Bentley Systems expands alliance with Microsoft

This is expected to enable engineers, architects, constructors and city planners to figure out a comprehensive city-scale digital twin, authorizing better decision-making, optimizing operational efficiency, reducing costs and improving collaboration.

Bentley Systems expands alliance with Microsoft
Bentley Systems expands alliance with Microsoft

Bentley Systems expands alliance with Microsoft

Bentley Systems and Microsoft Corp. recently announced an expansion of a strategic alliance focused on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning and smart construction. The alliance will integrate Microsoft’s Azure IoT Digital Twins with Azure Maps with Bentley Systems’ iTwins platform.

This is expected to enable engineers, architects, constructors and city planners to figure out a comprehensive city-scale digital twin, authorizing better decision-making, optimizing operational efficiency, reducing costs and improving collaboration.

The companies will explore opportunities for digital twins in urban planning and citizen engagement for cities all round the globe. The collaboration will allow improved decision-making and increased productivity through Microsoft Teams for infrastructure engineers.

Microsoft quoted Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems as saying that at Bentley they believe that infrastructure digital twins can empower engineers, constructors and owner-operators to design, build and operate infrastructure assets that are relatively cheaper, more resilient and even more sustainable.

He added that with Azure, the foundation of their cloud services, their offerings are more vastly scaled and differentiated by the further integrations of Microsoft technologies.

Casey McGee, vice chairman, Global ISV Sales, Microsoft said that with Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins and Bentley’s iTwins platform, the world’s infrastructure, crucial to their economies and environment, stands to realize it by enabling people to make comprehensive digital models of their whole environment.

Their expanded strategic alliance with Bentley Systems exposes new opportunities for innovation and can accelerate the advantages of digital twins for infrastructure engineering organizations and, more broadly, society at large.

Additionally, project digital twins also are facilitating industrial construction while sustaining infrastructure development in smart cities. Microsoft had recognized Bentley Systems in the 2020 MSUS Partner Award winner for the Industry-Automotive category.

On Oct. 20, at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will join Greg Bentley for a discussion of the companies’ new infrastructure digital twin alliance priorities. Register at Year in Infrastructure 2020.