Bechtel utilising Bentley’s ProjectWise for oil refinery megaproject in India

Bechtel utilising Bentley’s ProjectWise for oil refinery megaproject in India


Houston, USA, 29 January 2007– Bechtel Corporation, one of the world’s premier engineering, construction, and project management companies, is using Bentley’s ProjectWise system to collaborate on the Jamnagar Export Refinery Project (JERP) in India.

JERP is an expansion of the refinery that Bechtel built some 10 years ago for Reliance Industries. Once completed, this new project will roughly double the size of the original Reliance Industries site, creating the world’s largest refinery complex.

In both scope and complexity, the project rivals many of Bechtel’s previous exceptional accomplishments, including Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. JERP has a plot plan bigger than that of London and a target completion time of less than 36 months.

Bechtel is tackling this megaproject using engineering resources dispersed around the globe, including a design and engineering team of 2500 professionals in 10 design locations, 19 offices, and eight countries.

In total, the project will employ more than 90,000 people during construction and call for the fabrication and installation of 109,170 metric tons of steel, about five million meters of varied size pipe, more than 4000 pieces of major equipment, and more than 110,000 isometrics.

To successfully complete a project this vast in scope and widely distributed in so little time, Bechtel knew it would need unprecedented network connectivity, document access, and document control. The collaboration solution Bechtel selected for its 2D CAD file management was Bentley’s ProjectWise.

As described by Bechtel senior project personnel, “In our decentralized model, technology that supports work sharing is absolutely vital. The business must be able to reliably move attached pieces of work around the globe. Different pieces of engineering must be integrated and linked seamlessly, even though the work is occurring in multiple locations. ProjectWise helps make this possible.”

Nearly 1000 users in nine locations are employing ProjectWise to ensure that more than 50,000 drawings are available to the correct discipline at the correct location. With ProjectWise, the drawings can be worked on collaboratively, enabling designers in one location to view the results of design teams in other offices almost immediately.

This means Bechtel can rapidly distribute the project work to the different locations in a much more granular way – by unit, by discipline, and even by drawing – as the needs of the project dictate.

A key advantage realized by the project team is the ability to search for and find all files that were changed in the last week, and to cross reference the location of the files found with the location of the person who last changed them. This enables the JERP team to regularly reassess and redistribute their project content, optimizing productivity and reducing network traffic.

Joe Croser, Global Marketing Director, Bentley platform products, commented, “This application of knowledge gained through querying a document’s history enables Bechtel’s team to redistribute the content to ‘follow the skill’ as the design process iterates towards construction.”

– Data Reuse an Added Benefit
Using ProjectWise to track and manage data, Bechtel has been able to facilitate the reuse of more than 25 percent of the design and engineering information generated during construction of the original facilities. This has proved to be critically important in meeting the project’s aggressive timescale.

In addition, Bechtel has been able to use ProjectWise to coordinate and collaborate with Reliance Industries on the procurement of equipment and systems for the new facilities that match, as closely as possible, the equipment and systems used in the existing refinery. In many cases, reengineering has been required, which ProjectWise has also facilitated. The end result has been major time and money savings during construction, with significant and continued savings anticipated during operations.

– About ProjectWise
ProjectWise is a system of collaboration servers that enables distributed enterprises and related organizations to successfully deliver infrastructure projects. Its core capabilities allow users to manage, find, and share CAD and geospatial content.

– About Bechtel Corporation
Bechtel Corporation is one of the world’s premier global engineering, construction, and project management companies, with more than a century of experience on complex projects in challenging locations worldwide. Privately owned with headquarters in San Francisco, the company has 40 offices around the world and nearly 40,000 employees.

Bechtel’s project capabilities include roads and rail systems, airports and seaports, fossil and nuclear power plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities, mines and smelters, defense and aerospace facilities, environmental cleanup projects, telecommunications networks, pipelines, and oil and gas field development. Signature projects include Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Kuwait oil fires, the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel, Iraq reconstruction, the Three Mile Island cleanup, Jubail Industrial City, Hong Kong International Airport, and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). For more information about Bechtel, visit

– About Bentley
Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world’s infrastructure. The company’s comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2000 colleagues around the world, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world’s No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a recent Daratech research study.