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Indiana Department of Transportation Wins BE Award; CAD Training Program Named Top Project in ''Well-Trained Organization'' Category.

EXTON, Pa. -- The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has won a BE Award for its CAD training program. The award category was "Well-Trained Organization."

The BE Awards of Excellence, which are presented at the annual BE Conference (www.be.org), honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks for their industries and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

INDOT has been using Bentley products to create road designs and drawings since 1997. With the department's migration to MicroStation V8 and the MX family of civil design products, INDOT implemented a discipline-specific and task-specific workflow-oriented approach to training.

"As we made the significant jump from MicroStation/J to MicroStation V8," INDOT project manager George Brashear said, "we found the custom workflow training approach that Bentley helped institute gets our users into a productive mode much faster than our previous program did. We are confident that future version transitions will be even more efficient."

The training program and software customization have yielded significant performance improvements for both the INDOT staff and the department. After a week of hands-on support, most users master standard functionalities and some move into advanced techniques. In addition, modeling and visualization skills improve. INDOT, in turn, benefits from improved design plan quality, fewer changes, and lower construction costs.

Highlights of the training program include:

--Development of unique MicroStation workspaces, each customized to the specific needs of an INDOT department or function

--Workflow-specific training classes for each INDOT function, delivered on site

--Bentley Institute classes for version upgrades and new employees, conducted at INDOT

--Bentley consultants on site at INDOT

--Intense support for users at their workstations and on their projects, immediately after classroom instruction

--Lunchtime seminars on software updates and workspace improvements

--Dedicated on-site training room

--Commitment to send INDOT staff to Bentley conferences

For more information on INDOT's winning training program and all of the other BE Award projects, visit www.be.org/2005beawardwinners. For more information on the professional training offered by the Bentley Institute, visit www.bentley.com/en-US/Training.

About INDOT

The Indiana Department of Transportation's mission is to build, maintain, and operate a superior transportation system enhancing safety, mobility, and economic growth. With approximately 5,000 employees, INDOT is responsible for about 11,300 highway miles, regulates 4,500 rail miles across Indiana, and maintains more than 5,600 bridges statewide. For more information, visit www.ai.org/dot.

About the BE Conference

The BE Conference (www.be.org) is a once-a-year learning opportunity for Bentley users and their managers offering professional training, technology updates, keynotes, and best practice sharing. At these sessions, attendees better themselves, better their organizations, and better the ways they can improve the world's infrastructure.

To pre-register for BE Conference 2006, being held May 21-25 in Charlotte, N.C., go to www.be.org/preregister.

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 2004 revenues exceeding $300 million, 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, BE, BE Awards of Excellence, MicroStation, MicroStation/J, MX, and Bentley Institute 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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