Bentley Systems, Inc., recently announced the winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. Thirty-one projects in the professional portion of the program received awards during the BE Conference in Los Angeles. An independent panel of BE Awards jurors, which included accomplished Bentley users and industry experts, selected the winning projects from more than 280 nominations.

"Honoring the recipients of our BE Awards of Excellence and their wonderfully innovative work is something I look forward to every year," says CEO Greg Bentley. "It is a privilege and a pleasure to recognize so much talent and so many projects that will have a positive impact on the world community for generations."

Additionally, Bentley COO Malcolm Walter announced the winners of a special new category of BE AwardsBest Return on Innovationselected this year by Walter based on ROI data supplied by each of the nominees. The winners included Bechtel, Dutch Ministry of Finance, GHAFARI Associates, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Following are the winners of the 2007 BE Awards of Excellence in the Building, Civil, and Geospatial categories:

• BIM for Architecture: Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners Ltd – The Leadenhall Building;
• BIM for Building Engineering: M/E Engineering, P.C. – BioMed Engineering and Optics Laboratory Building;
• BIM for Multiple Disciplines: Arup – Review and Study of the Opera Theatre Interior and New Works, Sydney Opera House;
• BIM for Visualization and Simulation: Dvorak architekti s.r.o. – Vrnata House;
• BIM for Sustainable Design: Fortis Bank – Kanselarij Cluster Restructuring Project;
• Building Innovation: LJB, Inc. – Wells Fargo Home Mortgage;
• Building Structural Analysis, Design, and Documentation: WSP Group plc – Manchester Hilton; and
• Building Distributed Enterprise: The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd – Central Premises Information Repository.

• Civil Innovation: HNTB – TrueViz OnTarget;
• Civil Road Infrastructure: Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (India) Pvt Ltd – Laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada and Norra Länken;
• Civil Site Design: Vela VKE Consulting Engineering – Zimbali Civil Infrastructure;
• Civil Visualization and Simulation: Mott MacDonald Ltd – East London Line Project;
• Civil Structural Analysis, Design, and Documentation: Arup – Marina Bayfront Pedestrian Bridge; and
• Civil Distributed Enterprise: The Banks Group – Centralized Data Storage Using StartPoint and Riverbed WAN Optimization.

• Geospatial Communications: Nacap Telecom BV – Fibre Optics ‘Zuid-Limburg’ –Isilinx;
• Geospatial Government: Gemeente Amsterdam, Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening – IJburg;
• Geospatial Mapping and Cadastre: Petrobras SA – SGO Project – Petrobras Subsea Assets Tracking;
• Geospatial 3-D GIS: AAMHatch – True Orthophotography and 3-D Model of the City of Melbourne;
• Geospatial Water Resource Management: ISKI Genel Mudurlugu – Infrastructure Integration of Mega City – Istanbul;
• Geospatial Utilities: Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. – The BGE Bentley Project;
• Geospatial Innovation: Dutch Ministry of Finance – Geospatially Enabling the Dutch Ministry of Finance; Putting ‘Where’ into SAP; and
• Geospatial Distributed Enterprise: Sandia National Laboratories – Power Through Integration.