Bentley Software User Case Studies


Bentley users are doing extraordinary work improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.  Read and discover how these Bentley users accomplished success with some of the most innovative projects in the world. 

Bridges | Buildings | Campuses | Communications | Factories | Government | Mining and Metals | Power Generation | Process Manufacturing | Rail and Transit | Roads | Utilities | Water and Wastewater

Bridges Case Studies

Louisiana DOTD Designs and Builds New I-10 Twin Span Bridge in a Challenging Environment - Integrated Bentley Software Enables Rapid, Cost-effective Design
One of the most important bridges that the Louisiana DOT (LADOTD) manages is the I-10 Twin Span Bridge, which serves as one of the main evacuation routes for New Orleans. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, rendering it unusable.  LADOTD turned to Bentley software to help ensure the success of the project.
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Revitalizing a Florida Favorite: Bridge of Lions to Meet Current Standards and Maintain Historical Significance
The Bridge of Lions rehabilitation and restoration project in St. Augustine, Florida, is a stunning example of how the unique, aesthetic elements of a historic structure can be incorporated into a modern design.

Bentley’s LEAP Bridge Enterprise Saves Time in Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Bentley’s LEAP Bridge Enterprise was recently released for India. To introduce LEAP Bridge Enterprise to India, the software was used to re-create the design and analysis of the South Kasheli Bridge, and the results were then validated against the detailed calculations from the original design consultant. The South Kasheli Bridge is a 13-span prestressed concrete (post-tensioned) box girder bridge. The bridge was designed by S.N. Bhobe and Associates using Bentley’s STAAD.Pro for analysis and spreadsheets for the design. The results obtained from LEAP Bridge Enterprise matched closely with those performed by S.N. Bhobe and Associates. Using LEAP Bridge Enterprise showed a potential time savings of up to 80 percent.

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Buildings Case Studies

John McAslan + Partners Uses 3D Modeling to Facilitate Design of King’s Cross Station
For redevelopment of King’s Cross station, architects John McAslan + Partners relied on MicroStation’s federated model structure and sophisticated modeling tools to facilitate the collaborative process and enable the melding of the Grade 1 listed building with state-of-the-art design

Robin Partington & Partners Leverages Bentley Software to Create Curvilinear Park House
Robin Partington & Partners (RPP) designed the GBP 135 million building using Bentley’s GenerativeComponents to design a cladding system with the optimal number of glass panels, and an innovative solution for joining the siding and roofing.

PLP Uses GenerativeComponents to Advance Design Process on Francis Crick Institute Project
The Francis Crick Institute is a $969 million biomedical research center. Unique operational requirements of the research center and building a structure that would keep with the look of the historic architecture was extremely challenging.

Tata Chemicals’ Winnington Works Soda Ash Plant – Stopford Projects, Ltd. 
User leverages Bentley software along with century-old pen-and-ink drawings to create intelligent 3D model of structural inspection survey results while minimizing project cost and time.

i-TEN Associates Uses MicroStation to Deliver Highly Accurate 3D Models from Point-cloud Data
Bentley software enables quick, cost-effective visualizations.

The Shard at London Bridge Quarter – WSP
RAM structural software optimizes the unique geometric design of Western Europe’s tallest building while saving design time and construction costs.

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Campuses Case Studies

NSENGI Uses Bentley SACS Software to Design Innovative Offshore Runway in Tokyo
This is the first application of a jacket structure for an offshore airport runway, and it could not have been designed in this timeframe without the use of Bentley’s SACS software to perform fatigue analysis of the structure under the most severe of conditions.

New Bangalore International Airport: LT Ramboll Consulting Engineers
Bangalore International Airport is the first greenfield airport developed in India. The project, which was conceived by the government of India in response to growing congestion at existing airport facilities, is located at Devanahalli.

ProjectWise Used Organization-wide to Manage Complex Infrastucture Documentation
Sandia National Laboratories employs nine to 12 architectural/engineering firms to develop design changes on a project basis.

