AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium
Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

AGI and Bentley Systems Announce Cesium Consortium
Bentley Systems Joins the Creators of Cesium to Accelerate Open-Source Development for Cesium’s Virtual Globe Technology

January 18, 2017 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems are pleased to announce Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s unparalleled performance in streaming very large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become the virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing. The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles”
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Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based Web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand in hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the Web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

For more information on how to join and accelerate the Cesium Consortium, please contact

About Cesium

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) is the incubator of the Cesium team, which is the founder and primary contributor to the Cesium open source project. In addition, the Cesium team also builds, which is available as a hosted or on-premise solution for the rapid creation of 3D worlds and dissemination of geospatial datasets. For more information, visit

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2009 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, Be, MicroStation, and ContextCapture are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Philly Tech People News 1/19: Local guy Patterson making good at PTC ThingWorx

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Rob Patterson was recently named VP, Strategic Marketing at PTC, responsible for a portion of ThingWorx' market. Before that, he was VP, Product Marketing, and he joined PTC through its acquisition of Wayne-based of ColdLight Solutions (where he was in marketing and corporate strategy roles) in 2015. ColdLight was acquired as an integral part of ThingWorx' strategy.

He continues to work from Philly's western burbs (Exton) where ThingWorx also remains based. PTC ((NASDAQ: PTC), which acquired ThingWorx in late 2013 and made it and IoT one of the centerpieces of its corporate strategy, is headquartered in Needham, MA.

Since graduating from St.Joe's with a food marketing degree, Patterson has climbed through the ranks at a veritable who's who of Philly area employers, including Wawa, Microsoft Malvern, and Qlik Technologies. When he started with Qlik there were only 10 employees at its Radnor headquarters, Patterson told me in a phone conservation (Qlik originated in Sweeden), and from a marketing point of view they must have been starting from scratch. He was there when Qlik did its 2010 IPO.

Through this experience, Patterson gained expertise in BtoB marketing, not so much the mass market variety, but very targeted at a smaller universe of potential buyers. He applies this knowledge with ThingWorx, where he leads marketing for oil & gas, utilities, and "smart cities", the latter segment getting considerable publicity of late. ThingWorx' industrial marketing, and the management of its important GE relationship, are separate from that.

ThingWorx largely set the standard for industrial IoT by building an operating platform for it. It is not in consumer-related IoT, which is usually quite different in terms of standards, networks and applications. Although PTC's alliance with GE and its Predix software has gotten the most ink for ThingWorx over the past couple of years, the work of Patterson and others shows that it continues to develop the rest of the market as well.

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Arris International, the ambitious strategic technologies vendor to the cable industry, and in particular to its two largest customers - Comcast and Charter, is said to be making a bid for up to $1 billion for the network equipment assets of Brocade Communications (NASDAQ: BRCD), primarily composed of the Ruckus Wireless business acquired by Brocade just this past August for $1.5 billion.

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