Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., continues to make product announcements at its annual Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference in England this week. Some announcements build on existing product lines, while others leverage some recent partnerships made by the company in recent times.

Late in 2012 Bentley announced the acquisition of SpecWave, which makes software design to help architectural, engineering, construction, and operations professionals author and configure structured text content, including engineering specifications and related codes and standards. This week Bentley announced the first product based on this technology since the acquisition with SpecWave Composer.

Through the combination of SpecWave Composer and Bentley’s widely used project information and collaboration solution ProjectWise, architectural, engineering, construction, and operations professionals can author, manage, and reference engineering specifications, codes, standards, and other structured documents. With SpecWave Composer, a project or organization can enhance the value associated with collaborating, work sharing, and managing change in a secure environment, for purposes of specification workflows.

According to the company, SpecWave Composer will work with ProjectWise Construction Work Packaging Server, which the company says is forthcoming. This will help project teams to incorporate more reliable specifications and other text documents into their work packages, increasing the comprehensiveness of their work packaging processes to decrease onsite errors and rework, and to increase project safety and quality.

During the event Bentley Systems did provide some information about the aforementioned ProjectWise Construction Work Package Server “completes the reach” for construction information mobility by spanning the noticeable software and process gaps between engineering content and workface planning.

The company believes this product, scheduled for release in early 2014, will address the need for advanced work packaging in construction, with hopes this will become an industry best practice for defining the flow of information exchange between engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and handover.

As for solutions available now, two solutions designed to provide provisioning software “as a service” made news this week. SELECT Open Access enables greater project agility through unrestricted access to Bentley’s portfolio of information modeling applications, while MANAGEservices facilitates the provisioning, rapid deployment, and operation of Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise asset information management services in a hybrid cloud services environment.

As a no-cost opt-in program for existing SELECT subscribers providing, SELECT Open Access allows access to any Bentley information modeling application at any time, by any user. According to the company, this will provide quarterly term licenses, availed automatically for usage exceeding subscribers’ perpetual license pools. Additionally, Bentley LEARNservices is designed for such incremental usage, helping speed proficiency for new users.

With MANAGEservices Bentley is able to extend its cloud services with customizable service level agreements and commercial models that provide more predictability to the end user. In order to enable what it calls “instant-on” provisioning of its work-sharing environment, Bentley is now making available ProjectWise MANAGEservices Essentials Template for projects of up to 25 users, and ProjectWise MANAGEservices Enterprise Template for design collaboration and work-share for up to 1,000 users with per user pricing.

It certainly is a buzz-worthy week of announcements for one of the leaders in construction software. Designed to provide enhanced collaboration and allow users to easily create and share workflows, Bentley Systems is raising the bar on multiple fronts for construction software.