Bentley Map Provides Extended Data Interoperability Through Integration With Safe Software’s FME

New Bentley Map Extension for FME Desktop Provides Access to More Than 225 Data Formats

EXTON, Pa. — February 16, 2010 — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that Bentley Map now includes support for FME, the leading spatial ETL (extract, transform, and load) solution from Safe Software. This enhancement enables GIS and mapping professionals to easily move spatial data – regardless of the format it’s in, coordinate system used, or storage location – into and out of Bentley Map without pre- or post-processing, or data conversion. The new Bentley Map Extension for FME Desktop adds more than 225 widely used formats, including raster data, spatial databases, and legacy CAD and GIS, to the many file formats already supported by Bentley Map. This ensures that users have the highest-fidelity data in their workflows, improving project quality and increasing efficiency.

Commenting on the importance of this new capability, Richard Zambuni, Bentley global marketing director, said, “Bentley Map, Bentley’s flagship desktop GIS product, has a powerful reputation for natively handling heterogeneous data formats. With the new Bentley Map Extension for FME Desktop, users gain access to an even broader array of popular file formats, including CityGML and AutoCAD Civil 3D. In operation, users simply run FME Desktop concurrently with the new Bentley Map extension.”

“Safe Software is committed to connecting users with the data they need,” said Don Murray, president of Safe Software. “We look forward to seeing the innovative ways Bentley Map users will apply FME to solving their data interoperability challenges.”

Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries 1) is available today from Bentley Systems. For additional information about Bentley Map V8i, visit To view a video about the Bentley Map Extension for FME Desktop, visit

About Safe Software

Safe Software powers the flow of spatial data with its software platform FME, the recognized standard in spatial ETL. FME delivers the most extensive format support for data translation and integration, and provides unlimited flexibility in data model transformation and data distribution. FME enables people to use their spatial data where, when, and how they want to. For additional information, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, achieved in 2008 the milestone of $500 million in revenues, and, since 1995, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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