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What's New? and Announcements

What's New?

CONNECT Workflows Playlist

CONNECT ORD Modeling Workflows

Engineering Tips Webinar 04/27/2022 Starting a CONNECT Project in ProjectWise for OpenRoads Designer
Engineering Tips Webinar 05/04/2022 Design Deliverables for Plans Production - OPNP and XSEC
MicroStation User Guide
OpenRoads Designer User Guide
The Plans Production Process and Design Deliverables
Recommendations About Where to Place Annotations


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.

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 the Engineering Applications Support Team if the number of days start counting down, otherwise, just clicking close should be enough.


ProjectWise Server and Explorer Client Upgrade Slated for June 2022

The ProjectWise Team, EAST and SAIT (Server Application Infrastructure Team) are working on a project to upgrade the ProjectWise Integration Server and the ProjectWise Explorer Client to v10.00.03.299 that is intended to occur in June 2022. We know from previous server upgrades and migrations that not all of the effects on users can be mitigated by the project team. One of the effects of the upgrade will be that URN or URL links to ProjectWise project data will not be updated to the new server and the links will be broken. Prior to the server upgrade, all users will be informed by email about methods that they may take after the migration to mitigate effects like broken ProjectWise links. If your project team has questions about how the ProjectWise server/client upgrade may affect your team, please send an inquiry to


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.


2021 City/County PDFs for Vicinity Maps

City and County PDFs for 2021 that contain the layers needed to adjust the project location map are stored in Atlas_CAD_2021, for ODOT users only. Sub-folders with "Reduced" in the name contain smaller file-size maps with the same content which may be easier to use.

Working Remotely Help

The Working Remotely Help page is available with PDFs for you to download that may benefit ODOT employees working from home. There is information on reducing your network overhead so that you may work more efficiently with email, MicroStation V8i and ProjectWise so you don't contribute to network slow downs.

You may contact an Engineering Applications Support Analyst if you have questions about using MicroStation V8i when working from home.


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.