Bentley and Siemens move even closer together
NUREMBERG, November 22 (bv). Originally planned to make an announcement at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure Conference in London beginning of November meanwhile a keynote presentation was scheduled of Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens, but this was postponed to Siemens’ Annual Press Conference some days later. Yesterday finally at SPS IPC Drives, a more detailed insight was given to the enhanced partnership between both vendors during a press background discussion.
Siemens and Bentley Systems will initially invest at least 50 million euros (on equal terms) in developing joint solutions to enlarge their respective offerings for infrastructure and discreet/process industries to cover asset lifecycles. This work will leverage new cloud services for a connected data environment to converge respective digital engineering models from both companies. In addition to those elements of the agreement, approximately 70 million euros of secondary shares of Bentley’s common stock have been acquired by Siemens, under a company programme that will continue until such time as Bentley Systems’ IPO.
Bentley’s reality modelling software has been integrated into Siemens Process Simulate to leverage laser-scanned point clouds in modelling the existing context of brownfield industrial environments. The automotive industry manufacturer Turnkey Manufacturing Systems (TMS) successfully employed the point cloud capabilities to create a ‘digital twin’ of their production line to significantly enhance their planning and validation processes, while saving time and costs.
The new investment initiatives will involve virtually all Siemens divisions. The major benefit will be accumulating intelligence from Siemens solutions throughout Bentley’s complementary applications for design, analytical, construction, and asset performance modeling. As a result, the integrated and accessible digital engineering models, such as the ‘digital twin’ viewed through an immersive 3D interface, will enable unprecedented operational performance, visibility and reliability. This work will uniquely converge digital engineering models: Physical engineering models in their 3D physical reality context by way of Bentley’s software solutions and the corresponding functional engineering 2D models within Siemens' solutions.
On a short-term timescale (up to March 2017), following releases are planned:
- Bidirectional 2D/3D interface between OpenPlant Modeler and Comos (changes in i-model)
- Collaboration between Bentley Raceway & Cable Management and Comos Electrical Instrumentation & Control
- Simple 1D data management within Comos including the combination of Comos Walkinside and Bentley ContextCapture
- Collaboration between Bentley PlantWise and Comos FEED (among others by XMpLant interoperability).
Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens, said: “This move further extends our industry software ecosystem from 2D to 3D software solutions, taking the simulation portfolio in our Digital Enterprise offering to a new dimension. We’re rigorously executing our ‘digital twin’ vision from virtual planning to the real product to the benefit of our customers who themselves are driving digitalisation across their value chains. Bentley Systems' independence, track record in interoperability, and leadership in engineering and design software make them our ideal partner for this undertaking." And Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley was adding: “Only with Siemens could we so purposefully advance beyond merely linking the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’, to ultimately leverage digital engineering models for visual operations and connected infrastructure asset performance. Given our long history of sharing complementary technologies, we are very excited to now contribute so broadly to Siemens’ industrial digitalization leadership.”
It will be exciting to observe in which direction the partnership will develop further. At the SPS intro press conference Mr Helmrich mentioned the acquisition of Mentor Graphics in the same sentence with the deepened partnership with Bentley Systems. Might be this a hint that Siemens would like to take over Bentley Systems completely?
Oschatz to build steam power plant in Malaysia
Once again the Essen-based EPC Oschatz GmbH has received a new order from the client BASF Petronas in Malaysia. Oschatz will supply the expanding chemical site in Kuantan with two additional steam boilers, thus securing a stable production output at the location.
To substitute an older steam plant nearby and to ensure the sufficient steam supply for the years to come, the owner/operator decided in favour of a further investment. For this reason, the EPC was awarded the contract to design and build two natural gas-fired steam boilers with an average steam output of over 100 t per hour apiece. Furthermore, the new power plant will be equipped with an 18 MW turbine, so the steam that is produced in the boilers, can be converted into electricity, if necessary.
The Oschatz Group will be in charge of the whole supply chain, ranging from engineering to procurement, manufacturing, assembly of steel structure and boilers, connection of the plant to three different steam networks all the way to the commissioning of the plant.
The contractor was able to prevail over an international competition in a global tender and gained the order by the end of June 2016. “I suppose our expertise as well as our sustainable boiler concept were determining factors for the awarding of the contract,” Heinz Wienen, Head of Sales with Oschatz said (our picture), adding: “But also beyond that, Oschatz was surely able to score some points. Within the past years, we’ve done a continuously good job for BASF Petronas at their site in Kuantan and therefore know the location by heart.”
The fabrication of the two steam boilers at the Oschatz manufacturing site in Turkey just started at the end of August 2016. In spring 2017, assembly of the steel structure and afterwards the boilers will commence in Kuantan, so the plant can be handed over to the customer ready for operation in spring 2018.