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April 23, 2013

Bentley donates $100K to build 3rd-world water systems

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Nonprofit Water for People also gets donation of MicroStation and WaterGEMS software

Bentley Systems, Inc. said Monday it gave $100,000 to nonprofit Water For People (WFP) to help support design, engineering, and construction of water systems in developing countries.

The Exton, Pa.-based software developer for architects, engineers, designers, and construction firms working on infrastructure projects said it also donated eight software products from its portfolio including MicroStation and WaterGEMS to help with the effort including mapping the functionality of water points in every district.

Bentley, a 98-percent privately held with $550 million in 2012 sales, said WFP team members will access the software through Bentley’s STUDENT server self-serve website, which will enable them to download free current and future versions of the software and provide them with access to training and technical support.

Water For People teaches local communities in Africa, Central and South America, and India how to build, manage, and maintain water and sanitation systems, and to build capacity that ensures the systems can be operated and maintained at levels appropriate for each community.

Bentley is a WFP global sponsor and COO Malcolm Walter serves on its board.

“Improving quality of life for people around the world is an essential part of Bentley’s mission,” said Walter. “It’s what investment in sustaining infrastructure is all about.added Malcolm Walter.”

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