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Bentley rail and transit solution addresses the entire lifecycle, from data collection and design to maintenance and capital project planning. Jugal Makwana , Global Product Manager, Product Strategist, Rail and Transit Solutions – Bentley Systems dis- cusses with Projects Info about the softwares that Bentley offers in the rail and transit division.

“Currently there are two aspects within Indian Railways which need technical enhancement”

How is the acceptance level of the software that you have in the public sector units? In the Indian public sector, RITES and IRCON are two of the leading ones and they have been long time users of our soft- ware and have been using it on several prestigious projects in India as well as abroad. They appreciate the benefits of this software. They have a work-flow around the software and have a team to use this software and leveraging the benefits of this software.

What kind of value addition do you offer? The rail design software that

we have is the only one that is truly globalised. Not just in terms of stand point but also in terms of languages. The stand- points that we offer are not offered by anyone in the indus- try. In terms of design standards we follow the British UK stan- dards, AREMA American stan- dards, German, Austrian and Indian standards. This is what helps the organisations to work globally.

How much will the increased automation help Railways and what kind of automation is required? Automation in terms of

increased productivity is gained by implementing such software. In Delhi Metro for example they submitted a case study where they said that the Line 1 they had constructed had not used any software. A section which could have taken them six months without the software enabled them to execute in fifteen days when they started using our software. The other benefit is that they can reuse that mate- rial which is created once and reuse it at construction stage so that is what they did. They validated whatever was done and before they went into con- struction they revalidated the information and passed it on to the contractor to different levels and locations to ensure that it is as per the design.

How can such automation be massified?

This needs a change in the way they have been working so far. Currently there are two aspects

systematic way is required at the organisation level.

Do you think the franchisee model will work? Bentley as an organisation has

a direct model where we would like to be directly in touch with our users and that is how we have operated everywhere in the world. If the franchisee’s can help to accelerate to help to benefit and spread in a faster way we are open to doing that.

Jugal Makwana , Global Product Manager, Product Strategist, Rail and Transit Solutions – Bentley Systems

within Indian Railways which need technical enhancement. One of them is related to new projects that are coming like the dedicated freight corridor. Since that is a completely new proj- ect, it gives ample opportunities using the technology where they can deliver project in a much faster way which they haven’t been able to do in the past because they haven’t got such a big project. Today it is not such a big process that is why a much

What kind of software does Bentley offer? From the rail point of view

there is rail design software which helps to design and maintain tracks and track align- ments. Then there is an over- head line design software for rail electrification. This


ware benefit is you are on the same platform and this helps to further streamline the design between these two and track maintenance systems as well. This helps to find out where the next maintenance work needs to be carried out next which helps to optimise resource utili- sation. The database has to be

stored and maintained so that it does an analysis of where the next failure might happen. We offer software in all kind of verticals in railways apart from these like the platforms, bridges.

Who are your major competi- tors? We are a global player so we

don’t really have too many com- petitors on the applications end. We have local competitors.

How is Bentley set to grow on the next three years? Things have changed sig- nificantly in the last few years. From being a CAD software to something being used only for drafting purpose we have moved to an application point of view but now that has been taken to more of modelling. We have always done 3D mod- elling and design. Now those models which exist from the last 30 years are extended beyond design. The quality of the final output and the standards are raising everyday. The software need is to be enhanced to meet the new challenges.

“The challenges in the lubricants industry revolve around equipment”

Lubrizol recently launched a new application and business centre in Mumbai. This will be a milestone in the company’s geographic expansion plan in South Asia. Eric Schnur, President, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, talks to Projects Info about their view about the market and their plans.

Can you tell us what your new facility is all about? The laboratory includes development, formula- tion and applications test- ing capabilities in multiple personal care and coatings applications as well as a world-class pharmaceutical application development center.

ports Lubrizol’s business in engineered polymers, which is well known in India for its FlowGuard® brand - a high performance engi- neered plastic widely used for hot and cold water deliv- ery. Estane® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is also a leading brand that has found acceptance globally in many applications including the transportation and sports shoe arenas.

Which segment of the con- struction chemical industry do you represent? In this we have perfor- mance coatings technology which is used in coatings and adhesives. In construc- tion also if you look at our lubricants business where we are lubricating the con- struction equipment.

The site also sup-

Which are your major con- struction equipment clients in India? Lubrizol in most environ- ments do not sell directly to the end users. We sell to operating companies like to oil companies where they manufacture the fin- ished lubricant and then it will go to the equipment company from there. These include major companies like Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum, Exile Mobil. We have a strong relationship with equipment manufacturers like Komatsu, Tata, and Caterpillar among others.

What kind of manufacturing facilities does Lubrizol have? Lubrizol Advanced

Materials has one manufac- turing facility in India locat- ed in Vadodara.

ity provides global supply of naturally derived thickeners used in the personal care market.

a joint venture with Indian Oil and operates a facility in Turbhe for the production of additives vital to the formu- lation of engine and trans- mission lubricants. Lubrizol

Lubrizol also has This facil-

engine or a diesel engine technology, so as engine designs change there is a reduction in emissions from the engine we have to work to provide technology for lubricants to work. We have to develop high perform- ing oils for these engines to work.

Eric Schnur, President, Lubrizol Advanced Materials

continues their investment in support of the strategy to shorten supply lines to the customer, as well as offer the opportunity to custom- ize products for the local market.

What are the major challenges that the industry faces? The challenges in the

lubricants industry really revolves around equipment. Whatever we do in lubri- cants is to accomplish two purposes. One is to reduce emissions and second is to increase fuel economy. As the engine designs change, whether it is a gasoline

What is your answer to the cheap substitutes that are available in the market? Whether its lubricants or piping systems or coatings those products are going to fail. The lubricants are designed to work specifi- cally with the equipment; same is with coatings as it is designed to work with spe- cific designs. If you use a cheap substitute that wasn’t designed in a particular way you will not get the whole life. If you use cheap substi- tutes in the plumbing sys- tems there would be leaks, failures. If substitutes are used in construction equip- ment one will not like if the equipment breaks down at the job site.

Do government incentives work in favour of the industry?

infrastructure funding are beneficial. As far as the pip- ing industry is concerned, the government is spending a huge amount in the infra- structure projects. The gov- ernment has been always supportive. The government always promotes quality and safe products.

Which are the major challeng- es of the industry?

One of our major chal- lenges us to operate in a sustainable way and we understand the products we manufacture. The challenge for us is also to understand the end use application. To understand the whole mar- ket we drive is also another challenge.

What kind of green initiatives is the company taking? We look forward for reduc- tion in emissions, safety, waste reduction, reduction in emissions. We monitor all our processes. Our piping products are green, environ- ment friendly and recyclable with which we will help the environment in the times to come.

Government incentives in

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