City of Alpena, Michigan, Joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program
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City of Alpena, Michigan, Joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—December 20, 2006— Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that the City of Alpena, Michigan, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program. This community of 11,000 on Lake Huron's Thunder Bay will use its new MLS to help it implement road, water, sewer, and other infrastructure projects, as well as to build a 21st century GIS.

Bentley's MLS 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.

Said Steve Shultz, assistant city engineer for Alpena, "Our engineering department has long used MicroStation, GEOPAK, MicroStation GeoGraphics, Bentley Water, Bentley Wastewater, and WaterCAD to design and manage the city's infrastructure with EarthTech, our sewer and water management contractor. However, in smaller cities such as ours, each extra piece of software has to be extensively justified and its efficiency tracked. This has limited our ability to build out the Bentley software functionality we would like to have in our technology toolbox.

"With our new MLS, we can access all the software we need for a very attractive price with no procurement hassles. Already, we have benefited from access to new software packages such as Bentley Fiber, which we expect to deploy shortly to support the building of a fiber optic network."

Continued Shultz, "We are also planning to deploy Bentley Geospatial Management so that we can interact with our subcontractors more effectively and share data with the County in the future. Although not all the software used by those we interact with is Bentley software, Geospatial Management is able to handle all file types, including ESRI SHP files. As a result, we are expecting a huge increase in productivity as files and projects are exchanged or shared across different organizations."

Bentley's MLS program provides municipalities with unlimited access to a comprehensive portfolio of integrated GIS and engineering software for all of their infrastructure, including:

-- Public works - roads, bridges, water, sewer, and storm

-- Land development

-- E-government

-- Light rail design

-- Community broadband

-- Water and wastewater treatment plant design

-- Urban planning

-- Cadastre management

-- Public safety

-- Municipal building design

-- Mapping and 3D modeling

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.

Said Shultz, "With our MLS, not only are we able to cap our annual software costs, but we also can start new projects and complete them more quickly and cost effectively. For example, we plan to deploy SewerCAD to help document our sewer network. Once this is digitized, we will be able to do away with expensive and difficult-to-manage paper trails. All those developing and managing the sewer network will be able to access the network data and edit it in real time. We expect this to reduce costs and save a lot of time."

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

About the City of Alpena

Incorporated in 1871, the City of Alpena overlooks Lake Huron's picturesque Thunder Bay. The wood, cement, and heavy machinery industries of Alpena stemmed from a long industrial heritage that started with logging in the 1800s. Besides these industries, Alpena offers to the public an abundance of businesses, along with a community college and a regional medical center. Throughout the 8.93 square miles that make up the City of Alpena are many inviting residential areas and recreational activities for its more than 11,000 residents and visitors to continuously enjoy. For more information, visit

About Bentley

Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world's No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.

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