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.
Distributed work sharing is one of the keys to HDR's business success. Here, the firm found that moving drawings and documents over e-mail and FTP poses unacceptable risks that files will be overwritten or corrupted. The average cost to regenerate a single drawing is approximately $1350 and a single miscue could affect a set of 75 sheets, leading to a total loss of $100,000.
To overcome these and other challenges, HDR implemented the ProjectWise system of collaboration servers as its primary document management system. "ProjectWise has added considerable value to HDR's production processes and has also considerably enhanced the quality of our work," said Rick Llewellyn, director of systems, HDR. "In an expanding, multiple-service business like HDR, producing plans and specifications can be a daunting challenge. ProjectWise provides a framework for work sharing and workload balancing that perfectly matches our distributed production model."
Continued Llewellyn, "ProjectWise facilitates transparent access to documents when project teams are spread across multiple locations. As a result, HDR engineers can now access their critical documents from a client's office, from an HDR office they are visiting, or from home."
ProjectWise is also serving as a framework for implementing HDR's comprehensive CAD standards, which follow the firm's engineers from location to location. Moreover, engineers can work on projects and jump from one client standard to another.
Realizing that CAD technicians are overwhelmed with complicated choices, HDR has automated those choices and forced the automatic control of settings based on the project folders from which a drawing is selected - improving work quality.
To date, ProjectWise, which serves roughly 3500 HDR staff in more than 80 locations, has reduced rework problems by 50 percent or more per location. HDR estimates its time savings from the use of ProjectWise total at least 40 hours per project start.
For more information on HDR's winning project and all of the other 2006 BE Award projects, visit www.be.org/awards. For more information on the Bentley products used in this project, visit www.bentley.com/civil.
HDR is an employee-owned architectural, engineering, and consulting firm that excels at managing complex projects and solving challenges for clients. More than 5200 professionals, including architects, engineers, consultants, scientists, planners, and construction managers, in more than 130 locations worldwide, pool their strengths to provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional AEC firms. HDR is No. 17 in the Engineering-News Record Top 500 Design Firms rankings for 2006. For more information, visit www.hdrinc.com.
About the BE Conference
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.
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 verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world's No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.
To receive Bentley press releases as they are issued, visit www.bentley.com/bentleywire. For more information, visit www.bentley.com. To view a copy of Bentley's May 2006 Annual Report online, go to www.bentley.com/annualreport.
Bentley, the "B" logo, BE, BE Awards of Excellence, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated Ron Kuhfeld, 610-321-6493 Email Contact