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What to consider when choosing your Bentley Licence

So, you have decided to make an investment in Bentley software. You think you know which application you want to use – but which license model is best for you?

As many of you will know, unlike with some other software vendors with Bentley Systems you have a choice. But choice can be confusing, so let’s explain your options and also share which licensing model is the best fit for your circumstances.

Why is this important?

Each license model serves the needs of a particular client, community or project and considers several factors. For example, choice of application, length of need, whether it is a solution that is used every day or at key points on the project lifecycle. Whether everyone needs their own license, or it can be a shared resource across a project team.

Other factors that affect your choice include budget, cashflow, length of time you have been in business and your perception of what the future looks like.

With all these factors to consider, how do you decide?

At Cadventure, we spend a lot of time helping clients choose or switch how they license their software.

The best and only advice is to talk to an expert, someone who knows or wants to understand your business, its drivers and your short to long term strategy. Someone who can have a business conversation about all your software needs are now, how they might change and can help you arrive at a solution that is best fit for your business.

Let us look at the options:
  1. Perpetual licenses with SELECT

This is the traditional means of licensing your software. This is a purchase of an asset alongside an annual SELECT support agreement.  Perpetual licenses work best for you if you can see a two to three-year or a long-term requirement for a design solution that you will use every day.

Compared with other annual subscription models, perpetual licenses quickly start to stack up a return on investment as a capital asset, as once you have made your initial purchase, the only additional annual costs are your SELECT subscription.

SELECT offers several benefits, not least the ability to license your software on unlimited devices, 24/7/365 technical support and software upgrades as they become available. SELECT is better than just an insurance as it offers practical benefits and network license flexibility when managing your licenses. When you need that technical support, you know you will be at the front of the queue.

For many practices or extended project requirements this perpetual license model will be the backbone of your software investment.

If you are new to Bentley software, you can also start small and trade-up. For example, if you start with MicroStation PowerDraft for 2D, when you are ready to embrace full MicroStation for 3D or OpenBuildings for BIM, you simply purchase an upgrade. The only cost is the difference in price between the application you have and the one you would like to change to plus the additional SELECT subscription.

You can also trade-up, trade-down, or across, using the portfolio balance option under SELECT subscription once a year to rebalance your portfolio, based on your current software needs. No other software provider has this option and it de-risks the decision of what to buy.

Rental Options

If you are not ready to make this commitment to perpetual licenses OR want some additional licenses that you may not need long term, Bentley Systems offer a couple of rental options.

  1. Cloud Services Subscription – also known as CSS

This license model is ideal for project-related expenditure or where there is some degree of uncertainty or flexibility that is required. It also works well when there is a need to access multiple applications that support the design process, that are either not used every day, or only needed for a specific time frame.

It is a great way to access a much wider portfolio of Bentley solutions without the commitment of a perpetual license. It also puts flexibility and control in the hands of the Project or BIM Manager without the need to raise another purchase order when a new application is required.

It also allows you to cross-charge your project teams or project partners for the costs of the software you need to complete their project.

A Cloud Service subscription can be quickly set up and can be used to access the virtually the whole of the Bentley portfolio, on demand.

For access to some applications, for example ProjectWise, ProjectWise365, Legion or Synchro 4D, this is the only way that you can access this software.

Think of it like a London Transport Oyster card – you only incur a charge when the software is used. To access this license model, you set up an account with Bentley Systems and agree an initial deposit. We will advise you about what this should be based on the applications that you plan to use over the next 12 months. There is an initial threshold of £4100+VAT and you should familiarise yourself about how VAT is treated.

Thereafter, you use the software of your choice each month and receive a VAT invoice (that has already been paid by your CSS). You can always see how much of your CSS you have spent and how much is remaining on your quarterly statements.

Once your fund is approaching zero, we look at your usage over the previous six months, discuss your software requirements over the next twelve months and agree the recommended replenishment amount. Importantly, this is not a use or lose payment scheme. If your project requirements dictate and the funds are depleted more quickly than planned, you simply top up earlier. Importantly, the balance sits in your CSS until you need to use it and never expires.

12- month Subscription Practitioner Licenses

A new offering from Bentley Systems that we are pleased to bring you are Practitioner licenses. Available across virtually on the key Bentley applications, these were introduced in May 2020 to provide for annual based budgets.

These are named user licenses for specific applications that can be ordered and delivered through our online store.

They come with a simplified user license agreement that you simply click and accept, put in your credit card details, or arrange a bank transfer and you are good to go.

These are great for start-ups, project-based requirements, or clients familiar with annual subscriptions from other software providers who are looking for the same.

Each application also comes with a few “keys”. Keys can be exchanged for online training or get you started mentoring so you are not on your own. These are single-user licenses but can be transferred to other team members once a month. They last for 12 months and do not automatically renew, leaving you in control.

Practitioner passports are great to get you started, help you transition from another platform manage a short-term project requirement.

