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Posted on June 9th, 2005

PROjEN Wins New Bentley Excellence Technology Award

PROjEN, a multi-disciplined Project Management Company has won a prestigious honour from Bentley Systems Inc at the ‘Awards of Excellence’ ceremony in Baltimore, USA with the ‘New Technology Adoption Award’, for the work on their Glass Condenser Replacement project with GlaxoSmithKline.

Over 2000 representatives from all over the world attended the conference at which the $300 million Bentley Systems Inc honoured the extraordinary work of Bentley technology software users in improving the world’s infrastructure most efficiently and effectively.

The competition for PROjEN was tough, with an independent panel of BE Award jurors selecting the winning projects from more than 200 nominations from a wide range of international engineering companies such as Foster Wheeler, Kellog Brown and Root, Bechtel and Wood Group. Despite the fierce competition, PROjEN’s professionalism ensured they were chosen to receive their award.

Commenting on the awards Greg Bentley, CEO said “The 2005 BE Awards competition attracted a record number of nominations – all world class, all reflecting the incredible technical skill, imagination, and leadership of our users.”

According to the official Bentley judges, “PROjEN won because the jury felt this submission actually advanced technology, and was not just the adoption of existing technology in a new area”. This was further confirmed when David Berry, Mechanical Engineering Manager at PROjEN was invited by Bentley to present two papers on the project as well as accepting the award.

The GlaxoSmithKline Condenser Project involved the replacement of forty 12-year-old glass condensers tightly housed in nine chemistry pilot plant (CPP) modules at their R&D centre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. The replacements are made of a safer, more robust metal design to ensure the continued production of new chemicals. The CPP modules represent more than half of the worldwide pilot plant capacity used to supply drugs for clinical trials.

The existing piping and layout arrangement in the modules was complex, space at a premium, and a great amount of equipment and piping needed to be temporarily moved. Critical success factors included the minimal interruption of operations and for the project to be completed within the timescale and budget given.

A photogrammetric approach was employed by PROjEN to develop 3D models of the modules using dedicated software and AutoPLANT. This aided visualisation of the phased demolition and construction, and assisted stakeholder communication. The software has also been used to generate detailed isometric drawings of the pipe routes. The model has been shown to be accurate to within a few millimetres, minimising rework of pipe spools and components. Suppliers and construction management were also involved in the front-end development and model reviews, which shortened the design phase, minimised risk, and maximised opportunities.

PROjEN Managing Director John Taylor added “We are extremely pleased to have won this Award, which is a result of much hard work by the team at PROjEN and the confidence shown in us by GlaxoSmithKline to deliver the most appropriate technology for the task. It is further proof of our desire to add value through a practical approach in the application of new systems and processes.”

The Bentley award is yet another recognition for PROjEN as it follows recent European Construction Institute Awards and a fourth RoSPA Gold Award for Health and Safety.

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