|[January 30, 2013]
Bentley Announces Immediate Availability of Bentley Pointools, Pointools View, and Pointools PODcreator for Cost-effectively Leveraging Point-cloud Data
EXTON, Pa. --(Business Wire)--
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to
providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining
infrastructure, today announced the immediate availability of the Bentley
Pointools V8i application and two new iWare apps: Bentley
Pointools View for point-cloud data visualization and
sharing and Bentley
Pointools PODcreator for converting laser scans to the POD file
format. These offerings provide powerful, intuitive, and seamless
preprocessing of point clouds for distribution, facilitating information
mobility across the entire infrastructure lifecycle. New Bentley
Pointools V8i features include point-cloud differencing and
clash detection functionality that makes differences and clashes easy to
detect and visualize. This same capability will also soon be available
through a Clash Resolution Visa for Bentley's information modeling,
review, and analysis applications, including MicroStation
Navigator. The new functionality further extends Bentley's
leadership in point-cloud innovations, which also include the ProjectWise
Point-cloud Services for on-demand access to point-cloud data.
Nearly all infrastructure projects today require the manipulation of
point clouds, and Bentley's point-cloud products make this task easy.
They empower users to leverage the value of point-cloud data in a
cost-effective and timely manner for applications ranging from GIS and
mapping to surveying, construction status and sequencing, precise
"as-builts," manufacturing, utilities, mining, forensics, heritage, and
more. Moreover, they lower the barriers to taking best advantage of
point clouds by preparing the data once and enabling its reuse anytime.
Jiri Blazek, co-founder, Czech Republic-based BW Precision Systems,
said, "Using Bentley's Pointools we can work with huge point
clouds without loss of software performance or data quality. We can work
in a number of CAD environments and can create high-resolution
orthographic point-cloud images and high-quality videos for presentation
purposes. That's why Pointools has become an integral and
essential part of our scan data processing workflow."
Bruno Van Bastelaere, co-owner, Belgium-based Teccon, said, "The speed
at which Bentley's Pointools is able to render these huge point
clouds is amazing. In fact, we sometimes find ourselves panning through
a new data set just for the fun of it! Before, good point-cloud software
was expensive and limited in the number of points we could handle - a
maximum of 50 million on a workstation. Using the free Bentley
Pointools View, we can load and visulize a billion plus points on a
standard laptop. This has unlocked the potential of laser scanners for
us and for our clients, and we are proud to act as resellers for this
Bentley Pointools provides the following key advantages:
increases productivity - Bentley Pointools' high-performance
point-cloud engine with level-of-detail management provides a fluid
user experience, even with large data sets. It doesn't require the
decimation of point clouds and enables the visualization of every
single point, reducing the time required to work with large
point-cloud data sets.
saves times and enhances data quality - Reuse of the Pointools
POD format across the Bentley product portfolio eliminates the need
for time-consuming data conversion, thereby streamlining project
workflows and reducing the potential for data corruption.
speeds editing process - Level-of-detail, layer-based editing reduces
the time required for editing and segmenting point-cloud data.
improves visual quality and adds value to point-cloud data - Bentley
Pointools' motion blur and anti-aliasing features produce
high-quality final output with little or no aliasing or moiré effects,
and the products can be effectively employed with minimum training.
This enables users to achieve higher-quality deliverables with no
extra effort. Moreover, powerful visualization capabilities, including
fly-through movies, model shading capabilities, and high-resolution
orthographic and perspective images, further extend the value of
speeds clash detection and enhances quality - The point-cloud
differencing and clash detection functionality in Bentley Pointools
enhances the visual representation of clash results, improving the
quality of reporting. This reduces the time users need to interpret
results and increases their confidence when checking complex
interferences between objects.
The Bentley Pointools View iWare app, offered for no charge at www.bentley.com/iWare,
enables the visualization of point-cloud models with billions of points,
annotations, and distance measurements, and the production of compelling
orthographic and perspective images. This facilitates the sharing of
rich point-cloud data with all project stakeholders and makes this
process more cost effective.
The Bentley Pointools PODcreator iWare app, also offered for no
charge at www.bentley.com/iWare,
facilitates the batch processing and conversion of a range of laser scan
formats to the POD file format. This enables the one-time creation of
POD models for distribution and reuse, reducing the time required for
Faraz Ravi, Bentley director, product management, said, "With the
release of Bentley Pointools V8i, infrastructure
professionals and owner-operators gain substantial new value that comes
from the increased mobility of point-cloud data throughout the
infrastructure lifecycle. Moreover, existing Pointools Edit and Pointools
Suite users can benefit from this added value by upgrading to Bentley
Pointools V8i through our SELECT subscription program, which
includes maintenance and technical support. This immediately gives them
access, at no additional product cost, to the differencing and clash
detection functionality supported by this release, as well as all the
innovative features coming in future releases of Bentley Pointools."
For additional information about Bentley Pointools, Bentley
Pointools View, and Bentley Pointools PODcreator, visit www.bentley.com/Pointools.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects,
engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators
with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.
Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset
performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated
projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions
encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and
modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project
team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform
for infrastructure asset operations - all supporting a broad portfolio
of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional
services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50
countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has
invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com
and in Bentley's
annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS
feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable
collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be
Inspired Awards, access Bentley's Year
in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking
site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect,
communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be
To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a
unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of
infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure
investments, visit www.bentley.com/500.
Bentley, the "B" Bentley logo, Be, Pointools, SELECT, MicroStation, and
ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service
marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect
wholly owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks
of their respective owners.
[ Back To TMCnet.com's Homepage ]