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Bentley provides assistance to American Red Cross in tsunami recovery efforts

Philadelphia, USA, 20 December 2006 – The American Red Cross announced that Bentley Systems has donated software and services, valued at over $500,000 for the design and management of infrastructure in areas impacted by the December 2004 tsunami.

This donation is supporting the design of urban and rural water systems to be reconstructed as part of the American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program, which provides relief and long-term recovery for millions of people and communities in Indonesia and other tsunami-affected areas.

Throughout the tsunami-affected region, water and sanitation infrastructure was severely damaged or destroyed. Combined with the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, these conditions left many people vulnerable to disease and without safe water for drinking, cleaning and cooking.

“The American Red Cross is committed to helping people restore their lives in the areas affected by the tsunami and this work is only made possible through the support of donors around the globe, such as Bentley,” said Kathleen Loehr, Interim Senior Vice President of Development for the American Red Cross.

The donated software, which includes WaterGEMS, SewerCAD, and StormCAD from Bentley’s Haestad Methods product line, as well as MicroStation, will assist in the design of systems that are vital to community health, such as distribution of clean water and collection of storm and waste water. This software will provide the Red Cross water and sanitation technical staff with the ability to optimize the designs of clean water and wastewater disposal systems, both in terms of cost and materials used.

Overall, the American Red Cross is working on water and sanitation systems that will benefit hundreds of thousands of people across the tsunami-affected region, helping them to restore their lives and communities.

– About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected.

Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programmes. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

– 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.