This Digital Publication Also Features the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence Ceremony, the Development of ProjectWise StartPoint, User Success Stories, and More

Exton, Pa. - Aug. 15, 2006 - In the latest issue of BE Magazine (, published by Bentley Systems, Incorporated, Bentley executives tell readers how to prepare for the new era of infrastructure design and management. Based on keynotes from this year's BE Conferences, the thought-provoking articles from CEO Greg Bentley, CTO Keith Bentley, COO Malcolm Walter, Senior VP Buddy Cleveland, Senior VP Bhupinder Singh, and CMO Tony Flynn include links to videos of the complete presentations.

Next in the issue is "Setting New Standards for Excellence," an article highlighting the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence ceremony. Included is a list of the 29 winners honored in the professional portion of the program, the Educator of the Year and three student winners honored in the academic portion of the program, and the winner of the first BE Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of jurors that included Bentley users and industry experts. In the article "A Day in the Life of a BE Awards Juror," CAD/GIS development officer Peter Taylor, from Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, U.K., offers a personal account of this year's selection process. Taylor takes readers into the jury room and gives them a feel for what it is like to become intimately involved with some of the most extraordinary projects in the world.

Rounding out the features section of BE Magazine is an article detailing Bentley and Microsoft's two-year collaboration to integrate SharePoint Products and Technologies with ProjectWise. The result is ProjectWise StartPoint - an entry-level collaboration tool that opens the power of ProjectWise to a broad population of new users and teams.

In his column "The Last Word," Greg Bentley offers thoughts on the company's accomplishments during the prior year, as presented in the May 2006 Annual Report. In his letter, Mr. Bentley notes that the company's growth and profitability enable it to continue to make strategic acquisitions to more comprehensively support its users' infrastructure work.

He attributes Bentley's strong performance to several distinguishing strategies developed and executed at Bentley specifically to empower distributed enterprises, along with the company's most fundamental strategic distinction - its complement of Bentley colleagues. "The proportion with advanced degrees - at over one quarter of all colleagues - is revealing," said Mr. Bentley. "In particular, our 44 Ph.D.s are bridging the gap between research and technology application."

As always, readers of BE Magazine will also find a variety of inspiring user success stories; how-to articles that help architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals and owner-operators become better connected and more productive; a global roundup of AEC news; practical technical notes; commentary on issues critical to the AEC community; and much more.

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About BE Magazine

BE Magazine, which is electronically distributed to nearly 200,000 readers, is dedicated to Bentley users and their work improving the world's infrastructure and increasing quality of life. It is part of a program that also includes the BE Conference, BE Newsletter, BE Awards of Excellence, and BE Meetings. BE, which stands for "Bentley Empowered," represents the achievements of Bentley users, how Bentley can help them reach their goals, and the common vision and causes Bentley and users share.

About Bentley

Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world's No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.

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