Bentley Systems, Incorporated Takes Principal Membership in the OGC

Wayland, MA, March 13, 2007 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC?) ( announced that Bentley Systems, Incorporated has upgraded to become a Principal Member in the OGC.

Principal Members have complete authority over the specification release and adoption process through their voting rights in the Planning Committee (PC). It is by PC vote that OpenGIS? Specifications are approved and released by the Consortium. PC Members participate in planning and management of the Consortium's technology development process, evaluate and provide guidance on market direction and Consortium focus, possess Technical Committee voting rights, have approval authority for OGC policies and procedures, and vote to elect members of the OGC Board of Directors.

"The OGC is pleased that Bentley has chosen to assume a leadership position in the consortium's membership," Sam Bacharach, Executive Director of the Outreach Program, said. "We look forward to them applying their expertise in advancing the cause of standardization."

Tim Case of PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff), who chairs OGC's 3D Information Management Working Group, said of the recent OGC Web Services, Phase 4 (OWS-4) interoperability project, "Bentley played a central role in OWS-4 and helped us to demonstrate a framework of interoperability across the lifecycle of building and infrastructure investment involving design, construction, operation and decommissioning."

Carey Mann, Vice President Geospatial Solutions for Bentley, added, "Bentley is pleased to take this central role at the OGC. We have long participated in the OGC and its initiatives and believe the time is right for us to significantly expand our involvement. The broadening of the OGC's scope to spatially enable the wide range of geospatial and engineering disciplines aligns perfectly with Bentley's focus. As user organizations embrace 3D modeled infrastructure and increased operational integration within the enterprise, Bentley is uniquely positioned to help the OGC advance its vision."

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 revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 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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About The Open Geospatial Consortium

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 335 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at .

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938

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