Bentley Systems and Siemens Initiate Strategic Collaboration to Unify Product and Production Lifecycles with Factory

  Bentley Systems and Siemens Initiate Strategic Collaboration to Unify
  Product and Production Lifecycles with Factory Infrastructure Lifecycles

Business Wire

NUREMBERG, Germany -- November 19, 2012

Bentley Systems and Siemens today announced a strategic collaboration to
advance the integration of digital product design and manufacturing processes
design with information modeling for facilities lifecycle design. According to
the Memorandum of Understanding the collaboration will enable the two
companies to deliver intelligent and sustainable digital factory
infrastructure. Initially the companies will focus on the digital factory for
automotive and discrete manufacturing.

The Siemens Division Industry Automation and Bentley Systems will initially,
based on their longstanding commitment to openness in information technology,
collaborate on common file formats and content, integrated workflows for
factory layout, and the convergence of process and layout. This work is an
extension of earlier collaborations between the two organizations that
resulted in each deploying technology offerings developed by the other. In the
longer term, the companies will explore opportunities for jointly developed
technology to expand industry-centric solutions and further collaboration
interoperability between Siemens’ Teamcenter and Bentley’s ProjectWise

Teamcenter product lifecycle management software helps companies deliver
increasingly complex products while maximizing productivity and streamlining
global operations. It provides the right information for people to make the
right product decisions – from planning and development through manufacturing
and support. The ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services
empowers work sharing, facilitating the use of virtual talent, dynamic review
for improved project quality, and content reuse for extended value.

Dick Slansky, senior analyst, PLM research director, ARC Advisory Group, said,
“ARC Advisory Group has long advocated for a common, interoperable environment
for sharing and exchanging equipment design information and facility design
information. We believe this announcement of a strategic collaboration between
Siemens and Bentley Systems should go a long way toward enabling the
integration of digital equipment design and manufacturing process information
with the AEC and infrastructure design/build information solution.
Specifically, this collaboration will enable Siemens’ design/build solutions
such as Teamcenter, NX, and Tecnomatix to openly interoperate with Bentley
solutions such as ProjectWise, MicroStation, and AssetWise. ARC will be
following this collaboration closely to gain a better understanding of the
overall, and potentially significant, benefits to all of the industrial
sectors affected.”

Siemens Industry Automation Division CEO Anton S. Huber said, “Together we
will drive the paradigm shift that will establish unified and fully
collaborative product and production lifecycles for our customers. This will
facilitate workflow efficiencies moving our users to the next level of
productivity. Today, it is more important than ever to make full use of all
optimization opportunities over the entire lifecycle of a machine or plant.
This starts with planning and engineering, and continues into operation and
maintenance right through to expansion and modernization. Now, as we seek to
extend this to include facilities lifecycles, we have determined that Bentley
Systems is the right partner to help us bring this new value proposition to

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We at Bentley have redefined asset
performance management to span OPEX and CAPEX and are bringing our information
mobility technologies to bear on the unification of the project and asset
lifecycles. With Siemens converging product and manufacturing process
lifecycles, the digital factory seems the ideal inaugural target application
for a combined and expanded unification effort. Working smarter, together,
Bentley and Siemens will empower our shared users to speed the delivery and
outfitting of manufacturing facilities, accelerate the start of production,
reduce design, construction, and operating expenses, and improve the
operational and energy performance of their factories. We’ve also identified
fruitful future endeavors involving our AssetWise software for asset lifecycle
information management, including our new Ivara EXP asset performance
management software that helps owner-operators obtain the best performance,
reliability, and safety from their assets.”

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About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division  (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the
entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to
production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation
technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its
software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new
products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business
Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems
Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water
Technologies. For more information, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley Systems (Exton, Pennsylvania, USA) is the global leader dedicated to
providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and
owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining
infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset
performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for
intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform
for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for
infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise
platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad
portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide
professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues
in 50 countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has
invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. For
more information, visit

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registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems,
Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. Other
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