Because it's called Microstation V8i

Today, as we had announced, Bentley launched its 8i version for its entire product portfolio, with a premiered page for that end, with videos and opinions of different users. Although several of the links in the newsletters they have sent have an erroneous ftp address.

I remember that the 2001 version of AutoCAD was called 2000i, I don't remember why, I think because it was "the same" as 2000, Microstation V7 j was called when they implemented the development in Java ... that in V8 they abandoned it for .NET so within a year everyone will talk about V8i, the reality. Before trying it, I am going to "smoke" in the meaning of the i, based on the publicity that we received today after the virtual conference, very nice but for the "ñola" connection in these parts it became too slow.

image Integration It seems to be the word that most defines the corporate identity that this version carries, although it was expected for a long time, it is understood by a redesign that they have made of all Creole applications and acquired under a single architecture. Although I hoped it came from the concept "Communication", that although in several of their documents they imply it, I do not think that they have implemented them at all levels, as it seems to happen with AutoDesk in a good reflection of Txus of the transition from CAD to BIM.

But the I must be demonstrated, a launch with so much mystery must be based on a high expectation, reason why they have released a limited quantity of copies waiting to find opinions, if I'm lucky I will get one, if not ... I'll wait to be told.

Modular Design based on the Intuition:

image The design and visualization are reduced to a single action every time, this means that the almost real-time rendering is from the first lines of a twisted building with Generative Components, to its real construction to control the supervision and mechanical design.


Soil-structure, Dynamic views:

image The "Display Sets" is expanded, such that 2D ceases to exist or at least coexists with 3D ... ???

It is not very clear, but it seems that they looked for a way to load the 2D.


Geocordination Intrinsic:

image It is understood that now, all Bentley tools support and can be displayed under a single flight reference system, no matter what external application they come from ... it is understood that under OGC standards?


Training Incredible:

It sounds like a green Hulk, but this is what users have said: "We have accessed a 20 mb file and handled it 55 times faster." It remains to be seen if this is beyond data management via LAN and WAN, where SharePoint and Project Wise have been strong.



image Although we applaud it, this is not a novelty, rather a debt because we understood interoperability not only because it read the neighborhood formats but because it supported standards. So now they claim to be ready: LandXML, OGC, ISO 15925, WML, IFC… or at least that is what an extensive 21-page white paper seems to say.


Anyway we like to know that there are Innovation, that it remains V8, that it respects and shares standards so that those of the competition can save the money that simple "import / eXport" costs. It also seems like a very good idea, after almost three years of acquisitions, not to patch up software but to re-develop it under the same architecture.

Now it remains to be seen how they defend and market their I.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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