Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Universities in Brazil Joins Bentley’s Be Careers Network

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that Federal University of São Carlos and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have joined Bentley’s Be Careers Network. Through this innovative program, students and educators gain access to the same professional-grade software and training used by the world’s leading design and engineering firms. The Be Careers Network provides a cost-effective and comprehensive software suite encompassing the full range of infrastructure disciplines, blended learning that includes technology training via online learning, professional networking via the Be Communities networking site, scholarships, and much more.

Professor Guilherme A. Parsekian, Ph.D., coordinator of Civil Engineering Course, Federal University of São Carlos, said, “The partnership between Bentley and the Federal University of São Carlos allows our teaching staff and students to have direct contact with the latest commercial software tools. I believe that the use of such important technology during students’ academic years will have a positive impact on their professional futures.”

Federal University of São Carlos and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro join the growing list of prestigious universities in Brazil that have selected Be Careers Network to help their students graduate with the technology skills needed to start careers as infrastructure professionals in the architecture, engineering, geospatial, and construction fields. Others include:

University of São Paulo
State University of Campinas
UNESP – São Paulo State University
Presbyterian University of Mackenzie
Pontifical Catholic University
Air Force Technological Institute

Scott Lofgren, Bentley global director of Be Careers Network, said, “Engineering and architecture graduates with the skills needed to improve the infrastructure of Brazil are in huge demand, especially among the many leading Brazilian organizations using Bentley software, such as Petrobras, Engevix Engenharia, SEI Engenharia, INFRAERO, and Construções e Comércio Camargo Corrêa, to name only a few. A steady influx of new infrastructure professionals is crucial to support the continued expansion of this country’s burgeoning economy through the creation of roads, bridges, power plants, water distribution systems, and other infrastructure that sustains the economy and the environment. One of Bentley’s primary goals is to help countries like Brazil meet growing demand for better-performing infrastructure by helping sustain the infrastructure professions through its Be Careers Network.”

Lofgren continued, “Recently added features of our innovative program include the ability of students to earn Bentley Learning Units for their use of Bentley products within academic courses. These Learning Units will appear on their personal Bentley Professional Training Transcripts, which they can show to prospective employers once they graduate, enhancing their job prospects. And this past year, Bentley deployed its new STUDENTserver. Already gaining widespread acceptance on campuses around the globe, this new program offering assists students as well as faculty by providing for the online delivery of the Bentley software and training available to them through the Be Careers academic subscription. At the same time, it gives them the unique opportunity to network with infrastructure professionals through Bentley’s Be Communities social networking site. Both of these new offerings are available today to the numerous university students and faculty across Brazil who are actively engaged in our Be Careers Network.”

Professor Roberto Machado Corrêa, Ph.D., Graphic Expression Department, Civil Engineering Course, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, said, “This year, all of the classes on computational design at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro were taught using MicroStation, and the perceptions of the professors in the Graphic Expression Department regarding this software have been very positive. The 3D modeling is easy to use, and the overall experience led us to extend our use of the MicroStation platform to include other applications it supports.”


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