Bentley acquires Cook-Hurlbert: DistribuTECH update

Tampa, FL, Feb. 10, 2006 — Bentley Systems Inc. announced that it has acquired the assets of Cook-Hurlbert of Austin, Texas, a provider of engineering design software for electric and gas distribution networks. Cook-Hurlbert’s Expert Designer spatial network layout and analysis software was among the first developed specifically for utility designers and engineers. Users of this open and integrated software include many leading utilities such as Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), a Constellation Energy Company, and Xcel Energy.

Styli Camateros, vice president of Bentley Geospatial, finds the acquisition “exciting” saying Bentley can now offer software and optimized network designs to utility companies.

Features of the Cook-Hurlbert product line include:

* Functionality for process measurement and tracking, work order management and tracking, design layout, estimating, optimization, structural analysis, vegetation management, and job closeout.

* An open architecture that allows for seamless integration with Bentley’s MicroStation and other spatial platforms (GE Power’s Smallworld Core, AutoCAD, and ESRI’s ArcGIS), as well as external systems such as work management and emergency response and outage management systems.

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