Bentley Systems Acquires Keynetix

By Sharada Prahladrao

Acquisition or Partnership

Bentley Systems, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Keynetix, a UK-headquartered provider of cloud-based software for capturing, visualizing, modeling, and sharing of geotechnical data. 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 modeling the underground environment (geology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering properties, and the underground infrastructure), and utility networks, structures, and tunnels – and then analyzing and simulating the subsurface behavior.  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.

According to UK-based Structural Soils, a member of the RSK Group, Bentley’s gINT and Keynetix’s HoleBASE software platforms are core, business critical tools within the company’s ground investigation (GI) businesses and have been so for more than 20 years. The rapidly growing Bentley geotechnical platform is helping to maximize the potential positives of the digital shift within the GI workplace.

Having a subsurface digital twin – a 3D representation of the subsurface coupled with models to analyze and simulate behavior – 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 the company’s vision for subsurface digital twins.

Keywords: Bentley Systems, Keynetix, Subsurface Digital Twins, Infrastructure Projects, ARC Advisory Group


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