Bentley Wins Special Commendation for Best Technology Provider at Africa Rail Awards 2009

Award Recognizes Company’s Commitment to Innovative Technology and Software Development for Rail Industry Professionals

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, has been awarded the Special Commendation for Best Technology Provider at this year’s Africa Rail Awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa Rail Award recipients are recognized for earning the respect and admiration of regional users through their commitment to technological innovation and the development of quality products and services for rail industry professionals.

An independent panel of expert judges, comprising rail industry leaders from across Africa, recognized Bentley software for positively impacting the value of railways, improving railway competitiveness, expanding the number of people and volume of freight being transported, and increasing the productivity, speed, efficiency, and delivery of railway projects. The award was presented by Brian Bruce, group chief executive officer of Murray & Roberts and representative of the 2009 Africa Rail Sponsors, UCW Partnership.

In accepting the award, Chris Palfreyman, regional director of Bentley Systems in Africa, said, “I am pleased and honored to accept this award on behalf of our more than 2,700 colleagues around the world. This recognition underscores Bentley’s ongoing commitment to the rail industry and further validates our strategy of supporting users throughout the lifecycle of the infrastructure they design, build, and operate.”

Palfreyman added, “Bentley’s rail and transit solution covers all aspects of track and related infrastructure. With the V8i releases of key products like Bentley Rail Track, MicroStation, and the ProjectWise collaboration system, Bentley’s solution becomes the most comprehensive for this sector in the world.”

About the Africa Rail Awards

The Africa Rail Awards celebrate the successes and continued growth of Africa’s railway systems, recognizing recipients for their exceptional contributions before an audience of their peers. Awards are presented at the annual Africa Rail Conference, organized by Terrapin Ltd., South Africa. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges and determined purely upon submission criteria by category, not against a competitor. For additional information about the Africa Rail Awards, visit

About Terrapinn

Terrapinn is a business media company that coordinates conferences, trade exhibitions, publications, and financial training solutions to facilitate business relationships and opportunities. Terrapinn owns a portfolio of B2B brands. For additional information about Terrapinn, visit

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,700 colleagues and offices in more than 45 countries, had 2008 revenues surpassing $500 million, and, since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

For additional information about Bentley, visit To subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases, visit To view a searchable collection of the year’s top infrastructure projects from the annual Be Awards of Excellence (which this year becomes the Be Inspired Awards), visit For information about Be Communities, a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit

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