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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Be Inspired Bentley Thought Leadership Conference begins Monday in Amsterdam

November 4th, 2011 by Susan Smith

On Saturday, I fly to Amsterdam to attend the Be Inspired Bentley Thought Leadership Conference held at the Hotel Okura.

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

The way the Be Inspired Conference is set up is as follows: unlike the basic user conference, this is a conference celebrating the achievements of the finalists for the Be Inspired Awards of the current year. A maximum of three finalists in each category are chosen and invited to present their project in breakout sessions called “Thought Leadership Presentations.”

The Be Inspired Conference attracts award finalists and journalists from all over the world, culminating in an awards dinner on Wednesday evening.

Over 50% of Dutch municipalities use Bentley technology for urban planning, road design, GIS and mapping workflows.

View from Hotel Okura

The Netherlands is known for its infrastructure – the very existence of the country has depended on windmills and dykes that keep land and sea separate. COO Malcolm Walter said at last year’s opening keynote that without infrastructure to pump water and keep it in bay, everything would be under water.

The following link is to the feature story I wrote on last year’s Be Inspired Thought Leadership Conference:

Be Inspired – Thought Leadership in Amsterdam – Conference Update

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