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Version 2023 Upgrade of Bentley CAD Software

The Bentley CAD software upgrade was completed on ODOT computers on May 3, 2024.  The following versions of the Bentley CAD software are ODOT's current platform as of April 29, 2024:
  • OpenRoads Designer v23.00.00.129
  • OpenSite Designer v23.00.00.129
  • OpenBridge Modeler v23.00.00.200
  • MicroStation v23.00.02.071
  • Bentley View v23.00.02.20
  • CONNECTION Client (licensing) v23.00.00.10
There are minor changes to the interface and a civil schema upgrade. ODOT's configuration will continue to use a workspace named ODOT_CONNECT, that is stored in C:\ODOT\V10, for several months. A transition to a workspace name of OregonDOT that is stored in a version folder is planned for completion in the 3rd quarter of 2024.

Power InRoads V8i Deprecation

The end of an era has arrived. ODOT officially moved beyond the V8i platform of the Bentley applications on July 1, 2021. At that time, due to some additional work necessary to move a project from the previous V8i platform, we left the older products in place. This was a risk for ODOT, as portions of InRoads are known to not function as designed using a Windows 10 machine. With the coming deployment of Windows 11, ODOT will cease to use the last of the V8i products. This change will occur later this year, dependent on other projects.

Axiom Office Importer Deprecation

Because ODOT has moved beyond the V8i platform of the Bentley applications, there is no longer the same need for Axiom Office Importer. The license for the Axiom product will not be renewed, and Axiom Office Importer will cease to function and will be removed towards the end of June, 2024.

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.


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.


2023 City/County PDFs for Vicinity Maps

City and County PDFs for 2023 that contain the layers needed to adjust the project location map are stored in \\gis_resources\6211shar\ Atlas_CAD_2023, 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.