Bentley Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand the use of a system that predicts rail maintenance needs.
The MoU, with Strides Engineering – a business arm of Singapore’s mass rapid transit (MRT) operator SMRT Corporation – will help Bentley roll out its system in the Asia-Pacific region.
The MoU also involves joint marketing of the rail predictive maintenance system.
Bentley is collaborating with Singapore mass rapid transit (MRT) operator SMRT Trains to use the system to improve safety and reliability of metro rail services in the region.
Bentley and SMRT Trains have completed the implementation of a predictive decision support system (PDSS) for Singapore’s north-south and east-west lines.
SMRT Trains has started the implementation of the PDSS solution on the Circle Line (CCL) in Singapore.
SMRT Trains’ PDSS, which is based on Bentley’s AssetWise Linear Analytics, has been used on the to contribute to improving the reliability of the two older lines across 282km of track and has helped achieve more than a million kilometres between failure (MKBF).
MKBF is a measure of reliability used by train operators around the world.
Commenting on the development, Lam Sheau Kai, president of SMRT Trains, said: “Leveraging technology and taking pre-emptive actions are two very important components in the plan to help us improve and maintain rail reliability for the train lines SMRT Trains operates.
“PDSS represents both components, and its successful implementation for the north-south and east-west lines has given us much confidence to scale it for the rest of our lines.”
Gan Boon Jin, president of Strides Engineering, said: “Strides Engineering’s collaboration with Bentley Systems on the PDSS demonstrates a firm partnership in combining strong domain and rail operational capabilities with proven technological expertise.
“The PDSS will enhance and optimise decision-making in rail maintenance.
“We look forward to bringing the best practices and results of PDSS to other train operators in the region.”
Kaushik Chakraborty, vice president of Bentley Asia South, said: “We are extremely happy and honoured to partner with Strides Engineering to forward our common objective of advancing infrastructure.
“With our combined strengths and industry experience, we will empower rail and metro operators in the region to improve reliability of the infrastructure that serves citizens and residents.”
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