Bentley Systems, Incorporated, provides software for the "Design, construction and operation of the world's infrastructure". The company’s software serves the building, plant, civil, and geospatial vertical markets in the areas of architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. Their software solutions are used to design, engineer, build and operate large constructed assets such as roadways, railways, bridges, buildings, industrial and power plants and utility networks.
The Bentley's PseudoStation experience convinced them that there was a ready market for a stand-alone personal computer-based CAD system compatible with the Intergraph CAD file format. At the time, the IBM AT personal computer, based on Intel's 80286 microprocessor, was just becoming available, and their tests showed that it had enough processing power, disk speed, and graphics capability to do the job. MicroStation Version 1, which allowed users to download files directly from their VAX system to their PC to view and plot them (a very primitive Bentley View), was introduced to the market in 1986.
Bentley's principal software solution is MicroStation. MicroStation itself is a 2D/3D CAD platform from which Bentley software divisions and third-party software companies can build more specific solutions. For example, GeoGraphics is an extension from Bentley's Geospatial vertical which adds geographic and spatial capabilities to MicroStation. Bentley has a history of buying companies that fit into their four product verticals. For example, in July 2004 Bentley purchased Haestad Methods to add water/wastewater modeling tools and simulation engines to their Geospatial software lineup.
Bentley also has a technical document / project control management solution called ProjectWise.
Bentley is a leading provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for the Architecture, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineering disciplines. These BIM solutions are used on many of the largest, most complex and most innovative building projects around the world.
The current versions of Bentley products were published in summer 2006 and are branded XM Edition and numbered 8.9.
Bentley Geospatial in the Netherlands is mostly represented by a company formerly known as ISIS Benelux B.V.