Deal provides college faculty, students access
to complete suite of Bentley Systems software


Faculty and students at Texas A&M's College of Architecture have access through July 2011 to a full suite of building information modeling, energy performance and structural analysis software from Bentley Systems.

Mark Clayton, a professor of architecture at Texas A&M University who is engaged in a research project funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, secured the use of the software through Bentley's Academic SELECT program. While benefiting Clayton’s project, the one-year subscription also provides college faculty and students with unlimited access to Bentley Systems software.

The deal includes 60 software products, including Bentley's flagship program, MicroStation, a 2-D/3-D computer-aided design application. Additionally, the SELECT program includes free software training, upgrades and 24/7 technical support.

Clayton's research project, "Development of a Reference Building Information Model for Thermal Model Compliance Testing," will develop open-source reference models that developers can use to test their solutions to interoperability between BIM and energy simulation software.

“This research will promote the inclusion of energy efficiency measures in the early design of building model development,” said Clayton. “It is expected to greatly increase the efficiency and accuracy of energy analysis and allow building designs to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency.”

To gain access to the software, contact Clayton at 979.845.2300 or

- Posted: May. 12, 2010 -

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Contact:   Phillip Rollfing, or 979.458.0442.


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