Bentley announces acquisition of Acute3D to advance reality modeling

Feb. 11, 2015
Bentley Systems recently announced that it has acquired France-based Acute3D, a provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling.

ORLANDO, FL, Feb. 11, 2015 -- Bentley Systems, Inc., a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, recently announced that it has acquired France-based Acute3D, a provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling.

Through reality modeling, observations of existing conditions are processed into representations for contextual alignment within design and construction modeling environments. Rapid technology advancements in scanning and photography -- and especially the burgeoning application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for these purposes -- are making the capture of such observations broadly and continuously affordable in sustaining infrastructure.

Acute3D software automates the generation of high-resolution, fully-3D representations from digital photographs captured with any camera, whether highly specialized or embedded in a smartphone. Scalable from site to city, and with precision limited only by the quantity and quality of photography, Acute3D technology can assure that existing conditions are contemporaneously considered throughout the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations of any infrastructure asset.

Now that photo sequences from UAVs are likely to become the most feasible source for surveying, construction monitoring and inspection workflows, Acute3D's industrial-level accuracy and unlimited scalability are an ideal technology for UAV manufacturers and professionals around the world.

Acute3D was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Jean-Philippe Pons and Dr. Renaud Keriven, who have led an accomplished team of researchers and developers, headquartered in Sophia Antipolis (the French "Silicon Valley"). Since its founding, Acute3D has established a rapidly expanding user base that includes Nokia, PASCO and Saint-Gobain, as well as OEM licensees that include Airbus Group and Autodesk.

"With Bentley's acquisition of Acute3D, we can look forward to seeing more innovative uses of what they call 'reality modeling' in infrastructure projects as well as a convergence of technology that will yield tremendous benefits for consulting engineers, constructors and the owners of infrastructure assets," said SPAR Point Group Editor Sean Higgins.

See also:

"Bentley offers BIM technology for better, faster decisions on site and in the field"

"Bentley Systems' water software technology helps Portugal water company"

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. The company 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. For more information, visit


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