CAD System Management

Bentley Connect Edition Configuration

Bentley Common Shared Configuration

For those of you that are running ONE CONFIGURATION for all your Open products, or create a dgnlib for the MicroStation customisation, and copy it to other Open products configuration, we found a significant problem in MicroStation 13 an ORD 2020 R1 and probably all that series of Open products, where ribbon items were only visible to the application that created them.
Example most customising is done for the common components of each Open product and MicroStation, and would probably done using MicroStation. If the same GUI dgnlib is used in ONE CONFIGURATION, or copied to other Open product configurations, the ribbon items will not be displayed in the other products. The same happens if the ribbon items are created in an Open product, they are not visible in MicroStation or the other Open products.
This has been reported and I have been told that it should be fixed in the next releases. Testing with ORD 2020 R2 appears to have resolved this problem.

For those that are unaware, most of the sessions that were due to run for the cancelled 2020 Bentley Accelerate Civil Conference in Florida have been recorded and are available at the link below:

Creating a new Workset in One Configuration
If any of you are trying to implement a single configuration for multiple Bentley Connect Edition applications, I have a working example that I can share, contact John Davidson
I did have one small issue, when trying to utilise the new DGNLIBLIST variables, they would not configure as per code. After a lot of testing I eventually found the cause and resolution, it is simply processing order, and the msconfig.cfg processes the product specific configuration in the wrong order. To rectify this until Bentley fix the problem you need to insert code to run your product config files in the correct order straight after the core product config for each configuration level, and the product configuration files need to be located outside the ProductName folder so that they do not get run from msconfig.cfg.
Connect Configuration & Folders Diagrams
Connect Edition Configuration BLOGS
CONNECT Edition – Custom Configuration – Part 1 – Initial Creation Steps
CONNECT Edition – Custom Configuration – Part 2 – Standards Folders
CONNECT Edition – Custom Configuration – Part 3 – Standards CFG Files
CONNECT Edition – Custom Configuration – Part 4 – Standards CFG File Contents
CONNECT Edition – Custom Configuration – Part 5 – Separating Project Data from Standards

Learning how to configure Bentley Products

John Davidson has put together a short guide to learning configuration.
Learning Configuration

Implementing Connect Edition Products

This is the bit that makes the magic happen, and here some links to the information you need for implementation of Connect Edition products. If this part is overlooked or not done effectively, the magic may be a bit flat.


Connect Edition MicroStation upgrade for CAD Managers This link is what you need to get started implementing MicroStation CE.
Train the Trainer information. In this training course and videos there are several areas that belong to the CAD System Administrator and should be implemented in a systematic way to ensure users are able to produce their best.
On Demand Course:

OpenRoads Designer and OpenRail Designer

OpenRoads Designer Workspace Setup
This link is what you need to get started implementing OpenRoads Designer.
OpenRoads SIG video on implementing the ANZ Configuration (workspace)

OpenBuildings Designer

Train the Trainer information. In this training course there are several sections designated as AdminTopicStamp   and should be understood and/or implemented by the CAD System Manager if users are expected to produce their best.

Creating a Deployment Image (Same for all Bentley Open products)

To avoid having to download the necessary information each time you install a Bentley product, you can make a deployment image that does it and saves it to a folder of your choice, then just install from the deployment image with all the desired settings done.
There is information in the product help, search for “Create a Deployment Image”.
You can do it from either the CMD or the Run window. Cut and paste the full folder address and the exe filename into the window followed by /layout, then follow the prompts to configure it the same as if you were installing it, selecting the datasets, associated applications, and other options, and the location where you want it saved to.

Bear’s Blogs

Sean (Bear) Forward has provided lots of CAD Administration Tips