Bentley Systems acquires Keynetix to enable subsurface digital twin services

Image 1Software company Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of Keynetix, a UK-headquartered geotechnical data management cloud services firm

The addition of Keynetix software expands Bentley’s geotechnical offerings and accelerates Bentley’s vision of enabling subsurface digital twins for infrastructure projects and assets.

Supplementing borehole reports managed by Bentley’s gINT software, Keynetix’s cloud-based geotechnical knowledge management system captures and manages underground environment information for Bentley’s geotechnical analysis applications, PLAXIS and SoilVision.

Mark Bevan, associate director, ground investigation data systems for UK-based Structural Soils Ltd, a member of the RSK Group Ltd, said, “Bentley’s gINT and Keynetix’s HoleBASE software platforms are core, business-critical tools within our ground investigation (GI) businesses, and have been so for more than 20 years.”

“The rapidly growing Bentley geotechnical platform is helping to maximise the potential positives of the digital shift we are experiencing within the GI workplace. Ground investigation is truly going digital,” he added.

Bob Mankowski, vice-president and business unit executive of digital cities for Bentley Systems, stated, “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,” he explained.

Roger Chandler, managing director of Keynetix, commented, “The 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. The announcement will truly open up geotechnical data collaboration across Bentley, Autodesk, and other platforms.”

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