Image: Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, announces the acquisition of ACE enterprise Slovakia

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Bentley acquires two more software firms to further digital twin capability

14 November 2018 | By BIM+ staff

Bentley Systems is continuing its spending spree with the acquisition of two software partners.

Bentley has acquired ACE enterprise Slovakia, an innovative provider of interoperability and mobile solutions for industrial users. It is developer of the ACE Enterprise Platform, which enables quick, visual development and configuration of interoperability solutions.

Bentley has also entered an agreement to acquire Quebec City-based AIworx, a provider of machine learning and internet of things (IoT) technologies and services.

The addition of AIworx brings advancements in data collection and analysis to leverage infrastructure engineering digital twins, continuously updated with real-time contextual information, to optimise productivity, operations, and maintenance. 

The advancement of digital twin technology and acquisition of specialists in this field was a major theme at Bentley’s recent Year of Infrastructure Conference in London.

Since 2011, AIworx has been simplifying innovation by providing artificial intelligence and sensor technologies and services for the industrial, aerospace, and defense sectors. 

Its technology solutions interface with enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM), and geographical information systems (GIS).

Andre Villemaire, co-founder and president of AIworx, said: “The biggest opportunities we’ve worked on have to do with improving infrastructure asset performance on an industrial scale, by way of the data from connected machines, instrumentation, sensors, and communications systems – and we’re excited to dedicate ourselves to that advancement.

“Now, by incorporating our tools into Bentley’s services for digital twins, we enable infrastructure operators to multiply the potential benefits of machine learning and IoT.”

Francois Valois, vice president of portfolio development for Bentley Systems, said: “Machine learning and IoT technologies have created the opportunity for profound improvements in productivity and efficiency of infrastructure. Our new colleagues from AIworx have already been delivering on this potential, and now, leveraging the analytics visibility, which Bentley’s digital twin cloud services uniquely provide, these advancements from going digital will accelerate exponentially.”

Meanwhile, the acquisition of ACE enterprise Slovakia, announced last week, expands Bentley’s interoperability capability. ACE enterprise Slovakia has provided solutions to interface with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise asset management (EAM) systems for automotive, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and utilities. The company was established in 2003 and is headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia.

ACE enterprise has been a technology partner of Bentley Systems, and the ACE Enterprise Platform is used for the Bentley AssetWise connector that is certified for both SAP ERP and SAP HANA software. 

Alan Kiraly, senior vice president, asset performance for Bentley Systems, said: “ACE enterprise has consistently overcome IT interoperability challenges for us at Bentley. Now, as colleagues, this talented team will enable us to continue to expand the scope and breadth of information that can be accessed through AssetWise and digitally aligned within infrastructure digital twins.”

In June Bentley acquired 4D modelling specialist Synchro Software.

Image: Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, announces the acquisition of ACE enterprise Slovakia