New Bentley Workspace for Civil Includes United States National CAD Standard® Guidelines

June 20, 2011 - Designers will automatically be able to adhere to the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) guidelines with the help of a new workspace for civil engineering applications from Bentley Systems.

The new Bentley NCS Workspace for Civil works with the InRoads and GEOPAK product lines, two of the leading civil engineering/road design software systems in the United States.

Bentley workspaces are custom environments that include data resource files, interface customization and configuration variables. They enable users to customize software for corporate, discipline, project, client or individual needs. The NCS Workspace makes it possible for users to quickly establish integrated CAD standards while maximizing ease of compliance. It incorporates NCS guidelines for layers, symbols, drawings and plotting into default files for GEOPAK and InRoads, as well as the new Power GEOPAK and Power InRoads software.

Quick access to the NCS benefits users because the standard streamlines and simplifies the exchange of building design and construction data. NCS coordinates the efforts of the entire industry by classifying electronic building design data consistently, allowing streamlined communication among owners and design and construction project teams. Use of the NCS can reduce costs and produce greater efficiency in the design and construction process.

A consensus standard incorporating several industry publications, the NCS contains interrelated standards, guidelines and tools for uniformly organizing and presenting facility drawing information. It is the only comprehensive standard for facility planning, design, construction and operation drawings. The NCS comprises the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Foreword, Administration, and Plotting Guidelines module; the American Institute of Architects’ CAD Layer Guidelines module; and the Construction Specification Institute’s Uniform Drawing System modules. The National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMART alliance™ oversees development of the NCS.

To learn more about the United States National CAD Standard®, including development of the standard’s next edition, visit

For more information about Bentley’s InRoads Suite V8i and GEOPAK Civil Engineering Suite V8i, visit and

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology. For more information, please visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2001, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at


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