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Bentley Systems had its beginnings in software written by Keith Bentley in the early 1980s while working as a young engineer for E.I. DuPont
in Delaware, U.S.A. Keith created software to connect inexpensive graphics terminals to the company’s minicomputers, for visualizing
engineering drawings and models. His software was a huge success and became widely used within the company.
In 1983, Keith left DuPont to join a California software company founded by his brother Barry. When he left DuPont, Keith negotiated the
right to sell his software independently. In 1984, Keith and Barry founded Bentley Systems. The next year they moved the new company
to Philadelphia, Pa., where they recruited brothers Ray and Scott, plus a handful of other young engineers. In 1986, Bentley Systems began
developing its flagship product, MicroStation, a stand-alone computer-aided design (CAD) system that would become the backbone of many
of the world’s leading solutions for infrastructure design and engineering. In 1991, brother Greg Bentley joined the company to head up
From 1987 through 1994, Bentley Systems was largely a software development company operating under an exclusive third-party distribution
arrangement. When that agreement ended in 1995, Bentley Systems increased its staff from 80 to 200 in a single year and began the process
of establishing a global network of sales operations and third-party developers.
BENTLEY SYSTEMS’ ADVANCEMENT