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Bentley acquires pedestrian modelling firm

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Software developer Bentley has taken over pedestrian modelling company Legion, strengthening its “open” suite of software.

Bentley said the new acquisition based in London and supported more than half of the world’s 40 largest transit agencies.

It will now be incorporated into Bentley’s OpenBuildings software to accurately simulate and analyse people’s step-by-step journey through rail/ metro stations, stadia, shopping malls and airports.

The software allows designers to model, test and deliver operational, commercial, footfall, wayfinding, crowd management, and safety strategies.

The move comes ahead of the launch of Bentley’s station designer platform which is due for early release this December. The new software will provide a more “tailored” version of the Openbuilding platform specifically geared for the design of stations.

Legion founder Douglas Connor said he was excited to join the Bentley team and its acquisition would allow it to grow.

“Pedestrian flows should be considered fundamental design criteria for infrastructure assets like train stations or airports which are intrinsically meant to serve the needs of pedestrians,” he said.

“We’re excited to join with Bentley to provide designers, engineers, and owners with pedestrian simulation applications that are integrated with market leading design modelling offerings. Next, we can advance Legion’s “Science in Motion” vision to incorporate pedestrian simulation quite cohesively—from the strategic and capital planning of an infrastructure project, throughout its design, subsequent retrofits, and into asset operations.”

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