Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i Answers Need for Rigorous Nuclear Plant Design, Expedited Construction, and Enhanced Safety

Software Is Focus of Be Connected Online Seminar Available
Beginning Sept. 16, 2009

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i, powered by ADLPipe, is the focus of a Be Connected seminar that will be available online beginning Sept. 16, 2009. To register, visit The Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i front-end plant design tool is helping a growing number of engineers, constructors, and owner-operators conduct extensive and more accurate modeling and stress analyses on aging and new nuclear power stations. Among current users are Washington Group; Shaw Stone & Webster, a unit of The Shaw Group Inc.; American Electric Power; and AREVA NP.

To address the widely anticipated need for field-proven design methods leading to rigorous nuclear plant designs, expedited construction, and enhanced safety, AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i combines ADLPipe – the industry’s most widely used nuclear piping analysis engine – with the innovative and productive modeling environment of Bentley AutoPIPE. One of the many benefits of Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i stems from its use of a modeling interface with unique graphical-object, point-and-click, and copy-and-paste technologies. This enables design and engineering professionals to quickly and accurately make modifications and find solutions to problem areas.

“With global demand for electricity expected to double by 2030, the cost of carbon-based energy sources climbing, and much of the world taking steps to sustain the environment by reducing carbon emissions, the building of new nuclear power stations is once again an attractive and viable option,” said Santanu Das, Bentley vice president, Structural Engineering Group. “As aging nuclear plants close, and the demand for new stations increases, a sizable investment in nuclear power plants by the U.S., Europe, India, and China is anticipated. With the innovative capabilities of AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i, powered by ADLPipe, Bentley is well positioned to support this growing commitment on the part of governments to the renaissance of nuclear power plant construction.”

The dynamic features of Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i, powered by ADLPipe, include:

* Comprehensive analysis capability, including ASME NB 3600 Class 1, ASME NC 3600 Class 2, ASME ND 3600 Class 3, material properties database, Class 1 components and joint type, rupture stress criterion, and comprehensive fatigue evaluation;
* Bentley’s rigorous quality assurance and reporting program that’s in accordance with ASME NQA-1, ISO 9001, CSA N286.7-99, ASME N45.2, and 10CFR50 application standards;
* ASME NB and NC code years that date to 1972 for maintenance and operation on existing nuclear plants;
* Japanese JSME PPC Class 2 piping code;
* Advanced analysis features integrated through wall thermal gradient, fluid transient, seismic response spectra enveloping, and steam relief analyses;
* Bidirectional integration with STAAD.Pro for combined piping and structural analysis, resulting in more accurate engineering designs.

The software also includes user-defined static-load sets providing unlimited static analyses that specify different design scenarios, as well as automated and user-defined stress combinations providing powerful filtering capabilities that identify and solve complex problems quickly. In addition, users of Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i will benefit from reliable 3D CAD interoperability with AutoPLANT, PDS, PDMS, PlantSpace, ProjectWise Navigator, and SmartPlant 3D for fast and accurate model creation, and the ability to import and convert existing ADLPipe models using the built-in ADLPipe Translator. Interoperability with the ProjectWise collaboration system enables users of AutoPIPE Nuclear to easily manage, find, share, and visualize CAD and geospatial content, project data, and office documents.

Bentley AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i is part of Bentley’s V8i software portfolio for infrastructure, which was released last November. Encompassing products for all of the solution communities served by Bentley, including roads, bridges, rail and transit, campuses, factories, buildings, power generation, mining and metals, oil and gas, water and wastewater, electric and gas utilities, communications, and cadastre and land development, the V8i portfolio leverages and extends core capabilities of its new interoperability platform to provide the breadth and depth of technology needed for fully integrated project delivery. Developed as a collective whole, the V8i software portfolio facilitates streamlined workflows among multiple disciplines and across project teams throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

For additional information about AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i, powered by ADLPipe, visit To register for the AutoPIPE Nuclear V8i Be Connected online seminar, visit

About the Be Connected Online Seminar Series

Bentley’s innovative Be Connected online seminar series gives architects, engineers, builders, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators a chance to learn – OnDemand and free of charge – about applying information modeling from some of the world’s leading infrastructure practitioners. The series, which takes the place of this year’s Be Conference, began in June and runs through November of this year. For additional information about Be Connected, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, had 2008 revenues surpassing $500 million, and, since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

For additional information about Bentley, visit To subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases, visit To view a searchable collection of the year’s top infrastructure projects from the annual Be Awards of Excellence (which this year becomes the Be Inspired Awards), visit For information about Be Communities, a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit

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