Gresham, Smith and Partners Attracts and Retains Top Industry Professionals through Bentley LEARN

EXTON, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 4, 2009— Gresham, Smith and Partners (GS&P), a leading national architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Developing the Infrastructure Workforce” category. 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 The award recognizes GS&P’s commitment to expanding the knowledge and skills of its infrastructure professionals. GS&P strives to attract, retain, and mentor the best the workforce has to offer by challenging, recognizing, and rewarding its staff through innovative initiatives, such as its award-winning EXCEL training program. The EXCEL program, which includes in-depth Bentley product training through Bentley LEARN OnDemand eLearning and live, instructor-led distance learning provided by the Bentley Institute, ensures that GS&P staff members get the training they need to succeed in their various roles. In 2007, GS&P employed Bentley’s training subscription program to:

  • Provide continuous professional development to everyone in the firm,
  • Train 175 GS&P staff members through almost 500 online Bentley courses. At that rate the subscription paid for itself within the first 70 classes,
  • Reduce the time to productivity for new hires from one month to one week,
  • Make extensive use of distance learning and OnDemand eLearning to reclaim lost productivity and significantly lower training costs by eliminating travel from its 18 offices to a central location for training.

Paul Dougherty, chief technology officer at GS&P, said, “Our firm strives to cultivate a culture of excellence among our staff. Important in attaining this goal is providing the necessary tools and training to allow GS&P’s infrastructure professionals to meet stringent client needs through efficient and effective solutions. By using Bentley’s OnDemand eLearning and distance learning programs, the members of our staff can receive the training they need, when they need it, and as often as they need it. Given our firm’s national presence and multimarket, multidisciplined strategy, this flexibility is critical as we continue to add and train new staff.”

To learn more about how GS&P has developed a productive learning organization with its adoption of anytime, anyplace learning, see its training success story video at For additional information about the Bentley Institute and its accredited professional training programs, visit

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 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

About Gresham, Smith and Partners

Gresham, Smith and Partners provides architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning services to national and international clients from 17 offices across the United States and one in China. For more than 40 years, GS&P has provided services in multiple markets including transportation, corporate and urban design, aviation, land planning, environmental compliance, healthcare, industrial, and water services. GS&P consistently ranks among the top engineering and architectural firms in the United States. For additional information about GS&P, visit

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 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

Bentley, the “B” Bentley logo, BE Awards of Excellence, Bentley LEARN, and Bentley Institute are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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