Microsoft honors Bentley Systems

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Bentley Systems has received one of 39 2018 Microsoft CityNext Partner of the Year awards “for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of user solutions based on Microsoft technology.” There were more than 2,600 entrants from 115 countries.

Bentley provided cloud-based software powered by Microsoft’s Azure technology for Mass Rapid Transit Corp.’s (MRTC) Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) rapid transit railway line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With more than 1.7 million people residing in just 94 square miles, Kuala Lumpur has one of the highest population densities globally. Residents living in the Greater Klang Valley region collectively annually spend an estimated 280 million hours stuck in traffic.

The SSP line is the second line of MRTC’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit railway project, which is expected to increase mobility and ease traffic congestion by an estimated 160,000 cars daily. Malaysia’s largest infrastructure project, the SSP line includes 11 transfer stations with other rail lines, and 16 stations with park and ride facilities. In addition to creating an estimated 130,000 new employment opportunities, the line has the potential to generate $5 billion in cost savings per year as a result of reduced traffic congestion.

The MRTC project team utilizes Bentley OpenRail’s connected data environment comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, powered by Microsoft Azure “to ensure seamless information exchange, real-time collaboration, and management of asset information across the lifecycle, among hundreds of team members.”

“On a project of this scale and complexity, it is essential to effectively manage and share the huge amount of data across the entire project—from design and construction, through to operation and asset management,” said MRTC Planning and Design Director Poh Seng Tiok. “We need to make sure that all the different [project] phases are well-covered, and information that we build up during design and construction are taken forward during the operation and maintenance stage. By turning to the Bentley/Microsoft cloud-based solution, we are able to streamline collaboration across all teams and identify and mitigate potential issues, before they impact cost, schedule and safety. We expect to increase productivity by about 35%, through reducing design rework by providing real-time, accurate information.”

Through the partnership with Bentley Systems and Microsoft, MRTC expects to complete the project on time and within budget by 2022.

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Learn more about the featured project here.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Award winners are recognized at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner event, to be held this year in Las Vegas, July 15 through 19.

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