Bentley Systems and Microsoft to Accelerate Infrastructure Digital Twin Innovations

By Ralph Rio

Acquisition or Partnership

Bentley Systems and Microsoft Corp. announced an expansion of a strategic alliance focused on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning and smart construction.  The alliance will combine Microsoft’s Azure IoT Digital Twins and Azure Maps with Bentley Systems’ iTwins platform, enabling engineers, architects, constructors and city planners to work within a comprehensive city-scale digital twin, empowering better decision-making, optimizing operational efficiency, reducing costs and improving collaboration.

Microsoft and Bentley Systems will collaborate to develop new smart city solutions. The companies will explore opportunities for digital twins in urban planning and citizen engagement for cities around the world.  The collaboration will enable improved decision-making and increased productivity through Microsoft Teams for infrastructure engineers.

The companies will further combine Bentley’s infrastructure digital twins expertise with Microsoft’s cloud technologies for: 

  • ProjectWise 365, an instant-on, 100% Azure cloud-based solution that increases the speed and quality of infrastructure design collaboration, which will be available through Microsoft’s commercial marketplace.
  • Bentley’s iTwins platform to leverage Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Time Series Insights and other Microsoft cloud services, for users to rapidly store and process operational data.

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