Be Inspired Symposium and Awards 2009 Report

Bentley Structural and TriForma were used for design review sessions in open forum settings. Simulations were used to communicate with stakeholders and ensure scheduling and phasing between the championships.

Joe Tognoli, vice president, principal bridge engineer for T.Y. Lin International, presented the finalist project for the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge, the “longest stress ribbon bridge in the world.” The $8.8 million bridge opened May 15, 2009 in San Diego and is owned by the San Dieguito River Park. The project site is 1,000 feet to the west of the bridge for I-15, and extends 55 miles, terminating in the Volcan Mountains. The purpose of the bridge is to connect trails shown on the north side of the lake to trails on the south side for bicycle commuters, eliminating a 9-mile detour.

The river park wanted a unique design, and the engineer had to come up with a selection type for the bridge that was compatible with the goals of the river park and the area. It had to provide a lake crossing of 1,000 feet. Threatened and endangered species included the Coastal Calif. Gnatcatcher, least bell’s vireo, and Southwest willow flycatcher.

With the goals of having a low environmental and visual impact, the stress ribbon bridge design was selected because it is an eco-friendly design, can span over 300 feet and only two piers would be needed, and it would provide low impact to the lake area. It uses precast panels and segmental construction.

The deck is very thin. The lake fluctuates from wet to dry, so the architect came up with a concept that the bridge should float in wet conditions and be “nesty” during dry conditions. Ultimately, it has three spans at 330 ft. with 16” thick deck, with a 6 foot sag.

At each end of the bridge is a large abutment anchorage and a drape over intermediate piers. It is essentially a suspension bridge with cables embedded, and it is necessary to have rock on both ends and use tie downs to secure the abutments. This work was all done in MicroStation. Types of analysis conducted included stress analysis, stressed Eigen value analysis, pedestrian vibrational analysis and dynamic wind analysis.

Tognoli said there are only five stress ribbon bridges in North America.

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Executive Roundtables

The second day of the event featured executive roundtables, designed to get a dialog started between attendees. In one roundtable, a lively conversation ensued in which customers spoke out on what they felt were the deterrents to integrated project delivery adoption.

In another roundtable, a customer problem was addressed, with the added support of a Power Point to show off all the new exciting features from the SELECTSeries that might help address that problem.

In Summary

This was the second Bentley event I’ve attended this year: the first being SmartGeometry 2009 held in San Francisco, which showcased the users of GenerativeComponents technology. Bentley is planning to reinstitute the BE Conference next year May 17-21, dubbed “Be Together,” in Philadelphia, its location before they began holding it in Baltimore.

For journalists, hotel, airfare and some meals for this event were covered by Bentley Systems.

Top News of the Week

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the October 2009 availability of ProjectWise Navigator V8i (SELECTseries 1), dynamic collaboration software for iterative project review. This new version of ProjectWise Navigator can be used by infrastructure teams to interactively view, analyze, and augment project information.

The Abvent Group, editor and publisher of Artlantis, announced the launch of Artlantis Render 3 and Artlantis Studio 3. Already recognized as the fastest, most powerful solution for photo-realistic rendering and animation, Artlantis is strengthening its lead with an even faster, more accurate radiosity engine.

Extending the enterprise-wide Project Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities of Oracle's Primavera product suite, Oracle announced new releases of Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Oracle's Primavera Contract Management.

The new Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Primavera Contract Management 13 releases provide significant usability, integration and collaboration enhancements.

New Web accessibility for Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Contract Management 13 deliver professional project management on the Web, providing access to anyone, anywhere working on a project or program.

Acquisitions, Alliances, Agreements

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of KSJ Beijing Software Technology Co. Ltd., which includes the BridgeMaster product line. BridgeMaster is the leading software in China for the fast and efficient automated production of bridge construction drawings meeting even the most demanding Chinese engineering standards.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has entered into a technology agreement with Pointools Ltd., the leader in high-performance software to exploit point clouds captured by 3D laser scanning of infrastructure assets, including aerial LiDAR surveys. Through this agreement, Bentley has licensed Pointools’ super-fast Vortex API engine (and its ongoing upgrades) for incorporation in MicroStation and all other software products that leverage Bentley’s platform technology.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has acquired 9SQ Corporation, a leading provider of integration services and plant design software based in South Korea. Through this acquisition Bentley extends its ability to fully support users of plant design software in Korea and the surrounding region and adds PlantWAVE software to its portfolio.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has acquired gINT Software. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products since its founding in 1986. The company's newest product, gINT Enterprise, maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project reporting and dramatically extended querying power.


Deltek, Inc. announced that it will release its third quarter 2009 financial results on Thursday, October 29, 2009. The Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss these results.

The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-877-381-6419 in North America and 1-706-643-9496 outside North America. No password is required to join the call. The conference call also can be accessed through the ( Investor Relations section of Deltek's website. Those unable to participate in the live call may hear a replay through November 5, 2009 by dialing 1-800-642-1687 in North America and 1-706-645-9291 outside North America (pass code: 35743831). The replay also will be available through November 5, 2009 on Deltek’s website.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, observed its 25th year as a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world. The milestone was first acknowledged in the company’s May 2009 annual report, which is available online.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the October 2009 availability of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1). This newest version of MicroStation features innovative and flexible value-creative enhancements for infrastructure professionals highlighted by RealDWG library support and integrated 3D printing capabilities.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Country-Level License Pooling and Passport Subscriptions. Country-Level License Pooling, Bentley’s latest SELECT subscription enhancement, expands the benefits of site-level license pooling. Passport Subscriptions provide, for named users, an affordable alternative to perpetual license purchases.

Autodesk, Inc. has announced that Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna "WOJDAK" has been selected to receive an Autodesk BIM Experience Award for being one of the first companies in Poland to adopt a BIM (Building Information Modeling) process, and use Autodesk software to base projects on a central digital model to integrate design and analysis.


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