Bentley Descartes

Bringing reality into your modeling


Advanced Processing for 3D Imagery


Make the most of your reality modeling data with the ability to integrate point clouds, reality meshes, scalable digital terrain models, and raster imagery into your infrastructure workflows. 

With Descartes you can extend your capabilities to extract value from reality modeling data of any scale through the ability to:


  • Visualize and manipulate its display 
  • Combine it with CAD, BIM, and GIS data 
  • Extract information like terrain models 
  • Edit and clean up reality modeling data 
Most infrastructure projects require the conversion of legacy documents. Descartes helps you integrate all imagery into engineering workflows to improve the overall quality of your project.
  • You benefit from the ability to: 
  • Work with all data types, regardless of size, in a single product 
  • Use advanced modeling, clipping, and sectioning tools to create 3D models of as-built conditions 
  • Extract ground and breaklines from reality meshes and point clouds 
  • Search and visualize reality meshes by enriching and classifying regions with additional information 
  • Streamline point cloud to geometry conversion 
  • Enrich, segment, and classify point clouds and combine them with engineering models
  • Produce animations and renderings for presentations
In addition to its robust capabilities to work with reality modeling data, the software ensures you have seamless integration with ProjectWise. This integration provides streaming that helps you work with extremely large files. Using ProjectWise reduces the risk of mismanaging your data and helps maintain document integrity.

Bentley Descartes Capabilities


Convert raster documents to vector drawings
  • Preserve and exploit your scanned documents and drawings. Work in hybrid workflows using raster and vector editing, cleanup, and processing tools to vectorize legacy documents.
Create animations, videos, and fly-throughs
  • Produce high-resolution orthographic and perspective images by rendering snapshots of any size. Set image size and scales using output rulers, scale, and positioning for accurate reuse. Take advantage of the intuitive time-based fly-through and object animation system for quick and easy movie production.
Create high-fidelity images
  • Use high-fidelity imaging tools to support precision mapping and engineering. Combine imagery in virtually any format and projection.
Create scalable terrain models
  • Use and display very large terrain models to increase return on investment on large datasets. Display scalable terrain models in a variety of modes, such as smooth shading with shadows, aspect angle, elevation, slope, contours, and more. Synchronize terrain models with source data such as DGN files, point-cloud data, and more.
Integrate data from many sources with reality meshes
  • Enrich reality meshes with additional data like geospatial information, by attaching it to specific parts of the mesh, providing the ability to subsequently search and visualize regions of a mesh based on the associated data.
Model geometry from reality modeling data
  • Extract break lines, paint lines, surfaces, planes, cylinder, and cylinder center lines from reality meshes and point clouds. Efficiently clip and section point cloud and reality meshes to streamline vector extraction.​
Process raster images
  • Use raster processing to add visualization and context to your infrastructure projects. Take advantage of immediate editing of raster data to improve the quality of your project deliverables. Lower costs associated with data maintenance by readily using legacy raster drawings in your workflow.
Visualize, manipulate and edit reality modeling data
  • Visualize and edit point clouds with billions of points, changing their classification, color and removing or editing points. Manipulate reality meshes and scalable terrain models with hundreds of millions of triangles. Import, retouch, and export meshes in many formats.