ABOUT THE 2009 BE INSPIRED AWARDS
The Be Inspired Awards celebrate the great works of infrastructure that will serve to improve the lives of people around the
world. A Bentley-empowered (Be) program, this annual competition brings together infrastructure professionals and academia,
advances innovation and best practices, and promotes the work of individuals and organizations that are helping to sustain the
The Be Inspired Awards program has recognized over 1,000 of the world’s most outstanding infrastructure projects since its
2004 inception as the Be Awards of Excellence. The projects nominated for the Be Inspired Awards are submitted by Bentley’s
software users around the globe. The winning projects are selected by a rigorous jury of independent experts in various fields of
infrastructure including previous award winners, other Bentley users, editors and publishers, and industry and discipline experts—
all of whom adhere to the highest standards to determine which projects best demonstrate superior vision and an unwavering
commitment to exceptional quality and productivity. Learn more about our jury of industry experts beginning on page 4.
This year’s jurors assembled at the Be Inspired: Infrastructure Best Practices Symposium and Awards event in mid October in
Charlotte, N.C., to deliberate on the entries. At this invitation-only symposium, the leading practitioners who design, build, and
operate the world’s infrastructure gathered to present the best practices behind the successful realization of their current projects
and to explore new ways to respond to the challenges driving today’s business. Winners were announced during the highly
anticipated Be Inspired Awards ceremony.
More than 250 innovative projects were nominated in this year’s 17 categories (page 7). The 2009 Academic portion of the Be
Inspired Awards program (page 179) invited university, technical college, and high school students to submit projects designed
using Bentley software along with a short essay describing their work. The recipient of the 2009 Educator of the Year was also
honored (page 178).
A new category introduced this year is the Special Recognition Awards (page 173), which are outstanding projects nominated by
the jurors themselves as representing both excellence and innovation in a way that is emblematic of Bentley’s mission of Sustaining
Infrastructure. Transcending multiple categories, the four projects selected for this year’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards
best represent Return on Innovation, Sustaining Our Society, Sustaining Our Environment, and Sustaining the Professions.
All nominated projects are presented here in The Year in Infrastructure 2009. By featuring the outstanding achievements in
infrastructure design, engineering, construction, and operations across the globe, Bentley would like to share the innovation in best
practices among the infrastructure professionals who make these projects possible.
2009 BE INSPIRED AWARDS
Additional worldwide exposure for these outstanding projects is provided through Bentley’s Be Connected series of online seminars.
Using streaming media via the web, Be Connected is a sustainable way to learn from fellow architects, engineers, contractors,
and owner/operators, and delivers the kind of professional-level content usually found at trade and professional organization
conferences without the expense and hassle of travel. To view these presentations, visit www.bentley.com/beconnected.
The Year in Infrastructure series of publications are also published in digital format. Visit www.bentley.com/yearininfrastructure
to view projects by year or to search by terms, titles, or keywords.