EXTON, Pa. – June 8, 2022 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced the winners of Bentley Education’s Digital Twin Design Challenge. The contest invited students from age 12-25 years to combine their imagination and creativity and explore infrastructure digital twins, providing an opportunity to reimagine a real-world structure designed with the popular Minecraft video game and Bentley’s iTwin technology. The contest awarded two prizes: a Judge’s Choice winner with a prize of USD 5,000 and a People’s Choice winner with a prize of USD 2,000. The second-place projects in each category received USD 1,000. Katriona Lord-Levins, chief success officer, Bentley Systems, said, “We wanted to give students a firsthand experience exploring digital twin technology, and let them have some fun using Minecraft. We were amazed by the creativity the students demonstrated with their projects and by how incredibly thoughtful and detailed they were. Some of the projects addressed the problems and challenges that are important for the future of infrastructure. The talent displayed gives us a great deal of confidence that the future of infrastructure is in good hands. Our younger generations are thinking ahead about the challenges we will need to face to improve the world.” The winners of the Digital Twin Design Challenge 2022 are: Judges’ Choice Winner: Jakub Stacho, Canada Project – The Pebble: A Three-Tower Zero-Emission Apartment Complex. The proposed design is a new addition to the heart of Sydney, pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and providing residents with ample green space and great views. Image 1: Judges’ Choice First Runner-up: Adrià Portero Martínez, Spain Project – Coast of Auckland: New Horizon. The proposed design is a new coast layout that gives attention to aspects that guarantee both sustainable growth and a healthy ecosystem. Image 2: Popular Vote Winner: Juan Andrés Borrero Valencia, Colombia Project – Hotel Alcatraz. The proposed design is intended to revitalize and redesign the concept of Alcatraz as an island that in its past functioned as a fort, a prison, and now a museum and tourist center. Image 3: Popular Vote: First Runner-up: Felipe Mendonça Chiocchetti, Brazil Project – Sydney Hospital.The proposed design provides a huge hospital, equipped with a diverse range of health care equipment and personnel, for the North Sydney, Neutral Bay area of Sydney, Australia. Image 4: For more information about Bentley Education, please visit the Bentley Education portal at https://education.bentley.com/. To learn more about the Digital Twin Design Challenge, please visit https://education.bentley.com/Organized/bentleyHosted-624493. ## About Bentley Education Bentley Education program encourages the development of future infrastructure professionals for careers in engineering, design, and architecture by providing student and educator learning licenses of popular Bentley applications at no cost through the new Bentley Education portal. The program is designed to create world-class talent that can rise to the challenges of improving quality of life and positively changing the world using Bentley infrastructure engineering software applications and proven learnings. The Bentley Education program will also help students develop digital skills that are critical for a qualified talent pipeline to support infrastructure growth and resilience worldwide. About Bentley Systems Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

  • The finding comes from the fifth 3M State of Science Index survey, which explores how people think and feel about science and its impact on the world around us
  • Results demonstrate that the UAE has successfully placed science and technology at the heart of its rapidly developing knowledge-based economy, with 91% of people in the UAE found to trust in science
  • Residents also strongly believe in the relevance of science to their everyday lives and the power of advanced technologies

Dubai, UAE: Residents of the UAE trust science and appreciate the relevance of technology to their everyday lives more so than the rest of the world, as revealed in the fifth edition of 3M’s 2022 State of Science Index (SOSI). The 3M survey reveals global attitudes toward science and technology, in the UAE:

  • 91% of people trust science
  • 88% trust scientists 
  • 37% of people completely agree that they defend science when it is questioned (vs 23% global average)
  • 76% agreed on the importance of science in their everyday life (vs. 52% global average)

The 3M research also found that today, science is more relevant to people in the UAE than a year ago, as three-quarters (76%) agree that it is essential to them in their everyday life versus 68% in 2021. 

In addition, 92% of people surveyed in the UAE want to hear more from scientists about their work – a clear opportunity for more scientists to communicate directly on news and social media platforms.

Science and its power to solve the climate crisis

Regarding the environment and sustainability, 92% in the UAE believe people should adopt a scientific approach to help make the world more sustainable (slightly higher than the global average of 88%). The study also showed that the immediacy of the climate crisis is becoming more apparent, with 79% of people in the UAE expressing their concerns about climate change as a critical environmental issue. 

“It is promising to see the deep trust held in science and technology in the UAE. The nation’s leadership has successfully placed science, technology, and sustainability at the core of its transition to a knowledge-based economy with wide support from its citizens and residents. With a firm belief in the power of science and its commitment to global climate change, the United Arab Emirates is well placed to host next year’s COP28 UN Climate Change Conference,” said Laszlo Svinger, Vice-President and Managing Director MEA at 3M.

Innovation is the key to a smarter lifestyle 

The UAE is a testbed for futuristic technologies and has built strong public confidence in its scientific initiatives, with 91% of the people believing that they will depend more on scientific knowledge in the future. 

The 3M research found that in the UAE:

  • 41% believe that self-driving cars will become a regular part of life within the next five years
  • 89% are confident in the prospect of riding in an autonomous or self-driving vehicle where there is no human driver
  • 83% think artificial technology (AI) is an exciting technology that impacts their daily lives versus 65% globally
  • 22% believe space travel will become a regular part of life within the next five years
  • 80% are likely to travel to space when it becomes accessible

“The UAE is a pioneer in AI, automation, and self-driving vehicles. With these technologies set to revolutionize how we live, work and travel in the coming decades, there is no doubt that the UAE will be at the forefront of developing and rolling out these technologies worldwide while becoming a leading center of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” added Laszlo Svinger, Vice-President and Managing Director, MEA at 3M.

About the State of Science Index
The 3M State of Science Index is an annual study conducted for 3M by the global research firm Ipsos. It surveys the general populations of 17 countries. In its fifth year, the survey tracks the public image of science, revealing trend lines over time as to how much people trust, respect, and value science and its role in their lives. 

About 3M
At 3M (NYSE: MMM), we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily as our employees connect with customers all around the world. 

State of Science Survey Methodology 
The 3M State of Science Index presents original, independent, and nationally representative (based on census demographics) research, conducted by global research firm Ipsos through a combination of online and offline interviews. The 2022 survey was conducted Sept. 27– Dec. 17, 2021, in 17 countries among 1,000 general population adults (18+) in each of the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, UK and the U.S. 

At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error is +/- 0.8 percentage points at the global, 17-country level and +/- 3.1 percentage points for each individual country. To compare across all waves of SOSI, a 10-country tracking average was used which has a margin of error of +/- 1.0 percentage points. Countries within this average include Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, UK, and the U.S. 

Misinformation was defined in the survey as false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately meant to sway views/opinions.