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How can I view a Bing Map aerial or road map as a background for my hydraulic model?
Starting with the CONNECT Edition Update 1 release (10.01.XX.XX), Bing Maps can be added directly from the background layers manager (active internet connection required), with the ability to align to the model with up to three points of reference. See the related Help topic for more details.
To check if you have the ability to use Bing Maps, go to File > Help > About (or, Help > About, for older versions). The version number shown in the lower-left corner needs to be 10.01.XX.XX or greater.
For CONNECT Edition Update 2 and greater, you do not need to obtain a Bing Maps key from Microsoft and can utilize a special per-product Bentley key, as long as you are signed into the CONNECTION Client.
For CONNECT Edition Update 1, you will need a Microsoft account to generate a Bing Maps key -https://www.bingmapsportal.com/.
Starting with CONNECT Edition Update 2, you can choose to use a built-in Bentley Bing Maps Key, or choose your own user-generated Bing Maps key as before. You would click the ellipsis (...) button in the upper right of the dialog shown above and will have the option to toggle between the two different keys.
Frequency of Updates - Bentley uses service provided by Microsoft to retrieve Bing Maps aerial images for a given area and then display them. Microsoft controls the frequency of when the images are updated. The date that the images were taken varies depending on your location. Data may be outdated in areas with recent development. Some images are taken over a period of time and stitched together later, hence an exact date is not shown. If Bing Maps does not have an adequately up-to-date image of your project area, you can insert an image file in the Background Layers manager.
Regarding alignment and projection, the Bing Maps feature works off of web mercator projections, using the Map Alignment field. The Map Alignment can be used to help transform the background. However, this feature doesn't use a true State Plane-like reprojection like you might see in a program like MicroStation or ArcMap, where you can list what the projection is.
To align the map with the model, select “3 control points” for the “Map alignment” dropdown in the Bing Maps Properties dialog. You can then select three points in your model and three corresponding points on the map, and the map will align itself to those points. For example if a particular junction is known to be at a particular road intersection, select that junction and the corresponding street intersection on the map. The map will be rotated and stretched to align with those three points.
Restricted internet access: If you have limited connection to the internet and cannot access sites which are not permitted by the administrator, you may need to request that an exception be added for Bing Maps. Otherwise, you may not be able to insert or view a Bing map background. The following address needs to be added to the exception list of your firewall or security settings, then you should be able to use Bing Map.
Bing Map not displaying after reopening the model: In version 10.01.00.XX, if you uncheck the Bing Maps background layer, save and reopen the model, re-checking it will not correctly display the map and you will need to re-edit the Bing Maps definition. This issue is resolved in version 10.01.01.04 (reference #788487) Note also that if a flushing report or plan view report does not display correctly with a Bing map active, this is addressed in a patch to version 10.01.01.04 (and will be fixed in future versions as well) - see: Blank Page in Report of Plan View or Flushing Report with Bing Map Active
How to add background aerial and road map images to your model