  • Best for project related expenditure and for applications that are used periodically. Also, this is good when circumstances are changing, or flexibility is required. SELECT benefits included

To complete the story, E365 is the new version of an Enterprise License Subscription (ELS). This is a bespoke solution comprising, software, dedicated Account management, and success plans tailored to large-scale enterprises usually (but not always) with a global footprint. Importantly, your investment in Bentley technology is going to be significant on an annual basis as E365 is only available to clients planning to spend over a certain threshold.

Quick Checklist
License Type Best for
Perpetual Licenses with SELECT Best for software in constant use with a time horizon of two to three years or longer
Cloud Service Subscription This is the “Oyster card” option which is best, either on its own or in addition to perpetual licenses to manage the requirement for multiple applications and changing needs over the next 12 months or the lifetime of the project.
Practitioner Passports Excellent for start-ups where initial cost is key, simplified, and fast access is required. These areas also useful for clients familiar with other 12-month subscription offerings who like to budget annually. These also well to support a core ownership of perpetual licenses
E365 Ideally suited to large-scale Bentley Systems users, often global organisations, and significant budgets with a wrap-around offering of success planning services to ensure you get your return on investment
Can I have them all?

In short – yes! It The reason that Bentley Systems offer multiple licensing models is that they recognise that one size does not fit all.

There is often a core of perpetual licenses and SELECT alongside a Cloud Service subscription for project-related requirements and short-term peak usage. Practitioner passports can also be part of the mix for specific requirements.

This is why you have a better choice with Bentley Systems. So please talk to us about your circumstances as we are here to help.

ContextCapture Webinar – 10th June 2021

Discover ContextCapture webinar

10th June 2021, 11.00am to noon
Reality modeling is the process of capturing the physical reality of an infrastructure asset, creating a representation of it, and maintaining it through continuous surveys. 
Whether you are an existing ContextCapture user or new to Bentley Systems, join us to explore how ContextCapture provides you with real-world digital context in the form of a 3D reality mesh. 
In this webinar, you will learn how  to create reality models from photogrammetry, and gain an understanding into accuracy, capture techniques, as well as the basics of working with the resulting reality models. Rounding off the session, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to quiz the experts.
Book your free place now

Synchro 4D Webinar – 20th May 2021

Discover SYNCHRO 4D

20th May 2021, 11.00am to noon

SYNCHRO was born from a passion to bring improvement to the construction industry. 

It offers a portfolio of integrated software and services for digital construction management. Together, they enable construction firms to win projects and deliver them efficiently, improving the use of data to optimise decision-making, resourcing, and profitability.

Whether you are an existing SYNCHRO user, or new to Bentley Systems, join us to explore the concept of 4D Digital Construction Management, and learn why 4D Planning is essential for construction management.

In this webinar, you will explore Digital Twin for construction, see how SYNCHRO Control, Modeler, Pro, and Field can enhance your working practices – and discover the future developments of the SYNCHRO portfolio. Rounding off the session, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to quiz the experts.

Book your free place now

Free trial extension – OpenBuildings Station Designer and Legion Simulator

Multi-Discipline Rail Station Design and Pedestrian Simulation

You can now try OpenBuildings Station Designer and LEGION Simulator for free until 30th November 2020. 
OpenBuildings Station Designer improves design quality by optimizing the functional space layout of the station building and the path of travel for the pedestrian.
Design, analyse, visualise, and simulate rail and metro stations of any size, form, and complexity. Create pedestrian simulation scenarios to improve the quality of your station design and facility operations.
OpenBuildings Station Designer provides building information modeling (BIM) advancements so you can deliver station design projects faster and with greater confidence in your design, workflow, capabilities, and deliverables.  Effectively communicate design intent and eliminate barriers between building disciplines and geographically distributed teams.
With LEGION Simulator you can perform virtual experiments on the design and operation of a site and assess the impact of different levels of pedestrian demand.

With sophisticated modeling, analysis, and presentation capabilities for projects ranging from airports to train stations to sports venues, LEGION Simulator helps enhance pedestrian flow and improve safety by allowing the users to test evacuation strategies at any point of the simulations.

Why not try for yourself?

Cadventure will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the very best out of your Bentley software trial license.

Please contact us today on 020 7436 9004 or email us to discuss your requirements.

Contact us to download your 30 day trial

We deliver Bentley Institue Accredited training courses, which can be personalised to fit your business needs and training schedule.

To learn more about how training helps you achieve more, or to arrange a training needs analysis, please us call 0207 436 9004 or email us.

Contact us for more information

OpenRoads Designer: Complete BIM Solution for Transportation

Civil Design Software for Road Networks

OpenRoads enables the project delivery of road networks through construction-driven engineering and delivers all the information needed to support operational workflows. OpenRoads applications help redefine best practices for design and construction deliverables supporting the exchange of information throughout the project delivery lifecycle, to all participants of the project delivery team. 
Built to address the demands of today’s evolving infrastructure industry, OpenRoads Designer is a truly innovative design application, supporting civil engineers with the latest technology and tools they need to efficiently design, model, and produce project deliverables in a dynamic, interactive, and parametrically enabled environment.
By blending traditional engineering workflows for plan, profile, and cross-sections with 3D parametric modeling and BIM workflows, OpenRoads Designer enables efficient BIM implementation using model-centric creation of all your design deliverables. The software supports all aspects of a detailed roadway design including survey, geotechnical, drainage, subsurface utilities, corridor modeling, analysis, and quantification.


