Bentley Systems appoints Dr. Nabil Abou-Rahme as Director of Research

The Bentley Institute Digital Advancement Academies are committed to supporting demonstration projects that demonstrate the benefits of the digital twin infrastructure.

London, United Kingdom - The Future Infrastructure Symposium - April 10, 2019 - Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the world's leading provider of comprehensive software solutions to advance infrastructure design, construction and operations, today announced that Dr. Nabil Abou-Rahme has joined Bentley as Chief Research Officer for the Bentley Institute's Academies of Digital Advancement. He will work from Bentley's London offices and lead Bentley's efforts in digital advancement research, collaborating with government, university and industry visionaries to advance innovative solutions for the advancement of infrastructure. His new role was introduced today to other researchers who attended the Future Infrastructure Symposium who met at the Bentley's London Digital Advancement Academy.

Dr. Abou-Rahme joins Bentley from global consulting firm Mott MacDonald, where he was actively involved in digital transformation, most recently as head of intelligent infrastructure and global practice leader for data science, and prior to that as director of the intelligent transportation division . His career began with applied research in network optimization and control at the Transportation Research Laboratory, where he went on to manage research teams and complete a Ph.D. Further technical details of his consultancy roles include specifications for the EU ITS Directive, the implementation of bank-led contactless payment systems in public transport in South Africa, and the development of operating regimes for the first “smart highways” in South Africa. the United Kingdom.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Abou-Rahme join us to inaugurate our role as chief research officer. We recently advanced infrastructure engineering through digital twins, converging technologies to simultaneously meet your essential requirements for digital context, digital components, and digital timeline. Consequently, an appropriate priority for the Bentley Institute Digital Advancement Academies is to work with authoritative research organizations to explore and demonstrate the growing benefits already to be gained from infrastructure digital twins. "By virtue of his unique blend of infrastructure engineering background and research expertise, and an infectious enthusiasm for 'going digital,' Nabil offers the perfect fit to lead these collaborative efforts."

Dr. Abou-Rahme said: “Bentley has a clear commitment to accelerating the adoption of digital technologies, including advancing BIM through digital twins. A key part of advancing digital research is a portfolio of demonstration projects, collaborative prototypes that allow us to explore the art of the possible, while leveraging the best academic, technical, and industry expertise within those teams. Our commitment also extends to supporting academic institutions through sponsorship and making our technologies available as a learning and development tool. Bentley's open and collaborative approach to innovation is well established, and I'm excited to lead this portfolio into the next phase of application."

Abou-Rahme, a registered engineer, holds a Ph.D. in Bayesian statistics from the University of Southampton, a master's degree in science from University College London, a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Imperial College London and a general management certificate from Roffey Park.

In his talk today at the Future Infrastructure Symposium, a two-day meeting of industry experts, university researchers and opinion leaders to discuss the future of infrastructure, Dr. Abou-Rahme referred to several sponsored research projects by the Bentley Institute around the world, including demonstration projects at University College London, the University of Cambridge and the Imperial College, and encouraged interested parties to collaborate on future demonstration projects to contact him at


About the Bentley Institute Digital Advancement Academies

An initiative of Bentley Systems, Bentley Institute's Digital Advancement Academies offer a unique and neutral environment for innovators to openly discuss the challenges and successes in the built environment, and to accelerate and optimize the digital strategy (BIM). Digital Advancement Academies partners with the industry to act as a catalyst for the exchange of knowledge, using a process-centered approach to support the execution of results-based objectives in the creation and operation of digital and physical assets.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions for engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, builders and owner operators for design, construction and infrastructure operations.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $ 700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $ 1,000 billion in research, development and acquisitions since 2012. Since its inception in 1984, the company remains majority-owned of its five founders, the Bentley brothers. Bentley Shares Invited Transactions on the NASDAQ Private Market; Strategic partner Siemens AG has accumulated a non-voting minority stake.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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