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Bentley Systems | July 08, 2021

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the infrastructure engineering software firm, announced today that its Seequent business unit had acquired Danish geophysical software developer Aarhus GeoSoftware. Seequent's solutions for operational groundwater management and sustainability initiatives, including exploration, contaminants, and infrastructure resilience, will be expanded due to the acquisition.

Aarhus GeoSoftware, a spinoff company from Aarhus University in Denmark, creates the software packages AGS Workbench, SPIA, Res2DInv, and Res3DInv for the processing inversion and visualization of geophysical data from electromagnetic (EM), electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and other sources. Users using AGS software can generate 2D and 3D pictures of subsurface electrical resistivity. The software's outputs can be used to identify and differentiate subsurface materials, and they can then be modeled in Seequent's Leapfrog to help with various subsurface investigations.

The software maps the subsurface distribution of materials such as water, mineral deposits, and clays using electric field measurements acquired at ground level or airborne sensors. Electrical resistivity enables researchers and industry experts to know better the distribution of materials such as water, mineral deposits, and clays. For example, when the water contains other chemicals such as salt, the distribution can be inferred.

The goal of AGS software was to map groundwater throughout Denmark to ensure clean drinking water for future generations. It is now used in a variety of applications, such as locating subsurface faults and cavities to reduce construction risk, investigating orebodies and waste rock and tailing processes in the mining, monitoring groundwater and contaminant movements to help understand environmental impacts, modeling dam and tunnel stability, and assessing landslide risk to gauge asset resilience or construction plunging. Seequent will continue its tradition of collaborating with universities and research organizations worldwide by extending its collaboration with Aarhus University to develop AGS geophysical solutions.

About Seequent
Seequent, a Bentley company, is a global leader developing innovative geoscience analysis, modeling, and collaborative technologies to understand geoscience and engineering design solutions better. Our solutions enable individuals to understand complicated data, manage risk, and ultimately make better decisions about earth, environment, and energy issues.

Seequent software is utilized on large-scale projects worldwide, including road and rail tunnel construction, groundwater detection and management, geothermal research, subsea infrastructure mapping, resource evaluation, and spent nuclear fuel storage.

Seequent's global footprint comprises its Christchurch headquarters and R&D facilities in Christchurch and Canada and a network of offices in Asia/Pacific, Africa, South America, North America, and Europe that provide leading subsurface solutions to organizations in over 100 countries.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a software company that specializes in infrastructure engineering. We develop innovative software to improve the world's infrastructure, thus sustaining the global economy and the environment. Professionals and businesses of all sizes rely on our industry-leading software solutions to design, construct, and operate roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, and industrial facilities. MicroStation-based modeling and simulation applications, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins are among our products. Bentley Systems employs over 4,000 employees and generates more than $800 million in annual revenue across 172 countries.

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