Bentley's Haestad Methods Solutions Selected No. 1 Water Resources Modeling Software in National Survey

    Survey Across Readership of Leading Civil Engineering Newsletter Also
Reveals Ease of Use and Multiplatform Interoperability as Top Requirements for
Water Resources Modeling Software

    EXTON, PA., October 3 /CNW/ - Bentley Systems, Incorporated today
announced that its Haestad Methods product line has been selected as the No. 1
water resources modeling software in a national survey. The survey,
commissioned by Bentley, was conducted across the readership of CE News' Civil
Connection, a leading civil engineering newsletter published by ZweigWhite.
This follows on the heels of the People's Choice Award that Bentley's
WaterGEMS product in its Haestad line won at the American Water Works
Association Annual Conference and Exposition and is being celebrated by
Bentley through special limited-time promotional offers.

    The survey asked licensed civil engineering professionals employed by
leading consulting engineering, survey, and construction firms and key public
works departments, utilities, and municipalities about their software
preferences in seven categories of water resources modeling software.
Bentley's Haestad solutions earned the No. 1 position - receiving up to more
than three times the top responses of the closest competing products - in the
following five categories:

    --  Water distribution

    --  Transient analysis

    --  Wastewater conveyance

    --  Stormwater networks

    --  General hydraulics

    In the detention pond category Intelisolve's product came in first, and
in the floodplain modeling category the Hydrologic Engineering Center's
(HEC's) product took the top position.

    "It's gratifying to once again have users confirm Bentley's technology
and market leadership as well as the value of Haestad Methods solutions in
meeting their needs," said Charley Ferrucci, vice president, Bentley water
asset solutions.

    Added Ferrucci, "Though this survey confirms our first-place position
among civil engineers, utilities, and municipalities only in the United
States, we are also establishing this same leadership globally. Haestad
Methods solutions are broadly available around the world, including in some of
the fastest-growing economies such as China and India."

    In the survey, Bentley's WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, HAMMER, SewerCAD, and
SewerGEMS products in its Haestad line received more than three times the top
responses of their closest competitors, among responses from water utilities
and municipalities in the water distribution, transient analysis, and
wastewater conveyance categories. Bentley's StormCAD and CivilStorm topped the
stormwater networks category, as did its CulvertMaster and FlowMaster in the
general hydraulics category. Bentley's PondPack came in second in the
detention pond analysis category and its HEC-Pack came in third in the
floodplain modeling category.

    The survey respondents also said that ease of use is their foremost
requirement for water resources modeling software, and that they found
Bentley's Haestad Methods products to be the easiest to use. Said Ferrucci,
"It comes as no surprise that ease of use is a top priority. Hydraulic
modeling is complex by nature and can consume a great deal of an engineer's
time. Our investment in usability improves productivity in all three critical
stages of the modeling process: model building and setup, calibration, and
results analysis. This means our users can spend more time doing what they
know best: engineering."

    Multiplatform interoperability across stand-alone, CAD, and GIS platforms
was second in the survey respondents' list of must-have characteristics. When
asked about their use of CAD, GIS, and stand-alone platforms for water
resources modeling, 77 percent said they normally use at least two of these
platforms simultaneously.

    In explaining the critical importance of multiplatform interoperability
to water resources projects, Thomas Walski, senior product manager for Bentley
water products, said, "All of these projects require collaboration among
people from different disciplines with preferences for different work

    "With our level of multiplatform interoperability, models work together
no matter what platform they were created in; people work collaboratively,
each in his or her preferred environment; and organizations work more
efficiently by leveraging the skills of their specialists and their
investments in technology. Moreover, there are no translation errors to
contend with."

    Walski continued, "On the other hand, organizations that choose a less
interoperable platform are often forced to buy additional licenses of ArcGIS
or AutoCAD just to run the model, to train modeling team members that are not
familiar with the selected platform, and to deal with translation errors that
increase costs and hamper project schedules."

    To celebrate Haestad Methods solutions being selected as the No. 1 water
resources modeling software, Bentley is offering, for a limited time, a 20
percent license-fee discount on all of the "No. 1 products" in its Haestad
line. To learn more about this special promotion, visit

    To view the complete survey results, visit

    About ZweigWhite

    Online, in print, and in person, ZweigWhite provides the business insight
and expertise that helps architecture, engineering, and construction firms
reach their potential.

    ZweigWhite was founded in the 1980s by management guru Mark Zweig, a
pioneer in the improvement of business practice in professional service
industries. Today, with offices in Boston, Chicago, Washington, and San
Francisco, ZweigWhite is the largest, most diverse organization devoted
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    About CE News Magazine

    Civil Connection e-newsletter, CE News magazine, and are
specifically dedicated to "the business of civil engineering," serving the
information needs of civil engineering professionals and firms, as well as
county, state, and federal managers and engineers. Readers turn to this suite
of publications for trends, technologies, applications, news, business
management advice, and more.

    The editorial content of CE News focuses on the real-life challenges
facing today's civil engineers and how to succeed in spite of them. CE News
leads the industry by providing news, business advice, how-to information, and
management tips that engineers can use in their day-to-day operations. It's
this practical, comprehensive editorial approach that has made CE News the
magazine of choice for the industry's movers and shakers--licensed
professional engineers including private practice owners, firm principals, and
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    About Bentley

    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 revenues now surpassing
$400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the
leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 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 For more information, visit To
view a copy of Bentley's April 2007 Annual Report online, go to

    Bentley, the "B" logo, StormCAD, CivilStorm, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD,
WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, HAMMER, CulvertMaster, FlowMaster, PondPack, HEC-Pack,
and Haestad Methods are either registered or unregistered trademarks or
service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or
indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are
trademarks of their respective owners.

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For further information: Bentley Systems, Incorporated Ron Kuhfeld, +1
610 321 6493

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