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Projectwise overview v8 xm edition

ProjectWise OverviewV8 XM Edition

Gary Cochrane

Projectwise is not a product

ProjectWise is not a product

  • ProjectWise is:

    • A Brand name representing Bentley collaboration server products

    • With the XM Edition, it represents a family of server products that combine to form a solution for Engineering Content Management and Distribution

Focusing on content management

Focusing on Content Management

  • ProjectWise provides:

    • Centralized control of distributed content

Central control of distributed content

Central Control of Distributed Content

File Server

File Server

File Server

Introducing the modules

Introducing the modules

  • Each solution comprises one or more of the following server modules

    • PW Integration Server

    • PW Caching Server

    • PW Web Server

    • PW Publishing Server

    • PW InterPlot Server

Projectwise integration server

ProjectWise Integration Server

  • Central component of every ProjectWise solution

    • Formerly known as PW Application Server

    • (At least) one in every PW Configuration

      • Possibly more to serve large organizations (defined as greater than 500 simultaneous users)

      • Possibly more to provide redundancy

      • Possibly more when multiple sites operate independently of each other and don’t want to rely on other sites…

Before moving on

Before moving on…

  • A few terms

    • Server – a ProjectWise module that is purchased

    • Service – Functionality included with a Server

      • Not all services included with a Server are configured in each deployment

      • Thus, no “standard” fee for server deployments



  • ProjectWise Integration Server includes:

    • Content Management service

    • File storage & caching service

    • File indexing service

    • Component indexing service

    • User Synchronization Service

    • PW Gateway Service

  • This will make more sense soon

    • A picture is worth a thousand words

Essential components

Essential Components

Either Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server

* Not supplied by Bentley

In this configuration, all files are stored on the PW Integration Server

* Via File Storage service

Adding single sign on

Adding Single Sign-On

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Adding Single Sign-On

Users not prompted for password when logging in to ProjectWise

* User authentication via Windows domain

Scaling up

Scaling Up

  • As usages grows…

    • It may become necessary to move file storage to a secondary server

      • This removes some load from the Integration Server

      • Also adds flexibility as to where the files will be stored

    • In this case, the configuration would include the ProjectWise Caching Server

      • Configured to run the File Storage service

Projectwise caching server

ProjectWise Caching Server

  • Primary function is to provide remote file storage

    • Formerly known as ProjectWise Distributed File Server

    • Provides 3 services

      • File Storage Service

      • File Caching Service

      • ProjectWise Gateway Service

Adding remote storage

Adding Remote Storage

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Adding Remote Storage

Files may also be stored on a remote server, thus reducing load on the Integration Server

Files may still be stored on the Integration Server

Adding remote sites

Adding Remote sites

  • Remote sites may be supported:

    • With minimal investment

      • No PW server infrastructure

      • Only add PW Passport licenses for remote clients

      • Typical for small sites

    • With additional investment for better performance

      • Remote file storage service

      • Remote file caching service

Multiple site support scenario 1

Multiple Site support – Scenario 1

No PW server infrastructure at site 2.

Performance will be highly dependent on intra-site bandwidth.

Multiple site support scenario 2

Multiple Site support – Scenario 2

Multiple site support scenario 21

Local file transfer

Multiple Site support – Scenario 2

PW Caching Server provides file storage at site 2. Performance is significantly enhanced for remote users (provided their files are stored on PW Caching Server2).

Multiple site support scenario 3

Multiple Site Support – Scenario 3

PW Caching Server provides file storage at site 1, and file caching for files stored at site 2. Performance is optimized for local users.

PW Caching Server provides file storage at site 2, and file caching for files stored at site 1. Performance is optimized for remote users.



  • ProjectWise Explorer is the primary client

    • Provides richest user experience

      • Intended for “doers”

  • ProjectWise also includes web browser clients

    • Must purchase PW Web Server to enable

    • Provides subset of PW Explorer functionality

      • Intended for casual users, viewers, and reviewers

Pw web server browser

PW Web Server / Browser

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PW Web Server / Browser

In this example, the PW Web Server is available to internal users only. Although not shown, one PW Web Server can serve browser clients at both the local and remote sites

Web configuration notes

Web Configuration Notes:

  • PW Web server provides:

    • Basic content management functionality,

  • If web users need to view/redline drawings, add:

    • PW Publishing Server

  • If web users need Design Compare capability, add:

    • PW InterPlot Server

External users

External Users

  • Within Information Technology, it is common practice to create a network “neutral zone” to support external users

    • This is a network that can be reached by both internal and external users.

