Maha Metro likely to save 1552 Crore of Nagpur Metro Project by Going Digital


NAGPUR (Metro Rail News): Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro) likely to save up to 1552Crore over the next 25 years after installing a digital management platform created by US-based Bentley Systems

Maha Metro building 41.7 km long Nagpur Metro project which includes 40 stations and two depots to provide a safe, reliable, efficient, affordable, commuter-friendly, and environmentally-sustainable rapid public transport system for the region.

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, GOI found Out of 564 infrastructure initiatives rolled out in India, 42% faced delay and 31% had no definite delivery date.

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.

Anticipated savings because of Maha Metro’s adoption of OpenRail CDE and this pioneering approach for the Indian rail market during design and construction include:

  • USD 540,000 during design review for distribution and review of information compared to manual processes.
  • USD 280,000 through its adoption of automated CAD quality assurance and title block integration.
  • USD 690,000 because of on-site validation of documents using QR codes.
  • USD 85,000 by way of dynamic dashboard project progress reports.

Maha Metro also has its eye on operational expenditure during the capital expenditure phase and has configured its CDE to record all engineered components, systems, locations, properties, specifications, and drawings. The CDE also helped Maha Metro procure vendor data, vendor manual, vendor drawings, bills of materials, and specifications. Lastly, through the CDE, Maha Metro could install or construct assets, including test data and inspection reports, that cover all of the lifecycle stages.

When completed, this trusted source of information residing in the CDE will form the operational backbone of Nagpur Metro’s infrastructure for years to come, and it is expected to generate savings of around USD 222 million over a 25-year period.

“We are happy that we chose Bentley as the partner to realize our digital project management approach in successfully executing our project from concept to operations. The team’s innovative use of Bentley technology to manage the design, construction and handover has 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,” said Brijesh Kumar Dixit, managing director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

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