Bentley EB

Bentley Systems (USA) is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive architecture and engineering software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has nearly 3,000 employees in more than 45 countries, $500 million in annual revenues, and, since 2001, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

eB is in the core of Bentley’s AssetWise initiative which centers around an integrated system targeting complex technical environments needing high quality, multi-faceted information about their assets. Typically, eB is used in highly regulated environments handling complex, and several times safety-critical, assets such as in Nuclear and Chemical Plants. However, eB is also successfully used in other demanding complex technical projects ranging from Railroads and Airports to Aircraft building and maintenance.

The uniqueness of eB lies in its ability to handle at the same time Documents, Physical Items, Assets, Locations, Persons and Organizations while interlinking them with a variety of relationships. For example an asset such as a Base Station can be linked with a document with the relationship “Permit” which in turn can be linked with an organization with the relationship “Licensor”. Such relationships are in fact live links which means that they follow all the various objects through their entire life-cycle evolving as these evolve but more importantly providing context for the object they reference.

This concept of “Contextual Mapping” supply users with two distinct abilities:

-The ability to obtain information surrounding an object by locating the object itself.

For example a user looking for the acquisition contracts of a particular property would locate the property by any of its characteristics (e.g. its address, its type, its elevation, etc.) and all contracts would appear hanging around it. This in contrast to what usually happens when a user would need to search for documents using a very specific "property code" or other data that someone "stamped" on a document to imply a relationship with the particular asset.

-The ability to keep all data in sync.

Relationships such as the above mean that a change in one place can be automatically propagated and update several other aspects. For example the change of status of a Document to "Approved" may automatically cause the status of an asset to change to "Operational". In circumstances where such change requires validation before it is propagated the system can ensure that this happens in a controlled manner (Change Management).

As relationships can also be established among objects of similar type there is inherent support for physical item structures such as system-subsystem-part or for conceptual structures such as ISO-9002, ECMA-1000 or WBS. These capabilities together with even more elaborate features can elevate eB to the level of a fully-fledged Configuration Management System for users requiring such functionality.

Detailed information can be found at:

eB Information Manager

eB Data Sheet

eB Brochure