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Bentley acquires Plaxis to create geotechnical digital integration

Infrastructure software provider Bentley Systems has announced that it has acquired finite element analysis software developer Plaxis and soil engineering software house Soil Vision.

Bentley has said that the acquisitions offer good synergies with its borehole reporting and data management software Gint and will “serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals going digital”.

According to Bentley, the suite of software will enable BIM advancement to be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said: “My colleagues and I welcome our new teams from Plaxis and Soil Vision, which have in common a zeal for applying science for better engineering practice. Ronald Brinkgreve from Plaxis and founder of Soil Vision Murray Fredlund exemplify this. I believe that every geotechnical engineer has benefitted from Plaxis’ continuous advancement in scope and qualityof the tools for their discipline to add value.

“While most infrastructure engineering disciplines converged around intuitive 3D models, geotechnical applications seem to have followed a less graphically intensive developmental path and so have remained isolated from cross-discipline workflows. This ‘disconnected’ mindset has prevailed even while Plaxis, Soil Vision and Gint mainstreamed 3D innovations. Our BIM platform’s comprehensive modelling environment will finally embrace the geotechnical profession in digital workflows for every infrastructure project and asset.”

Mott MacDonald global practice leader for geotechnical Tony O’Brien welcomed the news. “Plaxis is one of our core tools being used across our global geotechnics practice. 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 the integration of Plaxis technology with Bentley’s comprehensive modelling environment.”

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