Colombian firm picks Bentley for major water distribution modeling solutions

Bentley's Haestad WaterGEMS's ability to work across stand-alone, autoCAD, and GIS environments drives decision...

EXTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bentley Systems Inc. announced ACCIngenieria, a Colombia-based civil engineering firm, chose Bentley's Haestad WaterGEMS hydraulic modeling software for application in major water distribution projects in Colombia.

Following a comprehensive evaluation of several GIS-enabled software packages, ACCIngenieria found WaterGEMS to be the only solution that offers the flexibility to work across stand-alone, AutoCAD, and GIS environments. This functionality is essential to the success of the firm's projects because it provides interoperability with each city's model and data type. ACCIngenieria requires this versatile modeling solution, which enables its engineering team to quickly access multiple sources of data and integrate datasets into a usable format.

ACCIngenieria is already using WaterGEMS for a project with UNIAGUAS, a water utility facing one of Colombia's toughest challenges: to generate operational strategies for regions of the country suffering from low rates of water coverage.

"ACCIngenieria will help solve UNIAGUAS' intermittent water supply problems and deliver potable water to hundreds of thousands of people, most of whom do not have reliable access to water in their homes," said Gustavo Giraldo, director for ACCIngenieria. "WaterGEMS provides us with a versatile tool for designing state-of-the-art water distribution systems, improving reliability performance, and expanding water coverage." The firm will also use WaterGEMS to design future infrastructure, reduce unaccounted-for-water (UFW), and develop long-term master plans for the water utility.

For more information on the software chosen in this project, visit www.haestad.com/watergems.

About ACCIngenieria
Based in Bogota, Colombia, ACCIngenieria (www.accingenieria.com.co) has vast experience in water distribution modeling projects throughout the region, providing comprehensive, cost-effective, and practical solutions to improve water management indicators and reduce unaccounted-for-water. In collaboration with the Colombia government, ACCIngenieria is responsible for the Annual Plan for Infrastructure Investment (2004-2009) for UNIAGUAS S.A. E.S.P.

About Haestad Methods
Bentley's Haestad Methods line of engineering software products for water, wastewater, and stormwater management includes WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, WaterSAFE, HAMMER, Darwin Calibrator, Darwin Designer, SewerCAD, SewerGEMS, StormCAD, StormGEMS, SwmmGEMS, CivilStorm, PondPack, GISConnect, FlexUnits, PumpMaster, FlowMaster, CulvertMaster, and HEC-Pack.

About Bentley
Bentley Systems Inc. provides software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure. The company's comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial vertical markets spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With 2003 revenues reaching $260 million, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Design 500 and major owner-operators.

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