EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. - Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the project finalists in the 2012 Be Inspired Awards competition and the seven winners of the 2012 Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Five independent panels of jurors, comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the 58 finalists and the Special Recognition Awards candidates from nominations submitted by organizations in 39 countries. The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at the invitation-only Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure event taking place Nov. 13-14, 2012, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. All 2012 Be Inspired nominees are invited and encouraged to attend. This year’s keynote speaker is Greg Williams, executive editor, Wired magazine, a three-time National Magazine Award-winning publication focused on how ideas and innovation are changing the world. Williams, who is based in London, is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, and consultant. He also is the author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Nero Decree, due to be released in the summer of 2013.
“Our Be Inspired Awards program this year drew exceptionally strong project nominations of the highest caliber from the four corners of the globe,” Bentley Systems COO Malcolm Walter said. “They represented every major category of infrastructure asset and spanned small to mega projects - from electric substations, mining facilities, water distribution networks, and water and wastewater treatment plants to airport expansions, energy-efficient buildings, major bridges, road and rail transportation systems, renewable energy and clean power plants, offshore structures, and much more. As diverse as these projects are, they each exemplify the extraordinary intelligent infrastructure that can be realized when architects, engineers, builders, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators work smarter, together - among themselves and with the Bentley team - leveraging information modeling through integrated projects, facilitated by information mobility. I congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to their presentations in Amsterdam as we enter the final leg of the Be Inspired competition.“Candidates for Bentley’s fourth annual Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards were placed into nomination by the jurors for their uniquely innovative and visionary achievements embracing multiple Be Inspired Awards categories. The nominees were then reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives. This year’s seven winners were recognized for exemplary accomplishments in the following categories: Return on Innovation, Sustaining Our Society, Sustaining Our Environment, Sustaining the Professions, Advancing Information Mobility, Innovation in Asset Performance Management, and Bentley Developer Network Award.
Commenting on the 2012 Special Recognition Awards winners, Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “This year’s Special Recognition Awards winners are inspiring projects delivered by some of the world’s most distinguished infrastructure organizations. To our traditional list of award categories we’ve added acknowledgements for achievement in three key areas: information mobility, the payoff for interoperability; asset performance, the goal of all owner-operators; and Bentley Developer Network innovations, the technology contributions that further extend the utility and value of Bentley products and solutions. On behalf of my colleagues at Bentley, I congratulate this year’s Special Recognition Awards recipients and thank them for their remarkable accomplishments.“The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2012 are as follows:
Return on Innovation Pacific Gas and Electric Company - Bentley Substation Implementation - (SanFrancisco, California, U.S.A.)
Sustaining Our Society Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup JV - Airport Link, Northern Busway (Windsor to Kendron) and Airport Roundabout upgrade - (Brisbane, Australia)
Sustaining Our Environment CH2M HILL - Denver Metro Northern Treatment Plant - (Denver, Colorado,U.S.A.)
Sustaining Our Professions HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation - Utilization of the Bentley LEARN Training Subscription - (Changsha, China)
Advancing Information Mobility Shaw Power Group - Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center - (Virginia City, Virginia, U.S.A.)
Innovation in Asset Performance Management Ecofys Netherlands B.V. - Wind Turbine Test Site - (Lelystad, Netherlands)
Bentley Developer Network Award Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. - Integrated Plant Construction System -(Hitachi, Japan)The Be Inspired Awards finalists for 2012 are as follows:
About Be Inspired Awards Program and Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure
Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards competition has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of architecture and engineering infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards is unique - the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists for each category. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.
Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure is an invitation-only conference that provides a unique forum for senior-level executives to learn about the innovations driving the development and operations of the world’s top infrastructure projects. This year’s conference takes place November 13-14, 2012, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It will engage industry thought leaders in interactive discussions on topics of utmost importance to the business of sustaining infrastructure, while enabling them to interact with more than 80 members of the media from around the globe.
The conference will feature thought leadership presentations by the Be Inspired Awards finalists as well as executive roundtables focusing on business, technology, and best practice issues of crucial importance to infrastructure professionals.
As always, the Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure conference will culminate with an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievement and innovation in infrastructure design, construction, and operations. For additional information about this event, click here.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations - all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to over 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.
To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit www.bentley.com/500.