The greater AEC world certainly is rocking the news today.

Hard on the heels of Intergraph’s acquisition by Hexagon AB, Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has acquired a minority interest BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., maker of SITEOPS, a site design optimization technology that utilizes cloud computing to perform site configuration simulations, produce preliminary cost estimates, optimize site designs, and reduce overall costs.

In a press release about the investment, Mike Detwiler, president and CEO, BLUERIDGE Analytics, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Bentley Systems, a recognized global leader in software for sustaining infrastructure, as our largest shareholder. Bentley’s decision to make a significant investment in our company and help support our ongoing development work validates the tremendous potential of our cloud-based land development technology.”

“This is an intriguing investment for us,” Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley Systems, said. “As we advance information modeling for intelligent infrastructure, by way of integrated projects, what I call ‘simulation towards optimization’ is increasingly key. SITEOPS shows that a well-structured challenge such as site development can truly be made a science. Though SITEOPS is still in the early adoption stage, the resourceful team at BLUERIDGE Analytics has more than proven its potential in just a few short years. Already, evolutionary computing applied to land development now sets the new standard for preliminary site design performance. Equally important, the company’s management team has demonstrated a viable cloud computing business model that many of us can learn from and perhaps help extend.”

The key to the acquisition may well be in that last sentence. Bentley has a history of leveraging technology among its many brands and verticals — who knows where BLUERIDGE’s cloud computing technology and business model will next turn up?