Bentley Systems offers free cloud service for five months

Bentley Systems has opened up its ProjectWise 365 cloud service, including waiving subscription fees until the end of September, to help infrastructure project participants forced to work from home.

ProjectWise 365, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extends the reach and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure engineering data to facilitate collaboration and design review across the ecosystem of project stakeholders.

As an “instant-on” cloud service accessed through a web browser to simplify design review, transmittals, RFIs, information sharing, and issues resolution, ProjectWise 365 is claimed to be well suited for quick adoption while working from home, eliminating the need for error-prone combinations of generic technologies such as drop boxes and PDF.

Dustin Parkman, VP, project delivery, at Bentley, said: “By broadly and immediately opening up access to our new simplified ProjectWise 365 cloud service, we’re extending ProjectWise advantages in collaboration and design review to infrastructure engineering project teams at every scale. By fully ‘digitally’ enabling every infrastructure professional, we hope to support their resilience in surmounting this crisis.”

Gregory Ellwanger, project engineer for the Chicago-based civil engineering consultancy BLA, said: “ProjectWise 365 cloud services enable us to rapidly deploy a common BIM collaboration environment that avoids the data silos, coordination delays, and the other limitations we’ve experienced while using network drives, file-sharing services, and email.

“ProjectWise 365 allows us to coordinate designs more quickly and reduce risk in contractual exchanges, regardless of the location of project participants, adding resilience to our design practice and increasing our ability to deliver high-quality projects on schedule.”

For more about Bentley’s response to the challenges of working from home, visit

Image: ProjectWise 365 enables an immersive, web-based 2D/3D hybrid review environment, designed to help teams streamline coordination and resolve issues faster

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