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Double takeover for software firm Bentley Systems

The takeovers will transform Bentley Systems into an integrated source for geotechnical engineering software

Plaxis creates software for 3D modelling.
Plaxis creates software for 3D modelling.

Bentley Systems has acquired Plaxis and SoilVision in a double deal that makes the US firm a complete source for geotechnical engineering software.

Bentley Systems acquired Netherlands-based Plaxis and Canadian ground engineering software provider SoilVision for undisclosed sums.

By combining Plaxis’ geotechnical software, SoilVision’s earth engineering systems, and Bentley’s borehole reporting and data management tool, gINT, the US-based business said it would be able to provide a complete solution for geotechnical workers.

Bentley System said this would provide firms with an “unprecedented geostructural engineering performance”.

READ: Bentley Systems acquires India-based S-Cube Futuretech

The takeover will also enhance the company’s Business Information Modelling (BIM) software by incorporating digitised geotechnical workflows.

Greg Bentley, chief executive officer, Bentley Systems, said Plaxis and SoilVision had a “common a zeal for applying science for better engineering practice.”

“I believe that every geotechnical engineer has benefitted from Plaxis’ continuous advancement — in scope and quality — of tools for their discipline to add value […] Plaxis has become one of the most successful software businesses I have ever seen.”

He added: “While most infrastructure engineering disciplines converged around intuitive 3D models, geotechnical applications seem to have followed a less graphically intensive development path, and have remained isolated from cross-discipline workflows.

“This disconnected mindset prevailed even while Plaxis, SoilVision, and gINT mainstreamed 3D innovations.”

Tony O’Brien, global practice leader for geotechnics at consultancy Mott MacDonald said Plaxis was one of the “core analysis tools” used by geotechnical engineers.

“When used by experienced specialists Plaxis can analyse many of our most complex ground-structure interaction problems.

“In Bentley’s hands, we have high expectations that we can accomplish more through digital workflows made possible through integration of Plaxis technology, with Bentley’s comprehensive modelling environment.”

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