Prague, Czech Republic - BE Conference Europe - 12 June 2006 - At this inaugural BE Conference in Europe, Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that it has acquired GEF-RIS AG based in Leimen, Germany. The company provides geographic information system (GIS) solutions used in the design and management of multi-utility infrastructure. Users of its products include E.ON Hanse, swb Bremen, Drewag Dresden, Wien Energie, and EVM Koblenz.
GEF-RIS's sis family of products is led by sisNET, an integrated solution for the design, documentation, and management of electricity, gas, water, and district heating networks. sisNET is built on Bentley's MicroStation and maintains data in commercial spatially oriented databases such as Oracle.
Said Styli Camateros, vice president, Bentley Geospatial, "We are proud to add the GEF-RIS products to Bentley Geospatial's wide range of utility solutions and to welcome the GEF-RIS team to Bentley. This is a company with an enviable track record of innovation and unstinting commitment to its constituents. This acquisition exemplifies our geospatial strategy of advancing GIS for infrastructure."
In addition to offering products that help manage power utility networks, GEF-RIS also provides advanced analysis tools for engineers. sisHYD is an analysis solution for pipe hydraulics in systems that carry compressible media such as steam or gas. sisKMR provides structural analysis of any type of pipe and is particularly useful in optimizing district heating networks.
GEF-RIS's two executives, Martin Icking and Klaus Blettner, have joined Bentley in senior roles, in which they will continue to apply their expertise in multi-utility infrastructure solutions.
The GEF-RIS products are available from Bentley immediately. For more information on GEF-RIS, go to gef.de/gef_ris_en/index.html.
About BE Conference Europe
The inaugural BE Conference Europe (www.be.org) is being held this week in Prague, Czech Republic. This new once-a-year learning opportunity for the European infrastructure community is modeled after the highly successful BE Conference held in the United States.
The BE Conference is an annual gathering of Bentley software users and their managers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge. Attendees better themselves, better their organizations, and better the ways they can improve the world's infrastructure. Year after year, BE Conference scores a 99 percent satisfaction rating among attendees.
For more information on the BE Conference, go to www.be.org.
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 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators.
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