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Bentley Systems is offering an exclusive preview of its brand new Open Plant Support Engineering product here. With Open Plant Suppport, engineering designers can quickly create 3-D models of support assemblies for plant, piping, electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment.

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Rob Harper and Anne-Marie Walters demonstrate the newest touchscreen interface capabilities.
Rob Harper and Anne-Marie Walters demonstrate the newest touchscreen interface capabilities.
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As Rob Harper, director of Product Management-Plant explains, in addition to increasing modeling accuracy, one of the advantages of Open Plant Support Engineering is the time that it saves engineering designers. The product will be released in 2–3 weeks, but visitors can have a first look at extended capabilities this week.

Also new at the company is the Connect Edition, which is said to provide the first common environment for comprehensive project delivery that includes common modeling, performance and data environments. Micro Station Connect Edition provides the modeling environment for infrastructure delivery. It includes functional components and a common documentation center. The Navigator Connect Edition enables users to visibly resolve issues.

Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director with Bentley Systems, points out the system’s touch-enabled interface that allows a user to do a “walk-through” the model. The touchscreen capability is available for both large screens as well as mobile screens, such as an iPad, allowing it to be used at a desk as well as in the field.

Also exhibited at the Bentley booth this week is Oculus Rift technology. Using goggles with this latest gaming technology, a person can very realistically move about and look around as if he or she were in the plant. More than one user can also join in and interact in the 3-D setting. This immersive reality is being used in Bentley’s BIM (building information modeling) Advancement Academy to train users in information awareness. Bentley Systems currently has BIM Advancement Academies in London and Houston. Visitors can try out the Oculus goggles at the Bentley booth this week. loz