American Electric Power Chooses Bentley Substation to Increase Design Efficiencies, Improve Collaboration

Anticipates Its Ability to Employ B/IM Will Deliver the Same Benefits That Are Enabling Other Utilities to Accelerate Project Design By Up to 30 Percent

EXTON, Pa. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 11, 2014 — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, has chosen to enhance its electric substation design practices with Bentley Substation. By taking advantage of Bentley Substation’s integrated set of capabilities combining intuitive 3D modeling, electrical design functionality, and automatic bills of materials and report generation, AEP will gain from B/IM, Bentley’s advancement of the reach and benefits of “BIM” – for better-performing assets through increased depth of information modeling, and better-performing projects through increased breadth of information mobility. As a result, AEP anticipates faster design cycles and improved collaboration across physical and electrical design disciplines.

AEP selected Bentley Substation based on a careful review of commercially available alternatives, the productivity benefits demonstrated at other utilities, and the estimated improvement the software would make in its own design processes. AEP is making Bentley Substation available to the more than 100 staff members in its transmission and engineering organization and plans to extend the software’s use to also include its primary outsourced engineering contractors.

Richard Zambuni, Bentley industry marketing director, utilities, communications, and government, said, “We are very pleased that AEP has selected Bentley Substation to design greenfield and brownfield projects faster, more cost-effectively, and with higher quality. AEP joins the growing number of owner-operator utilities that are benefiting from the enormous productivity advantages of intelligent substation design.”

About Bentley Substation

Bentley Substation, the only integrated software product for intelligent electrical and physical substation design, empowers project teams to design substations at least 30 percent faster, increasing productivity, while also reducing errors and minimizing rework. Bentley Substation can be complemented with other Bentley design, simulation, collaboration, and asset performance management products to deliver a comprehensive lifecycle solution that accelerates delivery, increases reliability, and reduces operating costs of electric substations. For additional information about Bentley Substation and Bentley’s substation solution, visit

About Bentley’s B/IM Advancement

“B/IM” signifies Bentley’s advancement of the reach and benefits of BIM for better-performing infrastructure assets, and better-performing infrastructure projects through increased:

  • depth of information modeling – beyond design visualization to performance simulation, optioneering, and operational immersion;
  • breadth of information mobility – facilitating collaboration among multiple project disciplines and from design through construction and operations.

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 Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for 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 more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2005 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.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit

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