Online Events: YII 2020 is Going Digital

Bentley’s Annual Year in Infrastructure Exhibition and Awards Event is Going Digital in 2020

The international exhibition and awards event YII 2020 was originally planned as a face-to-face gathering in Vancouver BC. It has been re-imagined, and set for re-launched as a series of online events throughout October 2020, and beyond.

 From Bentley’s June 9th press release:

Live Judging

Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards Finalists’ Presentations – October 5 – 16

The Year in Infrastructure Awards finalists, chosen by independent juries of industry experts, present their projects to the judges beginning October 5. This is your chance to hear from the people behind the most extraordinary infrastructure projects of the year as they tell the story of how they leveraged digital advancements to achieve unprecedented outcomes.

Executive Perspectives

Year in Infrastructure 2020 Executive Perspectives – October 20 – 21

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, will be joined by leading infrastructure executives for an interactive discussion on the resilience challenges they face and how to meet those challenges through digital advancement.

Keith Bentley, founder and chief technology officer, will discuss Bentley’s open strategy for digital twins. Keith will be joined by other leading industry visionaries who have deployed digital twins successfully for project delivery or asset performance.


TwinTalks Premiere – October 20

Infrastructure digital twins will be front and center at this year’s event. Join leading industry figures as they moderate six sector-specific TwinTalks, exploring the implications of digital twins for Digital Cities, Design and Construction, Digital Plants, Energy Utilities, Rail and Transit, and Roads and Bridges. Listen to interactive panel discussions with leading industry and business leaders and discover the fascinating opportunities that digital twins introduce for each of these critical infrastructure sectors. The initial October 20 TwinTalks are each part of a three-part series, with the second and third installments of the TwinTalks’ series scheduled through mid-November.

Awards Ceremony

Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards Ceremony – October 21

After months of jury deliberations, the winners of the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards will be announced in our live global broadcast. Don’t miss what has been called the “Academy Awards of Infrastructure.”


ACCELERATE Sessions – October 27 and beyond

Join Bentley product executives Dustin Parkman (Project Delivery), Robert Mankowski (Digital Cities), Ken Adamson (Design Integration), and Alan Kiraly (Asset and Network Performance) as they and their leadership teams review the latest advancements in Bentley applications and cloud services. These sessions will kick-off a multi-track program of more than 100 ACCELERATE sessions that will continue into November. ACCELERATE will feature Bentley and user experts in panel discussions and interactive demonstrations on the latest product advances, innovations, and best practice digital workflows.

Learn More

Join Bentley online for the virtual YII 2020 Conference and learn from peers, industry experts, and innovators who will share their infrastructure digital twins’ successes. Register for updates at

We were looking forward to YII 2020 in beautiful Vancouver BC; a geospatial hub, appealing location, easy access for global attendees…. and one of the friendliest places on earth. I guess the beer and poutine will have to virtual this year, eh?. But here’s hoping Vancouver could become host to a future YII.

Speaking of geo-virtual-Canada, check out Canada’s premier geomatics event that has also gone virtual:   GeoIgnite 2020  July 22-24, 2020.


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