Bentley PowerCivil


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.

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

PowerCivil Technical Requirements
  • Intel or AMD processor 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Microsoft Vista 64, Windows Vista 32, Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, XP Home Edition.
  • Memory: 512 MB minimum; 2 GB recommended
  • Disk: 900 MB free disk space (which includes the 400 MB install footprint for a complete installation)
  • Input Device: Mouse
  • Video Card: Graphics card supported by DirectX 9.0c

PowerCivil Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

One complete solution

Bentley PowerCivil is the complete software solution for land development and site design professionals. PowerCivil delivers integrated applications for Site Modeling, Survey, Drainage, Water & Sewer, Road, Earthworks, and Subdivisions.

Integrated 2D/3D Drafting and Design Environment

PowerCivil provides a full drafting platform, eliminating the need for additional CAD tools. With workspaces in both 2D and 3D, and a comprehensive layout toolset, development of plan sheets is a snap.

Native DGN and DWG Support

Stop losing time importing and exporting between file formats. PowerCivil enables you to work with DGN or DWG files. PowerCivil natively supports AutoCAD, Land Desktop, and Civil 3D files. With direct PDF and Google EarthTM publishing capabilities, PowerCivil facilitates design sharing with all stakeholders. Never let file format issues impact your personal productivity again!

Efficient Workflow

Streamline the design office with a common interface for all tasks and consistent data at the end of the day. Application management tools help the whole design office practice according to standards and requirements.

Proven Technology

Employ proven technology representing the best of industry-standard Bentley Civil software. Advanced applications such as dynamic object modeling—eight years in practice—can bring a new level of productivity and competitiveness to your design office.

Automatic Subdivision Layout

Use PowerCivil’s powerful automatic subdivision layout tools and speed up your survey-to-plans completion time. Users have direct control over parcel parameters and can run the automated layout using an array of possible criteria.

Dynamic Design Modeling

Use our powerful, proven design modeling tools to dynamically evolve your site features while retaining your original design intent. Easy drag and drop makes relocating a pad, road line, or any site feature easier and faster than ever before.

Make Changes Quickly

Edit site features such as sewer lines, pond grading plans and more, and watch your plan profiles update instantly. Last minute changes have never been easier or faster.

Data Collector Compatibility and Machine Controls

PowerCivil’s support of industry-leading data collectors provide smooth connectivity with your field gear. Customizable transfer options ensure that the right field data makes it to your design intact and as you need it. You can take PowerCivil’s site design models back to the field through machine control and stakeout solutions to streamline construction.

Strong User Base

Bentley is the technology leader in the civil industry and its users reap the benefits of a dynamic global user community. Enjoy the security of a proven technology, supported by a top provider with a reputation for working hand-in-hand with its customers.

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