Bentley Systems Acquires SITEOPS to Advance Site Engineering to Site Optioneering

Global Civil Engineering Software Leader to Integrate Proven and Unique
Site Optimization Technology for BIM Advancement

LOS ANGELES, Calif., U.S.A. – 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS – breakthrough site design optimization “software at your service.” SITEOPS uses cloud-based computing techniques to empower site development professionals to move beyond engineering to optioneering, which enables the exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs. This substantially improves the choices considered for any site development, including commercial, industrial, institutional, campus, and residential projects.

Specifically, SITEOPS enables civil engineering professionals, real estate developers, and land planners to:

  • perform site configuration simulations that fully assess millions of layout, parking, grading, and drainage options for a site within hours instead of spending months evaluating a handful of options,
  • produce preliminary cost estimates and conceptual designs faster,
  • optimize site designs through advanced optioneering, and
  • minimize overall costs while ensuring engineering quality.

Among the many users of SITEOPS are Stantec, Horrocks Engineers, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Timmons Group, and WSP.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “On behalf of all our colleagues, I welcome the highly industrious and talented SITEOPS team to Bentley. During the past few years we’ve been tracking SITEOPS technology and its performance in order to authoritatively validate its breakthrough capabilities. Feedback we’ve received from engineering teams and owners has substantiated SITEOPS’ tremendous potential in enabling site development teams to deliver new value to owners. Through the power of site optioneering, owners can be confident that their engineers have considered the best choices and arrived at the most cost-effective solutions for the constraints of their respective sites. Hence, I’ve become convinced that site engineering should no longer be done any other way.”

Mike Detwiler, formerly president and CEO of BLUERIDGE Analytics and now Bentley vice president, SITEOPS product development, said, “To date, the development of SITEOPS technology has focused on continuous improvement to conceptual designs. Now, within Bentley’s comprehensive portfolio, SITEOPS’ BIM advancement can contribute throughout project delivery. Accordingly, an initial priority will be to complete the end-to-end workflows that Bentley is uniquely able to offer – from site development through detailed design and construction modeling.”

What SITEOPS users are saying

“Working early with SITEOPS was very innovative and beneficial for us in terms of time required to take a site from start to open for business. Each day we saved in this process equated to approximately $100,000 in sales revenue. We were able to save conservatively 10 days per store while opening an average of 140 stores per year. You do the math. SITEOPS not only helped us generate additional revenue, but was also efficient in helping us reduce cost.” – David Shelton, Senior VP (retired), Real Estate, Lowes Home Improvement  

“We looked at what SITEOPS could do on one of our residential subdivisions currently under design. We were amazed at how fast we could perform optimum yield analyses and get initial optimized grading and retaining wall plans and budgets from the software.” – Randy Bauer, Director of Community Development and Acquisitions for the Trilogy Division of Shea Homes

SITEOPS makes civil engineering fun again. We’ve done SITEOPS demos with dozens of clients to date, and not one has ever left the room without saying ‘Wow!’” – Mark Eisses, P.E., Principal, Map Ltd.

“Using SITEOPS is like having 1,000 engineers and site work estimators on staff, without the overhead cost.” – Steve Thomas, P.E., MESH Consulting

SITEOPS is an incredible tool and has saved a project more than once. Our clients are amazed by the speed at which we can create the initial design, make modifications and generate associated costs. A recent project almost fell through because of tight cost constraints but we were able to quickly show the client a few options that were within their budget. The project moved forward only because of SITEOPS.” – Steven Lewis, P.E., Pennoni Associates Inc.

For additional information

  • To register for a webinar on SITEOPS being held Oct. 9, 2014, click here.
  • For additional information about SITEOPS software, click here.
  • To download a high-resolution SITEOPS image, click here.


About Optioneering

Optioneering enables the systematic exploration of engineering alternatives, especially for assessing tradeoffs from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. This BIM advancement, facilitated by new computational resources, multiplies the value of proven simulation and analytical functionality within information modeling applications. While potentially saving engineering time, optioneering can maximize engineering value through improved asset performance.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit

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