India’s Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) may save up to $222m over the next 25 years after installing a digital management platform created by US-based Bentley Systems. Maha Metro is building the 41km-long Nagpur Metro in the state of Maharashtra to provide the city with efficient, fast, and sustainable public transport.

The problem for India is that hundreds of its large-scale infrastructure projects have faced delay or cost overrun, according to the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation. Out of 564 infrastructure initiatives rolled out in India, 42% faced delay and 31% had no definite delivery date, Indian government research found.

To avoid any cost or delay difficulties, Maha Metro and software developer Bentley Systems have collaborated to create a building information modelling (Bim) academy. This encourages the adoption of a connected data environment (CDE) and compliance with Bim.

Maha Metro has also adopted Bentley Systems’ Open Rail CDE software. This digital platform now holds 12,000 3D models, drawings, and project documents. For the 22 design consultants and 15 contractors working on Nagpur Metro, it provides an ongoing source of information to ensure the project stays on track and on budget. Digital transformation has also helped the project teams procure data on vendor manuals, drawings, bills of materials, and other construction and engineering specifications.

Managing director of Maha Metro, Brijesh Kumar Dixit, said the digital project management support provided by Bentley Systems could herald in a new era for India’s rail industry. “The team’s innovative use of Bentley technology to manage the design, construction and handover have already been acknowledged by other large infrastructure owner-operators as an important first step to introducing a new culture for delivering rail projects in India,” he added. Maha Metro said it expected to save more than $500,000 during design review and $280,000 by adopting an automated computer-aided design quality assurance and title block integration.

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