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Bentley Systems, Incorporated

June 23, 2005 15:50 ET

Arup and Morphosis Sweep BE Awards and AIA TAP Knowledge Community's 2005 BIM Awards

EXTON, Pa.--(CCNMatthews - Jun 23, 2005) -

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that BE Award winners Arup and Morphosis were also two of the three firms honored at the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community's 2005 Building Information Model (BIM) Awards presentation last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The competition focused on the use of integrated and interoperable building information models in real-world applications. Projects were judged on:

-- Quantifiable benefits in cost, schedule, or quality

-- Interoperability between software applications

-- Effective team collaboration

-- Process change that "moves the ball forward"

-- Cultural change

-- Return on value (value achieved for the project divided by value expended in the effort)

Arup won its AIA BIM award for the Beijing National Swimming Centre, the same project that landed this leading international consulting firm a 2004 BE Award of Excellence. The National Swimming Centre's "Water Cube" design was based on the formation of soap bubbles and a natural pattern of organic cells. Contained within the center's blue bubble walls are the pools for the Olympic swimming and diving competition, along with seating for 17,000 spectators.

The structure is a 3D Vierendeel space frame 175 meters on each side and 35 meters high, based on a geometric cell made up of 12 pentagons and two hexagons, which is repeatable in 3D without leaving any empty spaces. Using Bentley Structural and MicroStation TriForma, Arup generated a 3D array of the cell, rotated it about two axes, and then sculpted the building. The cut surface planes of the remaining elements form the flanges of the composite structure, while the internal elements form the webs.

Stuart Bull, Arup senior 3D technician, said in Arup's BIM Award's submission to the AIA that the "use of Bentley Structural was invaluable in completing this project." Added Bull, "It is unlikely that we would have been able to produce such a complicated geometry and documentation using any other software packages, especially in the timescale available."

For more information on Arup's Beijing National Swimming Centre project, go to and turn to page 42 of BE Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2.

Morphosis, a leading architectural practice in the United States led by this year's Pritzker Prize Laureate, Thom Mayne, received an AIA BIM Award for its work as lead design architect on the San Francisco Federal Building. This 605,000-square-foot, 18-story structure includes offices, a conference/community center, day care center, fitness center, public sky lobby, and cafe. Slated to receive a Silver LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council when it is completed later this year, the building will be a landmark without precedent in the United States. It will create a new iconic presence for the federal government - a progressive prototype embodying the highest possible standards of performance and aesthetic integrity.

Just last month at the BE Awards of Excellence ceremony in Baltimore, Morphosis received a 2005 BE Award in the "BIM for Architecture, Public Building" category. Its winning project was the Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse in Eugene, Ore. The courthouse was designed to bridge the chasm that some believe has developed over the years between the citizens and government. Morphosis accomplished this by articulating the courtrooms as expressive objects, rather than burying them within a monolithic form, and infused the building with imagery that makes it more a symbol of justice than a generic office tower. At the same time, the design didn't ignore the practical requirements for administrative space and security that today's justice system demands.

Morphosis relied on Bentley's building information modeling (BIM) software in its project design because of the software's many benefits, including increased efficiency. Explained Morphosis IT/CAD Manager Marty Doscher, "By using a Bentley model-centric approach, Morphosis is more efficiently producing construction documents that concisely convey the design intent. By supplying a construction-ready model, which unites the various modeling and detailing platforms, there is a more seamless integration amongst the design and construction team members."

For more information on Morphosis' Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse project as well as on all of the other 2005 BE Award projects, visit

To learn more about Bentley BIM solutions used on these projects, visit

About the BE Awards of Excellence and the BE Conference

The BE Awards of Excellence, which are selected by an independent jury 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 for their industries, and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

The BE Conference, which consistently scores a 99 percent attendee satisfaction rating, is a once-a-year learning opportunity for Bentley users and their managers offering professional training, technology updates, keynotes, and best practice sharing. At these sessions, attendees better themselves, better their organizations, and better the ways they can improve the world's infrastructure. To pre-register for BE Conference 2006, go to

About Arup

A professional firm providing technical solutions, Arup has a distinct culture and an enduring set of values that bind the firm together. Currently operating out of 73 offices in 32 countries, with 7,000 staff members, Arup is made up of a number of interrelated practices. Its aim is to bring together the best professionals in the world to meet clients' needs.

The firm's ethos can be traced directly to its founder, Ove Arup, who built a firm where professionals of diverse disciplines are encouraged to work together to produce projects of the highest quality. This has been the hallmark of Arup's work from the structural design of the iconic Sydney Opera House in the 1960s to the development of the route for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the 1990s. For more information about Arup, visit

About Morphosis

Morphosis, which means "to be in formation," was founded in 1972 to develop an architecture that would "eschew the bounds of conventional forms and materials," and a practice committed to research and innovation as a means of generating new ideas. Growing steadily, the firm currently comprises 40 architects and designers directed by Thom Mayne, who remains committed to the practice of architecture as a collective enterprise. Morphosis' objective is to develop a critical practice where creative output engages the contemporary discourse of the discipline through architectural design and education. The work of the firm ranges from designs for watches and teapots to homes to large-scale civic buildings and other urban design and planning schemes that aim to reshape entire cities.

Over the past 30 years, Morphosis has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, 54 AIA awards, and numerous other design recognitions. Thom Mayne, principal of Morphosis, was most recently named the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, the profession's highest honor. The firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions around the world, most notably at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Walker Arts Institute in Minneapolis, and a major retrospective at the Netherlands Architectural Institute (NAI) in 1999. In March 2006, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris will open the firm's largest solo exhibition.

Morphosis maintains a strong commitment to innovation through the use of technology. The firm introduced computers into its design process in 1994 and has continued to research, develop, and deploy advanced computer solutions to provide clients with comprehensive and efficient professional services. Morphosis begins using these software packages in the earliest project stages to interactively explore, develop, and communicate design alternatives. The firm's integration of advanced technology into its design and production process has facilitated a migration from a drawing-centric contract document production process to a 3D model-based process. Using programs such as MicroStation TriForma, Bentley Architecture, and Z Corporation 3D printing technology speeds the design process, and helps to develop better solutions through frequent reviews and revisions. For more information about Morphosis, visit

About the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As AIA members, nearly 75,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. For more information, visit

About Bentley

Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial vertical markets spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2004 revenues exceeding $300 million, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Design 500 and major owner-operators.

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