Bentley Acquires LEAP Software, Expanding Portfolio for Analysis and Design of Concrete Bridges

Acquisition Will Facilitate Design of New Bridges and Maintenance and Repair of Aging Bridges as Part of Bentley’s Ongoing Commitment to Sustaining Infrastructure

Exton, Pa. – Jan.24, 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that it has acquired LEAP Software, Inc., a leading provider of analysis and design products for concrete bridges. The LEAP bridge solutions are the industry standard across North America, used by 37 U.S. state departments of transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, a large number of city and county agencies, and top bridge engineering consultants. The 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. The 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.

Commenting on this latest Bentley acquisition, Gabriel Norona, Bentley senior vice president, said, “LEAP software is a critical addition to Bentley’s bridge portfolio as we focus our efforts on bridge information modeling (BrIM). 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.”

Added Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president, Bentley Software, “The need for a more comprehensive and systematic approach to bridge planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance has never been more critical. 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. On behalf of all Bentley colleagues, I welcome LEAP Software users around the world to the Bentley user community and LEAP Software colleagues to the Bentley team.”

Lee Tanase, former president and CEO of LEAP Software, now a Bentley vice president, said, “All of us at LEAP Software are pleased to join the Bentley team charged with developing innovative solutions that provide the functionality infrastructure professionals need to sustain the world’s bridges. Bentley’s vision of providing a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of bridge products to address the lifecycle of bridge infrastructure is exactly what our users – and the world – need.”

About LEAP Products and Services
LEAP software for the structural engineering community features a comprehensive range of easy-to-use analysis and design capabilities that deliver accurate results. The line includes integrated analysis and design products for concrete bridges and buildings.

LEAP Bridge integrates all bridge design components into one product with a single user interface. All bridge geometry, substructure, and superstructure analysis, design, and load rating are completed in one powerful application with a central project database for parametric design. Component design modules address:
• Design, analysis, and load-rating for simple- and multi-span precast/prestressed bridge beams
• Analysis and design of post-tensioned and cast-in-place reinforced concrete box girder and slab bridges constructed on falsework
• Design of longer prestressed/post-tensioned bridge spans using spliced prefabricated girders
• Analysis and design of reinforced concrete bridge piers and foundations

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About Bentley
Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world’s infrastructure. The company’s comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world’s No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a Daratech research study.