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Richard Meier, FAIA, World Renowned Architect of New Getty Center, Selects Bentley and MicroStation TriForma.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 1998--

AIA Gold Medalist, Winner of the Pritzker Prize and Countless Other Architecture Awards Raises Standard for Building Software with

Bentley's "Continuum" Strategy

Bentley Systems Inc. (Exton, Pa.), Thursday announced that the world renown architect Richard Meier, FAIA of New York, has selected MicroStation(R) TriForma(R) as the standard for architectural design and engineering throughout the firm.

After an extensive evaluation process which included AutoCAD from Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), Richard Meier & Partners chose Bentley because it best supports the architectural creative process through the superior 3D and enhanced workflow capabilities of MicroStation TriForma.

In addition, the firm looks to Bentley's engineering IT strategy, the Bentley Continuum, for future technological growth and expansion.

Richard Meier has designed numerous significant projects including: the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Church of the Year 2000 in Rome; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona; the High Museum in Atlanta; the City Hall and Central Library of The Hague; and Federal Courthouses in Phoenix and Long Island.

In 1984 Richard Meier became the youngest recipient to date of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered by many as "the Nobel Prize of architecture." In addition, Richard Meier received the AIA's highest honor, the AIA Gold Medal in 1997.

Commenting on the decision to choose Bentley, Richard Meier of Richard Meier & Partners, said, "We are engaged in complex designs that require powerful software and skilled teams of architects. Bentley offers the best support to this creative process with advanced tools for collaboration across the enterprise. Bentley has hit the mark with MicroStation TriForma and the Bentley Continuum."

Brad Workman, AIA, vice president of building engineering products at Bentley, noted, "The type of projects that Richard Meier takes on requires the superior architectural design tools found in MicroStation TriForma."

He continued, "Considering the enormous contribution Richard Meier & Partners have made to the field of architecture, we at Bentley are honored to be a contributor to their efforts and we hope to be a long term partner in the future."

Richard Meier & Partners will be converting from IBM's AES. Recently, IBM Corp.'s AEC Business Unit in North America (NYSE: IBM) selected MicroStation TriForma for their Architectural and Engineering upgrade program.

IBM's Architecture and Engineering Series (A&ES) is offering this program, which includes migration to MicroStation TriForma and the Bentley SELECT(SM) technology and service subscription program. Richard Meier & Partners will be installing 15 seats over a 2-year period.

For more information on Bentley or MicroStation TriForma, please contact the company at 800/BENTLEY, 610/458-5000 (Americas), +31 23-556-0560 (Europe, Middle East, Africa), +61 3-9699-8699 (Asia/Pacific), through E-mail at rachael.schroeder@bentley.com,or through http://www.bentley.com.

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More on Richard Meier

Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University. He established his own office in New York City in 1963 and since that time his practice has included major civic commissions such as courthouses and city halls; museums; corporate headquarters; and housing and private residences in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Amongst Richard Meier's most renowned projects are the Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles; Frankfurt Museum for Decorative Arts in Germany; Canal+ Television Headquarters in Paris; the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut; and the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana.

His work has been widely published in architectural monographs and journals throughout the world. For more information of Richard Meier & Partners, please contact their Web site at http://www.richardmeier.com.

More on Bentley

Bentley Systems Inc. is a worldwide leader in engineering software and user services. The Bentley Continuum is the company's comprehensive engineering IT strategy comprising products, services, and strategic affiliations.

The company now serves over a quarter million professionals in building/plant engineering, geoengineering, and mechanical engineering. With revenues now over $150M annually, Bentley was listed as the largest privately held company on the 1998 Softletter 100 and named to the 1998 Upside Hot 100.

Bentley's MicroStation desktop and ModelServer(TM) Internet/intranet/extranet-based products are used at over 70% of the largest U.S. engineering firms. They form the software foundation of well-known buildings, roadways, machines, and industrial plants around the world. The Bentley SELECT(SM) technology and service subscription program now reaches over 150,000 users.

Bentley Strategic Affiliates, including GEOPAK Transportation, HMR, Jacobus Technology, NetSpace Systems, and WorkPlace System Solutions, provide project services and the world's best and most interoperable engineering applications to Bentley users. More information about Bentley and Bentley Strategic Affiliates is available at www.bentley.com. -0-

Bentley, TriForma and MicroStation are registered trademarks; ModelServer is a trademark; and Bentley SELECT is a service mark of Bentley Systems, Incorporated. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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