    • Often referred to as a DMZ

    • Created by implementing multiple firewalls, or high-end single firewalls

Neutral zone configuration

Neutral Zone Configuration

In this example, the PW Web Server has been moved to the neutral zone. Internal browser clients may still access PW via the Web Server.

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Neutral Zone Configuration

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Neutral Zone Configuration

By moving the PW Web Server to the neutral zone, External browser clients may also access PW via the Web Server.

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External Users

  • The previous configuration addressed external Web browser users (viewers & reviewers)

    • What if I want external “doers”?

      • The ProjectWise Explorer client is internet-capable

      • However, rarely will the network security policy of an organization accommodate such use

Projectwise gateway service

ProjectWise Gateway service

  • The ProjectWise Gateway service was designed to solve such problems

    • It acts as a “go-between” the ProjectWise Integration server and external users

    • Remember, it’s a Service, not a Server

      • Therefore no software or SELECT fee

External doer support

External Doer support

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External Doer support

One last twist

One last twist

  • Rather than require a second machine in the DMZ

    • The ProjectWise Gateway service can be installed on the ProjectWise Web Server machine

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External Doer support

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External Doer support

Pw passport client licensing

PW Passport client licensing

  • ProjectWise Client licensing is “Named User”

    • You need one, for each user

      • Does not matter if they are PW Explorer users, or PW Web browser users

    • Client licenses are not “poolable”, “shareable”, or “floatable”

      • Usage is measured based on the number of unique names that access the system

More on projectwise web server

More on ProjectWise Web Server

  • Optional component included in most deployments

    • In order to view drawings from browser

      • Requires addition of ProjectWise Publishing Server

    • In order to review/comment/redline

      • Requires addition of ProjectWise InterPlot Server

Multiple web configurations

Multiple Web Configurations

  • With XM Edition, PW Web Server supports two configurations:

    • Traditional configuration for HTML client

      • Known as “Web Explorer” client

    • This client is now static from a development standpoint

      • No new development

      • Will continue to be supported until SharePoint WebParts matures

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Multiple Web Configurations

  • With XM Edition, PW Web Server also supports SharePoint configurations

    • SharePoint configuration

      • Referred to as ProjectWise WebParts

      • Provides ProjectWise back-end with SharePoint front-end

    • Provides the value proposition of ProjectWise in a SharePoint environment

What sharepoint is

What SharePoint is

  • SharePoint is a collaboration tool from Microsoft

    • Allows an organization to quickly/easily build interactive web collaboration sites

    • Included with Windows 2003 Server

    • As a collaboration tool, SharePoint provides:

      • Calendars, lists, tasks, discussions…

      • And yes, it also provides limited document management

What sharepoint is not

What SharePoint is not

  • SharePoint is not an Engineering Content Management solution

    • No MicroStation or AutoCAD integration

    • No Integration with vertical applications

    • No plotting integration

    • No Indexing / full text search (for CAD files)

    • No distributed storage

      • All files stored on SharePoint server

    • No publishing / web viewing of CAD documents

Our goal with sharepoint

Our goal with SharePoint

  • Keep the engineering content stored in ProjectWise

    • And allow it to be accessed from a SharePoint collaboration site

      • But, avoid copying (duplicating) the files to SharePoint

Projectwise geospatial modules

ProjectWise Geospatial Modules

  • Optional ProjectWise components developed by Geospatial Team

    • PW Geospatial Management Extension

    • PW Oracle Connector

    • PW ArcGIS Connector

    • PW Geospatial Server

Pw geospatial management extension

PW Geospatial Management Extension

  • A technology that adds spatial context to a managed environment …

    • Spatial indexing

    • Projection management

    • Query and locate

    • Spatial display

    • ArcMap Integration

    • Foundation for Connectors

Geospatial content management

Geospatial Content Management

Scaleable background maps

Scaleable Background Maps

Spatial display options

Shaded ROI’s

Spatial Display Options

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Centroid Pushpins

Spatial Display Options

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Metadata-driven symbolization with legend control

Spatial Display Options

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