LOS ANGELES – BE Conference 2007 – Bentley Systems Incorporated announced the winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure.

LOS ANGELES – BE Conference 2007 – Bentley Systems Incorporated today announced the winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure.

Thirty-one projects in the professional portion of the program received BE Awards during the BE Conference in Los Angeles. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. In the academic portion of the program, BE Awards went to the Educator of the Year and to the top four student designs.

The winners were announced last night during a dinner and ceremony hosted by Peter Sagal of the National Public Radio program “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!,” and co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill Construction, publisher of Engineering News-Record. The independent panel of BE Awards jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the winning projects from more than 280 nominations.

“Honoring the recipients of our BE Awards of Excellence and their wonderfully innovative work is something I look forward to every year,” said CEO Greg Bentley. “It is a privilege and a pleasure to recognize so much talent and so many projects that will have a positive impact on the world community for generations. On behalf of all my colleagues at Bentley, I heartily congratulate the winners and acknowledge the exceptional quality of all of the nominations.”

Mr. Bentley continued, “During his keynote address, Bentley COO Malcolm Walter announced the winners of a special new category of BE Awards – ‘Best Return on Innovation’ – personally selected this year by Malcolm based on ROI data supplied by each of the nominees. The winners included: Bechtel, Dutch Ministry of Finance, GHAFARI Associates, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

“These organizations are not only improving the world’s infrastructure with award-winning projects, but they are also realizing substantial returns for their investments in innovation. Again, on behalf of Bentley colleagues around the globe, I offer my congratulations to each of these organizations on both accomplishments.”

The Winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence

This year’s BE Awards of Excellence winners are as follows:


BIM for Architecture: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Ltd – The Leadenhall Building
BIM for Building Engineering: M/E Engineering, P.C. – BioMed Engineering and Optics Laboratory Building
BIM for Multiple Disciplines: Arup – Review and Study of the Opera Theatre Interior and New Works, Sydney Opera House
BIM for Visualization and Simulation: Dvorak architekti s.r.o. – Vrnata House
BIM for Sustainable Design: Fortis Bank – Kanselarij Cluster Restructuring Project
Building Innovation: LJB, Inc. – Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Building Structural Analysis, Design, and Documentation: WSP Group plc – Manchester Hilton
Building Distributed Enterprise: The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd – Central Premises Information Repository


Civil Innovation: HNTB – TrueViz OnTarget
Civil Road Infrastructure: Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (India) Pvt Ltd – Laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Norra Länken
Civil Site Design: Vela VKE Consulting Engineering – Zimbali Civil Infrastructure
Civil Visualization and Simulation: Mott MacDonald Ltd – East London Line Project
Civil Structural Analysis, Design, and Documentation: Arup – Marina Bayfront Pedestrian Bridge
Civil Distributed Enterprise: The Banks Group – Centralized Data Storage Using StartPoint and Riverbed WAN Optimization


Geospatial Communications: Nacap Telecom BV – Fibre Optics ‘Zuid-Limburg’ -Isilinx
Geospatial Government: Gemeente Amsterdam, Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening – IJburg
Geospatial Mapping and Cadastre: Petrobras SA – SGO Project - Petrobras Subsea Assets Tracking
Geospatial 3D GIS: AAMHatch – True Orthophotography and 3D Model of the City of Melbourne
Geospatial Water Resource Management: ISKI Genel Mudurlugu – Infrastructure Integration of Mega City - Istanbul
Geospatial Utilities: Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. – The BGE Bentley Project
Geospatial Innovation: Dutch Ministry of Finance – Geospatially Enabling the Dutch Ministry of Finance; Putting ‘Where’ into SAP
Geospatial Distributed Enterprise: Sandia National Laboratories – Power Through Integration Plant
Plant Multi-Discipline Design: BSPiR Energoprojekt-Katowice S.A. – The Coke Plant “Przyjazn”
Plant Lifecycle Information Management: North China Power Engineering (Beijing) Co. Ltd – Building Up
NCPE Content Management Platform With ProjectWise as the Core
Plant Structural Analysis, Design, and Documentation: Southern Co. Services – Plant Wansley Units 1-2 FGD Addition
Plant Visualization and Simulation: Atkins Water – Bolton Wastewater Treatment Works
Plant Innovation: VECO Alaska Inc. – Conoco Phillips Drill Site Technologies
Plant Rookie of the Year: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County – San Jose Creek Central Plant Modification
Plant Distributed Enterprise: Bechtel – Jamnagar Export Refinery Project
Special Awards
Best Overall IT Strategy: VECO Alaska Inc. – Bentley Enterprise Implementation and Management
Well-Trained Organization: Halff Associates, Inc.

Academic Awards

Educator of the Year: Dr. Howard Turner – California State Polytechnic University
Middle School/High School - MicroStation: Steffan Egger – The Ultimate Bar (BRG 4/Waltergasse VIENNA)
Middle School/High School – MicroStation PowerDraft: Anthony Apostolou, Meghan Goff, and Christine Lupton – Pelican Bay Elementary School (Eastern Technical High School
University/Collegiate, Architecture/Building: Lim Yu Tian (Johathan) – ARCHinteractive (Singapore Polytechnic)
University/Collegiate, Engineering: Piotr Łukasz Czerski– An Interchange ‘Przyczolkowa’ in Wilanow District Warsaw (Warsaw University of Technology)

About BE and the BE Conference

BE, which stands for “Bentley Empowered,” embodies the power of community to create, innovate, and improve the world’s infrastructure.

The BE Conference, which consistently scores a 99 percent attendee satisfaction rating, is a once-a-year learning opportunity for Bentley user organizations offering professional training, technology updates, keynotes, and best practice sharing. At these sessions, attendees better themselves, better their organizations, and better the ways they can improve the world’s infrastructure.

For more information on BE Conference 2007, taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, visitwww.be.org.

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 revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 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.