More Than 30,000 Future Engineers Newly Empowered by MicroStation PowerDraft
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More Than 30,000 Future Engineers Newly Empowered by MicroStation PowerDraft

25 July 2005

Students and Instructors Take Advantage of CAD Software Download
Available at

Exton, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that thus far this year, more than 30,000 students representing the future of engineering have become empowered by MicroStation PowerDraft CAD software. The software is being offered by the BE Careers Network to all students and instructors through a free download.

MicroStation PowerDraft, which has a list price of $1,295, is a professional-level application used for production 2D/3D drafting and detailing in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). It features an easy-to-use graphical user interface, intuitive viewing techniques, and an innovative set of industry-recognized tools for production work.

The downloads, which are part of the Network’s new program, include the MicroStation PowerDraft application, an 18-week curriculum for teachers, and a student guide that can be reproduced at no cost to the school. They are available to all students and instructors at

The program helps students understand and become familiar with computer-aided design and architectural design software, and enables colleges and universities to cost-effectively incorporate AEC technology into their curriculums. It does this by providing the academic community with three levels of licensing/subscription opportunity.

In addition to offering individual student licensing through free downloads of MicroStation PowerDraft, the program includes:

Department licensing – This level offers a full range of leading software applications to an entire academic department at a heavily discounted price. A total of 45 powerful applications are available in architecture, geospatial, plant design, and civil and environmental engineering. The subscription for this software is based on a per-seat cost and is provided at less than 1 percent of the commercial list price. The department-level subscription includes free training for instructors, access to relevant course material, technical support, software updates, and free copies for students.
Campus licensing – This level offers everything included in department-level subscriptions and, in addition, extends licensing to an unlimited number of users on a deeply discounted per-seat basis.
Visit to get more details on the BE Careers Network, talk to an expert, or access the free download of MicroStation PowerDraft for students and instructors.

About Bentley
Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world’s infrastructure. The company’s comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial vertical markets spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2004 revenues exceeding $300 million, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Design 500 and major owner-operators.

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Christine Byrne
Media Relations manager
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
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