|[November 28, 2012]
Bentley's Newest SACS Release Provides Advanced Visualization of Motions Prediction and Expanded Offshore Wind Turbine Analysis
PERTH, Australia --(Business Wire)--
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to
providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining
infrastructure, today announced the release of SACS version
5.5 - software that expands installation capabilities, integrates new
wind turbine platform design functionality, and introduces floating
analysis for offshore vessels. Leveraging Bentley's November 2011
acquisition of Perth-based FormSys
and its Maxsurf technology, this SACS release is the first to
incorporate powerful floating capabilities via modules for motions
prediction, stability, and hull modeling. These product enhancements
provide integrated workflows between offshore vessel modeling and
structural analysis of motion induced loads, unmatched visualization of
vessel motions - including real-time rendered animation of vessel
motions in irregular wave conditions - and best-in-class coverage of
offshore steel design codes optimized for large, complex structures.
Commenting on the new release, Geoff Leggatt, supervising engineering
specialist, INTECSEA, said, "Our positive experience with
Bentley's Maxsurf technology on floating production, storage, and
offloading (FPSO) vessel projects makes us look forward to the new
capabilities for offshore floating systems in SACS 5.5."
Three new SACS modules represent another significant step forward
in Bentley's advancement of analysis and design software for offshore
engineering projects. They include:
motions prediction - computing vessel motions and providing integrated
load generation and analysis of motion induced loads,
stability - ensuring compliance with international vessel stability
hull modeling - defining the hull geometry of marine vessels including
FPSO vessels, drill ships, and installation vessels.
In addition, SACS' ability to integrate with the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory's FAST (News - Alert) wind turbine solver significantly
strengthens its offshore wind turbine platform design functionality -
complementing the wind turbine platform design solver that was
introduced last year through an integration with GH Bladed software. SACS
5.5 provides these wind turbine solvers for coupled analysis of wind,
wave and turbine actions, and the consequent strength and fatigue design
checks crucial to offshore wind turbine platforms.
SACS 5.5 also offers designers of fixed offshore platforms and
topsides of floating platforms expanded support for international design
codes, including the European EC3 steel design and ISO codes.
Santanu Das, Bentley vice president, design, simulation, and information
modeling, said, "For more than 40 years, SACS
has been the leading offshore
structural analysis and design software for fixed oil and gas
platforms. Since its acquisition by Bentley in March 2011, SACS
has continued to find broader application, both for conventional oil and
gas platforms and, now, the emerging offshore wind-power market. Ongoing
enhancements to SACS offshore
structural analysis and design software - such as SACS 5.5
capabilities that allow designers of fixed and floating offshore
platforms to analyze wind and wave loads - continue to help drive
further advancements in the creation of intelligent infrastructure for
marine environments that is easier to construct, more efficient and
safer to operate, and consumes less energy."
User successes leveraging Bentley's offshore software advancements are
highlighted by the outstanding project nominations in the 2012 Be
Inspired Awards competition in the new "Innovation in Offshore
Engineering" category. To read about this year's winning and finalist
projects, click here.
For additional information about SACS and other Bentley software
that supports offshore projects, visit www.bentley.com/offshore.
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 Systems applies information mobility to improve asset
performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated
projects for 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 more than 3,000 colleagues in 50
countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has
invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com
and in Bentley's
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collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be
Inspired Awards, access Bentley's Year
in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking
site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect,
communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be
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 www.bentley.com/500.
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