Bentley Geospatial Server

A Federated Approach to Managing Spatial and Non-Spatial Information

Bentley Geospatial Server brings together information in spatial databases, drawings, business documents and other forms through a unique Federated Information Management approach. Information in enterprise databases, legacy and departmental systems, and project based data in virtually any format is accessible to users through a spatial interface.

Information is managed through a unique approach that relies on indexing rather than conversion of information to a common format. This allows information to remain in its original form where it can be found, viewed, and edited via your favorite tools launched directly from the Bentley Geospatial Server interface. It’s possible to use spatial and non-spatial criteria to find the information you are looking for, and ensure, with spatial referencing, that you never miss any information in a given area or location.

The Geospatial Server is the centerpiece of Bentley’s GIS Architecture and serves information to Bentley’s GIS applications. It relies on a collection of services ranging from Spatial Indexing and Searching to an extensive set of Spatial Database Services to Plotting and Publishing. Working together with Bentley’s wide range of desktop and industry GIS applications or Bentley’s wealth of AEC products, it brings to life a true distributed enterprise GIS environment for infrastructure.

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Who Uses
Bentley Geospatial Server is used by all types of organizations that manage infrastructure.


  • Utilities
  • Communications
  • Rail
  • Engineering Services
  • Energy E&P
  • Pipeline
  • Government
  • Airports


  • Facilities Management
  • Transportation
  • Public Works
  • Services
  • Defense


A Federated Approach to Managing Spatial and Non-Spatial Information


Distributed Enterprise GIS

When configured with Bentley Geospatial Server, Bentley’s Geospatial Desktop and Industry Applications support simultaneous multi-user editing, optimistic and pessimistic transactions, and the time component features provided by Oracle. Versioning relies on the Oracle Workspace Manager.  Users can work directly with Oracle Spatial for live editing or in a disconnected mode via an “extract, modify, post” paradigm. 

Our GIS applications and the Geospatial Server are excellent Oracle database citizens. They adhere to the Oracle object-relational and topology models allowing other Oracle compliant tools and applications to easily read and write the Oracle data produced.

The opposite is also true; the Geospatial Server discovers existing database schema and allows configuration of the server to adapt it to any database schema. Therefore it can read and write most Oracle data if it was produced following the Oracle Spatial standards.

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Ability to Spatially Index Features, Databases, Files, and Documents

Bentley Geospatial Server provides for spatial indexing of features, databases, files, and documents.  Users can display, search and review the properties of features from the spatial interface. Individual features can be found and depicted visually on the background map. Their properties can be reviewed. Indexed features can also be accessed from the Bentley Geospatial Server list view.

Location is automatically deduced for files or documents with inherent coordinate systems—DGN, GeoTIFF, SHP, and more. Documents that are nonspatial can inherit the location of the folder into which they are inserted. Alternatively, an administrator can use a map-based interface to define location for a document or folder of documents, as well as import MicroStation-based cartographic indexes. Non-spatial information can also be quickly geocoded by attribute. The document will acquire the spatial location of a boundary when an associated attribute is set for the document.

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Live Oracle Spatial Editing

Perform live viewing and editing of an Oracle Spatial database simply by opening a DGN document stored the Bentley GeoSpatial Server. This allows users to take advantage of the editing productivity of MicroStation while working directly with the Oracle Spatial information. The approach also allows users to take advantage of the native versioning capabilities of Oracle. The Geospatial Server facilitates the process by allowing for the creation of Database Connection Documents (DGN) that can be used to connect directly to the Oracle database.

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Disconnected Editing Workflows

Perform fully reliable disconnected field editing and re-synchronize your device once back in the office. This avoids repetitive or unnecessary trips to the office by allowing field workers to carry the most current information into the field and improves data quality and currency by capturing in-the-field edits, especially useful in areas of low network availability. Distributed batch extraction and posting enables any disconnected editing workflow. Bentley Geospatial Server allows the creation of Disconnected Database Documents (DGN). These DGN contain all the information from the database and therefore can be edited on the field. Attribution and metadata are stored as XML in the DGN.

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Multi-user Editing Via Oracle Versioning

Bentley Geospatial Server works with the standard Oracle Workspace Manager to enable multi-user editing workflows. It provides for versioning and long transactions with pessimistic locking or optimistic locking. This means versions created by the connector can be accessed by any other SQL clients.

The Geospatial Reconciliation tools provided with the Geospatial Server help users reconcile versions by providing tools to identify, browse, visualize, and resolve conflicts and commit the reconciled version. The tools are an addition to the capabilities of the client application being used, such as Bentley Map. Using the Geospatial Reconciliation tools, users can visualize all versions connected in the database and use the Conflict Inspector to find and fix conflicts and commit the reconciled version.

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Intelligent Distributed Plotting and Publishing

Bentley Geospatial Server provides publishing and plotting for creating accurate and intelligent output. It centralizes the production plotting and electronic archival processes.

You can create hardcopy or intelligent PDF renditions of any of the content managed by Geospatial Server. Using common interfaces and settings, print sets are published on demand or via workflow events. You can also take advantage of space-saving digital storage, design compare, scaled plotting and measuring from a Web browser, document bookmarks, redlining tools for adding comments, and custom support for wide-format printers. 

Learn more about the the plotting and publishing capabilities incorporated in Bentley Geospatial Server. 

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Temporal Data Management

Historical maps and reports needed to support studies, planning, or meet government regulations can be produced by leveraging historical data management capabilities. Bentley Geospatial Server leverages the time component capabilities of Oracle that allow storing historical data in the database. When this mode is enabled, deleted features are not deleted from database, they are retired. Updated features are not strictly updated, but rather a copy of the old feature is made and the updated feature also exists in the database.

It is also possible to make edits in the present but have them reflected only in the future via futuristic temporal data management. This avoids the need to edit the database at a specific time for time critical updates to the database.

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Workflow Management, Security, and Collaboration

With Bentley Geospatial Server, organizations can manage complex workflows from creation through approval. States, user roles, and valid workflows can be defined with ordered milestones through which an object makes its way to completion. We focus on the whole enterprise and bring together management of information captured in the field or throughout the enterprise. The solution can also log all actions and changes made to documents and files and can store and manage multiple versions of them. It enables design comparisons between versions of digital plots, records document and folder activity in audit trails, and ensures users always have access to the latest version.

The Geospatial Server is a secure environment with a considerable degree of flexibility in defining and managing user rights. You can manage security at the feature, feature class, project, or database level and for file based information at the file or folder level.

Learn more about the workflow, security, and collaboration capabilities incorporate in Bentley Geospatial Server

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An Open, Extensible Architecture

Bentley Geospatial Server is a highly extensible solution allowing customization at any level of the architecture. Considerable configuration without programming may be done in the administrative applications.  The Geospatial Server is also easily extended by developers since it is based on .NET Web service technology. This allows the Geospatial Server to be integrated in a service-oriented architecture and the loose coupling of applications in order to focus on business and operational workflows.

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