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Bentley expands 2D and 3D modelling capabilities with acquisitions

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: On the eve of Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure 2011 event here from Nov 8-9, Bentley Systems has announced two important acquisitions and launched a new software.

Bentley has acquired Pointools Ltd, hardware-neutral provider of point cloud software technology, to integrate point cloud processing in innovative ways throughout its product portfolio. The move will expand Bentley’s 2D and 3D modelling capabilities into cloud computing. Point cloud inclusion supports Bentley’s commitment to advance information mobility with integrity across design and operational workflows.  As Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president explains, “With Pointools, we can unlock the value of the gigabytes or even terabytes of point cloud data and surmount the ‘big data’ problem of point cloud users.”

Bentley has also announced the acquisition of FormSys, a software development company with a proven track record in 3D design, analysis and construction software for structural engineering, offshore engineering and naval architecture. The acquisition will expand Bentley’s SACS offerings for the design and analysis of floating structures, further extending its reach in offshore energy market. Commenting on the acquisition, Greg Bentley, CEO, says, “We are mindful that ‘offshore’ makes up seventy percent of the earth’s surface and we would like to contribute more towards its vital role in sustaining infrastructure.”

Bentley has announced the immediate commercial availability of its new AECOsim Energy Simulator software and the commercial availability in early Q1 2012 of its new AECOsim Building Designer software. The AECOsim Compliance Manager for LEED certification has been released in May. The AECOsim family of products provides interdisciplinary building design, analysis and simulation software focused on helping architectural, engineering, construction and operations practice leaders deliver high performance buildings. It enables best practices in integrated building systems design and performance simulation and results in simulations that rigorously incorporate design specifications and accurately predict the performance of the delivered building.  

Source: Our Correspondent