Forthcoming Release of Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 5)

User Quotes

  • Jonathan Coco, advanced measurements and modeling division leader, Forte and Tablada We are always looking for new ways to skip the modeling process by using the point cloud directly for analysis because it often contains more information than our final model. The new point-cloud clash detection tool will eliminate the need for modeling some of the smaller time-consuming details.

  • Jonathan Coco, advanced measurements and modeling division leader, Forte and Tablada We are very excited about using the new point-cloud clash detection tool to assist in petrochemical retro-fits and pipe route planning, where the new installations are often a very tight fit.

  • John Nolan, CAD manager at Network Rail, which used Bentley Descartes to create a hybrid 3D model of the entire Great Western Rail Electrification Program project by combining survey and engineering data, said, The creation of an information-rich scalable 3D model including terrain data, point clouds, orthoimages, and i-models, provides numerous opportunities to extend the projects return on investment from the project. The integrated model allows the creation of 4D schedule simulation showing each construction phase, supports project reviews, enables clash detection, and also allows driver training and signal sighting.

This news brief introduces you to Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 5), scheduled for release by years end. Bentley Descartes provides for the visualization and processing of fundamental data types used in infrastructure projects, including point clouds, scalable digital terrain models, and raster files. The software integrates all of this data into streamlined information modeling workflows.

More specifically, Bentley Descartes enables users to enrich point clouds and to extract linear features (such as tunnels, rails, and breaklines), as well as very large terrain models and complex geometry (such as tunnel alignments and electricity transmission lines) directly in their information modeling environments. This empowers users to derive more value from that data.

Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 5) will offer key new features relating to its point-cloud and scalable-terrain modeling capabilities that improve its ability to integrate survey data with engineering tools.

Advance Look at Capabilities and Benefits

The new capabilities and benefits of Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 5) include:

  • New piping tools for point clouds that increase the softwares ability to extract features and create hybrid models in plant workflows by combining point clouds and geometry This new functionality will enable users to build pipe runs, increasing the ROI from point-cloud data. It will also provide them with a higher degree of automation when extracting pipes, as well as a connection tool to create well connected pipe runs.

  • clash detection tools (which will be included in the stand-alone Bentley Descartes version and available as an add-on for Bentley Descartes for MicroStation) that support point clouds natively Users will save time when comparing designs (legacy geometries) to as-built conditions (native point clouds). This will reduce the need for geometry extraction and accelerate design review workflows.

  • scalable terrain model analytics functionality (drape element tool, elevation contour export, and export to raster digital elevation model (DEM), that will enable Esri and MapInfo users, among others, to utilize the DEM) that will enable users to extract value from large terrain models.

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