Ghafari Associates Standardizes on Bentley's ProjectWise for BIM-Enabled Design/Build and IPD Workflows

Won’t Do BIM for Integrated Project Delivery Without ProjectWise

HONOLULU — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 14, 2012 — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that Ghafari Associates, a leading full-service architecture and engineering organization with offices in the U.S., the Middle East, and India, has standardized on ProjectWise for collaborating on all of its Building Information Modeling (BIM)-enabled design/build and integrated project delivery (IPD) workflows. Ghafari first deployed ProjectWise as a pilot to better support multi-team collaboration on a fast-tracked and complex design/build manufacturing facility project. Following the many successes of this pilot project, Ghafari expanded its use of ProjectWise’s proven capabilities and made it the system of choice for all of its collaborative projects. Many of the Ghafari BIM-enabled design/build projects that were managed by ProjectWise have received national and international recognition for their breakthrough results and improvements in all project metrics, including schedule, cost, and quality. Ghafari is currently using ProjectWise to manage AECO content in over 450,000 documents and to serve the collaboration and work-sharing needs of more than 2,500 users from 200 companies – all in a trusted, secure environment.

Ghafari CIO Robert Bell said, “Our BIM integrated project delivery model leverages the power of ProjectWise to fully manage and integrate our project teams. ProjectWise allows us to collaborate among our global office locations, as well as with the entire project team, by leveraging ProjectWise caching server technology that provides immediate access to up-to-date project data. ProjectWise is the only way to ensure the right people have access to the right information at the right time.”

Samir Emdanat, director of Ghafari Management Services, said, “We’ve come to trust ProjectWise for the real work in BIM, which is the challenge of securely managing information in a federated environment so it can be readily shared among multiple disciplines around the globe. The unique capabilities of ProjectWise, its simplicity, robustness, and scalability, along with its support for real-time collaboration, fit Ghafari’s business needs to design and/or manage complex building projects with increasingly aggressive schedules.”

Huw Roberts, Bentley vice president, Core Marketing, said, “Like so many other ProjectWise users around the globe, Ghafari quickly realized the incredible value of having a shared, trusted source of all project information for connecting people and establishing collaborative workflows. This value increases exponentially as project teams become more widely distributed and organizations look to virtualize talent as much as possible to make the most efficient use of their resources.”

About ProjectWise

ProjectWise is a system of collaboration servers and services for AECO information for the design and construction of infrastructure projects while the work is in progress. The system provides secure and managed work sharing, content reuse, and dynamic feedback capabilities including review, mark-up, clash resolution, visualization, automated publishing, and more. Deployed in 92 countries, ProjectWise is the system of choice for 44 of the ENR Top 50 Global Design Firms, 72 of the ENR Top 100 Global Design Firms, 29 of the ENR Top 50 Design-Build Firms, 234 of the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners, and half of the U.S. state departments of transportation. For additional information about ProjectWise, visit

About Ghafari

Ghafari Associates is a leading full-service architecture and engineering organization with a 30-year history of customer focus, quality work, and technological innovation. With offices in the U.S., the Middle East, and India, Ghafari serves a diverse client base across a variety of markets. Ghafari distinguishes itself as an operations-focused design practice with experienced management leadership, expert technical resources, and an impressive portfolio of projects.

Ghafari was founded on innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in adopting the latest technologies in real project applications. That tradition continues today; Ghafari’s expertise in 3D Building Information Modeling, combined with integrated project delivery and lean business practices, is transforming the industry. For additional information, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities .

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