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Supply Side: Bentley, Octopi

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor

Infrastructure engineering software firm Bentley Systems, Inc., has acquired Montreal-based INRO Software; Savage has selected a terminal operating system from Octopi, part of Navis and Cargotec Corp., for a new intermodal terminal at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Pocatello, Idaho.

Bentley will combine its passenger and pedestrian simulation and civil design software with the capabilities of INRO’s advanced traffic and vehicle simulation to help “deliver comprehensive mobility digital twins of multimodal transportation systems at urban, metropolitan, regional and national scale,” according to the company.

INRO’s products include Emme, a multimodal transportation planning system for urban, regional and national transportation forecasting; Dynameq, a vehicle-based traffic simulation platform for city-wide traffic planning; and CityPhi, a “mobility visualization solution providing data visualization and visual analytics of large-scale mobility and geospatial datasets.” Among its simulation product users are Transport for London, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and the public transport system of São Paulo SPTrans.

“We are very pleased to welcome INRO to Bentley Systems,” said Robert Mankowski, Senior Vice President, Digital Cities at Bentley Systems. “Professor Michael Florian and his team led the research of advanced multimodal network modeling methods, which helped establish state-of-the-art mobility simulation, and in this next generation, his son Dan is leading its software future in our mobility digital twin advancement.”

Late last month, Savage entered into an agreement with Union Pacific (UP) to construct and operate Savage Railport-Southern Idaho for the export of containerized hay and other agricultural commodities. Savage has now chosen Octopi by Navis’ cloud-based terminal operating system (TOS). This software-as-a-service system is said to be designed for small- and mid-sized container and mixed cargo terminals.

“We are thrilled that Savage has signed a subscription with Octopi by Navis to be the TOS behind its new operation, and we look forward to helping them achieve their business goals and provide the best output for their customers in the U.S. and internationally once the terminal is complete this year,” said Martin Bardi, Vice President of Global Sales for Octopi by Navis.

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