|Industry||CAD/CAM Software |
|Founded||Exton, Pennsylvania (1984)|
|Key people||Greg Bentley, CEO
Keith A. Bentley, Co-Founder
Barry Bentley, Co-Founder
|Revenue||$523 million USD (2011)|
Bentley Systems, Incorporated is a software company that produces solutions for the design, construction and operation of infrastructure. The company’s software serves the building, plant, civil, and geospatial vertical markets in the areas of architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. Their software solutions are used to design, engineer, build and operate large constructed assets such as roadways, railways, bridges, buildings, industrial and power plants and utility networks. The company actively re-invests 20% of their revenues in research and development.
Keith A. Bentley, in conjunction with his brother, Barry J. Bentley, founded Bentley Systems in 1984. They introduced the commercial version of PseudoStation in 1985, which allowed users of Intergraph's VAX systems to use low-cost graphics terminals to view and modify the designs on their Intergraph IGDS (Interactive Graphics Design System) installations. This greatly expanded access to such designs, which could otherwise be accessed only through very expensive special purpose workstations. The product was shown to potential users who were polled as to what they would be willing to pay for it. The Bentley brothers then decided to simply average the results, thus arriving at a price of $7,943.
The Bentley's PseudoStation experience convinced them that there was a ready market for a stand-alone personal computer-based CAD system compatible with the Intergraph CAD file format. At the time, the IBM AT personal computer, based on Intel's 80286 microprocessor, was just becoming available, and their tests showed that it had enough processing power, disk speed, and graphics capability to do the job. MicroStation Version 1, which allowed users to download files directly from their VAX system to their PC to view and plot them (a very primitive Bentley View), was introduced to the market in 1986.
Bentley has a history of buying companies that fit into one of their four product verticals (Geospatial, Civil, Plant and Building).
- 1997: Bentley acquires IdeaGraphix, developers of MicroArchitect, PowerArchitect, Landscape DesignWare, as well as other products for the AEC market.
- 2000: Bentley acquires InRoads software from Intergraph.
- 2001: Bentley acquires GEOPAK design software for road and rail infrastructure.
- July 2002: Bentley acquires Rebis, developers of AutoPLANT.
- January 2003: Bentley acquires Infrasoft and its MX and Arenium products.
- August 2004: Bentley acquires Haestad Methods, Inc. and its software for modeling water systems (potable, waste, and drainage).
- August 2005: Bentley acquires netGuru's Research Engineers International (REI) business including STAAD structural analysis and design software.
- December 2005: Bentley acquires RAM International, LLC, provider of structural engineering software.
- June 2006: Bentley acquires GEF-RIS and its sis family of products including sisNET.
- January 2007: Bentley acquires KIWI Software and its ProSteel 3D software.
- February 2007: Bentley acquires C.W. Beilfuss & Associates, Inc. and its SUPERLOAD software.
- May 2007: Bentley acquires TDV GmbH, providers of RM bridge engineering software.
- December 2007: Bentley acquires Hevacomp, Ltd. and its software for building energy analysis.
- January 2008: Bentley acquires LEAP Software, Inc., provider of analysis and design software for concrete bridges.
- January 2008: Bentley acquires the global business of ECT Interntational and its promis*e software for electrical control system design.
- May 2008: Bentley acquires Common Point, Incorporated (ConstructSim, OpSim) software for construction and operations simulation.
- October 2009: Bentley acquires gINT Software, and its geotechnical and geoenvironmental software products.
- January 2010: Bentley acquires Exor Corporation.
- January 2010: Bentley acquires Enterprise Informatics and its eB Insight software.
- March 2011: Bentley acquires the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, Inc.
- November 2011:Bentley acquires FormSys, based in Perth, Australia, and Pointools, based in Barnet, England.
- March 2012: Bentley acquires elcoSystems business of Hannappel Software, based in Wiesbaden, Germany.
- May 2012: Bentley acquires InspectTech.
- September 2012: Bentley acquires Ivara.
- November 2012: Bentley acquires Microprotol.
- November 2012: Bentley acquires SpecWave.
- March 2013: Bentley acquires Char*Pointer Tecnologia and its topoGRAPH software.
Bentley's principal software solution is MicroStation. MicroStation is a desktop 2D/3D CAD platform upon which Bentley and third-party software companies build more specific solutions. For example, Bentley Map is an extension from Bentley that runs on top of MicroStation adding GIS and spatial capabilities to the CAD program.
Apart from desktop applications, Bentley also has a few server applications. The most prominent application created is a Project collaboration and AECO content management solution called ProjectWise.
Bentley is a provider of Building information modeling (BIM) solutions for the Architecture, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineering disciplines. Bentley also provides GenerativeComponents, a parametric modeling solution used primarily by architects and engineers in building design.
