Construction software company Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of a UK provider of cloud-based software that captures, visualises, models and shares geotechnical data, called Keynetix.
The addition of Keynetix software will expand Bentley’s geotechnical offerings and aims to accelerate the company’s vision to enable subsurface digital twins for infrastructure projects and assets.
Subsurface digital twins are created by modelling the underground environment, including the geology, hydrology, chemistry, engineering prospects and existing underground infrastructure then analysing and simulating the subsurface behaviour.
This can assist in risk management operations for infrastructure construction and can provide vital information for the planning, design, construction and operations of assets.
Keynetix’s cloud-based geotechnical knowledge management system can supplement borehole reports managed by Bentley’s gINT software and underground environment information for the company’s geotechnical analysis applications, PLAXIS and SoilVision.
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Bentley Systems Vice President and Business Unit Executive of Digital Cities Bob Mankowski said having a 3D representation of the subsurface coupled with models to analyse and simulate behaviour will be immensely valuable for all phases of the asset lifecycle.
“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,” Mankowski said.
“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.”
Keynetix Managing Director Roger Chandler said the announcement provides its 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.”