LONDON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 5, 2015 — The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the winners of the 2015 Be Inspired Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala last night here at The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference, 18 Be Inspired Awards winners and five Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners were acknowledged. In addition, Bentley’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to J.P. (Peter) Blake, Director, Project Delivery Group for Hatch. (For details on Blake’s career achievements, see press release).
The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. It features 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. The 2015 event was also attended by more than 100 members of the media from leading publications around the globe who met with Bentley executives on Monday for the company’s annual Media Briefing. The agenda also includes presentations by finalists in the Be Inspired Awards program, culminating in the selection of the winning projects.
This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the 18 Be Inspired Awards winners from 54 project finalists. These finalists had been previously chosen from over 360 submissions by organizations in 66 countries.
Candidates for Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards were selected by the jurors from the top finalist projects as well as other exemplary nominations. This selection was based on the projects’ uniquely innovative and visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the standing Be Inspired Awards categories. The nominees were then reviewed by a panel of Bentley executives, who evaluated them based on the criteria established for each award.
Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “This has been a year of major achievements for Bentley Systems that include the introduction of our CONNECT Edition infrastructure engineering software, providing a common environment for comprehensive project delivery. But the achievements that my colleagues and I are most proud of are those of our users. For while our goal at Bentley is advancing infrastructure, we can only accomplish it through the vision, talent, and dedication of the architects, engineers, constructors, and operations professionals who creatively apply our technology in pursuit of effective strategies for achieving new levels of project and/or infrastructure asset performance.
“Such achievements are exemplified by the extraordinary Be Inspired Award-winning projects we celebrated last night. I heartily congratulate the organizations that were instrumental in the delivery or operations of these truly inspiring projects. Moreover, I applaud all of the project nominees in this year’s awards program for their contributions to improving quality of life around the globe.”
The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2015 are as follows:
Advancing Collaborative BIM
- Morphosis Architects – Bill & Melinda Gates Hall – (Ithaca, New York, United States)
Advancing Comprehensive BIM “Playbooks”
- Hatch Ltd – Keeyask Hydroelectric Generating Station Project – (Nelson River, Manitoba, Canada)
Advancing Construction Modeling
- Jacobs – NAG Project – (Baytown, Texas, United States)
Advancing Information Mobility in Operations
- Western Power Distribution – EMU for iPad – (Exeter, United Kingdom)
Advancing Integrated Projects
- HDR – Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar TIGER Design-Build Project – (Dallas, Texas, United States)
The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2015 are as follows:
Innovation in Asset Performance Management
- SA Water – Predictive and Operational Analytics Tools, Adelaide Metro Water Distribution Network – (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)
Innovation in Bridges
- LCW Consult – The Ceira River Bridge – (Coimbra, Coimbra District, Portugal)
Innovation in Building
- Robin Partington and Partners – One Merchant Square – (London, United Kingdom)