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Siemens, Bentley team up to digitalise utilities

A system will be developed integrating Bentley's utility design and GIS capabilities with Siemens' Power System Simulation suite

Siemens' energy management division and Bentley Systems will jointly develop tools to digitalise the power utilities sector. [Representational image]
Siemens' energy management division and Bentley Systems will jointly develop tools to digitalise the power utilities sector. [Representational image]

Siemens' energy management division and Bentley Systems have entered an agreement to jointly develop tools to digitalise the planning, design, and operation works of power utilities and industrial power systems. 

The agreement follows a strategic alliance that both companies announced in November 2016. 

As the first part of the latest agreement, a system will be developed integrating Bentley's utility design and geographic information systems (GIS) capabilities with Siemens' Power System Simulation (PSS) suite.

Specific solutions for power transmission, power distribution, and industrial facilities will also be incorporated in the upcoming platform.

Customers are expected to benefit from Bentley’s expertise in 3D infrastructure asset modeling and GIS, and Siemens’ experience in energy system planning and simulation.

Bentley’s OpenUtilities system will be integrated with Siemens’ PSS suite for power system planning to provide seamless workflows and data integration, and support optimal network design for operational and economic performance.

Through a connected data environment, utility engineers would have the added benefit of sharing critical design information to reduce design time and construction costs to deliver optimal and comprehensive utility network updates.

The joint initiative will also provide intelligent Siemens components for easy placement into Bentley’s Substation application for 3D modeling, while intelligent electrical symbols will provide necessary details for comprehensive reports in a substation’s 2D schematic layout capabilities.

Bentley users will have access to Siemens’ components catalog through the former's cloud services.

Remarking on the development, Bhupinder Singh, chief product officer at Bentley Systems, said: "We are excited to collaborate with Siemens to help our power utilities users advance in going digital.

"Siemens’ expertise in electrical power systems planning and simulation are the perfect complement to our GIS and infrastructure engineering solutions, and we will work together to bring new innovations and tangible business benefits to our users around the world," Singh added. 

Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens' energy management division, added: "The energy industry's trend toward decentralisation represents a significant challenge as well as a great opportunity for power producers and consumers alike, and our strategic alliance with Bentley Systems will help our customers better leverage this changing landscape through the combination of our powerful solutions." 

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