US-based Bentley Systems last week launched Viecon.com, the company’s project extranet system. Viecon.com, the first part of the Viecon initiative, unveiled last month, is designed to maximize the effectiveness of engineering, construction and operations networks by allowing members of project teams to create, communicate and collaborate over the internet.
Viecon.com is intended to act as a `situation room’ for a project, to coordinate interrelated efforts. It can facilitate and record communications between owners, design teams, contractors, and suppliers. It can also be used to share selected files securely.
The system has been designed to combine with Bentley’s ProjectBank design collaboration product and ProjectWise document management systems.
ProjectBank manages information in computer-aided design files at component level, so that all design changes can be tracked by component, or by individual, and several people can work on the same file at the same time.
ProjectWise extends this to other types of documents involved in design and engineering workflows. This combination of tools is integrated via the web.
Bentley’s Viecon initiative includes Viecon Licensing, which allows Bentley technologies to be licensed over the internet; and Viecon Platforms, a local installation of Viecon technology for companies that want `private’ project extranets and networks behind their own firewall.
Until 1 October, Bentley `Select’ subscribers can register projects and use Viecon.com for up to three months free. Non-Select subscribers may register on or before 1 July.
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