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Communications Case Studies

Precision Contracting Services Deploys Bentley's Communications Products
PCS is a specialist in fiber optic communications infrastructure and low-voltage applications. In implementing Bentley's communications products, PCS has been able to improve communication between network engineers and project managers and increase ROI.

Bentley Software Helps Telefónica O2 Czech Republic Fulfill Potential for Business Growth
Bentley PowerMap's XFM Technology Improves Management of this National Telecommunications Network.

MonCre Telephone Cooperative Chooses Bentley Communications Suite to Build for the Future
MonCre Telephone Cooperative serves an extensive rural area of Alabama covering over 500 Square miles.

Kabel Noord Builds Out New Network Infrastructure Using Bentley Communications Network Engineering Tools
Prior to using the Bentley GIS and engineering tools, Kabel Noord had outsourced all its network engineering to the gas utility, Eneco. Noord is now able to extend the use of its engineering information to all departments.

Bentley Fiber Used to Deliver Broadband Services to Metro Areas in Southern Netherlands
Nacap Telecom, a Dutch company specializing in the rollout of broadband services, designed and installed a broadband network in the zuid-Limburg region of the Netherlands in about a year using MicroStation and Bentley Fiber.

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Factories Case Studies

Ghafari Associates and General Motors
Managing complexity: facilitating 3D enabled delivery on a series of automotive projects. GHAFARI Associates served as the architect/engineer and 3D integrator on a series of six design/build projects for General Motors where 3D-enabled delivery and BIM were a requirement.

DaimlerChrysler AG
Digital Factory – Integration of Process Data. At DaimlerChrysler’s German digital factory—the generic term for its integrated network of digital models and methods —two different systems were being used for factory planning and process planning.

General Motors and Ghafari Associates
3D enabled design/construction for the General Motors Toledo transmission plant expansion. General Motors is expanding its Toledo, Ohio, transmission plant to produce a new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed, rear-wheel-drive automatic transmission for full-size SUVs and trucks.

HOLCIM Cement Plant - CH2M Hill
One of the world’s largest cement plants is being designed by CH2M HILL. The plant is situated on 3,900 acres along the Mississippi River.

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Government Case Studies

Bentley Map Saves Hansa Luftbild 20 Percent on Cadastre System Development Expenses
The City of Addis Ababa retained Hansa Luftbild, a member of the Bentley Developer Network  to develop a modern property registration and land information system to address rapid urban expansion and land and property rights. A major part of the project was to develop a service-oriented architecture based on industry standard components. Bentley Map was implemented to maintain and administer the cadastre map data and descriptive information for 360,000 parcels and 1.15 million building or construction features. The software’s integration with .NET and open API saved nearly two man-months, or 20 percent, in development time.

ProjectWise Geospatial Management Extends Searchability of Philadelphia Water Documents
Learn how the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) saved time and money by improving the ability to search for and locate CAD files and construction photos by implementing Bentley’s ProjectWise Geospatial Management.

Bentley Federated GIS Based on Bentley Map Enables Cancún to Collect 66 Percent More Property Tax
Innovacion Sistemas y Proyectos Develops GIS Using Bentley Map to Modernize Cadastral Information Systems for Mexican Municipalities

Port of Helsinki’s Maintenance System Inspires Productivity Increase and Return on Information
Bentley attains secure access to accurate, up-to-date information about the Vuosaari Harbor infrastructure and systems.

Sri Lanka Survey Department Deploys Bentley Map for Digital Topographic Mapping
City of Jaffna large-scale digital terrain model aids decision-making to support development in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Dutch Ministry of Finance
The goal of Dutch Ministry of Finance’s project was to create an integrated GIS-SAP solution that would provide administrative and geospatial data in one user interface.

