BE Conference and DevCon 2008

This blog post brought to you by the letters B and E and the number 2008.

Phew... what a week!

BE Conference 2008 in Baltimore... DevCon 2008 a short distance away in Exton... hmmm... which one to choose, which one to choose? Hey... what about both! That is precisely what a number of folks did (including myself). In case you might have missed this, some of the BE Conference highlights (at least from this perspective) were:

  • The "Athens" product line... there was a lot of information communicated about that -- and MicroStation and ProjectWise were shown the whole time of the conference. 
  • The BE Conference Exhibit Hall was a hit. It was open much more than in the past, and the lay out was really good. (BTW, many thanks to all exhibitors and sponsors for helping make that a big success) 
  • Our Web properties got a big time facelift -- check them out on,, and (of course, you should already know about the last one :) 
  • We acquired a company (Common Point, a Bentley Developer Network member, if I can say so myself :) that specializes in construction simulation -- see this page for more information about the ConstructSim and OpSim products.
  • And the winner is... the BE Awards! Okay, so that sounds a little corny, but it is true. 23 separate awards were announced -- see this announcement for more information regarding those.
  • BE Conference 2009 will be in Charlotte, NC.

Quite a number of other things happened and were announced, too... check out some of them here

The developer conference (aka DevCon 2008) was held in Exton Thursday and Friday and also went very well. A number of interactive development-related sessions were presented to Bentley Developer Network attendees from the likes of Keith and Barry Bentley and a number of other key Bentley developers.

The social event Thursday evening was a hit, too... we went to Victory Brewing Company (who just recently completely refurbished their facilities) for dinner and great brews and then on to The Palace to knock down a few pins. It was lots of fun.

Christian Milne was the winner of the event giveaway -- a 30GB iPod (much to his surprise :)

To those Bentley Developer Network members who attended (and even those who could not make it), all of the sessions were recorded so we can put those on DVD... we anticipate those to be available sometime in the next month or so.