News | August 27, 2008

Bentley Expands Professional Services For Structural Engineering And Plant Application Users In North America

EXTON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that it has acquired Struc-Soft Inc., a leading Montreal-based reseller and developer of 2D and 3D engineering, construction, and fabrication products for analysis, design, and drawing production. Struc-Soft has been the exclusive North American reseller of Bentley's ProSteel 3D structural steel detailing and fabrication software since 2000, and also offers custom-developed ProSteel add-ons for specialized applications such as stairs, light-gauge walls and trusses, offshore platforms and jackets, pressure vessels, and towers. Through its team of certified engineering professionals, Struc-Soft also provides expert services for ProSteel users – from consultation and customization to implementation, training, and long-term support.

The Struc-Soft structural group focuses on software for buildings and plants. It will serve as a Bentley center of excellence in North America for users of Bentley's extensive portfolio of products for structural steel and concrete detailing, fabrication, and construction.

The Struc-Soft plant group provides products and services for oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining and metals, pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing, food processing, and other plant projects throughout eastern Canada. Its clients range from small consulting firms to global engineering/procurement/construction contracting firms and owner-operators. Among them are SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., BPR-Bechtel, and Petro-Canada. The plant group will become a Bentley center of excellence in Canada for users of Bentley's extensive portfolio of plant applications.

Commenting on the acquisition, John Riddle, Bentley senior vice president, Global Plant and Building, said, "We welcome to Bentley Systems George Ajami, co-founder and former president of Struc-Soft, and his partner, Diane Hansen, co-founder and former vice president of Struc-Soft, along with their teams of highly qualified structural and plant professionals. Their combined expertise and experience in providing and supporting engineering solutions for structural steel and plant projects will be a valuable addition to Bentley's extensive professional services offerings.

"At the same time, we look forward to integrating into the Bentley portfolio many of the customized, value-add products that the Struc-Soft team developed to serve special workflow requirements of structural engineers, steel and concrete detailers and fabricators, steel erectors, contractors, and plant designers. These products will further increase the depth of Bentley's comprehensive software solutions for the lifecycle of infrastructure."

Ajami, who was just named Bentley director, Global Structural Professional Services, said, "We are extremely pleased to become an integral part of the Bentley team and firmly believe this acquisition will enable our users to achieve increased project quality and new levels of efficiency and productivity. We look forward to further enhancing Bentley's comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions for sustaining infrastructure."

Bentley plans to conduct Struc-Soft business under a Bentley brand. The name Struc-Soft will remain the property of its original owners.

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company's mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world's #2 provider of geospatial software solutions. For more information, visit

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