Hatch Associates Saves Time and Money on Pueblo Viejo Mining Project With Bentley Software

HOUSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 25, 2009— Hatch Associates Ltd., a supplier of technical and strategic services to mining owners and operators, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Innovation in Metals and Mining” category for Barrick Gold Corporation’s Pueblo Viejo mining project in the Dominican Republic. The primary goal of this complex undertaking was to design and build facilities for the extraction and processing of gold from a refractory sulphide ore body at a throughput rate of 24,000 tonnes per day. The use of Bentley’s PlantSpace and other intelligent 3D modeling tools enabled Hatch to save design time and reduce the risk of rework in the field. The project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, at www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure2008. Hatch’s task was to create the first chemical process step in the recovery of gold. To successfully complete the project, the Hatch team needed to design four large pressure oxidation vessels (autoclaves) as information became available without continuously redesigning the plant. In addition, it had to overcome the site’s space constraints by creating the most compact layout possible while maintaining access and safe operation.

The use of PlantSpace and other Bentley products allowed all disciplines to work simultaneously while sharing design information on a real-time basis. Hatch implemented a user-friendly 3D environment that allowed the team to develop a compact layout, general arrangements, and isometric drawings by extraction; import terrain maps and structural steel and concrete models; and produce integrated models for design reviews, presentations, and clash detection. It also deployed Bentley software to create a central storage system that allowed fast information transfer across all design disciplines.

Commenting on the project, Murray Pearson, lead mechanical engineer for the Pressure Oxidation Facility, said, “The use of PlantSpace and other Bentley 3D products has greatly enhanced our ability to make the most efficient use of available space in plant layout, produce cost-effective designs, visually demonstrate operational and maintenance concepts to the client, and to convey the construction methodology and sequence to the project team. It has saved the project thousands of hours in checking, design revisions, and drawing production.”

Glenn Sakaki, managing director of project execution at Hatch, said, “Without the assistance of Bentley software, this project, which is very important to the Dominican economy, would have taken much longer to execute and would have required more staff for coordination, checking, and supervision. Moreover, through our collaboration with other companies and our emphasis on quality, we were able to optimize this technology and effectively deliver and supervise the construction and operation of the facility.”

For additional information about Bentley’s PlantSpace and other intelligent 3D modeling tools, visit www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/Plant+Design+and+Engineering.

About the Be Awards of Excellence

The Be Awards of Excellence, which are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony during the annual Be Conference, honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them.

To learn about the hundreds of innovative projects nominated for the Be Awards of Excellence during the past five years, visit www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure and read Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure” annual publications. For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Awards of Excellence competition, visit www.bentley.com/BeAwards.

About Hatch Associates Limited

The Hatch Group provides process and detail engineering, technologies, business consulting and project and construction management services to the mining and metals, energy, and infrastructure sectors. The company’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent supplier of technical and strategic services including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the mining, metallurgical, energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors. For additional information about Hatch Associates Ltd., visit www.hatch.ca.

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators are indispensable in improving our world and our quality of life; the company’s mission is to improve the performance of their projects and of the assets they design, build, and operate. Bentley sustains the infrastructure professions by helping to leverage information technology, learning, best practices, and global collaboration – and by promoting careers devoted to this crucial work.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 2,800 colleagues, offices in more than 50 countries, annual revenues surpassing $500 million, and since 1993, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Nearly 90 percent of the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms are Bentley subscribers, and a 2008 Daratech study ranked Bentley as the world’s #2 provider of geospatial software solutions.

For additional information about Bentley, visit www.bentley.com. For information about Be Communities, a social networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit http://communities.bentley.com .

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