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Bentley License Optimization Effort
The Bentley License Optimization Effort to reduce software licensing costs is almost completed. OpenSite Designer has replaced installations of OpenRoads Designer on computers where corridor modeling is not performed. MicroStation CONNECT has been removed from computers that have either OpenRoads Designer or OpenSite Designer installed, because MicroStation functionality is contained on the Drawing ribbon workflow in the "Open" products. Engineering computers now have only one Bentley CONNECT Edition CADD software installed. Power InRoads V8i SS2 was not changed as part of this effort. A small amount of software cleanup continues.

OpenSite and OpenRoads

OpenSite Designer and OpenRoads Designer use different civil schemas in DGN files. A DGN file that has been edited with OpenRoads Designer cannot be opened for editing with OpenSite Designer without being aligned to OpenSite Designer first. A tool to align DGN data will be provided with OpenSite Designer. There is more information and instructions in "Align DGN Data for OpenSite Designer Editing".
Bentley Activation Status Dialogs
Bentley Activation Status pop ups are historical.  They are merely informing you that in the recent past, the Bentley server was not reachable when it was checking your license. Any network interruption can cause this message to pop up the next day. You may cancel or close the dialogs without attempting to activate.
Activation Status Dialog
If this message reoccurs and counts down, for example it states 6 or 5 days, there may be a more pervasive network issue that needs to be addressed. Please contact if the number of days start counting down, otherwise, just clicking [Close] should be enough.


Business Process and Workflow Development for Bentley CONNECT Software

ODOT completed its upgrade of the CAD System software from V8i to CONNECT Edition in June 2021. Work is ongoing in the development of processes and workflows that take advantage of functionalities provided by the CONNECT Edition software.


Engineering Tips Webinar

The Engineering Applications Support Team hosts a weekly webinar on Engineering Tips.  Topics will include different versions of engineering software and operating systems that ODOT currently uses or will use in the future, as well as workflows.

We will send out emails with a subject line beginning with Engineering Tips to the Engineering Users MicroStation email distribution list. Please feel free to submit suggestions for topics, too, by emailing with a subject line of Engineering Tips Topics.


2022 City/County PDFs for Vicinity Maps

City and County PDFs for 2022 that contain the layers needed to adjust the project location map are stored in \\gis_resources\6211shar\ Atlas_CAD_2022, for ODOT users only. Copy and paste the URL into File Explorer.

Sub-folders with "Reduced" in the name contain smaller file-size maps with the same content which may be easier to use. The workflow is explained in Title Sheet Creation.pdf.


Contract Plans Manual

The CAD Manual, the overarching reference document for CAD standards is found on the Drafting and Contract Plans Program web page. Manuals for other disciplines and the Roadway CAD Manual are also available on the same page.
The older Contract Plans Development Guide may be found on ODOT's Engineering website.