Bentley Acquires ProSteel 3D Reseller Struc-Soft

26 Aug, 2008

Company plans to expand professional services for structural engineering and plant application users in North America.

Bentley Systems today announced that it has acquired Struc-Soft, a Montreal-based reseller and developer of 2D and 3D engineering, construction, and fabrication products for analysis, design, and drawing production. Struc-Soft has been the exclusive North American reseller of Bentley's ProSteel 3D structural steel detailing and fabrication software since 2000, and also offers custom-developed ProSteel add-ons for specialized applications such as stairs, light-gauge walls and trusses, offshore platforms and jackets, pressure vessels, and towers. Bentley plans to conduct Struc-Soft business under a Bentley brand. The name Struc-Soft will remain the property of its original owners.

Through its team of certified engineering professionals, Struc-Soft also provides services for ProSteel, such as consultation and customization to implementation, training, and long-term support. The Struc-Soft structural group focuses on software for buildings and plants. It will serve as a Bentley center of excellence in North America for users of Bentley's extensive portfolio of products for structural steel and concrete detailing, fabrication, and construction.

Commenting on the acquisition, John Riddle, Bentley senior vice-president, Global Plant and Building, said, "We welcome to Bentley Systems George Ajami, cofounder and former president of Struc-Soft, and his partner, Diane Hansen, cofounder and former vice-president of Struc-Soft, along with their teams of highly qualified structural and plant professionals. At the same time, we look forward to integrating into the Bentley portfolio many of the customized, value-add products that the Struc-Soft team developed to serve special workflow requirements of structural engineers, steel and concrete detailers and fabricators, steel erectors, contractors, and plant designers. These products will further increase the depth of Bentley's comprehensive software solutions for the lifecycle of infrastructure."

Ajami, who was just named Bentley director, Global Structural Professional Services, said, "We are extremely pleased to become an integral part of the Bentley team and firmly believe this acquisition will enable our users to achieve increased project quality and new levels of efficiency and productivity. We look forward to further enhancing Bentley's comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions for sustaining infrastructure."