Bentley Systems Acquires Plaxis, and Complementary SoilVision

Bangalore, May 1st , 2018: Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Plaxis, the leading provider of geotechnical software, based in Delft, Netherlands, and the agreement to acquire soil engineering software provider SoilVision, based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The acquisitions, with Bentley’s market-leading borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals “going digital.” Finally, BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.

Projectsnecessarily begin with geotechnical surveys and sampling, captured with gINTfor versatile documentation and reporting. Next, professionals performengineering related to soil properties, soil behavior, and groundwater flowusing SoilVision’s SVOFFICE applications, supplementedby Plaxis’ offerings. Then soil-structure interaction isanalyzed through Plaxis’ design, simulation, and engineeringsoftware (e.g. PLAXIS 2D, PLAXIS 3D).

 Thenew opportunity, by way of digital workflows enabled through Bentley’scomprehensive modeling environment, is for geotechnical applications to beintegrated with Bentley’s structural applications (such as STAAD, RAM, andSACS) for unprecedented geo-structural engineering performance. As changes mayoccur in owner requirements, structural strategies, or site conditions (continuouslysurveyed through UAVs and Bentley’s ContextCapture for reality modeling),geotechnical analysis could be continuously applied for improved outcomes, asmanaged through ProjectWise collaboration services. 

For today’sinfrastructure demands, geotechnical considerations are coming to thefore.  Urbanization, for instance, drives growth both vertically andunderground, with emphasis on the capacity of foundations and tunnels. And newinfrastructure projects of every type depend upon constructed dams,embankments, dikes, levees, and reservoirs to improve their resilience.Moreover,new asset types such as offshore wind turbine structures require newgeotechnical analysis capabilities, in this case to be accomplished with Plaxis’ forthcomingMoDeTo software. 

Becauseinfrastructure assets are crucially linked to subsurface environs, they arevulnerable to geo-environmental risks including seismic activity, subsidence,and weather impacts. Leveraging new digital workflows which incorporatereal-time monitoring and analytics during infrastructure operations,geotechnical professionals can play the increasingly valuable role they deservein achieving geo-environmental resilience. 

BentleySystems CEO, Greg Bentley said, “My colleagues and I welcome our new teams from Plaxis and SoilVision, whichhave in common a zeal for applying science for better engineering practice. Dr.Ronald Brinkgreve from Plaxis and Dr. Murray Fredlund, founderof SoilVision, exemplify this. I believe that every geotechnicalengineer has benefitted fromPlaxis’ continuous advancement, inscope and quality, of tools for their discipline to add value. With aprofessional and dedicated management team led by Jan-Willem Koutstaal, Plaxis hasbecome one of the most successful software businesses I have ever seen.” 

Bentleyadded, “While most infrastructure engineering disciplines converged aroundintuitive 3D models, geotechnical applications seem to have followed a lessgraphically intensive development path, and so have remained isolated from cross-disciplineworkflows. This ‘disconnected’ mindset prevailed even while PlaxisSoilVision,and gINT mainstreamed 3D innovations. Our BIM platform’s comprehensive modelingenvironment will finally embrace the geotechnical profession in digitalworkflows for every infrastructure project and asset.”


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