New Release of Bentley’s SewerCAD Helps Engineers Effectively Evaluate Capacity, Size Pipes, Select Pumps, Locate Overflows

SewerCAD V8 XM Enables Utilities, Municipalities, and Consultants to Run Projects at Lower Cost and Precisely Evaluate and Design Capacity in Sanitary Wastewater Collection Systems

EXTON, Pa. – Sept. 24, 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced the release of SewerCAD V8 XM Edition, a powerful tool for sewer design and rehabilitation. SewerCAD V8 XM provides innovative modeling tools featuring an easy-to-use interface and advanced capabilities that enable engineers from municipalities, utilities, and consulting firms to get the most value from their capital improvement funds. The new tools help engineers cost-effectively evaluate capacity, size pipes, select pumps, and identify the locations of potential overflows, and are particularly well suited for systems that are a mix of gravity and pressure flow. Included in SewerCAD V8 XM’s many new capabilities are advanced thematic mapping, configurable element symbology, and improved utilities that allow users to quickly convert and integrate data from CAD, GIS, and other data stores. The latter means that users do not have to recreate existing CAD or GIS data, saving them substantial time on complex projects and enhancing their ability to support owner-operators using a variety of data sources.

Commenting on the new SewerCAD, Ryan Johnson, program manager at Veolia Water North America, said, “We have applied SewerCAD on several important projects with great success. Its incredibly short learning curve and ease of use increase our productivity, and its broad set of feature-rich tools improves the quality of our designs.”

Said Thomas Walski, Bentley SewerCAD product manager, “SewerCAD’s features, stability, and performance were developed specifically for the needs of engineers working on the hydraulic aspects of wastewater collection systems. As a result, users of this software won’t face the frustrations commonly associated with overly complex modeling engines – including the need to constantly readjust the input data and modeling assumptions.”

Walski continued, “An array of new features in SewerCAD V8 XM facilitates everything from designing a small subdivision to working on huge systems with a mix of gravity and pumped networks. For example, the newly included LoadBuilder module helps modelers allocate sewer loads based on a variety of GIS-based sources such as customer water-use data, area-wide flow measurement, or polygons with known population or land use.”

Additional new features in SewerCAD V8 XM include:
•        Air valves at high points in force mains,
•        TRex for automated ground elevation data assignment,
•        Tractive stress calculations,
•        Active topology,
•        Interpolating properties between elements,
•        Accurate variable speed pump analysis,
•        Improved graphing of dynamic results,
•        Engineering profiles in DXF,
•        Network navigator,
•        Ability to import StormCAD and SewerGEMS models,
•        System head curves,
•        Easier creation of controls,
•        Complex manifolded pump stations/force mains,
•        Great numerical stability/performance,
•        Enhanced graphical user interface featuring dynamic zooming, named views library, and dockable windows,
•        AutoCAD 2009 support.

The constraint-based design features in SewerCAD enable modelers to automatically design gravity piping and structures. They allow users to specify elements to be designed, from a single pipe size to the entire system, by simply entering the design restrictions, including minimum and maximum velocities, covers and slopes; pipe and manhole matching offsets; and allow or disallow drop structures. SewerCAD will automatically determine cost-effective pipe sizes and invert elevations, eliminating unnecessary pipe trench excavation.

SewerCAD V8 XM is now generally available. To learn more about SewerCAD, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions. For additional information about Bentley, visit
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