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Mining and Metals Case Studies

ArcelorMittal Mines Canada Saves CAD 7 Million Annually in the Maintenance Shop
The Maintenance Shop has been able to realize a $7 million annual contribution to ArcelorMittal Mines' (Canada) bottom line mainly by adopting a reliability-driven approach to maintenance for its mobile mining equipment; supported by Bentley’s AssetWise Ivara performance management. The reliability initiative is credited with playing a major role in sustaining the profitability and viability of the mine.

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Operation Uses AssetWise Performance Management to Achieve USD 2.1 Million in Savings in One Year
The ArcelorMittal USA Flat Roll Operations is comprised of 12 operating facilities employing over 17,000 people. The World Class Equipment Reliability (WCER) team at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor hot strip mill has achieved very dramatic results in a one-year period. Total savings in the first year were USD 2,076,900. Other positive benefits include increased safety and a cleaner work environment.

SEI Engineering Uses 3D Models to Accelerate Design, Review, and Approval
Bentley's 3D modeling products, i-models, and collaboration technologies save time, reduce costs, and help ensure delivery of an optimal plan design.

Bentley’s promis•e Streamlines Design of Two Mining Projects in Australia
LE80JV used Bentley’s promis•e electrical design software to design the control systems for two large mining projects in Australia. They configured the software to automatically generate schematics, connection diagrams, and cable schedules to save time and reduce errors.

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Power Generation Case Studies

ScottishPower Strategy for Asset Management and Process Safety
Energy company ScottishPower, a division of Iberdrola, was the first power generator and the second company in the world to be certified on BSI Publicly Available Specification 55 (PAS 55:2008), which benchmarks best practices, in asset management. AssetWise Performance Management and the Bentley Asset Performance Management (APM) Methodology, coupled with the Amor Group Process Safety Methodology and KPI Dashboard, played a key role in ScottishPower’s achievement.

Southern Company Operationalizes a Data-centric Design Strategy with Bentley’s eB Data Quality Manager
Southern Company deployed eB Data Quality Manager to aggregate and centrally manage design and asset-related information and automate the generation of turnover packages. At Plant Radcliffe, eB Data Quality Manager manages several hundred thousand assets, runs automated processes and data streams, and manages configuration changes.

HydroChina Zhongnan Shortens Tuoba Hydropower Station Feasibility Design Phase by 80 Percent
The $2.41 billion Tuoba Hydropower Station in China’s Yunnan Province was completed on schedule in 2010 with an installed capacity of 1,400 megawatts. HydroChina Zhongnan implemented Bentley’s 3D collaborative design technology to shorten design work from six months to 39 days, thus helping to meet an aggressive 24-month design-phase schedule.

L&T-Sargent & Lundy Uses MicroStation for 3D Design of Supercritical Power Plant in India
The US $1.5 billion supercritical thermal power plant under construction in Nagpur, Maharashtra, will replace existing facilities with a high-efficiency, low-emission 3x660 megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant.

Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute Standardizes on Bentley on $730 Million Project
Located in the seaport city of Dalian in the south of Liaoning province, the Liaoning Hongyan River Nuclear Power Plant is the first nuclear power station in northeast China. Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute used Bentley software for global collaboration for the nuclear power station design, saving 10 percent in productivity while increasing plant efficiency.

Constellation Energy Upgrades to Electronic Performance Improvement Center Using Bentley’s eB: R.E. Ginna Nuclear Plant’s Best Practices Support Compliance With Industry Guidelines
With representatives from all plants, Constellation Energy selected a single integrated system for performance improvement using eB nuclear applications from Bentley. Though this case study will focus on performance improvement, eB applications are also currently used by Constellation Energy for master equipment lists, configuration management, records management, and information management.

Callaway Nuclear Plant: eB Streamlines Document and Records Management to Significantly Improve Regulatory Rating
Since Callaway adopted eB in 2001, it has become one of the core information management platforms at the plant. eB has allowed Callaway to completely replaced thirteen mainframe applications. The system is tightly integrated with Callaway’s work management, corrective action, and equipment reliability applications. eB automatically captures and manages records in electronic format from multiple applications eliminating the need to process paper records.

