Greater China BE Meeting and Bentley Partner Conference 2007 Focuses on Learning, Collaboration, and Innovation

GUIYANG, China—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 4, 2007— Bentley executives, owner-operators, engineering, procurement, and construction contractors, design institute executives, commercial and technical developers, Bentley business partners, and other leaders in China's infrastructure community gathered here today for the first day of Greater China BE (Bentley Empowered) Meeting and Bentley Partner Conference 2007. This three-day event, taking place at the Guiyan Guizhou Park Hotel, is sponsored by Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading provider of software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure.

At the BE Meeting portion of the event, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) and geospatial professionals from across China will learn about Bentley's comprehensive portfolio of innovative software. Included will be 3D design and modeling, collaboration, and lifecycle management products and solutions for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals of the AEC and operations market.

Commenting on the meeting's agenda, Dr. Jean-Baptiste Monnier, senior vice president, Bentley Asia-Pacific Operating Unit, said, "We look forward to providing the many business and technical leaders in attendance with the knowledge and solutions they need to streamline workflows, increase the economic productivity of their organizations, and improve project quality.

"To help them respond to today's growing infrastructure challenges, we will explore the three crucial steps that Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley outlined in his BE Conference keynote earlier this year. These include learning, collaboration, and organic innovation."

At BE Conference 2007 in Los Angeles, California, and BE Conference Europe in London, England, Mr. Bentley explained that committing time for learning to take advantage of software advances yields a high return on that investment from productivity gains, and connecting people and information throughout a regionally or globally distributed project with the help of a collaboration system such as ProjectWise provides project-level productivity improvements. In addition, he said that organically innovating with the help of software solutions enables organizations to evolve and adapt more efficient workflows and business processes.

Monnier continued, "Bentley Systems can assist infrastructure professionals with each of these steps. We will detail how over the course of the next few days."

Day One and Day Two

During the first two days of the event, Bentley executives will update attendees on key developments at Bentley, present Bentley's vision for China, and detail current and future Bentley innovations that will help China meet its growing infrastructure needs. In addition, Bentley technology experts will discuss and provide training on key products and solutions in Bentley's comprehensive portfolio, including: MicroStation V8 XM Edition and ProjectWise V8 XM Edition; DigitalPlant solutions for FEED, plant design, analysis, and lifecycle data management; road, rail, and site engineering design solutions; geospatial solutions that advance GIS for infrastructure; Haestad Methods solutions to plan, analyze, design, and operate water distribution systems, sanitary and combined sewers, and stormwater drainage; Building Information Modeling; and structural solutions such as Bentley Structural, STAAD, RAM, ProSteel, AutoPIPE, and RM 2006.

The technology update sessions will be complemented by case studies and best practices sessions presented by Bentley users. They will include suggestions on ways to leverage technology to increase productivity.

The first user presentation will be made by Shao Huamei, senior engineering and IT deputy manager of North China Power Engineering (NCPE), a leading provider of survey and design, engineering consultation, and general contracting services. Shao will talk about the company's creation of an integrated content management system based on ProjectWise - for which it won a 2007 BE Award of Excellence. To date, NCPE has been able to save 80 million RMB and to cut project times by up to 30 percent as a result of the improved collaboration its new system is providing.

Said NCPE General Engineer Li Zhi in a recent press release, "Our use of ProjectWise has been widely accepted and viewed as a core capability by potential clients and partners of NCPE. For example, NCPE and government-owned power companies recently reached an agreement to use the ProjectWise collaboration system for managing design content on future projects."

The next speaker will be Lu Chien-Hsing, IT manager of CTCI Corporation, a leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracting firm actively engaged in areas ranging from petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing to transportation, power generation, environmental and safety, and many others. Lu will discuss CTCI's current and future use of ProjectWise on very large EPC projects.

Said Lu, "Behind CTCI's success is a culture of teamwork that relies heavily on unprecedented cooperation, clear communications, and effective information sharing with team members both within and outside CTCI. Our deployment of ProjectWise will support this culture by enabling everyone involved in our projects to readily manage, find, and share our design, engineering, and project documents and data, as well as our enterprise documents.

"Our goal is to effectively serve our clients' needs by providing deliverables of the highest quality while simultaneously achieving peak levels of productivity and operating efficiency through maximum synergy."

Also presenting at the meeting will be Wu Di, project manager, China HuanQiu Contracting & Engineering Corp. (HQCEC), a leading international engineering corporation providing integrated services that include engineering, procurement, construction management, and commissioning supervision. Wu will discuss HQCEC's deployment of the ProjectWise scalable collaboration system on large projects such as the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at the BP Zhuhai Chemical Company site in Guangdon Province, China. This new facility will have a capacity of 900,000 tonnes of PTA per year and, when completed, will be the largest single train PTA plant ever built.

Said Wu about HQCEC's use of ProjectWise on this and other large and complex projects, "With the help of ProjectWise, our multidiscipline teams are able to confidently and effectively collaborate among themselves and others involved in our often widely distributed and highly complex projects. I use the word 'confidently' because the system is extremely stable, reliable, and easy to configure and use."

Day Three

The third and final day of the event will be dedicated to the Bentley Developer Network (BDN) and Bentley Partner Program. Presentations will focus on BDN and Bentley Partner Program strategies, new platform directions, geo-coordination in MicroStation, geometry API, MicroStation VBA programming, ProjectWise developments, MicroStation XM Edition licensing, and a variety of other topics.

The BDN delivers essential programming information and the latest Bentley software, along with the development tools needed to extend that software. Through this network, developers benefit from Bentley's success in the region.

Bentley is already supporting a number of BDN members in Asia in their development efforts. Applications include ECT's promise e intelligent software for control system design and the TSSD Structure Detailing system for MicroStation PowerDraft from TSZ.

In the afternoon on day three, Li ZhiYuan, Bentley technical support manager, will provide details on the newest version of promise e, which is based on MicroStation. The software enables users to quickly generate control system schematics, panel layouts, bills of material, wire lists, terminals plans, and more.

The Bentley Partner Program brings together Bentley solutions and the very best in products and services from partners around the world, enabling mutual users to achieve their objectives fast and more cost-effectively. Categories of program partners include:

-- Bentley Technology Partners - These partners offer hardware or software technologies that complement Bentley solutions.

-- Bentley Channel Partners - These partners are chosen for their competence in the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals. They work together with Bentley DIRECT to extend premier sales and support services to growth accounts in smaller organizations.

-- Bentley Consulting Partners - The systems integrators, consultants, and localization specialists that comprise Bentley Consulting Partners are experts in their domains, knowledgeable in local languages and business practices, and capable of providing world-class services to users on a multinational, regional, or local scale.


Greater China BE Meeting and Bentley Partner Conference 2007 sponsors include:

-- Microsoft - Platinum

-- HP - Gold

-- Leica

About the BE Awards of Excellence and BE Conference

The BE Awards of Excellence, which are judged by an independent panel of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual BE Conference (, honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

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