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Shell locks in Bentley for digital contract

Bentley Systems will supply its digital twin approach to streamline Shell’s Deepwater business’ capital projects process and accelerate time to first oil for the major company.

With a plan to deliver several subsea tie-back projects over the next 10 years, Shell has recognised an opportunity to accelerate capital project delivery and cut project delivery time by implementing an integrated digital project and engineering environment. 

The solution spans across project conception in the early phase of design through to handover. 

Bentley is a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure.

Chief product officer Nicholas Cumins said Bentley’s iTwin platform is ideally suited to providing aligned, secure and visual access to project data across the supply chain and capital projects ecosystem. 

“Think Big – Prove Small – Scale Fast – sums up the overall approach Shell and Bentley share in this initiative,” Cumins said.

“Shell’s selection of Bentley’s iTwin platform validates our open approach to digital twins and underscores the ability of the platform to scale to the largest, most complex capital projects and dynamic engineering use cases.”

Shell general manager Gulf of Mexico deepwater projects GT Ju said Shell Deepwater projects was developing an integrated workflow and data platform from system selection to asset handover to streamline its capital projects processes and accelerate time to first oil.

“The platform is being developed in partnership with Bentley leveraging Bentley’s iTwin open, scalable Azure cloud-based platform which provides interoperability across owner and supply chain systems,” Ju said.

“We believe that an end-to-end platform that gives us visibility and transparency to project and engineering data across our portfolio will be a key driver to delivering competitive projects.”

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