Sargent & Lundy Reduces Drawing Production and Distribution Requirements by 85 Percent With Bentley Navigator

HOUSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 25, 2009— Sargent & Lundy LLC, a worldwide leader in professional services for the electric power industry, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence for “Innovation in Power Generation.” The $1 billion project, the new Dry Fork Station Unit 1 power plant near Gillette, Wyo., will provide a highly reliable, environmentally sound, and economical source of electric power needed to support the region’s growing economy. In addition, it will burn locally mined Powder River Basin coal, further supporting the area economy. The project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, at The Dry Fork Station Unit 1 power plant presented the large project team – spread over many organizations, locations, and design platforms – with a complex industrial-design challenge. The team was able to substantially reduce the quantity of issue-for-comment drawings through collaborative model reviews using Bentley Navigator. This desktop application enables users to visualize, navigate, and interact with intelligent 3D models of large, complex facilities using both graphical and non-graphical facility information. Of the estimated 7,600 physical-plant drawings expected to be issued, approximately 85 percent of the review-cycle prints were eliminated, saving many thousands of man-hours due to decreased document handling, printing, and mailing. The project moved smoothly into the construction phase on schedule, with an optimized design and the necessary foundation for efficient construction and operation.

Commenting on the project, Rich Marshalla, project manager and vice president, Sargent & Lundy, said, “We executed a very successful, advanced-generation, clean-coal technology project. The Bentley software tools were instrumental in allowing us to effectively meet the schedule and the customer’s expectations for the highly complex project.”

Marshalla continued, “For example, use of MicroStation and Bentley Navigator empowered us to improve online collaboration and reduce the quantity of comment drawing releases during the design-comment cycle phase. It also allowed us to improve contractor understanding by performing online constructability reviews and to facilitate contractor input early in the design phases. At the same time, the software made it possible for us to establish and control space allocation within the 3D model by enabling us to conduct regularly scheduled design reviews, thereby allowing the project team to reduce interferences and to stay on schedule.”

For additional information about MicroStation, visit For additional information about Bentley Navigator, visit

About the Be Awards of Excellence

The Be Awards of Excellence, which are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual Be Conference, honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

To learn about the hundreds of innovative projects nominated for the Be Awards of Excellence during the past five years, visit and read Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure” annual publications. For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Awards of Excellence competition, visit

About Sargent & Lundy

Sargent & Lundy LLC is a worldwide leader in professional services for the electric power industry and has been dedicated exclusively to serving energy business and energy intensive clients for more than 100 years. The firm provides comprehensive engineering, energy business consulting, and project services for new and operating electric power plants and power delivery systems.

It reliably meets its clients’ most complex challenges with strategic solutions that help define the power industry landscape of the future. Its client base includes investor-owned and government utilities, developers, industrial complexes, rural cooperatives, municipal and public power systems, regional transmission organizations/ISOs, financial institutions, and gas-line and oil companies. For additional information about Sargent & Lundy, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

For additional information about Bentley, visit For information about Be Communities, a social networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit .

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