EXTON, Pa. – Feb. 15, 2011 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the launch of STUDENTserver. This intuitive website offering is available at no charge to schools participating in the Be Careers Network Academic SELECT Subscription program. STUDENTserver provides all students and faculty at these schools with easy, self-serve access to the same commercial-grade software used by leading architects, engineers, and owner-operators to design, build, and operate the world’s infrastructure. It includes access to unlimited training, learning transcripts, professional networking opportunities on Be Communities, and more. Featuring automatic fulfillment, STUDENTserver is extremely easy for schools to administer. It registers students for services from Bentley, distributes software for home use, provides licenses to students and faculty, and maintains the software licenses and training. This means schools can now provide students and faculty with the more than 50 software products and unlimited training available through Academic SELECT without adding to their administrators’ workloads. STUDENTserver’s extensive resources help students acquire in-depth knowledge of advanced design and engineering software and hone their skills in applying this technology – enabling them to become job ready upon graduation.

Commenting on the new service, Claude Junkins, instructor for the School of Engineering Technology and coordinator of Engineering Support Services, University of Maine, said, “The new STUDENTserver streamlines the process of accessing Bentley’s expanding library of learning resources and software. At the same time, it relieves the burden that our campus administrators typically face in responding to multiple, urgent requests for software from students and faculty. It’s a win for everyone.”

Scott Lofgren, global director of the Be Careers Network, said, “The powerful combination of STUDENTserver and Bentley’s Academic SELECT Subscription enables educators to conveniently and cost-effectively provide students hands-on experience with professional-grade software for sustaining infrastructure, giving them a substantial competitive edge in the jobs market. Our research shows that STUDENTserver will reduce the burden of software administration and distribution to students and faculty by as much as 90 percent, and we are pleased to offer this valuable addition to our Be Careers program at no charge.”

Getting the new STUDENTserver up and running at schools is quick and easy. Administrators secure a single school code, email it to faculty and students, and the system is ready to fulfill requests for all the architectural, engineering, construction, and geospatial software and training needed to support classroom work. Faculty and students then access the STUDENTserver by entering the code.

For additional information about Bentley’s STUDENTserver, visit www.bentley.com/students.

About the Be Careers Network Academic SELECT Subscription

The Be Careers Network Academic SELECT Subscription provides academic institutions with more than 50 innovative and integrated software products from Bentley for use in labs, classrooms, and on students’ personal computers. It includes full upgrades to the latest software versions, instructor-led training (via scheduled distance learning) for faculty, blended learning for faculty and students, classroom support materials including training guides and curricula, 24-by-7 technical support, scholarships and grants, and more. To best match the needs of each school, the subscription can be applied to a single department or an entire campus.
For additional information about Bentley’s academic subscriptions, visit www.bentley.com/academicsubscriptions.

About Be Careers Network

Be Careers Network is dedicated to helping students graduate with the technology skills needed to start careers as infrastructure professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. It accomplishes this by providing programs for students, faculty, and schools, including affordable software licenses, training, curriculum counseling, and scholarships. The programs are geared to the needs of students in universities, colleges, high schools, and technical schools. For additional information about Be Careers Network, visit www.becareers.org.

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 www.bentley.com and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable 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 Communities.

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.