Bentley Systems predictive rail technology for Asia Pacific


Infrastructure engineering software company Bentley Systems, together with SMRT Trains, the pioneer Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) operator in Singapore, have successfully completed the implementation of a Predictive Decision Support System (PDSS) for Singapore’s North-South and East-West lines, the oldest MRT lines in the country.  

The PDSS, based on Bentley’s AssetWise Linear Analytics, contributes to improving the reliability of the two lines across 282 kilometres of track, and has helped SMRT Trains achieve more than 1 million kilometres between failure (MKBF). MKBF is a measure of reliability used by train operators around the world, where a failure is defined as a service delay of more than five minutes. 

Based on this success, SMRT Trains has now started the implementation of the PDSS solution on the Circle Line (CCL) in Singapore. 

SMRT Trains president Lam Sheau Kai said leveraging technology and taking pre-emptive actions were two very important components in the plan to help 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,” he said. 

With many owner-operators of large metro networks in Asia Pacific cities focusing on improving reliability to provide uninterrupted services to riders, Bentley Systems also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Strides Engineering, a business arm of SMRT Corporation that provides a range of station-based engineering services, to jointly market a rail predictive maintenance solution in the Asia Pacific region.  

The MOU establishes a partnership between the two companies that combines strong technology expertise and rail operational capabilities to help urban rail and metro operators.  

Under the terms of the MOU, both organisations will market a rail predictive maintenance solution that visualises all rail asset information and manages, monitors, and analyses rail conditions.  

Bentley Systems will continue to sell, implement, and support its AssetWise solution while Strides Engineering will market and deliver its domain experience and add-on applications for track maintenance.  

Strides Engineering president Gan Boon Jin said the collaboration demonstrated 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,” he said.  

Bentley Asia South vice president Kaushik Chakraborty said with the combined strengths and industry experience, rail and metro operators in the region would be empowered to improve reliability of the infrastructure that serves citizens and residents.  

SMRT Trains will be featured in an Infrastructure Spotlight Series webinar in November as a part of Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure 2021 presentations highlighting advancements in going digital 

Registration details will be available soon for this session on 

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