Bentley Systems buys cloud company Keynetix to boost digital twins

US software and digital twin developer Bentley Systems has acquired UK geotechnical cloud software company Keynetix.

Bentley will use Keynetix’s solutions in its subsurface digital twin offerings for infrastructure projects and assets, which involves a 3D representation of a subsurface coupled with models to analyze behavior.

Keynetix managing director Roger Chandler said the Bentley deal “provides our team, customers, and partners with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance digital engineering in the geotechnical industry. Our mission has always been to make geotechnical data more broadly accessible and valuable.”

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 technology works modeling the underground environment – such as geology, hydrology, chemistry plus utility networks, structures, and tunnels – and then analyzing and simulating the subsurface behaviour.

Bob Mankowski, Bentley’s vice-president of digital cities, 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 will be immensely valuable in all phases of the asset lifecycle.”

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