Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration Implements New Cadastral System With Bentley Map to Save Time and Reduce Costs

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 30, 2009— The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (ISKI), which provides potable water to a city with a population of more than 11 million, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Innovation in Cadastre and Land Development” category for its Asset Management Information System (ISEMBIS). The project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, at With the help of Bentley software, ISKI was able to develop a cadastral system that delivers up-to-date real estate data for all the land parcels it serves or owns. ISEMBIS streamlines the retrieval of land registry data, turning what had been a time-consuming, labor-intensive process into a highly efficient, automated system. Since both the CAD and GIS technology needed to reside on the same platform, the ISKI team selected MicroStation-based Bentley Map to provide this functionality. Today the new system houses thousands of photogrammetric images, cadastral maps, and digitized data from legacy paper files. Moreover, ISKI used the Geospatial Administrator capability in Bentley Map with its XML Feature Modeling (XFM) technology to standardize the annotation and symbolization of objects across the enterprise.

ISKI personnel, along with staff members of other city departments who regularly access ISKI land parcel information, are all benefiting from the new system’s improved efficiency. The time required to process and fulfill requests for land registry information has dropped from eight hours to as little as 30 minutes. This has led to substantial improvements in efficiency in handling the more than 2,000 land registry requests received each year.

Commenting on the project, Mr. Mehmet Zeki Imamoglu, manager of the ISEMBIS project, said, “Implementing our new cadastral system was necessary to facilitate access to all land registry property and graphics through an easy-to-use interface. Our ISEMBIS project makes obtaining quick and accurate information about our land assets easier for our 650 technicians and engineers. We are extremely excited to be a part of the first XFM technology-driven project in Turkey, and our use of Bentley software was the key to its success.”

About the Be Awards

The Be Awards of Excellence (which this year become the Be Inspired Awards) 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. The awards are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony.

To learn about the hundreds of innovative projects nominated for the Be Awards of Excellence during the past five years, visit and read Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure” annual publications. For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Inspired Awards competition, visit

About the Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration

The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration manages all types of groundwater and surface water resources to provide a domestic potable water supply, which it distributes to demand centers within the city. It also conducts the necessary studies to design and build new facilities, and carry out the necessary maintenance and repairs to existing facilities. The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration also collects wastewater and stormwater, and safely removes it from communities to ensure its safe treatment and discharge. This helps prevent the pollution of the region’s water sources, the local shoreline, rivers and streams, and groundwater.

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.

For additional information about Bentley, visit To view a searchable collection of the year’s top infrastructure projects from the annual “Be Awards of Excellence,” visit For information about Be Communities, a social networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit

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