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Merrow and McNaughton to headline at Bentley Year in Infrastructure Conference

Bentley Systems Year In Infrastructure

Infrastructure experts from around the world will be in London between 4 and 6 November at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference – Next practices for advancing BIM -  to learn from one another and industry leaders on developments in project delivery and design.

The winners of the Bentley Be Inspred Awards will also be revealed, with several UK based firms including Bechtel and MWH up for a prize.  

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Software solutions provider Bentley’s event is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. 

This year’s conference guest speakers will include thought leaders from the global community of infrastructure professionals. Among them is Ed Merrow, founder and president of Independent Project Analysis. Merrow is recognised around the world as an expert in the execution of large and complex megaprojects and capital projects in general (see box). Attendees will also hear from HS2 chief engineer and technical director Professor Andrew McNaughton who since 2009 has been developing the principles, network, and specific route design for Britain’s next high speed route.

Bentley Systems chief operation officer Malcolm Walter said, “Our Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference will provide the infrastructure executives gathered from around the globe with valuable takeaways that their organisations can leverage to gain increased competitive advantage and return on investment. Through insightful forum and summit presentations and discussions, they’ll learn about effective strategies for advancing BIM – strategies that are empowering leading suppliers and infrastructure owner-operators to achieve better performing assets through increased depth of information modeling and better performing projects through increased breadth of information mobility. They’ll also be briefed on emerging strategies and next practices for further BIM advancement.”

Key to the three day event are presentations from the Bentley Be Inspired Awards finalists on how they delivered the technical challenges of their projects.

“These give attendees an opportunity to learn about BIM advancements at work, in real-world projects, helping infrastructure professionals overcome difficult, real-world challenges,” said Walter.

The winners will be announced at a special awards event during the London conference.

The Be Inspired Awards finalists for the UK and Ireland for 2014 are as follows:

Innovation in Asset Performance Management

·         Severn Trent Water Ltd – EToN 6: Technology in Street Works – (Midlands, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Government

·         Ordnance Survey Ireland – A New Authoritative Spatial Data Infrastructure for Ireland – (Dublin, Ireland)

Innovation in Offshore Engineering

·         SNC-Lavalin UK Limited – Mariner Jacket Detailed Design – (Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Project Performance

·         Bechtel – Vauxhall Underground Station: Congestion Relief and Step-free Access Project – (London, United Kingdom)

Innovation in Rail and Transit

·         Track Access Services Ltd – Track Access Survey and Sighting – (United Kingdom)

Innovation in Water or Wastewater Treatment Plants

·         MWH – Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works Thermal Hydrolysis Plant – (Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Find out more about the projects and the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 event here