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5 Important things of the Be Inspired 2012

Those who follow on Twitter @geofumadas account may have noticed two full days devoted to the #BeIn2012 hashtag. To update concentrated content excess in just three days, here is a summary of the 5 things that protrude from the Be Inspired:

1. the most interesting project

From 57 finalists’ projects, has caught my attention the system made by Azerbaijan’s boys which I must admit, surprised me. Developed with VBA on PowerDraft (Microstation’s economic version), attaining, as the ancient XFM via (the predecessor of the I-model), to get the objects’ attributes that are created from the DGN, managing them from PostGIS, such that:

· Objects are constructed

· Spatial attributes are captured on the fly

· Tabular attributes are entered

· All falls into a PostgreSQL database

· Objects Management via PostGIS without the tortuous Geospatial Administrator

· Published on a sharp developing on MapGuide OpenSource


Although we do not know whether they will win, surely they will explode this development because to date many users are reluctant to use GeoWeb Publisher until idpr format remains being the web’s interchange version and Geospatial Server keep prices out of common sense. Total, GIS for Bentley is a plus for Geoengineering users and not a vertical line.

2. I-models, the Bentley BIM

Bentley insists on enhancing its smoked form, which can be visible from common applications like Office, PDF readers, iPad, Revit and Civil3D. Although it is no more than an “orderly” version of XML embedded in maps, it will end up being a standard that will concentrate data management and will make the DGN digestible for competitive software and users of non-specialist level. The majority of recent acquisitions that Bentley has done after the V8i are not oriented to buy new technologies but potential clients that use developments that can enhance I-model. And it is good now to see enough real world examples in workflows from conceptual, architectural, structural, environmental, topographical design and construction design in which traceability is integrated in real-life objects.


In more than one presentation they’ve made cordial greeting to the dwg format which this year added a new format. And it is that, from version 7 which lasted while they were 16 bits, Bentley created the DGN V8 only with the 32 bits jump and left it ready to make 64-bit could adapt to the via I-model attributes. Big decision that makes us not suffers by a versioning, an item that surely will explode more because of competition’s presence.

3. CONNECT, the Bentley Dropbox

Bentley prepares a new phase of what was known as Bentley SELECT, released in 1994. Now it becomes a space for storage and synchronization as Dropbox style, enhancing cloud content, mobile applications and Intranets.


4. Mobile as a central theme

It is not surprising by its validity, but has surprised us the priority they have given to it this time. So we see ProjectWise and AssetWise united by mobile applications. Last year showed us on iPad, now on Android and Windows Mobile as Tiles UI style.

A promising SDK, the bet on all three major platforms, the hasty alliance with Trimble, Descartes empowerment with Itara/Pointools plus live demos confirm what represents the symbol of this event: the connectivity via mobile.


5. Bentley Utilities Designer, GIS applied to networks

This is a version in the PowerDraft / PowerCivil style that focuses on networks systems connected with which can be applied to hidrosanitary projects, transport systems and with the BentleyMap potential to insist on kill applications and making it transverse with the damn I-model.


In conclusion, a great Be Inspired that for third time takes place in Amsterdam, almost parallel to SPAR Europe in The Hague. This time we are in a hotel that is just around tempting tourist districts. With that same inspiration in Cannabis Bentley people, seeing what will happen in 5 years, oriented to strategic long-term business users.

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