PESTECH win Bentley Be Inspired Award in Singapore

A Malaysian-owned power infrastructure constructor was awarded a prize for its building a power substation and transmission line in Cambodia.

Pestech International Berhad, through its subsidiary in Cambodia Pestech Cambodia Limited (PCL), was granted a 25-year concession by the Cambodian government to build a substation in Kratie province and the transmission line connecting power from a hydropower plant in the country’s northeastern Stung Treng province with the capital city Phnom Penh.


At the Year in Infrastructure 2017, a global conference organised annually by American infrastructural software developer Bentley and hosted in Singapore from 9 to 12 October, Pestech was announced as a winner of a Be Inspired Award among other 17 infrastructural companies from a global shortlist of 51 finalists.

The award recognises the firm using Building Information Modeling (BIM) Advancement in Utilities Transmission and Distribution to complete the substation and transmission line construction project in Cambodia by applying Bentley-developed software, according to Bentley’s press release on 16 October.

“This project is very important because the power plant is going to generate 400 megawatts to increase the current capacity of 2,200 megawatt generated by EDC to 2,600 megawatts,” said Pestec General Manager Chong Kuen Wai who presented the project at the conference.

Mr. Chong told Construction & Property Magazine that he did not expect to win the award because there was a long list of huge and impressive infrastructural constructions submitted by companies from around the world which was then selected by Bentley for the final round in Singapore.

As the power project is scheduled to come online before the end of 2017, Mr. Chong said there were challenges during construction of the transmission line connecting power flow from Kampong Cham province with the kingdom’s capital.

“There are more challenges on the transmission line because it is quite long at 125 kilometres. The construction challenged again during the four-month rainy season in which the progress was not very smooth. We have to come out with a lot of preparation. We have to use boats to transfer our materials to the spots of the towers. Also, we have to use latest technologies of tension machines to increase productivities of line tensioning,” said Mr. Chong during an interview on the sidelines of the gathering.

He added, “One more thing is that Kratie is far from the capital city of Phnom Penh, and it is not easy to access to components and materials in the areas – like the whole Cambodia. So a lot of things were imported from Malaysia and China into Cambodia.”

Nevertheless, Mr. Chong gave assurances that the project would be completed at least one month before the schedule and ready to transfer power from the Lower Sesan II Hydro Power Plant through a newly-constructed transmission line to Phnom Penh before the end of this year.

409 infrastructural construction projects from 52 countries around the world were nominated, and 51 finalists were selected for the annual award in this year, according to Bentley System.

“It is interesting. This year, we have nearly half of the finalists from Asia Pacific,” Chris Barron from Bentley System told reporters at the conference, adding that this demonstrated that the biggest trend in the world going digital is in Asia.

Bentley Systems announces winners of 2017 Be Inspired Award

Bentley Systems announces winners of 2017 Be Inspired Award

At a ceremony and gala at their Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, Bentley acknowledged 17 Be Inspired Awards winners and six Special Recognition Awards winners.

The Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:


Asset Information Management Advancement

Oregon Department of Transportation – TransInfo —A Connected Data Environment for Transportation – Salem, Oregon, United States

Comprehensive BIM Advancement

Guangdong Hydropower Planning & Design Institute – Guangdong Pearl River Delta Water Resources Allocation Project – Guangdong Province, China

Conceptioneering Advancement

HNTB Corporation – I-94 Modernization Project – Detroit, Michigan, United States

Constructioneering Advancement

China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, and Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – Sanya, Hainan, China

Inspectioneering Advancement

SEIKEY Enterprise Drone Solutions – Cell Tower Inspections 4G and 5G – Caronno Pertusella, Varese, Italy

Operationeering Advancement

Outotec – Design for Reliability Project in Counter Current Decantation (CCD) – Helsinki, Finland


The Be Inspired Awards winners for 2017 are as follows:


BIM Advancements in Bridges

Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. – Heihe-Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project – Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, China

BIM Advancements in Buildings and Campuses

Morphosis – Bloomberg Center Project – New York, New York, United States

BIM Advancements in Construction

Leighton Asia – Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Environmental Engineering

NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. – JICA Assisted Ganga Action Plan II – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

BIM Advancements in Manufacturing

Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. – Sustainable Solutions for Control & Protection Systems – Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Mining and Offshore Engineering

Offshore Oil Engineering Company Limited – Field Jacket Design and Development of ‘Fixed Offshore Structure Design Tool’ – Tianjin, China

BIM Advancements in Municipal Operations

Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited, PowerChina – Application of BIM Strategy for Shenzhen Qianhai Municipal Infrastructure – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Power Generation

China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Wugachong Reservoir Project in Pu’an County of Guizhou Province – Pu'an County, Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China

BIM Advancements in Project Delivery

Mott MacDonald and the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture – East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – London, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Rail and Transit

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd. – Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project - Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BIM Advancements in Reality Modeling

CEDD-AECOM- The Earth Solutions – Development of Anderson Road Quarry Site – Hong Kong

BIM Advancements in Roads

CCCC First Highway Consultants, Co., Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy on the Transformation of Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China

BIM Advancements in Road and Rail Asset Performance

Highways England – Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS) – Strategic Road Network, England, United Kingdom

BIM Advancements in Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance

BP – Khazzan Central Information Store – Khazzan Field, Block 61, Ad Dhahirah Governorate, Oman

BIM Advancements in Utilities Transmission and Distribution

Pestech International Berhad – Automation and Integration of Substation Design Project – Kratie and Kampong Cham, Cambodia

BIM Advancements in Water and Wastewater Plants

Beijing Institute of Water – Tongzhou Water Works of Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Project – Beijing, China

BIM Advancements in Water Networks

AEGEA – AEGEA Prolagos Sewerage Master Plan 2041 – Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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