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Archived Release Notes

What is New Bentley OpenSite Designer CONNECT Edition

The following summarizes the new features and fixes in 2020 Release 3.


  • Update of Power Platform to Edition (V10.14.04.04), Bentley Descartes CONNECT Edition (V10.14.04.04) and Bentley GenerativeComponents CONNECT Edition (V10.14.04.04).
  • Includes OpenFlows SewerGEMS version For additional information refer to: OpenFlows: What's New.
  • Includes Bentley LumenRT Designer CONNECT Edition Update 14.
  • Update of gINT Civil Tools CONNECT Edition (V10.07.01.03).
  • Support for following ProjectWise Connect Edition (V10.00.03.334) and (V10.00.03.4xx).
  • MicroStation task navigation interface capability has been added to UI allowing to switch from Ribbon to task-based navigations. Task navigation is for legacy support of MicroStation tools and does not include support for OpenX Connect Edition tools.
  • iTwin Synchronizer & iTwin Design Review has been added.
  • Visualization Content is included as optional feature in the installer.
  • MicroStation based clash detection tool is included under Drawing>Analyze, note this is only available when in a 3D model.
  • Siteops Desktop application is included with the OpenSite Designer installer.
  • Downgrade Civil Model tool on the backstage allows the ability downgrade OpenX DGN files to a previous version or as a plain MicroStation DGN. (OpenX-Technology Preview)
  • Civil File Manager has replaced Version Checker. Civil File Manager allows for variety of file management of OpenX Designer DGN files. This application is located at: C:\Program Files\Bentley\OpenX Designer CONNECT Edition\OpenRoadsDesigner\CivilFileManager.exe.
  • Added the ability to report station and offset of Item Types on 3D elements such as meshes.
  • Update standards tool supports updates from the item type library.
  • Dynamic Plan view allows to navigate along an alignment and automatically rotate view normal to current station and exaggerate in X and Y axis.
  • Icons have been updated for the Activate and Deactivate rules.
  • All rail spiral types are supported when exporting to DWG format.


  • A configuration variable has been added that defines the path where images files are located for survey data processing, CIVIL_SURVEY_PHOTOS_FOLDER.


  • Added the capability to define feature definition(s) to geometry during import.
  • Reporting for tangent direction now indicates if it is the Forward (Ahead) or Backwards (Back) tangent.
  • Rail Parameters have been added to Design File Settings.
  • Regression line is now also used as slew line, reducing the clutter in the plan view.
  • Fixed and information regression point types are added.


  • Import Topo tool allows the creation of terrain model from ESRI, USGS, and SRTM. Importing from ESRI service requires an ESRI account. (OpenX-Technology Preview)


  • Copy Template tool has been enhanced to allow copying Corridor templates from one corridor to another.
  • Added ability to calculate multiple substratum layers with earthwork quantification with the Create Cut Fill Tool.
  • Template Library file (*.itl) now prompts user for checkout from ProjectWise if available. If the file is already checked out, one can enter the template library and perform a Save As.
  • Properties and quick properties display the Volume Option of a mesh for quick identification.
  • Corridor Modeling tools that require a corridor to be selected now allows the picking of the corridor in the 3D model by selecting a corridors mesh or 3d linear geometry.
  • The corridor Clipping Reference object now identifies if the clip is 2D or 3D clip.
  • Create Closed Mesh tool allows the creation of a mesh from corridors, linear templates, terrain models, and meshes.
  • Feature Definitions with a Custom Volume option can specify if Fill is or is not included in the Mass Ordinate.
  • Corridors processed in 2020 Release 3 include metadata on mesh and 3D linear graphics. This metadata is used for increase performance for a variety of tools including the Cross Section Grade Report and Cross Section annotations.
  • A key-in for Process All has been added, GEOMETRY PROCESSALLOBJECTS.

Drawing Production and Annotation

  • Named boundary and sheet creation tools support selection sets for bulk creation of plans, profiles and cross sections on multiple geometries.
  • Ability to name Saved Views, Named Boundaries, and Sheet Models has been added.
  • Vertical change in Plan annotations are now supported.
  • Cross Section Grade Report has enhanced filtering abilities and optimized performance.
  • Ability to automatically trim profile vertical grid lines by the existing ground line has been added.
  • Survey chains can be annotated on cross section sheets.
  • Ability to label elevation along a plan view element with a profile at an even interval.
  • Cross Section sheets can be cut looking down station, "backwards facing".
  • The key-in PLACELABEL TOOL OPEN has been added for Place Label tool.
  • New vertical change in plan annotation definitions are added.
  • New cab definitions are added to 3D Drive Through tool

Drainage and Utilities

  • A new Critical Storm Analysis Wizard gives the ability to easily run a number of storm events on a system, and identifies the worst-case storm for every conduit or node - without having to create the scenarios first. This makes it much easier to test a system that has been designed using the Rational method.
  • A series of nodes can now be placed at an interval along a linear element.
  • Place Node now lets you state that the elevation reference is for the node invert, instead of the cover or ground. This is useful when placing endwalls in a ditch.
  • Place Node now lets you extract an irregular cross section from the elevation reference.
  • Place Node now lets you place a tap node in a conduit.
  • Added the OpenFlows batch pipe split functionality, that automatically inserts nodes in conduits if they are within an offset tolerance.
  • An option has been added to list all conduits that are missing a start or stop node.
  • Properties that have civil rules are now displayed in Utility Properties as read only.
  • Properties for the largest and smallest conduits connected to a drainage node have been added.
  • The ability to only draw "whole" conduits on profile sheet has been added. This will force the subsequent conduit to be placed on the next profile sheet.
  • The profile manipulator for conduit slope can now display the OpenFlows value, if this is selected in Design File Settings.
  • The road cross slope for a catch basin can now be read from a terrain model.
  • Added support for UK Flood Estimation Handbook 2013 Rainfall Data.
  • Loading of reference files containing drainage and utilities database occurs automatically when the active file also contains a database. This will allow the exposure of reference drainage and utilities properties and the ability to annotate them across reference files.
  • ModelBuilder now supports the Node Rotation property when importing and exporting data. This has caused a change to the way that the Node Rotation value is set. If you have existing design files containing nodes that use a relative rotation, the value needs to be reset before you compute the hydraulics and hydrology. To do this, select each node, and use its manipulator to change the value - either very slightly, or change it, then change it back.