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Process Manufacturing Case Studies

MOSES Minimizes Redundant Steel in ORCA Offshore's Analysis of Self-installing Platform
Orca Offshore performed transport and installation analyses for Centrica's self-installing gas platform in the Dutch North Sea. The F3-FA platform has a suction pile foundation resting on a temporary barge for transportation. It can be relocated, providing significant cost savings across three to four fields. Orca's scope of work included motion and stability analysis, multi-body dynamic analysis, structural spectral analysis, and scale model tests.

MOSES and SACS Simulations Help Dockwise Cut Topsides Float-over Time in Half
Dockwise was the T&I contractor selected to install the record-breaking jacket and topsides in terms of weight. Bentley's SACS and MOSES were selected for detailed design, while MicroStation and ProjectWise were used to coordinate with team members around the world. Dockwise was able to achieve schedule for transport and installation of world’s heaviest topsides using Bentley technology.

SACS Enables L&T-Valdel to Deliver Optimized FPSO Design and Meet Accelerated Project Schedule
Bentley's SACS and STAAD.Pro was used to meet the challenges of design optimization and on-time project completion in order to reduce the OSX-3 FPSO topside steel weight by 10%.

CNGS Engineering Accelerates Offshore Oil Field Development Using Bentley’s Structural Analysis and Design Software
Bentley’s 3D technology was used to design the offshore facilities, including the LSP-1 ice-resistant offshore platform. Bentley technology facilitated the platform structures project team with sufficient detail to reduce the risk of ice damage under severe conditions. Moreover, it enables CNGS to accomplish project objectives within the shortest possible time period.

MCC-CERI Reduces Steelworks Design Time by 20 Percent With OpenPlant
The use of OpenPlant, Bentley Architecture, ProjectWise, Structural Modeler, and other Bentley products helped meet an aggressive schedule through integration of information and collaboration between team members.

Tata Chemicals’ Winnington Works Soda Ash Plant – Stopford Projects, Ltd. 
User leverages Bentley software along with century-old pen-and-ink drawings to create intelligent 3D model of structural inspection survey results while minimizing project cost and time.

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Rail and Transit Case Studies

Sweco’s ‘Live BIM’ Railway Project Significantly Improves Efficiency on Hallandsås Project
Learn how the successful BIM implementation on this project, using ProjectWise, MicroStation, InRoads, Bentley Rail Track, and Bentley Navigator, has resulted in innovative methods, reusable resources, a reduction in costs, and productivity.

Point Clouds and Scalable Terrain Models Support Network Rail’s Great Western Rail Electrification Programme

Point clouds and scalable terrain models support Network Rail’s Great Western Rail Electrification Programme. Bentley Descartes enables project teams to comply with BS 1192, and provides cost-saving tools to leverage point-cloud data in engineering projects.

Parsons Brinckerhoff – Information Mobility Helps Deliver Award-winning Project
Integrated 3D modeling using Bentley software enables design and construction of phase 1 of Sydney’s Rail Expansion Program.

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Roads Case Studies

West Virginia DOT Opts for an Integrated Solution for Oversize/Overweight Permitting
Comprehensive System Integrates Timely Bridge Load Rating and Restrictions Management to Improve Safety and Reliability of Infrastructure

ProjectWise Online Connects AECOM With 12 Sub-consultants in 22 Offices
With the project office in Grand Prairie, Texas, and team members distributed across 22 locations in seven states, AECOM selected ProjectWise Online to provide CAD file management, quality control, and document storage. ProjectWise users accessed one secure, work-sharing platform to create high-quality design documents that were 95 percent compliant with the client’s CAD requirements.

AECOM Uses ProjectWise to Complete a Complex State Highway 50 Percent Faster and Under Budget
When AECOM was contracted by Central Texas Highway Constructors to provide final design and plans, specifications, and estimates for two segments of a 27-mile, four-lane divided tolled facility from southeast Austin to San Marcos River, they turned to ProjectWise to deliver the project profitably and on time.

