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Bentley’s Enhanced AssetWise APM V7.2 Features Immersive Environment Providing Visual and Engineering Context

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the release of AssetWise APM V7.2. This enhanced version of Bentley’s asset performance management (APM) software enables users to take advantage of immersive APM, a visual environment in which hypermodeling is used to spatially enable operations and maintenance for the interactive inspection of critical assets. AssetWise APM V7.2 users can also view infrastructure assets in the context of engineering information conveyed by Bentley’s i-models, and can initiate actions directly from the 2D or 3D representations of the asset. Additionally, AssetWise APM V7.2 users now benefit from advancements in asset strategy development and integrity management.

In related news, Bentley further announced:

  • a new version of Bentley’s APM Supervisor Dashboard app for Windows 8.1,
  • the alignment of its APM Process Maturity Model directly to ISO 55000.

Alan Kiraly, Bentley senior vice president, server products, said, “What differentiates Bentley’s AssetWise APM V7.2 is the unique capability to interact with the virtual plant and connect asset health data to 2D and 3D models of the plant. Bentley users can walk an inspection prior to going to the asset and make better decisions faster.”

Immersive Asset Performance Management

AssetWise APM V7.2’s immersive approach to visual operations helps converge the engineer’s mental model of the plant, network, or other asset with its performance and representation in IT systems. The hypermodels in this visual environment can directly link to asset condition indicators, enabling inspection indicator readings to be associated with the visual model. In addition, the ability to view assets via i-models (conveyors of architectural, engineering, construction, and operations deliverables) provides expanded engineering context in a variety of formats – from design files to specification sheets to corrosion loops, and more. Inspection photographs can also be included with assets, indicators, indicator readings, and checksheets. The visual workflow supports both greenfield and brownfield operations, bridging the gap between CAPEX and OPEX and enabling a sustainable business strategy for operational excellence and safety.

Advancements in Asset Strategy Development and Integrity Management

Also new in AssetWise APM V7.2 are analysis techniques used in Risk-based Inspections (RBI) and Reliability-centered Maintenance (RCM). Capabilities include demand scenario risk analysis based on the consequences of economic, health and safety, environmental, and company reputation effects; risk matrices support for failure mode criticality evaluation; and degradation rates updated from failure modes, analysis based on economic feasibility of maintenance strategies, and probability based on time between failures.

Bentley uniquely delivers a single platform to support both RCM and RBI asset strategy development methods, as well as a comprehensive inspection data management system. This drives an enterprise-wide approach to managing risk, increasing uptime, and ensuring process safety and predictable production at the lowest lifecycle cost.

With the unique capability of addressing reliability and integrity across the lifecycle on a single platform, Bentley users are able to push reliability-based processes and practices earlier into the design phase of the asset lifecycle. Bentley delivers an information management platform to ensure operational readiness and sustainable asset performance. AssetWise APM has tested and certified integrations to leading EAM systems, including SAP, IBM Maximo and Oracle eAM.

APM Supervisor Dashboard App for Windows 8.1

Bentley’s APM Supervisor Dashboard app, which was originally released for Android-based devices, gives reliability and maintenance managers an at-a-glance, actionable, 24x7 view of asset health and key performance indicators (KPIs). Bentley’s new APM Supervisor Dashboard app gives managers the added flexibility of responding to alarms and approving work from home or elsewhere offsite on Windows 8.1 devices.

Process Maturity Model Aligned with ISO 55000

New in Bentley’s Reliability Business Improvement Assessment is the alignment of its APM Process Maturity Model directly to ISO 55000. This standard enables users to identify the qualitative and quantitative evidence of their existing capabilities, to assess the stage at which their organizations currently operate, and to know what is possible with a given business case and plan.

Said Kiraly, “Bentley’s approach to asset performance management was the first to combine process, practices, technology, and methodologies that are tightly coupled and automated to provide sustainable results. This approach, which has a 15-year proven track record at Bentley and Ivara, has, in 2014, evolved into the ISO 55000 standard for asset management. As a result, Bentley’s AssetWise APM offering naturally aligns to ISO 55000 to deliver increased value to our users.”

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About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit

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