Beijing Waterworks Group will use WaterCAD® to meet the challenges of the 2008 Olympics

Beijing Waterworks Group, the largest water utility in China, purchased Haestad Methods' WaterCAD® software to help the City of Beijing guarantee the reliability of its water distribution system for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


WATERBURY, CT, March 4, 2003 -- Beijing Waterworks Group, the largest water utility in China, purchased Haestad Methods' WaterCAD® software to help the City of Beijing guarantee the reliability of its water distribution system for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Support for the World Olympics is not new to Haestad Methods. Haestad Methods' SewerCAD® sanitary sewer modeling software was used to help prepare the sanitary sewer facilities in Park City, Utah (USA) for the 2002 Winter Games. WaterCAD, Haestad Methods' water distribution modeling software, was selected by Athens Water and Sewer (Greece) to upgrade its water system for the large influx of visitors that will be generated by the 2004 Olympics.

Beijing will use WaterCAD in a similar manner to help modernize the City's water facilities. "Beijing has aggressive and time-sensitive schedules to meet, which require software that is not only technologically advanced but is supported by local specialists," said Liu Hu Nian, Vice General Manager of Planning and Development for Beijing Waterworks Group.

Liu added, "We selected WaterCAD for its superior data management and sophisticated hydraulic and water quality model features. Though WaterCAD passed rigorous technical evaluations with flying colors, the availability of local support and on-site training played a significant role in our decision-making process."

Haestad Methods' release of Chinese-version products and its local representation in China have both contributed to the success of winning the trust of clients in this region. The Beijing Waterworks contract demonstrates that Haestad Methods' commitment to the Chinese market has been very well received and that local companies are confident in Haestad Methods' ability to deliver water-modeling solutions.

"Our release of the Chinese version of WaterCAD further solidifies Haestad Methods' continued support to this sector and has been met with overwhelming interest from all the major water companies in China," said Douglas Maitland, Director of International Sales for Haestad Methods. "The response has been very encouraging."

For more information about Haestad Methods' Chinese version of WaterCAD, visit www.haestad.com/china.

About Beijing Waterworks Group:

Beijing Waterworks has 14 water plants, administers a total of 5,611 kilometers of water distribution pipeline, and provides 3.31 million cubic meters of water per day to the city of Beijing. As the selected host city for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Water is undertaking several substantial engineering projects to modernize the city's water distribution system to prepare for the world event.

About Haestad Methods:

Founded in 1979, Haestad Methods provides more than 125,000 civil engineers in over 170 countries with hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling applications, continuing education workshops, and textbooks. Haestad Methods' complete suite of engineering software products for water, storm, and sanitary sewer modeling includes WaterGEMSTM, WaterCAD®, DarwinTM, WaterSafeTM, SewerCAD®, StormCAD®, PondPack®, FlowMaster®, CulvertMaster®, and HEC-PackTM.

More information: visit www.haestad.com, www.watersecurity.org, or www.civilquiz.com.

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