Bentley Acquires Concrete Bridge Design Software

24 Jan, 2008

LEAP solutions will be added to portfolio of products that address the lifecycle of transportation infrastructure.

Bentley Systems announced yesterday that it has acquired LEAP Software, a provider of analysis and design products for concrete bridges. The LEAP bridge solutions are used by 37 U.S. state departments of transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, a large number of city and county agencies, and many bridge engineering consultants.

"LEAP software is a critical addition to Bentley's bridge portfolio as we focus our efforts on bridge information modeling (BrIM)," said Gabriel Norona, Bentley senior vice-president. "Through a concerted BrIM initiative, we will leverage intra-operations across these industry-leading solutions, enabling delivery of safer, better-engineered bridges and opening a door to improved deployment models for bridge construction, maintenance, operation, and rehabilitation."

Leap Software's flagship product, LEAP Bridge, is an analysis, design, and load-rating application that integrates all bridge design components into one application with a single user interface. According to Bentley, LEAP products complement and strengthen Bentley's end-to-end bridge design and management solution, which includes RM for cable-stayed, suspension, and segmental bridges; Bentley BridgeModeler and Bentley LARS for bridge load-rating calculation, analysis, and analytical modeling; GEOPAK Bridge; InRoads Bridge; Bentley Rebar; Bentley PowerRebar; and many other products.

"The need for a more comprehensive and systematic approach to bridge planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance has never been more critical," said Bhupinder Singh, senior vice-president, Bentley Software. "Our world faces the incredible challenge of repairing aging infrastructure in developed transportation networks and meeting the extraordinary demand for new transportation networks in developing economies. By adding the LEAP analysis and design software to our rapidly growing portfolio of integrated bridge products, Bentley advances its commitment to helping users create new bridges and maintain and upgrade existing bridges more efficiently and cost-effectively."