Want to know more?
Cadventure is the largest reseller of Bentley software products globally, and can advise on  software, training, consultancy and support for BIM and digital construction.

Please contact us today on 020 7436 9004 or email us to discuss your requirements.


Contact us for more information
Training and free 30 Day Trial

We offer a free 30 day trial, and also Bentley Institue Accredited training courses, which can be personalised to fit your business needs and training schedule.

To learn more about how training helps you achieve more, or to arrange a training needs analysis, please us call 0207 436 9004 or email us.


Contact us to download your 30 day trial

MicroStation CONNECT – Update 14

MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 14 – new features and enhancements
Cadventure is excited to announce the arrival of the latest release of MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 14.
This latest release addresses users’ frequently requested features, and includes the following enhancements to support your BIM workflow, improve your user experience, and deliver better product performance.
Some new features:
  • Apply 2D Constraints to Mid-point of Elements
  • Create a Non-Orthogonal Cut in a Solid
  • Choose a Mode to Offset Solid Edges
  • Define Jobs on Levels in Nested References
  • Hide Thumbnail Preview for Files on the Work Page
  • Access ‘Help’ in the Top-Right section of the Ribbon
  • Add or Remove an Element to Named Presentation(s) in the Properties Dialog
  • Use the iTwin Synchronizer to synchronise changes in a design file to an iModel in the iModelHub.
How do I get Update 14?
Simply download Update 14 from the “My Support” section of the Bentley Systems Software Downloads centre.
Want to know more – or still using V8i version?
Cadventure can advise on the new upgrade and offers a full V8i to CONNECT migration service.

We help you to plan and deliver your migration strategy with CONNECT workspace, tailored administrator and user-update training, roll-out programme and support options.

Please contact us today on 020 7436 9004 or email us to discuss your requirements.


Contact us for more information about pricing and licensing options
Training and free 30 Day Trial

We offer a free 30 day trial, and also training courses, which can be personalised to fit your business needs and training schedule.

To learn more about how training helps you achieve more, or to arrange a training needs analysis, please us call 0207 436 9004 or email us.


Contact us to download your 30 day trial

V8i Users – An important date for your diary: 31st December 2019

As a Bentley user, you will be aware that Bentley Systems’ technical support for V8i versions of applications will discontinue after 31st December 2019.

What does this mean for me?

From 31st December 2019, Bentley’s V8i generation products will no longer be supported.

This does not affect the usage or licencing status of your existing products. However it does mean that updates, patches and user assistance will be discontinued and only available with CONNECT Edition, which is fully certified to work with Windows 10.

What should I do?

To ensure continuity of SELECT support for your application now is the time to upgrade to CONNECT Edition.

Five reasons to upgrade:  Not only will you continue to receive a high standard of support services, but also enjoy a full range of benefits including:

  1. New and improved functionality within CONNECT Edition
  2. Software enhancements and updates to ensure continuity
  3. Entitlement Manager to administer usage 
  4. 24/7/365 Support for your users
  5. Learning Services, and Compliance Certification
How can I get help?

Contact us:  Cadventure offer a full V8i to CONNECT migration service and can help you to plan and deliver your migration strategy.

When do I need to act?

Act now: The deadline of 31st December 2019 will not be extended, and you will no longer receive Bentley Systems technical support on V8i versions after this date.

Contact us now

Don’t miss Cadventure’s special ‘Essentials Package’ deal!

Better designs start with OpenBuildings Designer

With the ‘OpenBuildings Designer Essentials Package’ from Cadventure you have everything you need to get your projects off the ground.
OpenBuildings Designer (formerly AECOsim Building Designer) provides building information modelling (BIM) advancements so you can deliver projects faster and with greater confidence – confidence in your design, workflow, capabilities, and deliverables.
In a single environment, OpenBuildings Designer covers all stages of design, from early conceptual sketches and computational design, through to production information, clash co-ordination, and visualisation, providing a robust platform to help you confidently deliver both traditional CAD and data rich BIM projects.
Moving to a better technology solution offers you the opportunity to increase your productivity and cost efficiencies – and with the ‘OpenBuildings Designer Essentials Package’ from Cadventure, you will receive not only industry leading software, but also a ‘Workspace to GO’ configuration that provides OpenBuildings Designer with suitable resources for the latest BIM standards, and training or consultancy.
Everything you need to get your team up and running.

What is included:

OpenBuilding Designer
Workspace to go
Five-day training passport OR one day onsite consulting

Bundle price = £3,950 + SELECT + VAT

Cost saving: £3,844

This special offer is for a limited time only – orders must be placed before 5.00pm, Monday 9th December.

*Terms & Conditions apply


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