|Bentley earned 63% of its revenues in 2013
from outside the US. Of this, 19% of revenue
was generated from Asia.
India: On 3 September, New Delhi played host to Bentley Advantage Seminar where delegates from the AEC industry discussed and learned about BIM, i-model, Asset Lifecycle Information Management and information mobility in detail.
Kicking off the event, Atanu Pattanayak, Managing Director, Bentley Systems India in his welcome discussed how the infrastructure push by new Union government offers a mishmash of opportunities for the AEC industry. Calling 2014 ‘a roller coaster ride for India’ he said with several new projects such as the Ganga Action plan, 100 smart cities, road connectivity and metro among other, initiated by the government, it was time for the industry to prepare itself for the upcoming opportunities.
Delivering his keynote, Jean Baptiste Monnier, Senior Vice President, APAC, Bentley Systems, stressed on how Bentley has evolved from being a company that offered a single product to an asset and project lifecycle management company. He noted that Asia and especially India is an important market for Bentley.
Quoting statistics from Bentley’s 2013 Annual Report, Monnier said, “Bentley has witnessed Strong organic growth in BRICS, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East, and the U.K., with 63% of revenues from outside the US. Of this, 19% of revenue was generated from Asia.” Offering attendees a shot of optimism, he said, “According to a report by Oxford Economics: Future Trends and Market Opportunities in World’s 750 cities, by the year 2030, 260 million new homes, 540 million sq m of extra office space will be required…a large part of it will be from Asia. These are opportunities for the AEC industry.”
Stressing on the importance of information mobility for infrastructural lifecycle, MSV Rao, Product Manager, Bentley Systems in his session said that there is no point having the best of the information on a device if it can’t be shared. He stressed that in today’s culture of ‘mobile workforce’ it was important that data and information is shared in an efficient manner. Comparing i-models to currency exchange, he reiterated how it can offer enhanced interoperability and efficiency at the same time.
In another session, Steve Cockerell, Industry Marketing Director, Bentley Systems, spoke on how Bentley’s software have been driving BIM in transportation infrastructure. Citing examples of the wide adoption of the BIM technology across the world, he said, BIM in India is a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’. He also shared how Bentley has played a small but very pertinent role in the Crossrail project.
Concluding the seminar, Cockerell cited how the UK government recently adopted a ‘3D BIM utilisation or no government project from 2016’ approach. He said, similar move are being witnessed in Middle East and in Latin America regions.
Bentley also used the forum to recognise participants of the 2013 Be Inspired Projects. The company also announced that the jury for the 2014 Be Inspired Projects was already on task to select this year’s winners of the 18 categories. The finalists will present their projects in the Be Inspired Awards Finals on Nov. 4-6 at the Hilton London Metropole in the U.K.
Source: Our Correspondent