17 October 2012 — Bentley Systems has announced the project finalists in the 2012 Be Inspired awards competition.

They are:

  • Sustaining Our Society – Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup JV – Airport Link, Northern Busway (Windsor to Kendron) and Airport Roundabout Upgrade – (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Innovation in Generative Design – LAB architecture studio – Guardian Towers – (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.)
  • Innovation in Government – Napier City Council – GIS and Asset Management – (Napier, New Zealand)
  • Innovation in Mining and Metals – AMEC – Cloudbreak Enhancement Project – (Pilbara Region, Australia)
  • Innovation in Offshore Engineering – Robert Elks & Associates – Rock Bolting Rig – (Onslow, Australia)
  • Innovation in Process Manufacturing – PT. Inti Karya Persada Tehnik – Betara Complex Development Project – (Jabung, Jambi, Indonesia)
  • Innovation in Structural Engineering – Arup – South Morang Rail Extension – (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Innovation in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants – Melbourne Water – Eastern Treatment Plant Tertiary Upgrade – (Melbourne, Australia)

The awards honour the work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Five independent panels of jurors, comprising Bentley users and industry experts, selected the 58 finalists from nominations submitted by organisations in 39 countries.

The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at the Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure event taking place 13 and 14 November in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This year’s keynote speaker is Greg Williams, executive editor of Wired magazine, a publication focused on how ideas and innovation are changing the world.

Bentley Systems chief operating officer Malcolm Walter said this year’s entries represented every major category of infrastructure asset and spanned small to mega projects – from electric substations, mining facilities, water distribution networks, and water and wastewater treatment plants to airport expansions, energy-efficient buildings, major bridges, road and rail transportation systems, renewable energy and clean power plants, offshore structures, and much more.

“As diverse as these projects are, they each exemplify the extraordinary intelligent infrastructure that can be realised when architects, engineers, builders, geospatial professionals, and owner-operators work smarter, together – among themselves and with the Bentley team – leveraging information modelling through integrated projects, facilitated by information mobility.”