Bentley acquires data-warehousing technology

22 Jan, 2004

Bentley Systems acquired the assets of ESSI, a developer of data warehouse technology for facility lifecycle and asset management. Its Ewarehouse Suite of products originated in 2001 with backing from Bechtel Group and Fluor Corp. Other users include BP, Chevron Texaco, and KBR.

Ewarehouse consolidates data from other IT systems to create a central data store. It can automatically collect project data from Bentley ProjectWise or other engineering applications. Owner-operators can then associate engineering data with information collected from other applications, such as maintenance management, document management, ERP (enterprise resource management), and accounting.

"Integrating design and data warehousing means that data warehousing becomes more cost-effective and broadly used, and the benefits to users - including EPCs and owner-operators - increase proportionately," Bentley CEO Greg Bentley said.

Bentley also plans to extend EWarehouse to new markets, in particular regulated or asset-intensive sectors such as transportation, government, and pharmaceuticals.