Bentley Systems has opened its Year In Infrastructure conference, unveiling new technology in the infrastructure and design space.
The focus of the conference is on innovation and the company’s recently developed programs for the mining, oil and gas, process control, and broader infrastructure space.
Women in engineering have also taken a front row, with a number of female key speakers across the event, as well as Microsoft’s chief envisioning officer.
The first day of this four day conference saw Bentley CEO Greg Bentley outline the company’s current direction, where he used the opportunity to pour cold water over the business’ plans to go public, stating that while Bentley is still planning an IPO – which was first broached at last year’s YII event – the group will wait until the market is more receptive.
Regarding technology, the group released a number of new programs for the civil infrastructure space, looking heavily at the integration of the Cloud, the IT/OT convergence, and work packaging programs that made the link between design and eventual construction.
Bentley COO Bhupinder Singh explained, “Work Packages are part of the secret sauce in bridging the gap between engineering and construction.”
He went on to outline the importance of improving business’ ability to communicate across multiple programs, saying "Innovation is happening due to the IT/OT convergence and the unlimited capability of the cloud,” and that these “digital engineering models are at the heart of improving performance”.
The event also runs the Be Inspired awards, which recognise and reward projects that tackle challenging issues or developments in an innovative way using Bentley Products.