Franklin County, Washington, Joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program



    Will Use Its Unlimited Access to Comprehensive GIS and Engineering
Software Portfolio for Fixed Annual Fee to Better Serve Its More Than 63,000
Citizens

    EXTON, PA., March 15 /CNW/ - Bentley Systems, Incorporated today
announced that Franklin County, Washington, has joined Bentley's Municipal
License Subscription (MLS) program. The county will use its new MLS to help
increase the level of service to its citizens in areas such as GIS,
construction and maintenance support, road and bridge construction and
maintenance, and irrigation.

    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 Matt Mahoney, design engineer for Franklin County, "Our decision to
go with Bentley's MLS program was all about economics and easier, broader
access to Bentley's products. We were already convinced that Bentley's
software solutions are best able to meet our needs, which is why we've long
used MicroStation, InterPlot, Bentley I/RAS B, and most of Bentley's Haestad
Methods product line.

    "In addition, the service and technical support we receive from Bentley
are second to none, and this is a must for a small agency like ours. It's what
enables us to get our work completed cost-effectively."

    According to Mahoney, one of the most important benefits of the MLS to
Franklin County is budgeting efficiency. "We know what our software is going
to cost us each year," said Mahoney. "We don't have to forecast software needs
for each subsequent year, or amend our budgets should we need to increase
seats or acquire another product to satisfy new requirements.

    "And this translates into another important benefit of our MLS: We can
deploy whatever software we want whenever and wherever we need to. Because
there are no shared network licenses, we no longer have to wait for someone to
exit an application before we can complete our work. If we need another seat
or a different software solution, it is available immediately at no additional
cost to us."

    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

    --  Electric and gas distribution networks

    --  Urban planning

    --  Cadastre management

    --  Public safety

    --  Municipal building design

    --  Mapping and 3D modeling

    Because program fees are 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.

    Added Mahoney, "Our goal is to deploy new seats of the software we are
using currently and to add new software to our solutions set so that we can
provide the most efficient and cost-effective services to the citizens within
our administrative area. For example, in the near future we are planning to
deploy more geospatial solutions, HAMMER for our water infrastructure,
PowerSurvey, PowerCivil, InRoads, and DigitalPlant solutions. Without our MLS,
and given the realities of tight budgets in a rural county like ours, it's
unlikely that these solutions would even be on the table for consideration."

    For more information about Bentley's MLS program initiative and software
or to contact a Bentley representative, visit www.bentley.com/MLS.

    About Franklin County

    Franklin County, Washington, has a total area of 1265 square miles and
more than 63,000 citizens. It is the fastest-growing county in the state,
experiencing a population increase of more than 20 percent between 2000 and
2004.

    Franklin County is a rural county based on agriculture with highly
productive farmland, both irrigated and non-irrigated. It is characterized by
its open spaces, quality development, and agriculturally related industries.
The county enjoys a diversity of population and is a good place to live, with
quality education in its schools, a low crime rate, clean, fresh air, and
friendly neighbors. For more information, visit www.co.franklin.wa.us.

    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.

    To receive Bentley press releases as they are issued, visit
www.bentley.com/bentleywire. For more information, visit www.bentley.com. To
view a copy of Bentley's May 2006 Annual Report online, go to
www.bentley.com/May2006annualreport.

    Bentley, the "B" logo, Municipal License Subscription, MLS, MicroStation,
InterPlot, Bentley I/RAS B, Haestad Methods, HAMMER, PowerSurvey, PowerCivil,
InRoads, and DigitalPlant are either registered or unregistered trademarks or
service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or
indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.




For further information:

For further information: Bentley Systems, Incorporated Ron Kuhfeld, +1
610-321-6493 ron.kuhfeld@bentley.com

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