CloudWorx meets MicroStation.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Cyra Technologies, Inc., a Leica Geosystems company, formally announced plans for Bentley to distribute Cyra's CloudWorx application software for Bentley MicroStation.

The CloudWorx application, first announced by Cyra in December 2001, lets engineers and designers take advantage of rich, 3D point clouds directly in MicroStation. Point clouds created by Cyrax 3D Laser Scanning systems represent a powerful, new source of information content for organizations and projects that require accurate "as-built" or "as-is" information.

"As-built" information derived from point clouds is being increasingly used by professionals to create better designs of modifications to existing facilities, for better construction planning and quality assurance, and for more efficient asset management. Industries taking advantage of point clouds include plant manufacturing, transportation, and building.

In addition to providing a familiar interface for MicroStation users, CloudWorx for MicroStation also slashes time requirements for processing 3D point clouds into as-built 2D drawings and 3D models. Another advantage for MicroStation users is that they can use 3D point clouds as a backdrop against which to better design a modification to an existing site or structure.

Better retrofit designs enable retrofit construction projects to run more smoothly by eliminating construction interferences and construction fit-up problems.

Several activities will be featured at Bentley's International User Conference, May 19-23, in Atlantic City, N.J., to kick-off the new partnership. These include:

  • Keynote session announcement to all attendees of the new partnership
  • Immediate availability to Bentley's SELECT program subscribers of a limited time evaluation version of CloudWorx for MicroStation
  • Demonstrations of CloudWorx on Bentley's latest MicroStation V8 applications
  • User presentations on the use of 3D point clouds in MicroStation based projects.