Winners Will Be Selected and Presented With Their Awards at The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference, Taking Place Nov. 4-6 in London, U.K.
EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. Oct. 2014 Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the project finalists in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the worlds infrastructure. Nine independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the 54 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 49 countries.
The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference, which takes place Nov. 4-6 in London, U.K. This global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations features a series of presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns.
Tailored to the information needs of management-level executives in architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, and owner-operator and government organizations responsible for the design, delivery, or operations of infrastructure, The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference is the perfect forum to:
- share best practices in infrastructure design, delivery, and operations from peer organizations;
- network with peer organizations, more than 100 members of the media, and industry thought leaders from around the globe;
- explore cutting-edge technologies and how they are changing the way information moves throughout the infrastructure lifecycle;
- gain insight from presentations delivered by many of the worlds top thought leaders to help understand, prepare for, and take advantage of the key trends that are transforming the design, delivery, and operations of the worlds infrastructure.
All those who submitted a nomination in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards competition are also encouraged to attend.
Bentley Systems COO Malcolm Walter said, Our Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference will provide the infrastructure executives gathered from around the globe with valuable takeaways that their organizations can leverage to gain increased competitive advantage and ROIs. Through insightful forum and summit presentations and discussions, theyll learn about effective strategies for advancing BIM strategies that are empowering leading AEC firms and infrastructure owner-operators to achieve better performing assets through increased depth of information modeling and better performing projects through increased breadth of information mobility. Theyll also be briefed on emerging strategies and next practices for further BIM advancement.
This years conference guest speakers will include thought leaders from the global community of infrastructure professionals. Among them is Ed Merrow, Founder and President of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. Merrow is recognized around the world as a subject matter expert in the execution of large and complex megaprojects and capital projects in general. Attendees will also hear from Professor Andrew McNaughton, FREng, Chief Engineer and Technical Director, HS2 Ltd. Professor McNaughton has been with HS2 Ltd since 2009, developing the principles, network, and specific route design for high speed rail in Great Britain.
Walter continued, But theres still more at this information-filled event, including one of my favorite portions of the conference program the compelling Be Inspired finalist presentations. These give attendees an opportunity to learn about BIM advancements at work, in real-world projects, helping infrastructure professionals overcome difficult, real-world challenges. This years submissions were once again extraordinary and truly inspiring. I extend my congratulations to all of the finalists and wish them the best of luck in the final round of this prestigious international competition.
The Be Inspired Awards finalists for the UK and Ireland for 2014 are as follows:
Innovation in Asset Performance Management
Severn Trent Water Ltd EToN 6: Technology in Street Works (Midlands, United Kingdom)
Innovation in Government
Ordnance Survey Ireland A New Authoritative Spatial Data Infrastructure for Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
Innovation in Offshore Engineering
SNC-Lavalin UK Limited Mariner Jacket Detailed Design (Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom)
Innovation in Project Performance
Bechtel Vauxhall Underground Station: Congestion Relief and Step-free Access Project (London, United Kingdom)
Innovation in Rail and Transit
Track Access Services Ltd Track Access Survey and Sighting (United Kingdom)
Innovation in Water or Wastewater Treatment Plants
MWH Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)
To access descriptions and images of the 2014 Be Inspired Awards project finalists, click here.
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.
Bentleys Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns.
The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference will include:
- The Project Delivery Summit
- The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit
The Building Forum Designed for executives involved with building design and delivery, this forum will focus on the application of collaborative BIM in multi-discipline design and general construction, with an emphasis on strategies to get a better return on BIM investments.
The Rail and Road Forum Looking beyond design and construction, this forum will explore the application of BIM throughout the lifecycle of transportation infrastructure. Featuring executives from engineering firms and owner-operators discussing strategies and best practices, the forum will include breakout sessions for the design, construction, and operations of both rail and road projects.
The Oil, Gas, Chemical, and Mining Forum Covering both new capital projects and ongoing operations, this forum will explore new methods and technologies to improve both project performance and asset performance. Breakout sessions will feature mining infrastructure and offshore structures.
- The EPC and A/E Forum This forum is geared for management-level professionals in EPC and A/E firms responsible for project design and delivery. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on ProjectWise for collaboration and best practices for multi-discipline design and construction.
- The Utilities Forum This forum will feature sessions that address topics of relevance to all types of utilities, including the impact of cloud technology on utilities workflows, new developments in meeting the challenges of subsurface utilities, best practices in engineering collaboration, how to achieve operational excellence through better-performing assets, and a closing panel that will facilitate far-reaching discussion of the future of the utilities industry. Breakout tracks for water and wastewater and for electric and gas will feature additional topics of high interest to professionals working with these types of utilities infrastructure.
- The Visions for the Future Forum Highlighting recent research by Bentley Fellows and their guests, the speakers in this track will discuss opportunities for improving construction productivity, sharing data between BIM and SIM, deep intelligent analytics, augmented and virtual reality, new 3D capture methods, focus devices for hybrid datasets, and more.
- The Be Inspired Awards
On Nov. 3, more than 100 journalists from leading media outlets around the globe will gather at the Hilton London Metropole for Bentleys annual Media Day briefing. These journalists will also participate in The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference.
For additional information about The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference or to register, click here.
Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.
Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentleys annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference for highlights of Bentleys premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentleys Infrastructure Yearbooks. 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.