Bentley acquires EasyPower for power systems engineering software

March 21, 2023
Purchase will integrate electrical modeling and analysis across the lifecycles of infrastructure digital twins

Bentley Systems Inc. reported Feb. 23 it’s acquired EasyPower to extend integrated and iterative power systems design and analysis for infrastructure digital twins, and broaden its comprehensiveness in infrastructure engineering. EasyPower combines graphics-based modeling and analysis to make solving complex electrical engineering problems more straightforward and accessible.

EasyPower has developed design and analysis software, including arc flash solutions, since it was founded in Portland, Ore., in 1984. Its products are primarily used to design, analyze and monitor power distribution systems serving industrial and commercial facilities to ensure safety, reliability and regulatory compliance.

With an increasingly electrified future and with disparate and widely distributed energy resources on both sides of “the meter,” Bentley reports that all infrastructure assets will benefit from improved performance, economics, safety and resilience provided by continued simulation and assessment of power distribution conditions and designs over their project and operating lifecycles. Priorities for Bentley will include integrating EasyPower’s schema and digital workflows with Bentley’s OpenBuildings, OpenFlows, OpenPlant, OpenRail, and Bentley Raceway and Cable Management applications.

“All infrastructure projects and assets have power distribution systems, which are too frequently analyzed using unnecessarily complicated software that’s disconnected from 3D/4D BIM and digital twin workflows,” says Greg Bentley, CEO at Bentley Systems. “By incorporating EasyPower within our design and modeling portfolio and our iTwin Platform, we can help enable the distribution systems powering infrastructure to be more readily adapted to new imperatives for sustainability and resilience, while making electrical safety assurance more ubiquitous, accessible and evergreen.”

Kevin Bates, CEP at EasyPower, adds that, “We’re delighted to be joining Bentley Systems at this point of inflection for electrical power in infrastructure, and in infrastructure digital twins. For nearly 40 years, EasyPower has been simplifying complex electrical engineering problems and helping our customers to confidently complete the job at hand. Our purpose has been to make electricity more accessible, more reliable and safer to use. Within and for Bentley Systems, we can substantially scale up EasyPower’s reach across infrastructure sectors worldwide and across digital twin lifecycles.”

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