the entire substation design workflow.
The new release, which has been streamlined for the single purpose of substation design and management, offers:
“With this new release of Bentley Substation, we have lowered the cost of ownership significantly while adding substantially more functionality. This extends the software’s appeal to a wider range of utility owner-operators and engineering companies,” said Mike Lambert, Bentley product manager. “In addition, by focusing the tools solely on substation design and management, we have simplified the user interface, enabling users to quickly get up to speed on its capabilities and become more productive.”
Bentley Substation V8i (SELECTseries 3) leverages Bentley’s technology platform, a comprehensive set of drawing, modeling, and data services that provides a robust environment for 2D and 3D design. Because the platform can produce drawings in both DGN and DWG file formats, Bentley Substation’s many advantages have now been extended to substation design departments employing AutoCAD.
The expanded integration of Bentley Substation with ProjectWise:
The software’s new ability to generate i-models, which combine 2D and 3D geometry and other design data in a single lightweight container, further facilitates open information exchange. Every i-model includes provenance – that is, knowledge of its origin and evolution, or change management history – and is self-describing, which means source application logic isn’t required to display or describe the data stored within them. Because i-models are widely reusable, they enable project teams to easily reference, repurpose, and republish content for broad information access. For example, substation design teams can now use Bentley’s Navigator V8i dynamic collaboration software, which leverages the rich information stored inside i-models, to explore complex designs, query business data, and provide markup comments.
Finally, the addition of dynamic views to Bentley Substation V8i gives users the ability to slice and filter 3D models, remove clutter from the working view, and drop and drag plans and sections to create documentation. Dynamic views also automate 2D updates for full drawing package coordination, saving time spent on coordinating plan sets, improving the quality of deliverables, and simplifying the 3D modeling experience.
A growing number of users around the world are taking advantage of Bentley Substation’s many benefits. Among them are CPS Energy; ENMAX; ETSA Utilities; Iberdrola; Northwest Electrical Power Design Institute, a division of China Power Engineering Consulting Group; State Nuclear Electrical Power Planning Design and Research Institute, a division of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation, Ltd.; and TransGrid.