Winners of Bentley’s 2013 Be Inspired awards + free event

By on 5 November, 2013

Gorgon LNG Plant construction village, Barrow Island, WA.


Bentley has announced the winners of its 2013 Be Inspired Awards. The awards honour the extraordinary work of Bentley users in improving the world’s infrastructure.

The awards were presented last week at a ceremony during The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, held 29-31 October in London, United Kingdom.

Special guest keynoters at the conference included: Sir John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority for London 2012 and chairman of National Express; Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail Ltd.; Peter Hansford, chief construction advisor to the U.K. government; and Pedro Miranda, corporate VP, Siemens AG, and head of the Global Center of Competence Cities.

During the awards ceremony, 22 Be Inspired Awards winners and nine Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners were acknowledged, including an Australian winner: Barrow Island’s Gorgon Project by Kellogg Joint Venture Gorgon – a $52 billion development of the Greater Gorgon gas fields and three-train liquefied natural gas plant on Barrow Island, a protected nature reserve off the northwest coast of Australia.

In addition, this year’s recipient of the Bentley Educator of the Year award, Dr. Francelina Neto of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, United States, was acknowledged, as was Captain Nicholas Sloane, the Salvage Master of the Costa Concordia Parbuckling Project, who was saluted as an Infrastructure Hero for his key role in this unprecedented engineering feat to safely right and remove the sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Six independent panels of jurors, comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the Be Inspired Awards winners from 65 project finalists. These finalists had been previously chosen from submissions by more than 300 organisations in 43 countries.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “I attend many Bentley events throughout the year, and I certainly enjoy and value each and every one of them. But our Be Inspired Awards ceremony – now part of our broader and more compelling Year in Infrastructure Conference – is, indeed, one of my favourites. It reminds me why all of us in the field of sustaining infrastructure do what we do. Hearing about the remarkable projects that are delivered every year in service to enhanced quality of life is an inspiration like no other. I thank and congratulate this year’s award winners, along with all of our nominees, for their important contributions to sustaining our society, our environment, and global economic growth.”

Bentley Systems has posted highlights of this year’s winning projects on its website and will include detailed descriptions of all nominated projects in the print and digital versions of The Year in Infrastructure 2013, which will be published by year’s end. To review the last nine editions of this publication, which together feature more than 2,000 world-class projects recognized in the Be Inspired Awards program since 2004, visit

Free Brisbane event

In addition to the announcement of the Be Inspired award winners, Bentley has also announced the free ‘Bentley Advantage’ event in Brisbane for 14 November 2013.

The event will focus on how Bentley’s latest advances in BIM technologies and integrated project delivery can accelerate participants’ productivity and business processes.

With breakout sessions covering building, plant, civil, GIS, and electrical infrastructure, this one-day conference will include the following content specifically targeted towards GIS and mapping practitioners:

  • How Bentley’s geospatial technologies such as Bentley Map are improving 3D modelling workflows and analytics.
  • How Bentley addresses information mobility through its comprehensive point-cloud solution, using federated searches and data streaming.
  • Why Bentley Pointools is the industry choice for point-cloud processing, animation, and clash detection.

At the event you will hear from Bentley’s global senior vice president of software, as well as Bentley’s local and global experts for GIS software.

Registration is free, but compulsory. Please visit the Bentley Advantage website for further information and registration.

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