See the 2007 Bentley Empowered Awards winners


May 15, 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 – Feasibility and Detailed Project Report for 4/6 Laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Vijayawada-Machlipatnam Under NHDP Phase III
  • 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 ProjectWise 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 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, visit