CH2M HILL Minimizes Costs, Meets Schedule on Round Butte Dam Selective Water Withdrawal System Using Bentley Software

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 12, 2009— CH2M HILL, a global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction, and operations, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Sustaining the Environment” category for its Round Butte Dam Selective Water Withdrawal system. 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 project team was tasked with creating a method for modifying the surface-current directions of the Deschutes and Crooked rivers in Oregon to reestablish the anadromous fish runs above the dam. Using MicroStation and the TriForma Extension, the project team developed a 3D model to visualize the design as it progressed, drive the engineering data, and coordinate and construct the components – all while saving thousands of man-hours. Composed of a steel-and-concrete floating platform, the new system selectively diverts water from specific depths of the lake and simultaneously diverts migrating fish from the turbine intake. The system allows the fish to enter into a fish-handling area more easily, provides a fish-collection system, and ensures the released water complies with Clean Water Act quality standards.

“This project could only have been completed using the innovative visualization capabilities built into Bentley applications,” said Wally Bennett, project manager, CH2M HILL. “Had we chosen a different method for this project, the cost would have been much higher and design time would have taken much longer. Indeed, the final geometry of the proposed structure would have been difficult to accomplish without Bentley’s 3D tools. The generated 3D model became the sole source of design information and tied all aspects of the project together. Bentley products were ideal in making this project a reality.”

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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


Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering procurement, construction and operations for public and private clients. With more than $5.1 billion in revenue, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked in 2007 by Engineering News-Record. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer by business media and professional associations worldwide. CH2M HILL has more than 24,000 employees in regional offices around the world. For additional information about CH2M HILL, 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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