Bentley Systems provides comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure lifecycle: from buildings to bridges, transit to utilities, clean energy to clean water. The company has tied up with CADD Centre, authorizing it to offer quality training to Staad Pro, the world’s number one structural analysis and design software, and Power Draft, a premier 2D/3D production drafting product.
Mr Amit Saxena, Regional Sales and Channel Director, South Asia of Bentley Systems, who was in Chennai for the course launch, talked to CADD Connect on the significance of Bentley’s tieup with CADD Centre, changing CAD technologies, and job opportunities. Excerpts:
How important is training for you?
We are committed to sustaining infrastructure, society, environment, and infrastructure profession. At Bentley, we think that training is the surest way to sustain professional excellence. We have been investing for the development of infrastructure professionals in many ways.
We have founded the Bentley Institute that offers professional training for users who want to master Bentley software products. But our aim is to provide many training options for our users including live training and on demand eLearning. That is the reason we have tied with CADD Centre, which has the widest and successful network of training infrastructure in India.
What are the objectives of your partnership with CADD Centre?
We want to provide quality education to our infrastructure professionals. Currently information is not reaching to every nook and corner of the industry and geography. There are so much of technology available around us. But only few people are able to absorb them. With CADD Centre, we hope, we can take the technology to students those who are coming out of colleges and institutes of all Indian cities and towns.
What are the benefits for students enrolling in the courses offered by authorized training partners such as CADD Centre?
First and foremost would be quality of training. Our important goal is to create a trained faculty team to ensure that there is consistency and quality in training to our users. We are investing in many aspects of the training value chain - we design course ware and educate the faculty team on regular basis.
The faculties are trained by trained professionals, who have vast project experience of handling many live situations. We engage our trained professionals to conduct courses, exams, and collect feedback from students. We make sure that our authorized partners impart training based on the comfort level of students.
What are the courses that are being offered now?
Currently, we have launched courses on Stadd Pro and Power Draft, that have huge demand in the market. Staad Pro is the world’s number one structural analysis and design software, and Power Draft is a premier 2D/3D production drafting product. But we are not limiting the training to these two products. Our plan is to introduce training for more products in the future.
How promising is the job market in the current scenario in India and abroad for Bentley students?
The industry has been growing rapidly with increasing investment from the government and private sector in India. Ten, twelve years ago there were few tools used. But there are lot of design makers who have come to India and have adopted new technologies. As a result there has been increasing demand for CAD students.
Outside India, our products are widely used in lots of prestigious projects. There is global demand for students with knowledge in Bentley products, especially in Europe and Middle East. Training in Bentley products would give Indian professional opportunities to be part of international teams.
What programs do you conduct to increase the awareness of CAD technologies to younger generation?
We educate and sustain current and future generations of infrastructure professionals. We have been doing lot of programs to develop the skill sets at school level. We have been conducting Future Cities a students program across many countries, including India. Future City is an example of problem based learning with computer simulation. It is an integrated and multidisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) outreach program. The program asks 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to team with engineer-volunteer mentors to create — first on computer using SimCity™ software and then in large, three-dimensional models — their visions of the city of tomorrow.