AECOM Saves $850,000 Using ProjectWise for Work Sharing and Engineering Content Management

  AECOM Saves $850,000 Using ProjectWise for Work Sharing and Engineering
  Content Management

    Selects Online Deployment for $416 Million Texas State Highway Project

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EXTON, Pa. -- October 25, 2012

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing
comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today
announced that AECOM Technology Corporation, a global provider of professional
technical and management support services for government and commercial
clients, has selected Bentley’s ProjectWise for the cloud-based engineering
content management of its Texas State Highway (SH) 161 Phase 4 project. The
ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services provides
industry-proven work sharing, content reuse, and dynamic review capabilities
that are essential to leveraging information modeling through integrated
projects for high-performing, intelligent infrastructure. The $416 million
design/build project completes a 6.5-mile link in the loop around Dallas-Fort
Worth, managed by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). AECOM was
challenged to complete the major design elements within 15 months. With the
project office in Grand Prairie, Texas, and team members distributed across 22
locations in seven U.S. states, AECOM implemented ProjectWise Online to
provide project team members, regardless of their location, with a single,
secure environment to create high-quality design documents. ProjectWise
enabled AECOM to increase quality, create documents that were 95 percent
compliant with its client’s CAD standards, and reduce risk, saving NTTA
$850,000 in costs associated with information, workspaces, and standards
management as well as quality-control review.

AECOM Chief Technology Officer Jim Walsh said, “The tremendous success of this
project could not have been accomplished without the use of ProjectWise. This
secure work-sharing environment reduces our business risk by ensuring the
right people have access to the right information at the right time. This
means decisions aren’t being made based on the wrong data, resulting in fewer
change orders and their associated costs in time and money.”

To deliver the SH 161 Phase 4 project on time, AECOM created a team of 12
sub-consultants and 300 colleagues located throughout the United States.
Fostering communication and collaborative workflows was the key to successful
project completion, but AECOM also needed an integrated design approach with
one quality control system to coordinate so many firms, project team members,
and offices. AECOM recommended that a cloud-based solution be implemented and
selected ProjectWise Online based on the firm’s broad experience with this
software on other projects.

ProjectWise Online provided the team with a reliable and secure environment
accessible by team members whether they were working from a home,
sub-consultant, or main project office. The ProjectWise servers and services
managed by Bentley allowed users to easily find, update, and share engineering
content, including CAD documents, project data, PDF files, spreadsheets, and
other office documents, without being slowed down by firewall, network, or FTP
issues. The core component of the system was the ProjectWise Integration
Server, which federates all project data regardless of storage location.
Caching servers distributed files locally for fast access.

“The ability of the contractor to request a change in the field, have our
project office staff upload comments to ProjectWise, and have anyone, anywhere
update information as needed has really helped accomplish quick turnarounds on
items for the contractor,” said Brian Dodson, P.E., AECOM’s design manager for
the project. “Moreover, the ProjectWise customized workspace eliminated the
need for multiple CAD managers to manage separate CAD standards in each
office. As a result, staff members from all offices were able to focus on the
final deliverable rather than on whether it had the latest CAD standards in
place. This capability alone saved the project $250,000.”

In addition, based on the results from the 10 early milestone packages
conducted in the project office, AECOM found that the decision to employ
ProjectWise and eliminate travel for design review meetings saved the project
approximately $600,000. The techniques implemented on this project will allow
this crucial piece of infrastructure to be ready for the Dallas-Fort Worth
area on time.

“As a longtime user of ProjectWise on many of its projects, AECOM has
benefited from the advantages this system provides in work sharing, content
reuse, and dynamic review in a secure, trusted environment,” said Huw Roberts,
Bentley vice president, core marketing. “But for this project, the firm needed
to reduce costs and implementation time, so we were glad to offer this as an
online service, eliminating the administrative costs of hosting and managing

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 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 more than half of the U.S. state
departments of transportation. For additional information about ProjectWise,


AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support
services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities,
environmental, energy, water, and government. With approximately 45,000
employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that
it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation
and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and
sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500
company, AECOM serves clients in more than 130 countries and had revenue of
$8.3 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2012. More information on
AECOM and its services can be found at

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 $500
million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has invested more than $1 billion
in research, development, and acquisitions.

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