Mark Bew’s consultancy PCSG bought by Bentley

Leading digital built environment consultancy PCSG has been acquired by The Cohesive Companies, a subsidiary of Bentley Systems.

PCSG (Professional Construction Strategies Group in full) was founded in 2000 by Katherine Bew, and is chaired by Dr Mark Bew, the former chairman of the government’s BIM Task Group. PCSG now has more than 50 staff and has offices in the UK and Australia.

The Cohesive Companies is wholly-owned subsidiary of Bentley Systems that is "on a quest to deliver on the promise of digital twins". It comprises of Cohesive Solutions, the largest North American reseller of IBM’s Maximo EAM software, and Cohesive Asset Performance, a leading global integrator for asset performance modelling.

Dr Mark Bew said: "Katherine and I are delighted to be joining The Cohesive Companies. Deepening what we can offer to existing clients, while at the same time broadening our scope through this comprehensively global organisation, is a very exciting opportunity for us, our clients and our partners. 

"Our vision is one of infinitely smarter futures where a digitally-engineered built environment supports the delivery of infinitely better social, environmental and financial outcomes. I particularly want to thank our world-class PCSG team and our far-sighted clients for enabling and embracing this tremendous opportunity to accelerate the realisation of this vision." 

Noah Eckhouse, The Cohesive Companies CEO, said: "We are pleased to welcome Mark and Katherine and the entire PCSG team into The Cohesive Companies. Our sole mission as an autonomous digital integrator consultancy is to support owner-operators and their supply chains in going digital, contributing to great outcomes for our clients independent of their investment choices among technology vendors. From iTwins to Maximo, from cloud to mobile, this leverages our uniquely cohesive digital twin expertise, beyond resourceful technology implementation, in change management, business process redesign, and – now expanded through PCSG’s leading advisory services – strategy consulting."

Greg Bentley, Bentley Systems CEO, said: "Mark Bew’s visionary thinking about the potential of BIM advancement through digital twins has spearheaded the UK’s world leadership in digital ambitions for infrastructure, and has also inspired us at Bentley Systems. We recognise that owner-operators need advisory services to guide their transformations to digital workflows – and that all of us in their ecosystem benefit from expert consultancy services propagating best practices in digital twin adoption.  

"Accordingly, we’re determined to catalyse the market development of digital integrators through our Cohesive portfolio developments. As so many sector-leading infrastructure owners have strongly endorsed the PCSG team and their results, the opportunity for Cohesive to join forces with Mark and Katherine Bew to globalise their work is fortuitous." 

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