Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley Systems, Incorporated

August 24, 2005 07:05 ET

Seven 2005 BE Award 3D Modeling Nominations Choose Bentley's AutoPLANT to Increase Productivity

EXTON, Pa.--(CCNMatthews - Aug 24, 2005) -

Nominated Projects Range From Large to Small, Represent Electric Power, Water Resources, Chemical, Oil and Gas Industries

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today said that seven nominations in the 2005 BE Awards of Excellence category "Plant: 3D Modeling" increased productivity using AutoPLANT's AutoCAD-based solutions. The software's central use in these noteworthy projects is further evidence of AutoPLANT's increasing popularity and success. As Bentley announced earlier this year at daratechPLANT2005, 2004 was a record year for AutoPLANT, including software sales, services sales, and recurring revenue.

Participants in a new series of eSeminars running through Sept. 20 will learn about the AutoPLANT features driving this growth - features that have proven to increase productivity by as much as 70 percent over straight AutoCAD. These productivity improvements have been achieved across multiple industry segments, as evidenced by the seven BE Award 3D modeling nominations that chose AutoPLANT:

-- Jordan, Jones & Goulding (JJG), Inc., working with CH2M HILL Inc. and Precision Planning Inc., provided program and construction management for phases one and two of the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center in Gwinnett County, Ga. When the second phase is completed in 2007, the plant's capacity will increase to 60 million gallons of reclaimed water every day, or nearly 42,000 gallons per minute.

-- Advanced Production and Loading (APL) delivered two single-point mooring systems used in subsea oil production to Bohai Bay off the coast of China. Each system provides the fixed weather-vaning mooring for the floating production, storage, and offloading system and interface between the subsea pipelines and cables. Their use allows the transfer of well fluids from, and injection water and power to, the wellhead platforms.

-- Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR) produced detailed documentation for the manufacture and installation of new equipment to upgrade two nitric acid plants and the cooling water system for Orica Limited's Yarwum plant. The plant manufactures explosives for the mining industry in Australia.

-- KH Engineering designed the piping, structural, and civil works for a new combined heat and power plant. The plant will be used to produce steam, feed water, demineralized water, and electricity for an existing oxide plant in Antwerp, Belgium.

-- VECO was awarded a contract by ConocoPhillips for the West Sak program, the largest-ever heavy oil development program in Alaska. The program will increase West Sak production from an average of 10,000 barrels per day to approximately 45,000 barrels per day.

-- A cost-effective wellhead facility was developed by WorleyParsons Services for the Victoria Platform Development to exploit marginal oil field reserves in Western Australia. The substructure and deck were both fabricated in Kwinana and transported to Dampier for shipment to the offshore site for installation.

-- York Process Systems furnished a centrifugal compressor for a propane refrigeration system in a gas processing facility in Waynesboro, Pa. The compressor is part of the refrigeration process on the de-ethanizer system, which removes heavy hydrocarbons from the raw gas stream.

In each of these projects, the use of AutoPLANT products to create 3D models for collaborative design:

-- Improved the quality of reviews and decreased the time required to complete them

-- Reduced and helped preclude interferences

-- Improved document accuracy

-- Helped contractors visualize construction sequences, minimizing disruptions to plant operations and reducing construction time

-- Improved communications among project teams

-- Saved time and money

-- Increased productivity

AutoPLANT eSeminars Provide Firsthand Look

Those participating in the new series of eSeminars will see, firsthand, how AutoPLANT - the No. 1 AutoCAD-based design solution in the world - provides plant owner-operators and engineers with 2D, 3D, and CAE applications that:

-- Span the lifecycle of an asset from engineering and design to construction to operations and maintenance

-- Can be deployed across geographically dispersed teams

-- Use data from a variety of CAD and engineering analysis sources

To learn more about AutoPLANT and/or register for the eSeminars being held through Sept. 20, go to www.bentley.com/autoplant.

About the BE Awards of Excellence

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 (www.be.org), 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 www.be.org/preregister.

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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