Bentley's WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition Wins People's Choice Award at AWWA ACE06

Exton, Pa. - June 27, 2006 - Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition has won the People's Choice Award for "Most Useful New Product" at the American Water Works Association 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE06). The show was held June 11-15 in San Antonio, Texas.

The new WaterGEMS V8 XM water distribution modeling solution from Bentley was among the cutting-edge technologies, services, and ideas selected by AWWA's Manufacturers Council Committee for presentation in ACE06's New Product Technology Showcase. Visitors to the showcase chose the winner of the People's Choice Award by voting for the most useful new product on display.

"The products displayed in AWWA's New Product Technology Showcase are among the most exciting innovations in the water community," said AWWA Executive Director Jack Hoffbuhr. "The People's Choice Award indicates that visitors to the showcase judged that WaterGEMS will likely have a significant impact on the industry."

WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition is the first and only water distribution modeling solution to offer utilities the flexibility of using any of four interoperable platforms in a single product. These modeling platforms include MicroStation, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and a totally revamped stand-alone interface providing unprecedented ease of use, speed, and flexibility.

Said Robert Mankowski, director of Geospatial Product Management for Bentley, "We are pleased to accept the AWWA award and are happy visitors to ACE06 quickly grasped the significance of our new WaterGEMS edition. We have built a water model that goes beyond GIS-centric solutions. The new WaterGEMS is a data-centric solution that allows water utilities to leverage their investment in GIS and CAD data and software without sacrificing interoperability."

WaterGEMS' demand allocation and elevation extraction modules - previously only available within the ArcGIS platform - have been extended to the MicroStation, AutoCAD, and stand-alone platforms, providing equivalent functionality and choice for all users, and full interoperability between them.

Bentley SELECT subscribers will be able to download WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition next month. To learn more about WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition, go to

About the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition

For the past 125 years, the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) has served as a source of knowledge and information for water professionals who work to improve the supply and quality of water in North America and beyond.

ACE06 presenters are experts in the field, sharing cutting-edge research and exceptional best practices, on both universal topics and items specifically focused to meet attendees' needs.

The exposition gives attendees access to the latest products and services available to ensure the water quality the public expects. With more than 500 exhibitors on hand to answer questions and educate water professionals on the latest technology available, the exposition enables attendees to gain insight from companies whose goal is to help them improve their results.

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 2000 colleagues worldwide, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators.

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Christine Byrne
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Bentley Systems, Incorporated
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