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.
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 creation and curation of subsurface digital twins involves modelling the underground environment and utility networks, structures, and tunnels - and then analysing and simulating the subsurface behaviour.
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.
Bob Mankowski, VP and business unit executive of digital cities for Bentley Systems, 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 - 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."
Roger Chandler, managing director of Keynetix, added: "Today's 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. Today's announcement will truly open up geotechnical data collaboration across Bentley, Autodesk, and other platforms."