History of ProjectWise (Part 1 of 3)

Posted: February 26, 2013 in General
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In 1995 Bentley was a $100 million dollar company that was rapidly growing, not only in revenue but also in product offerings.  A year earlier, Intergraph had a major stake in Bentley and had the distribution rights to MicroStation.  A dispute over royalties ensued, which put Bentley in charge of its own destiny.  This suit would not be settled for several years to come, however, it did turn out heavily in favor of Bentley.

Bentley now had the desire to grow with new product offerings to help its 220,000 users design and build the world’s infrastructure projects. One of the first products offered was MicroStation Field, a mobile product designed to work on a pen based tablet so remote users could view and markup drawings in the field.  Released in 1994, it was ahead of its time. Teamed with the high cost of a pen based tablet at that time, it was discontinued.  However, the need to collaborate on projects never went away.  It was at that time the Bentley executives looked for solutions.  The options included developing a server based management system, or possibly leveraging existing technology.

In August of 1995 Bentley formalized a relationship with Opti inter-Consult, signed them as a Strategic Affiliate and took on a partial ownership in the company.  Opti Inter-Consult was a small Finland based company that was founded in 1990. It was the developer of TeamMate, which was a Document Management System exclusively distributed by Bentley.  Opti Inter-Consult had a suite of products based on Document Management and Facility Management. 

The following year Bentley acquired the remaining shares of Opti Inter-Consult and split the two product lines in half. The Facilities Management products went to a newly formed joint venture with Primavera named WorkPlace Systems.  With George Church as its president, the newly formed company focused on the lifecycle of facility asset management.  George already had several years experience with Bentley and Intergraph and was a good fit for the joint venture, which was then a strategic affiliation between both Bentley and Primavera.  WorkPlace Systems developed several products including ActiveAsset Manager, ActiveAsset Planner, and ActiveAsset Inquirer.

EJA

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