HydroChina Zhongnan Design and Application for Pumped Storage Power Station Project Wins 2012 Bentley Be Inspired Award

Collaborative Process Produced 3D Information Model That Will Result in Future Design Cost Savings of USD 1.57 Million and Thousands of Man-days Saved per Project

Changsha, China – 18 June 2013 – HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation, a leading company primarily engaged in the planning, investigation, and design of hydropower and wind-power projects, today announced that its Standard Design and Application for the Pumped Storage Power Station project in Zunyi, China, has won a 2012 Be Inspired Award from Bentley Systems, Incorporated. Bentley is the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. The project won in the “Innovation in Power Generation” category. The recipients of the Be Inspired Awards are selected by independent panels of jurors comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure, recognizing outstanding and innovative project achievements in infrastructure design, construction, and operations.

Commenting on the award presented to HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation, Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley global marketing director, industrial process and operations, said, “The ‘Innovation in Power Generation’ award category represents power professionals from the largest utility to the smallest rural or municipal utility who work efficiently to produce and deliver energy. They share common goals of improving efficiency, reducing cost, and delivering better customer service while sustaining and expanding aging power generation plants and adding new generation capacity. The category recognizes innovative projects ranging from the traditional fossil fuel power plants to nuclear power stations and renewable energy sources such as hydroelectricity, solar, and wind power.

“HydroChina Zhongnan created standardized designs for large-scale pumped storage power stations, moving from one-off designs for each project to repeatable schemes for power generation units with capacities of 4 by 300 megawatts and 6 by 300 megawatts. The collaborative process produced a 3D information model that will be applied to the design, construction, and management of future pumped storage power stations for a total design cost savings of more than USD 1.57 million for each project. Thousands of man-days for each project will also be saved through a 90 percent reduction in design errors and shortening of project feasibility studies from six months to four months.

“The judges selected this project as an excellent case of true innovation in today’s engineering environment. HydroChina Zhongnan’s approach to standardization in design delivered a substantial increase in business value and return on investment. The changes it implemented on this project resulted in changes on projects already under way, delivering significant cost savings across multiple projects.”

HydroChina Zhongnan Deputy President Lixun Di said, “On behalf of my colleagues at HydroChina Zhongnan, I wish to thank the Be Inspired judges for recognizing our project for its many innovations. We are very proud of our work on this standardization project as it is speeding the delivery, as well as reducing the design and construction costs, of pumped storage power stations that provide clean energy to meet China’s growing demand for increased power generation capacity. In addition to emitting almost no carbon emissions, these hydroelectric units help manage energy loads across the power grid, enabling less environmentally friendly coal- and oil-burning power generation plants to operate at peak efficiencies, reducing their carbon emissions of unit power generation capacity. So it is very gratifying to win an award for a project that underscores our corporate commitment to supporting a harmonious environment among nature, people, and the energy needed to fuel China’s economic engine. And I want to thank Bentley for its innovative collaboration and information modeling software that helped us successfully realize our project objectives.”

About the Be Inspired Awards Program
Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards competition has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of architecture and engineering infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards is unique – the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists and a winner for each category. The 2012 Be Inspired Awards ceremony recognized outstanding achievement and innovation in infrastructure design, construction, and operations by winners selected from 58 project finalists by five independent panels of jurors. In total, nominations from more than 250 organizations in 39 countries were submitted in the 2012 awards program. For information about the 2013 Be Inspired Awards competition, which is now open for submissions, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.

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 2005 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. For additional information about Bentley Systems, visit www.bentley.com.

About HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation
Founded in May 1949, HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation is mainly engaged in the planning, investigation, and design of hydropower and wind-power projects; engineering consultancy, supervision, and monitoring; EPC contracting and geotechnical construction; investment and development; international projects; and municipal, traffic, and water engineering. HydroChina Zhongnan’s business activities have encompassed 26 provinces in China and over 30 foreign countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Nepal, Libya, Colombia, Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. HydroChina Zhongnan is characterized by a complete range of specialties; a skilled technical force; rich engineering certificates for engineering design, engineering investigation, turnkey contracting, engineering supervision, environmental impact assessment, and more that were issued by the State or Sector competent authorities; and the qualification certificate for overseas project contracting business issued by the Commercial Ministry of China. Since 1978, HydroChina Zhongnan has won more than 241 scientific and technological prizes at national, ministerial, or provincial levels. Among them, 66 are at the national level, including 19 national-level prizes for scientific and technological progress, seven gold prizes and three silver prizes for national engineering design of excellence and national engineering reconnaissance of excellence, and two silver prizes for national quality of excellence. For additional information about HydroChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation, visit http://en.msdi.cn