An Exclusive Interview with Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty, Vice President and Regional Executive, South Asia, Bentley Systems on their BIM expertise in Rail and Metro Sector

Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty

Vice President and Regional Executive, South Asia, Bentley Systems

A senior executive with over 24 years of international experience in International sales management and business development in the high-tech geo-spatial software and hardware industry.

Strategic mindset in understanding market opportunities in APAC and aligning goals with customer needs and revenue growth targets.

Skilled at leading cross-functional and regional teams to deliver effective solutions to complex problems, thereby capitalizing on new business opportunities in a direct sales environment.

INTERVIEW With Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty

Rail Analysis India: Please share your profile at Bentley with our readers ? Brief us on what rail projects you have worked on ?

Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty: Bentley Systems is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, architect with comprehensive solutions for advancing infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure life cycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modelling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure, complemented by comprehensive managed services offered through customized Success Plans. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries. Comprising integrated applications and services built on an open platform, each solution is designed to ensure information flows between workflow processes and project team members to enable interoperability and collaboration.

” Information technology departments are playing a more active role at our user organizations, improving efficiency, productivity, and overall effectiveness, and enabling disparate teams to work collaboratively. We call this going digital, and it is no longer a “nice to have” for infrastructure organizations. It is necessary to keep pace in the industry. Bentley is committed to going digital from planning to operations and maintenance. “

Some of the railway projects where Bentley’s technology has been deployed include Crossrail in the United Kingdom, which is the largest construction project in Europe; KVMRT

Klang Valley Metro Rail Transport in Malaysia; SMRT – Singapore; Maha Metro Rail Corporation for both Nagpur and Pune metro projects, High Speed-2 in the United Kingdom, and the Ahmedabad to Mumbai High Speed corridor.

Rail Analysis India: What type of solutions is Bentley providing to the rail & metro industry ? On what major rail & metro projects in India have you provided your services ?

Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty: Large infrastructure projects like metro systems positively affect societies. It’s as if you are building as mall city where many systems need to be built that operate together. And, you need accurate survey and design technology, such as our Context Capture reality modelling application for creating precision 3D engineering-ready reality meshes. Our OpenRail Designer application is being used on the Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, and Pune metro projects. STAAD and RM Bridge,our structural design solutions for design and modelling, are used on many metro projects worldwide. Our design solutions include track

Lucknow Metro Rail Rolling Stock at Transport Nagar Depot

design, overhead line design, structural design, bridge design modelling and analysis, geo technical design of slopes and tunnels, reality modelling, water supply design, storm water design, building,and electrical design.

On any project, not just metro systems, there are multi-discipline teams working together, and having a single source of truth for accessing data and information is imperative for effective design and construction and handover. Bentley’s connected data environment, which complies to PAS 1192 standards for BIM Level 2, has benefited our usersin helping them deliver projects on time and on budget.

Rail Analysis India: Is Bentley providing solutions for the High Speed & Semi-high-speed projects globally. If yes, please tell us more.

Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty: HS-2 in the UK is one example of a high-speed project in which Bentley is involved. The line will connect London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds. It will offer more seating capacity, shorter travel times, and significant economic benefits such as job opportunities. HS-2 also deployed OpenRail CONNECT Edition, ProjectWise, and AssetWise. It is using OpenRail CONNECT Edition to collaborate with project teams around the globe, and version control. The project is currently in the design phase. 

Bullet Train Project

” Bentley applications were also used on the Ahmedabad – Mumbai high speed line for planning and design. This project is also in the design phase and it is employing ProjectWise for engineering information management. “

Rail Analysis India: Can you please let us know about Bentley’s role (in detail) at Nagpur Metro rail project ?

Mr. Kaushik ChakrabortyThe Nagpur Metro Rail project is a significant one for Bentley. Maha Metro used many Bentley applications, including OpenRail, which is built on the connected data environment for effective project delivery and handover. The multi-discipline project team, which includes 30 engineering disciplines, 22 detailed design consultants, and a consortium of four general consultants and 15 contractors are using Bentley’s connected data environment. Using this collaborative workflow has helped MahaMetro monitor the project’s progress, get greater visibility into the project, and accurately determine budget and project delivery.

Additionally, Bentley provided support for the project’s design and analytical solutions that helped with track alignment and design, viaduct design and modelling, structural design, geotechnical data management, reality modelling, storm water design, and station design.

Nagpur Metro Rail Rolling Stock

And, lastly, our BIM Academy has helped MahaMetro enhance its supply chain knowledge for requirements, up skilling stakeholders on BIM processes, and industry best practice training. It is estimated that by using the connected data environment, MahaMetro has reduced overhead costs from 5 percent to about 3.5 percent.


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