Performance Enhancement in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 14 -Elements Properties Dialog loading time - Follow up

Property dialogs key feature is to review or modify the properties of an element, such as its geometry. With the recent development in the Element Properties Dialog, we fetched plenty properties. Now we are optimizing them for better performance. Users will now experience higher productivity when using larger datasets with maximum number of elements. Much like the previous blog, in this blog also, you will find a comparative study conducted to analyze the time taken to load the properties dialog with multiple elements.

The test data has been accumulated based on machines with multiple processors and an average of the same has been drawn to run the study. MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 14 has shown substantial hike in the graph as compared to Update 13.

The load time for Properties Dialog in Update 13 was trending at an average of 240 seconds and now with Update 14, it has come down to 60 seconds.

Following are the specifications that were used for the test.



Windows OS

Windows 10 Enterprise


Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1660 v3 @ 3.00GHz, 3001 Mhz (Megahertz), 8 Core(s), 16 Logical Processor(s)


64 GB

Page File Size

9.50 GB

Graphic Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

We have made use of both MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13 and Update 14 respectively.

Chart Content: The chart below represents the various datasets used from multiple verticals showing the time required to open a DWG file in Update 13 and Update 14.


Update 13

Update 14

Dataset 1 – General



Dataset 2 – General



Dataset 3 – Plant



Dataset 4 – General



Dataset 5 – Plant



Dataset 5 – Building




These tests have been conducted multiple times and the average loading time was considered to obtain the graph below. The datasets used for the tests are from different verticals which help in gauging the performance. The objective of this study is to help our users understand the difference in the time required to load the properties dialog in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13 and Update 14.

Graph Content:

  • X Axis: Dataset
  • Y Axis: Time (In Seconds)
  • The general perspective of this graph is to show the overlapping results between MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13 and Update 14. However, in the Building health care dataset, the graph substantially increases in favor of Update 14.

These tests were performed specifically for time required to load the Properties dialog in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 13 and in Update 14. With improved changes in the current update, we have a lot more in store for the next Update. If you want us to test any specific datasets that you are working with or wish to suggest scenarios that we can test for similar performance study, please feel free to comment or connect with us.


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