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Georgia Department of Transportation Marks Success of Permitting and Routing System; Bentley Advanced Routing and Permitting Solution Improves Information Flow.

EXTON, Pa. -- Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is celebrating the successful deployment of Bentley's Advanced Routing and Permitting System (ARPS). The system streamlines the issuance and administration of oversize/overweight (OS/OW) vehicle permits for the state. As a result of the deployment, Georgia reports extensive improvements in its ability to capture and share OS/OW information.

"What we can do with ARPS is phenomenal," says Kathleen Gibson, Permit Office administrator for GDOT. "Formerly, our customers could not do electronic business with us. ARPS not only ensures the capture of a full range of permitting information, it also gives us a tool for data management, quality control, and customer satisfaction."

ARPS allows the Permitting Office to maintain its standing goal to issue permits within a two-hour time frame 99 percent of the time. On average, the Permitting Office issues approximately 800 permits per day.

"ARPS has already had a positive impact on the way Georgia manages carrier business, from electronic distribution of permits to enforcing on-road carrier compliance," says Ernest Vera, GDOT project manager.

The system shares permitting information with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). ARPS interoperates with the MCCD Oversized Truck Information System (OTIS) to enable permitting professionals to check for liability and citation information, and to collect delinquent revenue at the point of permit request. MCCD enforcement personnel can view permit-related data at Georgia weigh stations to check for possible disparities between the permitted load and the actual load.

With complete data capture, the Permitting Office not only helps Georgia DOR and DPS/MCCD recover delinquent revenue, but also delivers up-to-the-minute accounting information to its customers. For example, the Permitting Office can quickly provide carriers that use third-party permit brokers with a complete list of carrier account charges.

The next phase of ARPS implementation at GDOT, slated for completion this summer, will allow some companies and load types to self-issue certain types of permits over the Internet. The third and final phase of implementation, slated for this fall, will install the automated routing portion of the contract.

Using Traffic Interruption Reporting from the Georgia Navigator System, which tracks construction lane closures, ARPS will bring dynamic routing services that determine the shortest, safest routes. These determinations are based on a range of criteria that take into consideration laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and current road conditions. ARPS will also interoperate with Georgia's Bridge Information Management Systems, such as PS3 and BARS7. These contain bridge-related information that helps assess whether an OS/OW load can be sustained by the bridge.

"Once we have implemented the automated routing with phase three, I expect to see permitted loads like routine super-loads being evaluated and issued in under 10 minutes," says Kathleen Gibson.

Bentley ARPS automates the entire process involved with the permitting and routing of nondivisible loads, addressing application compliance; determining safe, expedient routes; tracking permit applications through the process; issuing and automatically delivering permits; assessing proper fees; and performing accounting for permit transactions.

Bentley employs a structured, proven methodology for implementation and automation of OS/OW permitting and routing solutions. Bentley ARPS streamlines online issuance of overweight and/or over-dimensional permits to commercial and hazmat vehicles. It ensures compliance with each state's or province's statutes and procedures, and eases multistate crossings. ARPS is used by the Colorado DOT, Maryland State Highway Administration, Michigan DOT, Minnesota DOT, North Carolina DOT, and South Carolina DOT. Since 1990, more than six million permits have been issued by ARPS.

About the Georgia Department of Transportation

The mission of the Georgia Department of Transportation is to provide a safe, seamless, and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to its citizens and environment. GDOT plans, constructs, maintains, and improves the state's roads and bridges; provides planning and financial support for other modes of transportation such as mass transit and airports; provides airport and air safety planning; and provides air travel to state departments. GDOT also provides administrative support to the State Tollway Authority and the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority. For more information about GDOT, visit www.dot.state.ga.us.

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 2005 revenues of $336 million and more than 2,000 colleagues worldwide, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Design 500 and major owner-operators.

To receive Bentley press releases as they are issued, visit www.bentley.com/bentleywire. For more information, visit www.bentley.com. To view a copy of Bentley's June 2005 Annual Report online, go to www.bentley.com/june2005annualreport.

Bentley, the "B" logo, and Advanced Routing and Permitting System are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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