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Utilities Case Studies

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Achieves USD 5.7 Million in Annual Savings with Bentley Substation
Like many utilities with aging infrastructure, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) needed to modernize its substations and boost service reliability. Learn how Bentley Substation enabled PG&E to design substations 40 percent faster and achieve dramatic annual savings.

Saudi Electricity Company – ProjectWise Increases Efficiency by Enabling Fast Access to 10 Million Documents
Learn how ProjectWise enabled SEC to reduce document access time from three days to one minute, improve the accuracy and trustworthiness of engineering documents, and respond faster to customer needs and emergencies.

LADWP Achieves $800,000 in Annual Savings with ProjectWise
LADWP, the largest municipal utility in the United States, selected ProjectWise to provide over 200 engineers fast and accurate reuse of 300,000 design and construction files. Since adoption of the software, LADWP has recorded over $800,000 in annual savings.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Deploys Bentley’s ProjectWise to Improve Team Collaboration
Read how ProjectWise helped Welsh Water manage the information (about 22,000 documents) from a 36,000-kilometer sewer network.

Essent Local Energy Solutions Improves Operations and Design Workflows with Bentley sisNET
Essent Local Energy Solutions implements Bentley technology for the design, management, and operation of their growing district heating network.  In just six months, ELES is already benefiting from their new cost-effective utility GIS.

Bentley Helps Iberdrola Ingeniería Y Construcción Design Substation Infrastructure Faster With New Intelligent Software  
Iberdrola Ingeniería Y Construcción is a subsidiary of the Iberdrola Group and one of the world's leading energy engineering companies, with projects in over 25 countries. With the use of Bentley products, Iberdrola succesfully improved synergy between various engineering groups during the design and construction of electrical substations.

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Water and Wastewater Case Studies

Dar Al-Omran Meets Tight Deadlines for the Zarqa Water Network Restructuring and Rehabilitation Project
With an intermittent water supply system, this project proposed to replace about 600 kilometers of water mains. Using WaterCAD for all hydraulic modeling works, Dar Al-Omran provided greater access to potable water, particularly in areas serving impoverished population groups, and reduced high rates of water loss in the water supply network.

Bristol Water Improves Business Performance with Enterprise Management of Street Works Noticing
Learn how Bristol Water implemented a custom solution based on Bentley’s Exor Information Manager for reporting and managing street works noticing data to meet government requirements, and avoid fines, while also improving customer services.

Bentley Helps Barwon Water Save Nearly $120,000 per Year on Fire‑Flow Reports
Read how WaterGEMS-GIS integration provides Australia Water Authority immediate access to flow-and-pressure information.

Gippsland Water Factory Alliance Uses AutoPLANT on Wastewater Treatment Facility
AutoPLANT was used by Gippsland Water to design a plant that now treats 35 million liters of domestic and industrial wasterwater each day. The ability to integrate 3D design with 2D P&IDs and isometrics was critical in saving 20 weeks of drafting work.

SimTejo Implements Real-time Integrated System to Predict Sewer Overflows in Lisbon’s Water Network
Hidromod used Bentley’s WaterObjects.NET technology to customize the AQUASAFE solution to SimTejo's specific needs, and to enable AQUASAFE to automate and connect SewerGEMS to real-time data and weather forecast.

Freese and Nichols Deploys WaterGEMS and SewerGEMS to Help Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Establish Energy-Use Reduction Plans
Read how conducting an energy analysis found that an elevated storage tank would save 1.6 million kilowatt hours and decrease CO2 emissions by 2,030 tons.

Toowoomba Regional Council Tackles the Challenges of a Failing Common Effluent System Using SewerGEMS
In Queensland, Australia, in 2008, eight local governments were merged into one to form what is now the Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC). This council serves a population of approximately 120,000, and maintains water and wastewater networks totaling 3,200 kilometers in reticulation mains.

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