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September 28th, 2007
Cross London Rail Links Joins

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL), tasked with promoting and developing a new West-East railway route through London called Crossrail, has joined Bentley’s Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) program. Crossrail is a key part of London’s plan for growth over the years ahead and is forecast to add £30 billion to the United Kingdom’s economy over a 60-year period. It will provide easier, quicker, and more direct travel options across the capital city via new rail lines in tunnels. In addition, the new lines will ease many transportation headaches, encourage regeneration and social inclusion, and provide access to thousands of job opportunities.

At the heart of CLRL’s design capability are more than 200 engineers and other disciplines, all of whom use MicroStation, Bentley Architecture, Bentley Structural, and Bentley Mechanical software for railway design work. The recent co-location of the design teams has resulted in the organization moving to a more flexible method of licensing, and in June of this year, CLRL entered into an ELS agreement with Bentley.

Clinton Leeks, corporate affairs director for CLRL, said, “The ELS agreement supports our design teams in delivering a cost-effective design for this major new rail project. It provides us with the facility to use a wide range of Bentley software in our railway design activities across all design consultants. This simplification of licensing helps us focus on our core activities of railway design and delivery, in the knowledge that our software licensing requirements are being met.”

The Bentley ELS program grants organizations unlimited access to the entire ELS software portfolio for a fixed annual fee. The portfolio covers all the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) and geospatial software needs of subscribers, providing building, plant, civil, and geospatial solutions and supporting a managed environment for their AEC and geospatial IT.

The total coverage at a fixed, discounted price means that organizations can increase their software productivity and reduce their total AEC and geospatial software costs simultaneously. The unlimited access streamlines AEC and geospatial software administration while the annual term simplifies budgeting and accounting.

Immediately, the Bentley ELS has given CLRL a quick, cost-effective way to offer its engineers creative technical alternatives and solutions in support of the Crossrail project.

The Bentley ELS helps organizations such as CLRL become more agile. The project starts can happen faster and teams can reconfigure more quickly for project delivery. No-charge pilots allow new technology to be infused into projects more readily. The ELS agreement has been extended to include delivery partners, extending the agility and multiplying the benefits.

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