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Bentley Acquires Haestad Methods 8.4.04

August 4, 2004
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Bentley Systems Incorporated announced that it has acquired Haestad Methods Inc., an international provider of water resources solutions.

Haestad solutions provide for design, analysis, and management of water distribution supply, municipal sanitary sewers, urban stormwater collection, roadway and civil site drainage, and flood control. These products are the leading choice of municipalities, transportation agencies, consulting engineers, and contracting firms. Bentley anticipates expanded international adoption of the Haestad Methods product line as a result of Bentley's extensive global operations.

As water quality has become a critical issue worldwide, water-quality engineering is now a significant growth area in AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction). According to infrastructure industry management consultant Alan Farkas of Farkas Berkowitz & Company, the growth rate of water-quality engineering has increased just over 10 percent per year on a compounded basis for the last six years.

In serving this market, Bentley and the Haestad team will continue to upgrade and extend Haestad's products and move to integrate them more directly into the AEC lifecycle spanning design, construction, and operations. These plans include supporting Haestad Methods functionality on Bentley's MicroStation, the standard design platform for 47 of the 50 state departments of transportation; connecting to Bentley ProjectWise, the company's collaboration servers; and remaining steadfastly committed to users' choice of platforms.

Haestad solutions run as standalone applications as well on the AutoCAD and ESRI platforms. Existing Bentley support for these platforms includes MX, from its acquisition of Infrasoft, and AutoPLANT, from Rebis, running on AutoCAD; MicroStation V8 native support of the Autodesk DWG format as well as Bentley's DGN format; and the Bentley Connector for ArcGIS software supporting workflows spanning AEC and GIS environments.

For Bentley, the acquisition of Haestad Methods is a continuation of its consolidation of AEC solutions to streamline the AEC lifecycle of asset owners and their providers. Other recent acquisitions furthering this vision include ISIS, the leading specialist in deploying municipal and other geospatial implementations in Benelux, and AspenTech's AXSYS applications for conceptual design of process plants.

John Haestad has been appointed senior vice president of Bentley Software.

Source: Bentley, August 2, 2004

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