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Five minutes with: Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Systems

by Arabian Oil & Gas Staff on Dec 26, 2017

Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Systems.
Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Systems.

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East delves on the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the industry's leaders tick in an interview with Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Systems. 

How big is, in terms of financial value and activity, the offshore segment in the Middle East?

The Middle East is a significant revenue contributor for Bentley’s offshore products with leading engineering firms as well as owners. They are using these products to design new offshore structures as well as validate the integrity of existing structures. Additionally, Bentley has seen growth in the application of our construction management applications for offshore oil and gas projects.

Can you give us an idea of the offshore projects you have worked on in the region?

With the price of oil falling, owners and their contractors are focusing on extending the life of their existing assets and using offshore structural analysis to meet this goal on assets that have been successfully operating in the sea for many years. Extending the life of existing assets saves owners from building new platforms.

Likewise, if a platform is damaged by weather or a ship’s impact, our software can help bring that platform quickly and safely back into production. An excellent example of such a project is ZADCO, which used SACS to simulate the impact of a ship collision and assess the damage to reinstate production from a wellhead platform off the coast of Abu Dhabi, saving the owner $2.6mn in restoration costs.

What is your core strength when it comes to offshore work?

Bentley has a lot of expertise and is a leading provider of structural design and analysis software specifically for the offshore industry. For more than 40 years, Bentley’s SACS software has focused on the design, fabrication, installation, operations, and maintenance of offshore structures, including oil platforms and wind farms. This has made SACS the analysis mainstay for most of the world’s offshore engineers.

Can you talk about some of the challenges faced while performing offshore work?

Bentley’s software is used by engineers the world over for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of offshore facilities and structures. Our software offers the flexibility to help offshore engineers and naval architects manage and model all sorts of challenging conditions that includes ice in areas such as the Caspian Sea to regions of high seismic activity such as Kazakhstan and Japan, to hurricane conditions experienced in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil and gas companies use our software on deepwater projects and lighter structures for gas production in shallow waters, as well as fixed platforms to massive floating production and operations vessels.

How do you help your clients address issues related to drilling/extraction and seismic analysis?

The offshore industry uses several of our applications that help with the seismic analysis of the structure and seabed stability. For example, SACS Pile Design helps engineers design safe foundations for offshore structures and expedite compliance to international design codes for oil and gas, and wind turbine platform structures subject to environmental and mechanical loads. It reduces the fatigue risk of foundations by determining response from cyclic environmental loads.

Can you explain how digitalisation has helped your company?

Bentley is all about digitalisation. Our applications automate manual engineering processes and our vision is using digital engineering models across the lifecycle of an offshore asset to help improve the performance and longevity of that asset. Our reality modelling application, ContextCapture, that turns 3D photographs into accurate 3D engineering-ready reality meshes, is being adopted to capture existing asset and project conditions in real time and digitalise it ‘as is’.


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