Ville de Saguenay Wins BE Award

    For Creation of Civil Security System That Will Help City Prepare for and
Recover From Natural Disasters

    EXTON, PA., April 27 /CNW/ - Ville de Saguenay, a new city of 156,000 in
Quebec, Canada, has won a BE Award for creating a mapping information system
that serves as its new civil security system. The system will help the city
plan and prepare for natural disasters and enable it to minimize loss of life,
generate inventories of damaged infrastructure, and manage repairs and
rebuilding should a disaster strike.

    The decision to develop the new system was driven by the area's history
of losses from natural disasters. In the recent past, this 500-square-mile
region has experienced more than its share of earthquakes, landslides, and
floods. In addition to causing loss of life, these disasters destroyed
hundreds of homes; miles of roads, water and wastewater pipelines, electric
lines and phone lines; seven bridges; seven water treatment plants; two dams;
and other critical infrastructure.

    The city developed its mapping information system largely with Bentley
software. Products and solutions used include MicroStation, MicroStation
GeoGraphics, Bentley Descartes, GEOPAK, and Bentley PowerMap Field.

    As Levis Larouche, project manager for Ville de Saguenay, explained,
"Bentley allowed us to do our project as a municipality would always dream of
doing it: quickly, with minimum effort, and at minimum cost." Because of the
software's interoperability, the city was able to integrate the new civil
security system with its other enterprise systems, including those handling
taxes, police management, fire security, land management, mapping, network
telemetry, infrastructure management, public works, tourism, economic
development, and publishing.

    The new system is built on a GIS developed from two types of data:
cartographic, such as topography, mapping, matrix, and infrastructure
networks, and descriptive, such as population and zoning. The GIS covers more
than 8000 square miles and includes the seven municipalities joined to create
Ville de Saguenay as well as the surrounding territory.

    Using MicroStation GeoGraphics, the city was able to generate an
inventory of mapping information for more than 50,000 buildings, all in a few
months. The maps link critical data to each building, including its role or
function in the community, any fire safety plans developed for it, and the
number of people working or residing in it. This data will be of critical
importance to the city's fire and rescue teams during emergencies.

    To help it develop plans to prepare for floods and landslides, the city
created terrain models and captured elevation data for every area at risk. The
models address changing water levels in lakes and rivers as well as slope and
slope influences.

    With its new system, the city will be able to follow, in real time, the
level of the water in surrounding lakes and rivers, changes in critical slope
areas, and even the movement of municipal trucks through the territory. During
natural disasters, the city's emergency center will be able to use customized
queries to determine which areas are in danger and who must be evacuated.

    Added Larouche, "Without Bentley's products, we could not manage and
control our environment and infrastructure as well as we do now. Our new
mapping information system will enable us to minimize human casualties and
damage to infrastructure during natural disasters, all of which makes life in
our city easier and much more relaxed for our citizens."

    For more information on Ville de Saguenay's winning project and all of
the other BE Award projects, visit For more information on
the Bentley products used in this project, visit

    About the BE Awards of Excellence

    The BE Awards of Excellence, which are judged by an independent panel of
industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual BE
Conference (, honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users
improving the world's infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and
showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that
created them.

    About Ville de Saguenay

    In February 2002, Ville de Saguenay was created out of seven
municipalities. With a population of 156,000, it is the sixth largest city in
the province of Quebec. Located on the Saguenay River, the city is divided
into three boroughs: Chicoutimi, Jonquiere, and La Baie. It encompasses almost
500 square miles of territory and extensive infrastructure, including more
than 600 miles of water pipelines, almost 700 miles of wastewater pipelines,
and more than 700 miles of roads and highways. For more information, visit

    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.

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