OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition

Archived Release Notes

What is New Bentley OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition

The following summarizes the new features and enhancements in 2020 Release 1.

General Enhancements

  • Update of Power Platform to Edition (V10.13.02.02), Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition (V10.13.02.02) and Bentley GenerativeComponents CONNECT Edition (V10.13.02.02).
  • Subscription Entitlement Service (formerly CONNECT Licensing) For more information: Subscription Entitlement Service.
  • Includes OpenFlows SewerGEMS version 10.02.02.04. For additional information: OpenFlows: What's New.
  • Includes Bentley LumenRT Designer CONNECT Edition Update 13.
  • Update of gINT Civil Tools CONNECT Edition (V10.05.01.04).
  • Support for following ProjectWise Connect Edition (V10.00.03.262) and (V10.00.03.271).
  • Ability to import 12dxml data.
  • Item types can be exported thru IFC export.
  • Custom geographic coordinate systems are now definable.
  • Civil standards in a DGN files can now be synched from dgnlibs by right mouse buttoning on the DGN file name under Standards in Project Explorer.

Survey Enhancements

  • Added right mouse button click to Survey Details from the survey tree in Project Explorer.
  • Provided a setting to add attributes to the first point for multi-coded points.
  • Persist the reversing of survey chains that use a directional custom linestyle so that survey updates do not revert to original directions.
  • Ability to set a preference seed for the survey Details dialog.
  • A CSV version of the Survey Points Table report is included.

Geometry Enhancements

  • Event Point Lists allow the creation of multiple lists of user defined points.
  • Equal Space Points tool includes a method to define start and stop location along geometry.
  • Equal Space Points tool has multiple methods in defining the elevation and rotation of points during creation.
  • Point Report XSL has been added to only provide Feature Definition and not include the full path.
  • Locate Point has a <Traverse> and <Radial> methods to formulate a point with 2 known points and an angle/distance. This function has also been exposed in SDK.
  • Geometry Builder allows input of the middle ordinate and external when defining an arc.
  • Geometry Builder to parse d1 for a 1-degree curve.
  • Geometry Builder to support South Azimuth and clockwise angles.
  • Alignment Speed Tables are exposed in the SDK.
  • Added support for Arema Cubic Parabola, Polish Cubic Parabola, Half Cosine (Japanese Sine), Italian Cubic Parabola, and Czech spiral transitions.
  • Convert vertical regression to complex by PI rule.
  • Create projected cant tool.
  • Turnouts; long sleeper geometry definition (sleeper stub) now supports custom geometry and reverse curve definitions.

Terrain Enhancements

  • Create Terrain Model from Design Mesh allows the creation of terrain(s) with voids and boundary based upon meshes displayed in 3D space.

Modeling Enhancements

  • Template Library slope input of "2.5" now parses to a value of 2.5%.
  • End Conditions that target linear elements or feature definitions <Both> now honor directions and offset limits properties of the end condition point.
  • Template Library preferences are now stored in the ITL file.
  • The Template Library > Save As will now default to the folder where the ITL file was loaded from.
  • Corridors and Linear Templates clipped by civil cells, display the civil cell name instead of individual components of the civil cell within the corridor object clipping list.
  • Clipping algorithm has been enhanced for speed and accuracy.
  • Enhanced Synchronize Template to allow selection of a single template drop or the corridor, which allows for multiple template drops to be synched.
  • Corridors without End Conditions can place normal to vertical geometry. This facilitates tunnel and large culvert design.
  • Civil Mesh elements now have a <Civil Quantities> property providing a top slope area, planar area, and a volume (when closed).
  • 3D Drive Through has Custom Vehicle settings.
  • Tool to directly assign Cant to Corridor.
  • Configuration Variable added for loading a default superelevation file.
  • Create Superelevation Sections tool now prompts to create lanes from a template in addition to the manual method.
  • Add ability to define half lane width for proper transition length adjustments for multiple rotating lanes.
  • Expose the nRotatedLanes variable in the runtime variables for superelevation rule files.
  • Cross Section Gradebook Report builds a grade report from 3D model and cross section named boundary group.

