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  • Distinguished Speakers to Provide Insights on Advanced Computational Design at SmartGeometry 2012 Conference
  • Being Held March 23-24 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.;

    Registration Now Open at

    EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that registration is now open for the SmartGeometry 2012 Conference. This widely acclaimed conference is the world’s premier event focused on computational and parametric design tools, technologies, and methodologies that allow and encourage new forms of architectural and structural expression. The conference takes place March 23-24, 2012, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in Troy, New York, and carries the theme “Material Intensities – Simulation, Energy, Environment.” Among this year’s many distinguished speakers providing insights on advanced 3D design are Enric Ruiz-Geli, director, Cloud 9 Studio; Robert Hull, Department of Material Science and Engineering, RPI; Manfred Grohmann, Bollinger+Grohmann Engineering; Perry Hall, visual artist and musician; and Evan Douglis, dean of the School of Architecture, RPI. For additional information about the conference and to register, visit

    The SmartGeometry 2012 Conference includes:

    Commenting on this year’s conference agenda, SmartGeometry Director Xavier De Kestelier said, “The yearly SmartGeometry event combines an active workshop environment with two days of dynamic presentations and debates on how computational design impacts the built world. Every year SmartGeometry evolves by setting ourselves a new challenge; this year’s challenge, entitled Material Intensities, strives to energize our digital prototypes and infuse them with material behavior through simulation and a focus on energy and environment. By combining the worlds of practice, industry, and academia, all engaged in active design and research, SmartGeometry events continue to push the boundaries of design and computation through leading-edge developments and discussion.”

    For additional information about, or to register for, the SmartGeometry 2012 Conference, visit

    About the SmartGeometry Group

    SmartGeometry is run entirely by passionate volunteers who balance their professional careers (which often put them in competition with each other) with their investment of time and energy in the wider community. The magic of SmartGeometry lies in its curious mix of community and competition, which conspires to inspire and provoke. The excitement of each SmartGeometry event is the anticipation of the unknown and the creative mix and intensity of ideas. Each year generates heightened expectations that inevitably challenge current design methodologies. The directors of the SmartGeometry Group include Shane Burger, director of Design Technology, Woods Bagot; Xavier De Kestelier, associate partner, Foster+Partners; Lars Hesselgren, PLP/Architecture; Hugh Whitehead, Foster + Partners; and J Parrish, AECOM. For additional information, visit

    About GenerativeComponents

    GenerativeComponents (GC) enables architects and engineers to pursue designs and achieve results that were virtually unthinkable before. Empowered by computational methods, the designers can direct their creativity to deliver inspired, sustainable, better-performing buildings that are freer in form and use innovative materials and assemblies. GenerativeComponents facilitates this by allowing the quick exploration of a broad range of “what-if” alternatives for design components ranging from conventional building elements such as curtain walls, paneling, and stairs to overall building configurations and form for even the most complex buildings.

    Among the leading architects and engineers around the world already taking advantage of this unique generative design software are Arup, BDP, Buro Happold, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, Henning Larsen Architects, HOK, KPF, Lem3a, Morphosis, PLP/Architecture, Populous, SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, Stantec, UNStudio, and Zaha Hadid Architects. GenerativeComponents is available for download at no cost at

    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 over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

    Additional information about Bentley is available at 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.

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