The current versions of a majority of Bentley products were published in fall 2008 and are branded V8i.
Bentley Infrastructure 500
Since 2010, Bentley has created a worldwide ranking of the top owners of infrastructure around the world from both the public and private sectors that will be published annually. According to Bentley, the sum of all the infrastructure assets in the hands of these companies add up to US$ 14 trillion, which is close to the annual GDP of the U.S..
|Rank||Organization||Headquarters Country||Infrastructure Value (millions USD)|
|1||Federal government of the United States||United States||308,800|
|2||State Grid Corporation of China||China||209,727|
|6||Électricité de France - EDF||France||143,241|
|7||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone||Japan||119,098|
|8||Kingdom of the Netherlands||Netherlands||117,060|
|9||Royal Dutch Shell||Netherlands||117,060|
Infrastructure Value above as measured by reported net tangible fixed assets.
- Bentley 2011 annual report
- Bentley Systems Releases 2011 Annual Report Online
- Chris Barron, Friday Q&A: Chris Barron of Bentley Systems, Technically Philly, 2009
- "IdeaGraphix to be Acquired by Bentley Systems". IdeaGraphix. 18. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
- The Road Ahead, AEC Magazine, 24 July 2011
- Bentley acquires Intergraph's civil engineering, plot-services and raster-conversion software businesses, GIS Development, Jan 2001
- Bentley Completes Rebis Acquisition, 28 July 2002
- Bentley to Acquire Infrasoft Corporation; Software and Services Company Specializes in Infrastructure Solutions for Civil Engineering, Business Wire, 06 Jan 2003
- Bentley Acquires Haestad Methods, 4 Aug 2004
- Bentley Agrees to Acquire STAAD Product Lines From netGuru, 31 Aug 2005
- Bentley Acquires RAM International Methods, 12 Dec 2005
- Bentley Acquires GEF-RIS AG, 16 Jun 2006
- Bentley Acquires KIWI Software to Deliver Complete Structural Workflow Solution, 29 Jan 2007
- Bentley Acquires C.W. Beilfuss & Associates, 12 Feb 2007
- Bentley Acquires TDV GmbH, Leader in Analysis and Design Software for Bridges, 09 May 2007
- Bentley Acquires Hevacomp, Ltd., Expanding Portfolio of Software to Improve Performance of Buildings, 27 Jan 2008
- Bentley Acquires LEAP Software, Inc., Expanding Portfolio of Software for Analysis and Design of Concrete Bridges, 24 Jan 2008
- Bentley Acquires promis*e Product Line to Further Extend Electrical System Design Portfolio, 28 Jan 2008
- Bentley Acquires Common Point to Mainstream Construction Simulation, 28 May 2008
- Bentley Adds Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Capabilities Through Acquisition of gINT Software, 13 Oct 2009
- Bentley Systems Announces Two Significant Acquisitions to Launch Its ‘AssetWise’ Initiative for Owner-Operators, 09 Feb 2010
- Bentley Acquires SACS, Leading Software for Offshore Structure Analysis, 02 Mar 2011
- Key, Peter (8 Nov 2011), "Bentley Systems buys 2 software companies", Philadelphia Business Journal, Morning Roundup, retrieved 10 Dec 2011
- Ron Kuhfeld (8 Nov 2011), Bentley PR, ed., Bentley Acquires FormSys to Expand SACS Offerings for Floating Structures (press release), Bentley Systems, retrieved 10 Dec 2011
- News Alert: Bentley Acquires elcoSystem Software for Electrical Engineering in Buildings, Plants, and Utilities to Provide Time and Cost Efficiencies, 07 Mar 2011
- News Alert: Bentley Acquires InspectTech, Leading Provider of Software-as-a-Service for Bridge Safety, 15 Mar 2011
- Bentley acquire Canadian-based Ivara, 19 Sep 2012
- Bentley Acquires Microprotol to Extend AutoPIPE’s Market Leadership in High-pressure Plant Environments, 13 Nov 2012
- Bentley’s Acquisition of SpecWave Brings Enterprise-level Information Management, 14 Nov 2012
- Bentley Acquires topoGRAPH, a Leader in Surveying Software, Enhancing its Ability to Help Brazil Meet its Enormous Demand for Modern Transportation Infrastructure, 14 Mar 2013
- Bentley Infrastructure 500 Index
- Bentley Systems web site
- BE Communities by Bentley
- Bentley site for Building information modeling
- GenerativeComponents web site
- Bentley Structural solutions web site
- BIM Executive Summits sponsored by Bentley
- Advanced Parametric design conference site featuring Bentley software users
- Independent help and Forum Group for users of Bentley's GenerativeComponents software
- Be Careers Network - Bentley's post-secondary school outreach program