Technische Werke Friedrichshafen Selects Bentley Software to Implement New Multi-Utility GIS

World-Class System Enables Organization to Support Its Engineering and Regulatory Compliance Operations More Efficiently

May 30, 2008 -- BALTIMORE – BE Conference 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (TWF), a regional multi-utility in southern Germany supplying electricity, gas, water, and heat to 36,000 energy users, has implemented a geographic information system (GIS) based on Bentley sisNET. The new system, which also uses Bentley sisFLOW, Bentley PowerMap Field, Bentley sisVIEW, Bentley sisIMS, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher, replaces an Intergraph FRAMME system. TWF found that its former system stored infrastructure object attributes in a database and graphics in CAD files, causing workflow challenges; provided less flexible query and analysis capabilities; wasn’t scalable; and didn’t integrate with SAP.

With its new Bentley-based GIS, TWF is able to support its engineering and regulatory compliance operations more efficiently. In particular, the new system is providing enhanced support of its designers and field engineers, thematic and statistical analyses for the German utilities regulator, and integration with SAP. Bentley sisNET provides TWF with both textual and graphical reporting.

“Given the fact that our GIS is connected to numerous technical, commercial, and regulatory compliance workflows, the decision to switch from a system like our company’s former GIS to Bentley sisNET required careful consideration,” said Herr Walter Mogg, head of the surveying and GIS department. “However, the proven editing functions of MicroStation at the core of Bentley sisNET, along with its proven multi-utility data models and comprehensive analytical capabilities, made it the ideal choice. Bentley sisNET generates consistent and high quality data that facilitate the analyses and reports that are so critical in the utility market.”

Herr Mogg continued, “The utilities industry faces new regulatory compliance challenges. Before deploying the Bentley GIS, we had to gather this information manually, which added significant costs to our operations. Bentley sisNET offers broad query and export functionality, enabling us to meet the regulatory requirements and to enjoy substantial savings.”

A web-based information system built on Bentley sisIMS is helping TWF avoid costly, fault-prone data conversion, which commonly occurred with its previous system. All users now work with a single data source that is known to be accurate.

Bentley sisNET combines cadastral information with GIS-based infrastructure engineering functionality for electricity, gas, water, and district heating networks. The consistent, high-quality data generated supports numerous business processes throughout the TWF organization. As a result of the documentation and operations support services it offers for smaller utilities on an outsourced basis in the surrounding region, coupled with improved operational efficiencies in its own business, the company expects its investment in its new GIS to pay for itself in less than two years.

About Technische Werke Friedrichshafen

Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (TWF) is a regional multi-utility supplying electricity, gas, water, and heat to 36,000 energy users in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in southern Germany. The company’s 205 employees generate approximately $150 million in revenue annually and ensure that its products and services are safe, reliable, cost-effective, and available when its customers need them.

About BE Conference

BE Conference 2008 – BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure is being held May 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. At this two-and-half-day event, decision makers and senior practitioners from infrastructure organizations around the globe, including owner-operators and AEC firms, will share innovative best practices using Bentley solutions. Conference sessions address the needs of executives, managers, architects, engineers, designers, builders, and other infrastructure professionals and include user-led content and programs dedicated to 13 “solutions communities.” The highly focused agenda of BE Conference 2008 enables attendees to explore innovative ways to increase productivity, improve project quality, and reduce the costs and risks associated with sustaining infrastructure.

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About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

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