Drawing Production and Annotation Enhancements

  • Named Boundary from Element tool allows current view rotation to be used for sheet creation.
  • Matchline annotation has been added for plan and profile sheets.
  • Cross section named boundaries can be created from Event Point List.
  • Points in the Event Points Lists can be annotated in Plan and Profile (Grid and Framed).
  • Named Boundary Manager maintains the setting for the "Show the Create Drawing dialog" for the session.
  • Added the ability to annotate vertical curve dimension lines on profiles.
  • Added the ability to distinguish an annotation's offset to the parent geometry, this allows same field/favorite to annotate points Left(LT) and Right(RT) with different prefix and/or suffix. This also applies to Frame Profile annotation.
  • The Text Favorite Manager can now be opened through the Drawing Production> Annotations> bottom right arrow more button.
  • Sheet and Drawing Models can now be placed in individual dgn files during Sheet Creation. One sheet per dgn.

Drainage and Utilities Enhancements

  • The name of the workflow has changed to "Drainage and Utilities" to better reflect the functionality.
  • Added setting to allow headwalls to use the slope of the incoming pipe slope.
  • Ability to copy a prototype and catalog when the Feature Definition is not in SUDA_SEED_FILE.
  • Allow annotation of elements in reference files. This requires a utilities project in the active DGN, which triggers the ability to annotate elements in up to four references.
  • Support for OpenFlows gutter sections functionality. This creates intermediate sections along a gutter element by sectioning a terrain model. Spread widths are calculated at each section.
  • Draw the spread widths for a gutter element as a polygon.
  • New method to allow placement of gutters from a start node and downstream trace.
  • Relative Rotation for a node from a linear element is supported.
  • Extend the Critical Scenario Analysis wizard so that it can use flow in conduits as a critical criteria, as well as the HGL at nodes.
  • The default value for a User Data Extension (UDX) can now be overridden in a feature definition, so you can assign one User Data Extension to multiple feature definitions and use a different default value for each one.
  • The wall thickness of a utility conduit is now available as a property, so it can be annotated by a text favorite.
  • The settings for Set Invert to Start/Stop are no longer overridden and are applied 'as is' from the conduit prototype.
  • Flow arrows are now displayed for drainage conduits in Element Symbology. Note that the property for this needs to be toggled off then on to activate it in the DGN.

Technology Preview Enhancements

  • Site Layout tools includes a residential parceling tools to generate, optimize, and model residential land development projects. The tool set contains knuckles and Cul-de-sac tools.
  • Parcels can be dynamically annotated and tabled.
  • Connection Editor supports turnouts.
  • Graphical User Interface has been added to the VersionChecker.exe. This tool allows version identification, product alignment, and allow the upgrade of files.

The following summarizes the new features and enhancements in this 2019 Release 2.

  • Update of Power Platform to Edition (V10.12.00.54).
  • Subscription Entitlement Service (formerly CONNECT Licensing is utilized. For more information: Subscription Entitlement Service.
  • Includes Bentley LumenRT Designer CONNECT Edition Update 12.
  • Includes Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition Update 2 (V10.010.00.54).
  • Update of gINT Civil Tools CONNECT Edition Update 1 (V10.03.01.25).
  • Support for following ProjectWise Connect Edition (V10.00.03.167 & V10.00.03.262).

This release is focused on user feedback, lower priority enhancements, fit and finish, and reported defects. The following list highlights some of these items:

  • 2019 Release 2 is backwards compatible with 2019 Release 1. This means DGN files can be opened by 2019 Release 1 once opened by 2019 Release 2.
  • Support for Chord Defined Arcs has been added. This support ranges from Corridors, reporting, and station equations.
  • Several fixes have been implemented for Save as DWG and Export to DWG.
  • Crossing Geometry Point rule now updates when the parent geometry changes.
  • Resolved an issue where geometry states invalid element for several commands when it was valid.
  • Corrected issue where clipping was not performed.
  • Improved performance of deleting or un-annotating survey field books.
  • Place label now works when AccuSnap is disabled.
  • Target Alias behavior has returned to have Use Closest off when defining.
  • Dynamic Cross Sections fixes reference attachments when corridor components are not shown.
  • Several superelevation improvements and fixes for overlapping transitions, multi-center curves, user runtime variables, and reports.
  • Superelevation Rule File enhancements.
  • The format of the rule file was updated to support additional user defined variables.
  • A section name is updated automatically when an older rule file is opened in the Edit Rule File dialog.
  • The internal variable ' TransitionLength ' has been renamed ' ComputedTransitionLength ' . Rule files that use ' TransitionLength ' in Custom Key Station equations will likely need to be updated unless ' TransitionLength ' is also defined by a custom equation. This is a manual update that must be done.
  • XML Rule files compatible with both 2019 Release 1 and 2019 Release 2 are included.
  • The delivered superelevation XML rule files have been updated to include the Custom Key Station equation to adjust the transition length to be calculated as a constant relative gradient when using an inside, outside, right, or left pivot. The transition length is calculated using a constant change of slope without the Custom Key Station.
OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition 2019 Release 1.
  • Ability to make graphical edits to cant in the Cant Editor dialog.
  • Curvature diagram shows point names and symbols. Also an ability to synchronize curve diagram view to plan view has been added.
  • Display of Slew Line.
  • Copy Vertical from parallel track.
  • Improved negative cant support, elevate inside rail for calculation.
  • Swept Path Analysis now allows use of templates from the ITL File.

OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition Update 3

  • Turnout Extend Tool
  • Import from ALG now allows the ability to import Cant.

Technology Preview Enhancements

  • Rail Electrification.
  • Place Single Reference Line.
  • Place Multiple Reference Lines.
  • Place Wire Run.

OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition Update 2

  • Regression, Dynamic display of slew values.
  • Regression, Slew annotation.
  • Turnout, Point annotation.
  • Turnout, Reporting.
  • Speed Table, Import table.
  • Speed Table, Copy/Project table.
  • Speed Table, Grade Display.
  • Create Conic Slope (Technology Preview).

OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition Update 1

  • Template improvements
  • Circular elements
  • Fillet definitions in component
  • Create voids
  • Import template from graphics
  • Additional cubic parabola definitions
  • Turnout properties
  • Turnout annotation
  • Rail object in the project explorer
  • Improved cant calculation
  • Existing cant display on curvature diagram
  • Existing cant display on cant diagram
  • Rail placement performance improvements
  • Sleeper placement improvements

OpenRail Designer CONNECT Edition Initial Release

  • Sort Horizontal Regression
  • Single Horizontal Regression
  • Quick Horizontal Regression
  • Single Vertical Regression
  • Quick Vertical Regression
  • Curvature Diagram
  • Display Vertical Curvature Diagram
  • Complex Spiral Between
  • Convert Rails to Centerline
  • Create Regression Line Profile
  • Create Profile from Rails
  • Horizontal Regression Report
  • Vertical Regression Report
  • Speed Table
  • Create Cant
  • Edit Cant
  • Cant Report
  • Place Turnout
  • Place Crossover
  • Place Crossing
  • Create Rails
  • Create Sleepers
  • 2019 Release 2 is backwards compatible with 2019 Release 1. This means DGN files can be opened by 2019 Release 1 once opened by 2019 Release 2.
  • Support for Chord Defined Arcs has been added. This support ranges from Corridors, reporting, and station equations.
  • Several fixes have been done for Save as DWG and Export to DWG.
  • Crossing Geometry Point rule now updates when the parent geometry changes.
  • Resolved an issue where geometry would state invalid element for several commands when it was valid.
  • Corrected issue where clipping was not performed.
  • Improved performance of deleting or un-annotating survey field books.
  • Place label now works when AccuSnap is disabled.
  • Target Alias behavior has returned to have Use Closest off when defining.
  • Dynamic Cross Sections fixes reference attachments when corridor components are not shown.
  • Several superelevation improvements and fixes for overlapping transitions, multi-center curves, user runtime variables, and reports.
  • Superelevation Rule File enhancements.
  • The format of the rule file was updated to support additional user defined variables.
  • A section name is updated automatically when an older rule file is opened in the Edit Rule File dialog.
  • The internal variable ' TransitionLength ' has been renamed ' ComputedTransitionLength ' . Rule files that use ' TransitionLength ' in Custom Key Station equations will likely need to be updated unless ' TransitionLength ' is also defined by a custom equation. This is a manual update that must be done.
  • XML Rule files compatible with both 2019 Release 1 and 2019 Release 2 are included.
  • The delivered superelevation XML rule files have been updated to include the Custom Key Station equation to adjust the transition length to be calculated as a constant relative gradient when using an inside, outside, right, or left pivot. The transition length is calculated using a constant change of slope without the Custom Key Station.