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    The Year in Infrastructure Conference, October 10-12, 2017

    October 10-12, 2017 | Sands Expo and Convention Centre | Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Three Amazing Infrastructure Projects in Southeast Asia

By Kaushik Chakraborty, Vice President and Regional Executive,
Southeast Asia and India


Of the top seven countries that produce the most STEM graduates, there is only one that is not located in continental Asia.

The Eastern Hemisphere is a powerhouse for engineering, manufacturing, and construction – so it’s no surprise that some of the world’s most innovative and impressive infrastructure projects reside on this side of the globe.

Since Bentley started the Be Inspired Awards Program in 2004, more than 2,500 of the world’s most outstanding infrastructure projects have been celebrated. 

This year alone, we’ve had more submissions than ever before, including an unprecedented number from Southeast Asia:

  • 250+ Be Inspired Award submissions from the Asia-Pacific Region
  • 235 Be Inspired Award submitters from the Asia-Pacific Region
  • 14 Be Inspired Award submitter countries from the Asia-Pacific Region

Before we celebrate the 2017 finalists, I wanted to highlight a few impressive projects that stood out in the region over the past three years:

Mapping Singapore in 3D Singapore Land AuthorityMapping Singapore in 3D
Singapore Land Authority

Be Inspired Awards Winner: Innovation in Government

Singapore’s government has made the ultimate commitment to become the world’s first Smart Nation

The Singapore Land Authority recently led an SGD 8 million initiative to create and maintain a high-resolution 3D map of the entire country, which spans 700 square kilometers. The models (created using Bentley Map and Oracle Spatial) will be shared among government agencies and partners that support Virtual Singapore and Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, so that they can use the data to create new innovative technologies that improve the quality of life and business. 

Marikina North Project Manila Water Company, Inc.Marikina North Project
Manila Water Company, Inc.
Marikina City, Philippines

Be Inspired Awards Winner: Innovation in Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Network Modeling and Analysis

Water pollution is a major problem in the Philippines. Greenpeace reported in 2011 that out of the Philippines’ 421 rivers, as many as 50 are considered biologically dead and unable to support life. 

Pollution sources include industrial, agricultural, domestic sewage, and various oil and chemical spills. 

Manila Water Company has taken great strides to increase the amount of available potable water. The goal of the Marikina North Project was to treat all wastewater discharging into the three major river systems (San Juan River, Pasig River, and Marikina River) from Marikina City.

To do this, they constructed a sewage treatment plant, utilizing SewerGEMS, with capacity of 100 million liters of treated water per day and a 23-kilometer sewer network.

Wonju-Gangneung Railroad Construction Namdaecheon Bridge Seoyeong EngineeringWonju-Gangneung Railroad Construction Namdaecheon Bridge
Seoyeong Engineering
Gangneung, Gangwon, South Korea 

Be Inspired Awards Nominee: Innovation in Bridges

Getting your city ready for an enormous event like the Olympics is no easy feat. 

Olympic organizers recently reported that the new high-speed rail line from Seoul to the 2018 Winter Olympic hub Pyeongchang has been completed and is in its testing phase. 

Seoyeong Engineering was tasked with designing this crucial railway link to connect several surrounding cities. This line allows trains to travel up to 184 mph and is estimated to reduce travel time between Seoul and Gangneung from six hours to only an hour and a half!

Applying Bentley’s integrated BIM methodologies (AECOsim Building Designer, MicroStation, InRoads, and Bentley Navigator), Syeoyeong was able to optimize information sharing and workflow processes, reducing workforce numbers, modeling time, and overall operating costs while accelerating project delivery.



These are only a handful of infrastructure projects that are underway or have been completed in Southeast Asia. You can meet 51 of the 2017 Be Inspired Award finalists between Oct. 10 - 12. 

Our agenda is packed with industry thought leaders who will present their projects to jurors, media, and top executives from around the world.

Take a look at this year’s finalists.

You won’t want to miss hearing about these projects and experiencing the most exciting infrastructure conference around. I hope we have given you just a few of the many reasons to join us in Singapore.

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