Friday, April 11, 2008

BE Conference 2008

Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that registration is open at for BE Conference 2008 – BEst Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure, being held May 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. During this two-and-a-half-day event, decision makers and senior practitioners from infrastructure organizations around the globe, including owner-operators and AEC firms, will share innovative best practices using Bentley solutions. Conference sessions will address the needs of executives, managers, architects, engineers, designers, builders, and other infrastructure professionals and include user-led content and programs dedicated to 10 “solutions communities”: BIM and Beyond, Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM), Cadastre and Land Development, Communications, Oil and Gas, Mining and Metals, Electric and Gas Utilities and Power Generation, Rail and Transit, Roads, and Water and Wastewater. The BE Conference 2008 keynote presentation will be made by Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and co-author of the best-seller “Green to Gold.”

Other presentations will be made by renowned thought leaders from some of the world’s most pre-eminent organizations, highlighted by:

* Walker Lee Evey, president and CEO, Design-Build Institute of America
“Trends and Challenges to Integrated Project Delivery”

* Rebecca L. Flora, AICP, LEED AP - U.S. Green Building Council,
USGBC executive committee chair, executive director Green Building Alliance
“Beyond Green Buildings: A Road Map for Transforming Our Built Environment”

* Mark Reichardt, president and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
“The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Vision”

* Tom Warne, president and founder, Tom Warne & Associates
“Meeting the Challenges of Modern and Aging Transportation Systems”

* John Young, COO, American Water
“The Sustainability Mandate - Challenges, Opportunities, and Responsibilities Facing the Water and Wastewater Industry”

* Ankush Krishan, managing director, IRCON, Indian Railways
“Delivering Sustainable Rail Infrastructure Around the World”

* Pieter Diedericks, senior project director, Petro-Canada
Edmonton Refinery Conversion Projects
“Managing Mega Projects – an Owner-Operator Perspective”

* Dr. Mukti Das, principal civil engineer, Bechtel Power Corporation
“Use of STAAD.Pro in Bechtel Corporation”

* Aiden Byrne, principal lead program manager, Virtual Earth Business Unit, Microsoft
“The New Geospatial Paradigm: A Convergence of Technologies”

* Dr. Richard H.F. Jackson, director, FIATECH
“FIATECH, Delivering ISO 15926”

* Alan Edgar, Associate AIA, workgroup program manager, Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate; chair, NBIMS executive committee
“Surfing the BIM Transformation”

* Dr. Bracht, Verband Deutscher Ingenieure, professor, FH Clausthal Zellerfeld
“The Digital Factory Concept”

BE Conference is also about sustaining the infrastructure professions, which face the difficult task of satisfying the growing need for more infrastructure with scarcer engineering resources. At the conference, executives, managers, and practitioners will come together to network and share pragmatic innovations developed by the Bentley solutions communities that will help them meet this critical challenge.

The highly focused agenda of BE Conference 2008 will enable attendees to explore innovative ways to increase productivity, improve project quality, and reduce the costs associated with sustaining infrastructure. In short, it will provide them the opportunity to learn how to work smarter as they face the dual challenge posed by burgeoning demand for new and revitalized infrastructure and the need for new entrants into the infrastructure professions.

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