Rail industry is taking shape in the Gulf region and Bentley Systems is actively pursuing major projects including the $40 billion Qatar Railway development to provide its innovative software solutions and services, its top official said. The US-based company said its software solutions have been actively utilized in most of the rail projects in this region across various project phases, however the firm is willing to offer its products to region's power generation sector and multi-billion dollar newly developed nuclear industry in GCC.
Software solution provider to various industries
The company is dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2003, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Malcolm Walters, chief operating officer and senior vice-president of Bentley System Incorporated said Bentley solutions have been actively utilized in most (if not all) of the rail projects in this region across various project phases – from the early stages of feasibility studies, through planning, preliminary and detailed design, and into construction.
"Our plan is to extend the benefits of Bentley's rail solution to the operations and maintenance phases as well."
Design/maintenance software solutions to Dubai Metro
In reply to a question that Bentley is interested in offering its rail design/maintenance software solutions to Dubai Metro or Etihad Rail, he said: "Absolutely! Bentley's rail design software is already actively used by the relevant engineering consultants and contractors in these projects."
Doha rail a major target
"There are many other major infrastructure projects in the region that Bentley is actively pursuing, including, for example, the Qatar Railway project, the world's largest rail design and construction project about to kick off in Doha, Qatar. With the projected spend estimated to be over $40 billion during the next 8-10 years, it is fair to say that we foresee many of our existing users bidding for work packages as they are let."