Bentley acquires Keynetix for subsurface digital twin software

Acquisition will add more capabilities for mapping and modelling of underground infrastructure

The addition of Keynetix software expands Bentley's geotechnical offerings.
The addition of Keynetix software expands Bentley's geotechnical offerings.

Bentley Systems has acquired Keynetix, a UK-based provider of cloud-based software for capturing, visualizing, modelling, and sharing of geotechnical data.

The addition of Keynetix software expands Bentley's geotechnical offerings and accelerates Bentley's vision of enabling subsurface digital twins – models of underground environments and assets - for infrastructure projects and assets.

Bob Mankowski, vice president and business unit executive of digital cities for Bentley Systems, said: “Infrastructure professionals know that the geologic, hydrologic, chemical and engineering properties of a potential project site, and the infrastructure assets buried beneath the soil, roads, and other structures represent some of the greatest risks to infrastructure project safety, budgets, and schedules.

“Having a subsurface digital twin – a 3D representation of the subsurface coupled with models to analyse and simulate behaviour – will be immensely valuable in all phases of the asset lifecycle. The Keynetix team and their technology bring decades of experience and cutting-edge cloud services to Bentley's already strong geotechnical portfolio – gINT, PLAXIS, and SoilVision – and will accelerate the progress of our vision for subsurface digital twins.”

Subsurface digital twins can be vital for assessing and managing risks in infrastructure projects, and to the planning, design, construction and operations of infrastructure assets. The creation and curation of subsurface digital twins involves modelling the underground environment (geology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering properties, and the underground infrastructure), and utility networks, structures, and tunnels – and then analysing and simulating the subsurface behaviour.

Bentley said that Keynetix's solution will be used to provide information for its geotechnical analysis applications, PLAXIS and SoilVision.

Roger Chandler, managing director of Keynetix, said: “Today’s announcement provides our team, customers, and partners with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance digital engineering in the geotechnical industry. At Keynetix, our mission has always been to make geotechnical data more broadly accessible and valuable. Today’s announcement will truly open up geotechnical data collaboration across Bentley, Autodesk, and other platforms.”

Greg Bentley, CEO for Bentley Systems, added: “My colleagues and I welcome our new teammates from Keynetix, led by principals Roger Chandler, Gary Morin, and Carl Grice, who for many years have envisioned the potential and necessity of geotechnical and geo-environmental data management to enable better designs and more successful projects. The geotechnical and infrastructure professions will benefit from their continued and expanded leadership, now within Bentley Systems.”

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