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Building Information Modeling / Bentley PowerCivil

Supplier: Bentley Systems

PowerCivil automates site design field to finish, with relationship modeling for real-time scenario exploration. Designers, engineers, and surveyors share a single environment.


Bentley PowerCivil is comprehensive design software, offering civil engineers and designers a flexible 2D/3D tool for land development and site modeling. No CAD platform is required.

PowerCivil runs standalone with native DGN and DWG file formats, using a full complement of CAD-based toolsets.

Unique relationship modeling enables rapid, dynamic exploration of site development scenarios.

Combined with a complete set of plan preparation tools, plan sheet generation, and automatic volume/material quantity calculations, this enables more effective project execution.

PowerCivil can be used for a wide range of projects:

  • Commercial building, plant, and manufacturing sites
  • Airports and rail terminals
  • Subdivisions, urban complexes, parks, campuses, and golf courses
  • Dams, mines, and landfills
  • Drainage, utility, and floodplain projects

PowerCivil streamlines design, production of project deliverables, and electronic conveyance to construction.

Field-to-Finish Integration

PowerCivil maximizes the power of Bentley’s market-leading civil solutions in one integrated multidiscipline product for survey, graphical coordinate geometry (COGO), digital terrain modeling, site grading, water and sewer, storm drainage, and street design.

Intelligent associativity between civil disciplines reduces errors and ensures consistent, accurate designs – improving constructability. The software offers tools for easy import, incorporation, and export of design information.

More Flexibility with Visual Modeling

PowerCivil has been developed to match the way civil engineers and designers work. Instant visual feedback enables designers to rapidly explore an array of design options.

Intelligent associativity eases handling of virtually all types of civil features in an object-oriented context: from ponds, ditches, and channels to pads, streets, and cul-de-sacs. As design objects are modified, associated features automatically adjust, obeying your custom design constraints and intent.

Users control the level of associativity between objects in the model, including the precedence of feature components and relationships.

Integrated 2D and 3D helps you work more efficiently, interactively designing in plan, profile, section, and 3D.

PowerCivil gives you the power to resolve unsuitable conditions on the fly and make design changes rapidly, streamlining the design process.

Multi-Format Support

Regardless of the data format you choose to work with or need to deliver, PowerCivil is the civil design software most capable of meeting your project requirements. It supports:

  • Industry-leading survey data collectors for direct input and output of survey data
  • Native file support for both DGN and DWG data
  • Import or export XML data for surfaces and coordinate geometry
  • Production of PDF plan sets

Increased Productivity and Collaboration

PowerCivil includes wizards to guide you in the creation of intelligent land features such as pads, ponds, channels, subdivisions, streets, and roads.

Intelligent object-oriented features enable you to quickly incorporate client changes with no loss of accuracy or design integrity.

The software not only increases individual productivity, but also promotes collaboration between multiple users. Project team members can work in multiple disciplines, each user referencing and viewing the work of others.

Who Uses

  • 47 of the 50 US State DOTs use Bentley Civil software solutions.


  • Civil/site designers
  • Professional surveyors
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Storm drainage and water/sewer reticulation system designers
  • Civil engineering consultants

Firm types

  • Civil engineering firms
  • Surveying companies
  • Landscape design
  • Departments of transportation (DOT)
  • Municipal engineering organizations
  • Design/build companies

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