Announcing the Best Bentley Projects of the Year

Independent judges select the most innovative projects from a long list of Bentley customers.

The winners of the 2015 Be Inspired Awards celebrate at the Year in Infrastructure conference. (Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.)

The winners of the 2015 Be Inspired Awards celebrate at the Year in Infrastructure conference. (Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.)

The annual Be Inspired Awards put on by Bentley Systems set the stage for some of the year’s biggest engineering projects.

The Awards were hosted at the Year in Infrastructure conference, which was held from November 3 to 5, 2015, in London, UK.

More than 360 nominations were made and 54 finalists were chosen to compete in 18 categories. These finalists presented their projects to peers and independent jury panels at the Awards and the winners have been chosen.

Here are the most innovative infrastructure projects of 2015.

Innovation in Asset Performance Management

The Predictive and Operational Analytics Tools for the Adelaide Metro Water Distribution Network

SA Water

(Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

This project aims to improve water security in the Adelaide, Australia region with the introduction of new piping and pump stations.

Innovation in Bridges

The Ceira River Bridge

LCW Consult

(Coimbra, Coimbra District, Portugal)

This project spans 250 m and rises 140 m over the Ceira riverbed to connect Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal.

Innovation in Building

One Merchant Square

Robin Partington and Partners

(London, United Kingdom)

This 42-story project has a complex curved profile which requires unique cladding, structural floors and perimeter structural columns.

Innovation in Construction

Unit 25 Project

Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc.

(Rosemount, Minnesota, United States)

This project comprised coordination of loading and unloading transport vehicles, permission of the load on highways, coordination with utilities and the redesign of roads and bridges incapable of carrying the load.

Innovation in Government

Mapping Singapore in 3D

Singapore Land Authority


This project is a government initiative to create and maintain a high-resolution 3D map of the country of Singapore.

Innovation in Land Development

Detailed Design of Utility Infrastructure

Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd.

(Dharampur, Gujarat, India)

This project features a sustainable ashram and its surrounding infrastructure with the intention that it will remain standing in 100 years.

Innovation in Megaprojects

E4 Stockholm Bypass FSK02 Rock Tunnels Design Contract


(Stockholm, Sweden)

This project will construct one of the longest road tunnels in the world beneath the waterways of Stockholm, Sweden.

Innovation in Mining

Kvanefjeld Rare Earth and Uranium Project

Tetra Tech Proteus

(Narsaq, Kujalleq, Greenland)

This project will construct a mine, concentrator, refinery, port, accommodation village and infrastructure using pre-made modules.

Innovation in Offshore

Block Island Wind Farm

Keystone Engineering Inc.

(Block Island, Rhode Island, United States)

This project adapted a deep-water support structure used in the oil industry for five 6MW wind turbine generators.

Innovation in Power Generation

Tyseley Resource Recovery Centre

MWH Global

(Birmingham, West Midland, United Kingdom)

This project will construct a power generation plant fueled by the gasification of waste wood.

Innovation in Process Manufacturing

Preliminary Water Removal Unit: North Vankor Field


(Igarka, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia)

This project features a water removal unit designed to separate an oil, gas and water sludge created in an oil and gas field in a permafrost soil zone.

Innovation in Project Delivery

Global Project Collaboration in a Design-Build-Finance-Operate (DBFO) World



This project provided resource utilization for virtual project teams through open access to all resources at any time for any project worldwide.

Innovation in Rail and Transit

Bond St to Baker St Tunnel Remediation Project

London Underground Ltd.

(London, United Kingdom)

This project comprised the replacement of the existing elasto-plastic concrete lining of the railway tunnel and keeping the railway functional during the work.

Innovation in Roads

A6 to Manchester Relief Road


(Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire, United Kingdom)

This project features collaboration on the detailed design, construction and maintenance of a dual carriageway in Manchester.

Innovation in Structures

SkyHouse Apartments

Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates, Ltd.

(Denver, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando and Tampa, Florida; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Houston and Dallas, Texas, United States)

This project is a prototype of a 23-story, 320-unit complex designed to its location’s geology, seismicity and wind forces.

Innovation in Utilities and Communications

Engineering Contractor Collaboration Solution Using ProjectWise and Bentley Substation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

(San Ramon, California, United States)

This project created a collaborative contractor system to ensure consistency and reduce cycle times.

Innovation in Water Network Analysis

Water Master Plan for the Região dos Lagos


(Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This project aimed to expand the water supply system for the region in addition to reducing energy consumption and reducing non-revenue water.

Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

Complex Scheduling and Automatic Water Quality Monitoring of Groundwater


(Khabarovsk, Far East Federal District, Russia)

This project featured a remote monitoring and control system for water intake facilities.

Special Recognition Winners

Advancing Collaborative BIM

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

Morphosis Architects

(Ithaca, New York, United States)

This project featured an artistic new building to occupy a corner of Cornell University’s campus.

Advancing Comprehensive BIM “Playbooks”

Keeyask Hydroelectric Generating Station Project

Hatch Ltd.

(Nelson River, Manitoba, Canada)

This project featured a large hydroelectric plant to provide renewable energy for Canadian First Nations.

Advancing Construction Modeling

NAG Project


(Baytown, Texas, United States)

This project will construct an ethane cracker facility to provide ethylene feedstock for chemical processing.

Advancing Information Mobility in Operations

EMU for iPad

Western Power Distribution

(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Advancing Integrated Projects

Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar TIGER Design-Build Project


(Dallas, Texas, United States)

This project comprised the introduction of a new streetcar line while maintaining historic structures.

For more information, please visit the Be Inspired Awards website.