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HDR Wins Bentley Systems Award for Digital Infrastructure Design, Management

SEATTLE, WA — Bentley Systems, an innovator in engineering software, named HDR the recipient of a 2021 Going Digital Award in Infrastructure for the Diablo Dam Digital Twin Modeling project.

The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world. Sixteen independent jury panels selected the 57 finalists from nearly 300 nominations submitted by more than 230 organizations from 45 countries encompassing 19 categories.

Seattle City Light initiated major safety reviews of its six dams, including Diablo Dam on the Skagit River. To improve survey safety and efficiency, as well as minimize risks inspecting the 160-foot-high dam amid a global pandemic, the team was asked to provide aerial drone services to complement physical inspections. HDR leveraged over 82 million aerial survey points and Bentley software to create a digital twin, accurate within two centimeters.

The team merged architecture, engineering, and construction data with artificial intelligence across the life cycle of the structure, identifying current and future maintenance and repair needs to maintain safety. The digital twin provides a single reference point for the owner to understand the structure and reduces project costs, while increasing surveyor safety and facilitating decision making.

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