Bangalore, India: Bentley Systems announced the launch of the Bentley Infrastructure Ambassadors Council. The ambassadors appointed by Bentley include Norbert Young, former leader of McGraw-Hill Construction; Jim Porter, former chief engineer and vice president of engineering and operations, DuPont; and Patrick McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.
The newly appointed ambassadors will engage the global communities of practitioners, constituents and organisations interested in the key challenges of and opportunities resulting from sustaining infrastructure. Young will chair the council.
Later this month, the ambassadors will introduce a series of presentations, through Bentley’s Be Connected online seminar series, on a broad range of topics crucial for achieving sustainable infrastructure, including interoperability, prefabrication, safety, resilient operations, and nurturing a shared holistic vision across business professionals, engineers, infrastructure owner-operators, and the public.
The messages the ambassadors will convey throughout public and private audiences include:
– Infrastructure is the fundamental driver for sustainable economic growth – locally, regionally, and globally;
– Addressing the world’s enormous and valuable infrastructure needs will create significant growth opportunities for the design and construction industries;
– Understanding and meeting the technology needs of architects, engineers, constructors and owner-operators leads to continuous improvement in operational performance, safety, and sustainability;
– Transitioning to intelligent, higher performing infrastructure – by applying information modelling, data interoperability across all applications, and integrated project collaboration – is now the primary enabler of more effective infrastructure investment yielding long-term returns.
“Improving the world’s infrastructure, to sustain our economies and environment, is a monumental aspiration that requires and deserves increasing support from key public- and private-sector doers,” said Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley.
“While enthusiasm for expanded investment in infrastructure is growing, with greater recent understanding of the superior returns afforded by infrastructure intelligence and resilience, much more awareness of this imperative is needed. Bentley has formed our new Infrastructure Ambassadors Council to help accomplish this, for the benefit of all infrastructure professionals and constituents, through the best and most experienced infrastructure communicators we know. Norb, Jim, and Pat have already led salutary careers ‘sustaining infrastructure,’ earning the unprecedented respect of all pertinent constituencies between them,” Bentley added.