The Cohesive Companies Expand in Transportation Infrastructure Globally with Acquisition of Netherlands-based OXplus and through Executive Succession

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    EXTON,  PA, USA, Oct 6, 2021 – The Cohesive Companies, a  wholly-owned but  independently operated  digital integrator business  unit of  Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq:  BSY), the infrastructure  engineering software  company,  announced  its  acquisition of  OXplus, the leading  rail  asset  management  specialist  headquartered  in  Veghel, Netherlands.  The  acquisition coincides with  the  appointment  of  Dr. Mark Bew MBE as CEO  of  The  Cohesive  Companies, succeeding  Noah Eckhouse,  who  has  retired  after  17 years  of  exemplary service  within  Bentley Systems  capped  by  the successful  convergence,  from multiple  predecessor  organizations,  of  The Cohesive  Companies  in  2020.  OXplus  becomes  the  sixth brand to enter  The  Cohesive Companies  fold  in  support  of  its  mission to deliver  the  strongest  social, economic, and environmental  outcomes  for  infrastructure  clients  and  their constituents.

     

    soic201309-01_300dpiOXplus  completed  two  large  IBM Maximo  implementation  projects  in 2020-2021 in Riyadh (KSA), supporting  two  operators  and  maintainers  for  all  six  metro lines,  covering 176 kilometers of  track/infrastructure,  85  stations,  and a total  of  470 driverless  cars. It is considered the world’s largest urban rail project outside China. 

     

    OXplus  supports  rail  owners, operators,  and maintainers, and  rolling  stock  manufacturers  around the  globe  with  digital  tools  and solutions  that  give  them  a deep  insight  into  the  performance  of their  assets.  It builds  smart systems, and  delivers  standout  client  experiences,  that  use  IoT  data  to effectively predict  when  repair  or  intervention is  needed,  that  prevent  downtime,  that  reduce operational  costs,  and  that  enable  efficient  scheduling  of  assets.  The  acquisition of  OXplus, founded in 2010, will  accelerate  The  Cohesive  Companies’  expansion of  its Enterprise Asset Management  presence within  Europe  and  elsewhere.  For  instance,  OXplus  has  recently supported  the  prestigious  Riyadh Metro project,  the largest  single-phase  metro project  underway globally, and is  also  supporting Siemens  Mobility to efficiently  execute  the maintenance of Riyadh Metro’s  new  train  fleet.

    Bew  joined  Bentley Systems  and  The  Cohesive  Companies  with  its  2020 acquisition of  the  UKbased  built-environment  consultancy  PCSG,  providing  digital  advisory services  and solutions  to world-leading  owners and  operators  in the  transportation sector.  Representative  clients  and projects  include  HS2,  Europe’s  largest infrastructure  project,  in  developing a  digital  twin  of the entire  rail  system;  Highways  England  (National  Highways), operator  of  the UK  strategic road network;  and  Heathrow  Airport Ltd.  Prior to  his  co-leadership of  PCSG,  Bew  held  information and  business  system  leadership  roles  with  Costain  and  URS-Scott Wilson.  Based  in  London, Bew  also  chaired  the  UK  government’s  BIM  Task Group,  which  led the  work to  embed  digital techniques  and  processes  within  major UK  public  sector  infrastructure  programs.

    In a  further  appointment,  George  Church  has  been named  COO of  The  Cohesive  Companies. Based in Boston, USA,  Church  brings  a  depth of  knowledge  and expertise  gained through  27 years at  Bentley  Systems,  including  as senior  vice  president  of  its  professional  services business.

    Mark  Bew  said,  “We  are  delighted  to  welcome  the OXplus team  to  enhance  The  Cohesive Companies’  balance  across geographies and  sectors.  Our  collective success  and learning curves in delivering  projects  while  working  fully virtually throughout  the  pandemic  has  proven our growth strategy in  globally  bringing  together  and  further  attracting world-class  talent  resources.  I take  the  helm from Noah  Eckhouse  enthusiastic  about  our  unique  strengths  as  a  full lifecycle digital integrator,  delivering  transformational outcomes  across  the  built  and natural  environment, independent  of  our clients’  investment  choices  among technology vendors.  It is  particularly meaningful  to  me  that  OXplus’  proficiencies  in  rail  and  transport  operations  and service optimization  now  helps  us  be  able  to  fulfill  the  vision,  expressed  through  the  UK  public sector’s digital  twin  aspirations,  for  improved  social benefits  from infrastructure.

    OXplus CEO  Henri  Snijders said,  “We are  excited  that  OXplus  is  joining  The  Cohesive Companies  to strengthen  our  position  as  a  leading  digital  consultancy in  the  railways  and transportation  sectors.  I  would  like  to  thank  all the  team at OXplus  for their work  and  dedication in  making  this  milestone  possible.”

    Richard Van  Dongen, OXplus  CCO,  added,  “Advancements  in going digital  are  driving improvements  on  major  railways  projects  leading toward  the  breakthrough advantages  of infrastructure  and  of  rolling stock digital  twins.  We  know  that  together,  we  can deliver  even more  operational value  for the  transportation  sector.”

    About  The  Cohesive  Companies

    The  Cohesive  Companies  form  a  wholly owned  but  independently operated business  unit  of Bentley  Systems (Nasdaq:  BSY,  the  infrastructure  engineering software  company www.bentley.com). The  Cohesive  Companies  provide  advisory, systems  integration, and technology  strategies  and  services  to  help owner-operators advance their  BIM,  enterprise asset management  (EAM),  asset lifecycle  information  (ALIM),  and asset  performance  modeling environments.  Our  uniquely comprehensive expertise  in  infrastructure  digital twins  spans  from development  platforms  to operational  systems, from  cloud  to  mobile,  from asset delivery  to customer  service  optimization,  and  beyond  resourceful technology  implementation  to  change management  and  business  process redesign.  The  Cohesive  Companies  have  coalesced  and globally  multiplied  the  reach  and  capabilities  of  Cohesive  Solutions,  Cohesive Asset Performance,  SRO  Solutions,  PCSG,  Ontracks  Consulting,  and OXplus. For more information, visit www.cohesivecompanies.com.