Baltimore - Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the winners of the 2008 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world's infrastructure. Seventeen projects in the professional portion of the program received BE Awards during the BE Conference in Baltimore. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. In addition, for only the second time, a BE Award was presented for Lifetime Achievement. In the academic portion of the program, BE Awards went to the Educator of the Year and the top four student designs.
The winners were announced last night during a dinner and ceremony co-sponsored by McGraw-Hill Construction, publisher of Engineering News-Record. The independent panels of BE Awards jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the winning projects from more than 250 nominations.
"This is a year of change for BE Conference," said CEO Greg Bentley. "For the first time, its theme is BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure, and its session tracks are dedicated to specific solutions communities, allowing our users to tap directly into the best practices and technology knowledge they need for current and upcoming projects.
"But there's also a constant at BE Conference 2008 – our BE Awards of Excellence program and its focus on the extraordinary, innovative work of our users. These projects, along with the imagination of our users and their dedication to improving the quality of life for all, are the very reason for our conference and for what Bentley does. I heartily congratulate the winners and acknowledge the exceptional quality of all of the nominations."
Bentley will post highlights of this year's winning projects on our website and include detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the next edition of its "Year in Infrastructure" yearbook. The print versions of this award-winning publication have a circulation of more than 100,000, and the digital versions are searchable across more than 800 world-class projects recognized in the BE Awards program since 2004.
The 2008 BE Awards of Excellence winners are as follows:
About BE Conference
BE Conference 2008 – BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure is being held May 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. At this two-and-half-day event, decision makers and senior practitioners from infrastructure organizations around the globe, including owner-operators and AEC firms, will share innovative best practices using Bentley solutions. Conference sessions address the needs of executives, managers, architects, engineers, designers, builders, and other infrastructure professionals and include user-led content and programs dedicated to 13 "solutions communities." The highly focused agenda of BE Conference 2008 enables attendees to explore innovative ways to increase productivity, improve project quality, and reduce the costs and risks associated with sustaining infrastructure.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company's mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world's #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.
SOURCE: Bentley Systems, Inc.