How It All Started
Concept: Many good ideas originate in obscure places, and
that's the case with the Nebraska User Group (NeUG). NeUG came about because of a conversation between
City of Lincoln and Nebraska Department of Roads employees, Mike Otte
and Bill Wehling.
Mike and Bill were watching their kids play midget
football one Sunday and started chatting about their jobs. As they
shared some of their experiences using the various aspects of Bentley
Systems Microstation, it occurred to them that there might be people
in related industries that would have useful information to share
about the software...if only they could get them all together.
Development: They next visited with industry consultants and
others and formed a team that contacted MicroStation reps. The
MicroStation response was encouraging, so the initial group put a
program together, arranged for speakers, and sent out invitations to
various industry users to attend a one day conference.
The first NeUG Conference was held in the spring of
2004, at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, and the response was
overwhelming. Over 200 engineers, surveyors, architects, &
construction industry personnel attended the meeting and the Nebraska
Users Group was born.
Current: The group meets at intervals throughout the year to
share info about MicroStation and other products that interface with
it. NeUG provides a forum for members to share their experiences and
to get timely answers to questions. It also provides a venue for
MicroStation reps to solicit opinions about how to improve their