Bentley Systems appoints new chief research officer


Bentley Systems has announced Dr Nabil Abou-Rahme has joined the company as chief research officer for Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies

Dr Nabil Abou-Rahme will work from Bentley’s London offices, and will lead the company’s efforts in digital advancement research, collaborating with the government, university, and industry visionaries to promote innovative solutions for advancing infrastructure.

Dr Nabil Abou-Rahme joins Bentley from the global consultancy firm Mott MacDonald, where he was actively involved in digital transformation, most recently as head of smart infrastructure and global practice leader for data science, and prior to that, as divisional director for intelligent transport.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said: “We are gratified to have Dr Abou-Rahme join us to inaugurate our chief research officer role.

“We are newly able to advance infrastructure engineering through digital twins, by converging technologies to simultaneously meet their essential requirements for digital context, digital components, and digital chronology.

“Accordingly, an appropriate priority for Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies is now to work with authoritative research organisations to explore and substantiate the growing benefits, which are already realisable from infrastructure digital twins.

“By virtue of his unique combination of infrastructure engineering expertise and research experience, and contagious zeal for ‘going digital,’ Nabil brings the perfect fit to lead these collaborative endeavours.”

Dr Nabil Abou-Rahme added: “Bentley has a clear commitment to accelerating the adoption of digital technologies, including advancing BIM through digital twins.

“A key part of digital advancement research is a portfolio of demonstrator projects, collaborative prototypes that allow us to explore the art of the possible, while leveraging the best of academic, technical, and industrial experience 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 am excited to be leading this portfolio into the next phase of application.”


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