NEWS: Bentley releases AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition

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New release of multidisciplinary BIM tool benefits from the comprehensive modelling environment of Bentley CONNECT Edition

Bentley Systems is presenting the new AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition as a BIM application for use on building projects of significant size and/or engineering complexity. These buildings, says Bentley, typically have the challenge of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.), while design and project delivery firms have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint venture organisations.

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition integrates the work of architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a single application. Importantly, it also shares a comprehensive modelling environment with all of Bentley’s CONNECT Edition applications, which gives it ‘seamless, translation free, intra-operability’ with Bentley’s multi-discipline portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modelling applications.

Without a comprehensive modelling environment, says Bentley, engineers and architects have had to struggle with complex data exchange, resulting in information loss and repeated translations, or even resort to force-fitting a BIM application beyond its intended use to model geometry, which is lacking in BIM intelligence.

All CONNECT Edition applications, including MicroStation CONNECT Edition, include deliverables production automation through the CONNECT Edition’s documentation centre. According to Bentley, the documentation centre greatly improves the consistency, quality, and efficiency of drawing set organisation.

AECOsim Building Designer also benefits from reality modelling, by which existing conditions are captured through photos and/or scans and converted into engineering-ready reality meshes with Bentley’s ContextCapture, bringing the actual geo-coordinated context directly into the AECOsim design environment.

“This is an exciting time for Bentley as we complete the delivery of our CONNECT Edition applications. AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition enables our users to improve their productivity and to collaborate across multiple disciplines by sharing content and data in a seamless workflow through a comprehensive modelling environment,” says Santanu Das, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president, design modelling. “As we continue to make advancements in BIM technology, this version of AECOsim Building Designer helps them to collaborate on projects of any scale or multidisciplinary complexity, and automate the creation of deliverables for all stakeholders. And now that CONNECTservices are made available to Bentley application subscribers, we bring the collaborative advantages of ProjectWise to every user of AECOsim Building Designer.”


EiPM, a Barcelona-based engineering and architecture firm, is an early adopter of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition, and is using the application to deliver complex projects. Xavier Coll, BIM manager and project manager, research and development for EiPM, commented, “It’s a quantum leap. The new interface is totally clean and user-friendly with spectacular improvements in interoperability and usability of the interface in all tools. It now has more intuitive workflows, which contribute to increased productivity and reliability. Undoubtedly, this new version is the best comprehensive BIM modelling software on the market.”

GenerativeComponents installs as a Product Companion feature within AECOsim Building Designer. It provides computational design to explore iterative design ideas and embed design intent with design constraints and relationships. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems
Bentley LumenRT is a companion application to create visualisations for design communication. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems
To provide design context for existing conditions, point clouds and reality models can be referenced to the design model. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems

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