Stadtwerke Essen Joins Bentley’s Municipal License Subscription Program to Implement New Multi-Utility GIS

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 10, 2009— Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, today announced that Stadtwerke Essen, a German multi-utility that supplies gas, water, and wastewater services to the city of Essen, will use Bentley software to implement a replacement geographic information system (GIS). The new system, which is being based on Bentley sisNET and includes Bentley sisFLOW, Bentley sisIMS, and Bentley sisVIEW, will provide enhanced support for Stadtwerke Essen’s designers and field engineers, thematic and statistical analyses for the Bundesnetzagentur – the German utilities regulator – and integration with SAP’s ERP system to exchange GIS and asset management data. Stadtwerke Essen chose Bentley sisNET for its:

  • Proven track record in deployments by multi-utilities across Germany and Austria,
  • Support for Oracle Spatial,
  • Ability to integrate with other enterprise systems.

Stadtwerke Essen expects substantial productivity gains from its new GIS. The multi-utility will access its new software through Bentley’s Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program, which it joined for a period of five years.

“Our previous GIS had reached the end of its life,” said Herr Thomas Reineck, manager, technical data services, Stadtwerke Essen. “After rigorously testing and benchmarking a number of competing products, we determined that Bentley sisNET was the best technology for us to use in developing our replacement system. In order to deliver low-cost, reliable and safe utility services to our customers, we require a GIS that will let us work at maximum efficiency.”

Reineck continued, “Once we made the decision to go with Bentley software, we further determined that the easiest and most cost-effective way to access this technology was to join Bentley’s innovative MLS. Being able to download the full range of Bentley software on demand and deploy it immediately – rather than contending with a lengthy budget approval process each time we need a new piece of software – gives us the flexibility and agility to better succeed in today’s highly competitive business environment.”

Stadtwerke Essen will deploy MicroStation for design and engineering and Bentley sisNET as a GIS to deliver documentation and facilities management for its three networks. In addition, it will use Bentley sisIMS to publish GIS and engineering data via the web to nontechnical users, and deploy Bentley sisFLOW to integrate the information with work-management systems. Bentley sisVIEW is the multi-utility’s choice for offline access to GIS and engineering data used by field engineers.

For additional information about Bentley’s electric and gas utilities solution, visit

About Bentley’s MLS Program

Bentley’s MLS program offers municipalities all the software they need to design and manage all their infrastructure for a fixed annual fee based on population. The breakthrough program enables them to improve productivity and reduce administrative costs by outfitting their entire mapping and engineering organizations with fully integrated software for GIS and engineering workflows. This leads to improved services and more efficient government.

Because the program’s fee is fixed, Bentley’s MLS guarantees predictable software costs and budgeting. In addition, it removes the administrative burden of complex software licenses, shortens procurement cycles, speeds project starts, and ultimately leads to more efficient government.

For additional information about Bentley’s MLS program initiative and software or to contact a Bentley representative, visit

About Stadtwerke Essen

Stadtwerke Essen AG supplies water, wastewater treatment services, and natural gas to the city of Essen in the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr) region in western Germany. The natural-gas service has 93,142 metered connections, 1,359 kilometers in length, serving 90,000 customers. The water network has 93,072 metered connections and 1,827 kilometers of pipes. The wastewater network has 90,264 metered connections and a network that extends for more that 1,600 kilometers. Stadtwerke Essen’s combined services generate €270 million ($360 million) annually. For additional information about Stadtwerke Essen, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

For additional information about Bentley, visit . For information about Be Communities, a social networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit .

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