Bentley Systems Inc, the US-based infrastructure engineering solution provider, plans to expand its business in India and will add more engineers to its staff to tap the huge opportunities in the country, senior company officials said.
Bentley will focus on urban development especially rail, airports, metro systems, highways, roads and water-waste water plants. “India is a very unique market to us. The world’s best engineering companies now have their value engineering centres in India. We want to be part of that big increase in developments,” said Kaushik Chakraborty, Vice president South East Asia and India.
The group also plans to increase expertise adding more engineers to its over 400 staff at offices in Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It would also be setting up academies supporting each mega project for Building Information Modeling or Better Information Management (BIM) in collaboration with local developers and contractors.
Its first BIM Academy is at the Nagpur Metro under a collaboration with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. The latest BIM Academy will be introducing ISO55000 standards in India.
Chakraborty sees each BIM Academy in India routed through Bentley’s global network for tapping world-class technologies, engineering solutions and best practices for projects in India.
He noted the power of Indian engineers supporting mega projects for international contractors, working out of their home bases. “We want to create opportunities and take that talent, develop it and deliver to infrastructure projects in India as development in the country picks up,” he said.
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation is among Bentley’s major clients. It used Bentley’s engineering solutions to test structural integrity of its 256 offshore platforms and plants as part of ongoing field rejuvenation programme, he said.
“ONGC uses our world class SACS (structural analysis and design) software solution to test and extend the life-span of structures,” said Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley’s Industry Marketing Director for & Resources. In addition, Bentley has built a lot of core technologies and engineering capabilities in India, she pointed out. “That is what gives us the confidence to go into the Indian market and deliver good solutions because we know we have the best engineers available working on global projects and supporting our projects in the country,” said Walters.
Bentley is involved in helping design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure assets such as building, campuses, airports, railways, oil & gas facilities, power generation and water-waste water plants.