City of Huntington Beach, California, Selects Bentley’s WaterGEMS

Software Will Be Used to Model Water Distribution System Supplying Potable Water to Over 195,000 Residents and Millions of Visitors

Exton, Pa. – 08 April 2008 – The city of Huntington Beach, Calif., recognized internationally as “Surf City,” has selected Bentley’s award-winning WaterGEMS as its new water distribution modeling and design software. Huntington Beach’s water distribution system supplies potable water to more than 195,000 permanent residents and millions of visitors who come every summer to enjoy its famed beaches. Its location in drought-prone Southern California makes efficient water management a critical issue. The city’s reasons for choosing WaterGEMS include the software’s many powerful tools and its ease of use.

As Duncan Lee, P.E., principal civil engineer for Huntington Beach, said, “The simplified implementation of powerful modeling tools and the high level of user friendliness built into WaterGEMS are impressive. They were the key factors in our decision to switch software.”

Jack Cook, Bentley vice president, said, “Water is our most critical resource in terms of sustainability, as California well knows. Bentley is committed to providing tools for sustaining a community’s water infrastructure, and our Haestad Methods solutions are a great example. Huntington Beach joins other California communities, including San Jose Water, Vallecitos Water District, and San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, in using WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition.”

WaterGEMS is the only water distribution modeling software to offer utilities the flexibility of using any of four interoperable platforms in a single product. These modeling platforms include MicroStation, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and a standalone interface providing unprecedented ease of use, speed, and flexibility. For more information about WaterGEMS, visit

About the City of Huntington Beach
Located 40 miles south of Los Angeles, the dynamic coastal city of Huntington Beach, Calif., with its sunny Mediterranean climate and idyllic setting, is home to more than 195,000 residents. Internationally known as Surf City, Huntington Beach boasts eight miles of scenic, accessible beachfront, the largest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront on the West Coast. Tourism remains a vital part of the economy, with more than 11 million visitors flocking to the city during the summer, on weekends, and for special events. For more information, visit

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 verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2,400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world’s No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a Daratech research study.