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Bentley's Water Modeling Software Selected for Baghdad; WaterGEMS Software to Help Improve Water Quality for Millions of Residents
[October 27, 2004]

Bentley's Water Modeling Software Selected for Baghdad; WaterGEMS Software to Help Improve Water Quality for Millions of Residents

EXTON, Pa. --(Business Wire)-- Oct. 27, 2004 -- Meets Requirements for Future GIS-Enabled Water Management System

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, today announced that Parsons, a leading engineering, program management, and construction firm, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has selected WaterGEMS, from Bentley's Haestad Methods product line, for use in major potable water system developments in Baghdad, Iraq.

Based on assessments of various hydraulic modeling programs, Parsons chose WaterGEMS for its advanced geospatial modeling capabilities. "WaterGEMS provides the capability to meet the Baghdad Water Supply Authority's requirements in developing a future GIS-enabled water management system," said Chuck Mangan, Parsons program manager. "We are confident that WaterGEMS will help our team improve the quality of water service for the millions of residents in Baghdad."

Iraq's major water treatment and pumping facilities are operating significantly below capacity, due largely to years of neglect prior to the conflict. Some water meant for consumption is untreated, and many rural communities have no access to potable water. However, improvements are under way, and an anticipated 11.8 million Iraqis will benefit from USAID's $600 million in water and sanitation projects.


Through water distribution modeling, Parsons will use a two-phase approach to identify water treatment, pumping, storage, transmission, and distribution system improvements. The initial phase includes prioritizing improvements for Baghdad's system. WaterGEMS will be used to analyze the distribution and transmission systems, and to establish gross supply and demand estimates. In the second phase, WaterGEMS will be used to identify system improvements required to expand water coverage to nearby rural areas. Successful implementation of this project will allow the city of Baghdad and its surrounding communities to use water treatment, transmission, and distribution systems to their fullest.

For more information on WaterGEMS, call +1 800 727 6555 in the United States or Canada or +1 203 755 1666 worldwide, E-mail info@haestad.com or info.haestad@bentley.com, or visit www.haestad.com/watergems.

About Parsons

Parsons, an engineering, program management, and construction firm, is a leader in many diversified markets, including infrastructure, transportation, medical and educational facilities, industrial processes, communications, water, advanced technology, environmental, and planning. Parsons is supporting the reconstruction effort in Iraq through multiple contracts valued at more than $2 billion for water, education, health, security and justice, and oil facilities and infrastructure. For more information on Parsons' reconstruction activities in Iraq, visit www.parsonsiraq.com.

About USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 40 years. For more information on USAID's humanitarian relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, visit www.usaid.gov/iraq.

About Bentley's Haestad Methods product line

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, Incorporated, 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.

To receive Bentley press releases as they are issued, visit www.bentley.com/bentleywire/. For more information, visit www.bentley.com.

Bentley, the "B" logo, Haestad Methods, WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, WaterSAFE, HAMMER, Darwin Calibrator, Darwin Designer, SewerCAD, SewerGEMS, StormCAD, StormGEMS, SwmmGEMS, CivilStorm, PondPack, GISConnect, FlexUnits, PumpMaster, FlowMaster, CulvertMaster, and HEC-Pack are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated, or one of its direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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