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
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
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
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
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."
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
-- 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
-- Microsoft - Platinum
-- HP - Gold
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 (www.be.org), 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.