Siemens and Bentley combine on utility digitalisation
February 2, 2017
Building on the strategic alliance between Siemens and Bentley Systems made public in November, the two companies last week announced an agreement to develop ways to accelerate digitalisation of planning, design and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers.
Bentley Systems is a Pennsylvania-based software company specialising in advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure. The first offering will integrate Bentley's utility design and geographic information systems (GIS) capabilities with Siemens' PSS power system simulation suite, with specific services for power transmission, power distribution and industrial facilities.
Combining these two platforms provides customers with Bentley's expertise in 3D infrastructure asset modelling and GIS with Siemens' knowledge and experience in energy system planning and simulation.
"The energy industry trend towards 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," said Ralf Christian, CEO of the Siemens energy management division. "Siemens and Bentley share a commitment to openness interoperability and the common goal of helping our customers drive the digital enterprise across their supply chains."
Distributed energy resources (DER), such as microgrids and their off-grid on-grid mode, require more advanced planning approaches to ensure system reliability and stability. Bentley's OpenUtilities for utility power grid design and GIS will be integrated with Siemens' PSS suite for power system planning to provide seamless workflows and data integration, while supporting optimal network design for both operational and economic performance.
Through a connected data environment, utility engineers will have the added benefit of sharing critical design information to reduce design time and construction costs to deliver utility network updates.
In addition, the Siemens Bentley initiative will provide intelligent Siemens components for easy placement into Bentley's substation applications for 3D modelling, 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 set of Siemens' components catalogues through Bentley's cloud services.
"We are excited to collaborate with Siemens to help our power utilities users advance in going digital,” said Bentley Systems chief product officer Bhupinder Singh. “Siemens expertise in electrical power systems planning and simulation are the perfect complement to our GIS and infrastructure engineering, and we will work together to bring new innovations and tangible business benefits to our users around the world."