Release Announcement - OpenPlant CONNECT Edition Update 8

On behalf of the OpenPlant team, it is my pleasure to announce the release of the OpenPlant CONNECT Edition Update 8 products listed below. These products are now available live on the Bentley Software Downloads site. Under Brand, you can select OpenPlant to see the following released products:

  • OpenPlant Modeler CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)
  • OpenPlant PID CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)
  • OpenPlant Isometrics Manager CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)
  • OpenPlant Support Engineering CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)
  • OpenPlant Orthographics Manager CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)
  • OpenPlant Project Administrator CONNECT Edition Update 8 (10.08.00.51)

For a quick overview of What’s new in CONNECT Update 8, you can watch OpenPlant CONNECT Edition Fireside Chat video, in which OpenPlant product managers talk about the latest updates available in CONNECT Update 8 as well as workflow improvements with PlantSight.

What’s new in OpenPlant Modeler CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • Import Tags to PlantSight: The Import Tag Instances option has been enhanced to allow you to import new graphical and non-graphical tags from an external database file directly to a PlantSight iModel. Previously you were only able to import non-graphical tags (PBS items and Pipelines) to the local drawing. 
  • Snap to Active Point: Functionality has been added which lets you place components at a known distance with regards to the Active Point of a bend component. You will be able to snap to the Active Point and set it as the origin point for placement
  • Project Wide Reports: New functionality has been added when working in a Connected project to run Project Wide reports using the data stored in PlantSight. 
  • IsoSheet Manager: The Pipeline Manager now has the ability to launch the IsoSheet Manager without the need to select a pipeline. 
  • Offline Tag Reservation: Tags which were placed while offline in a connected workset will be reserved when the user goes online and syncs the changes with PlantSight. The Duplicate Tags dialog will display for tags which were not able to be reserved.
  • Designate a Snapshot drawing: The snapshot feature will allow a user to designate a DGN as a "snapshot" where you can only reference out data to that dgn. This will allow multiple users the ability to modify the contents of the file but they will not be able to commit the changes to the PlantSight. This is useful when creating drawings from data in the PlantSight. 
  • Structural Synchronizer (11.00.00.15): OpenPlant Modeler now is installed with Structural Synchronizer version (11.00.00.15) which is compatible with all Plant and Building applications. 
  • BRCM Integration (Technical Preview): OpenPlant Modeler has included the option to include a BRCM ribbon with Raceway and Underground System design tools. The option to install the Bentley Raceway and Cable Management tools is available during the OpenPlant Modeler installation process. 
    Use the OPPA to configure BRCM to be used in OpenPlant Modeler for the respective workset. 

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

What’s new in OpenPlant PID CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • Import Tags to PlantSight: The Import Tag Instances option has been enhanced to allow you to import tags from an external database file directly to a PlantSight iModel.
  • Process Line List Report: A new Process Line report has been added when working in a PlantSight connected workset which displays synced OpenPlant PID data including To/From data for each line and the Document the line was created in.
  • Project Wide Reports: New functionality has been added when working in a Connected project to run Project Wide reports using the data stored in PlantSight.
  • Pipeline Creation and Placement: The Pipeline workflows have been moved out of the Standard Preferences dialog and back into the Piping ribbon.
  • Instrument Loop Creation and Placement: Instrument Loop Creation workflows have been moved out of the Standard Preferences dialog and into the Instrument ribbon.
  • To/From Data for Pipe Terminators: To/From data for a pipe run has been enhanced to include pipe terminating symbol information in the General Info section of the Properties dialog.

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

What’s new in OpenPlant Isometrics Manager CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • Sync IsoStyle to ProjectWise: Support has been added allowing the user to sync the IsoStyle to ProjectWise.
  • Style Editor: You can now launch the Style Editor from the Iso Processor dialog.
  • IsoStyle Enhancements: General enhancements have been made to the IsoStyle dialog for improved optics and reusability
  • Output Generation: Several general improvements have been made for output generation and the ability to handle unique isometric cases.
  • Design States (Technical Preview): This is a PlantSight specific functionality when you are working in a connected project. A file named designstates.json is used to define:
    • IsoSheet styles are associated with design states
    • definition of design states and workflow of states
    • Update design states for each component in PlantSight once the IsoSheet is generated.

In OpenPlant Modeler, you will need to make sure the OP_DESIGNSTATES_FILE configuration variable points to the designstates.json file for the connected workset.

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

What’s new in OpenPlant Support Engineering CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • Isometric Definition: A new field has been added in the Properties dialog when placing a component or assembly which allows you to define a unique Isometric Definition. This definition will be displayed when an an isometric is run which includes OpenPlant Support Engineering  If no Isometric Description is defined, the default component description will be used.
  • Default Catalog Record for Component Placement: A new setting has been added which will use the first catalog record as the default size when placing a component or assembly.
  • New Steel Catalog: A new catalog named Structural Steel Solutions has been added which provides structural options which are compliant with the standards and specifications used in India.
  • Content Development Manual: An Additional Content Development manual containing detailed information on existing OpenPlant Support Engineering geometry primitives as well as user scripts to assist the user in building his own components is provided with the OpenPlant Support Engineering install

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

What’s new in OpenPlant Orthogrpahics Manager CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • Drawing Generation: The Drawing Generation interface has been rearranged for better workflow
  • Reports: The Report section has been merged into the Drawing Generation section. Reports are also now stored in the View Definition file, so the application is no longer dependent on the intermediate files.
  • VAD to VADx Update: This is moving to a more modern format which consolidates information previously spread out in different files into one file. This includes referenced models’ location, reports and drawing generation history.
  • Nozzle/Valve Charts: The Nozzleand Valve Chart interfaces have been updated to include a Mapping column letting you select a property to display.
  • Enhanced MicroStation Mode (Technical Preview): The Microstation Mode has been rewritten from the ground up to include the following:
    • Added support for level configuration
    • Grouping of component graphics in cell

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

What’s new in OpenPlant Project Administrator CONNECT Edition Update 8:

  • New Configuration: An option has been added to the Configuration Tool group which lets you add a New Publication with the necessary folders and files needed to start creating workspaces and worksets ready for consumption by modeling applications.
  • Schema Differencing: A new Schema Differencing option has been added which compares your user schemas with the latest out of the box schemas and identifies all of the changes you have made. This makes for a useful tool when you are upgrading as it gives you feedback to whether your changes have successfully been upgraded.
  • Reporting in SpecGen: The Specification Generator now has a reporting feature.
  • Spec and Catalog Cleanup: Improvements have been made to clean up and verify content for the default specs and catalogs included with the OpenPlant applications.
  • Bentley Raceway and Cable Management Support: Support has been added for the Bentley Raceway and Cable Management application including the following options:
    • To create a Bentley Raceway and Cable Management enabled project.
    • To enable a Bentley Raceway and Cable Management for an existing OpenPlant workset.

For further details please review the ReadMe file.

For more information about value of OpenPlant and the products in OpenPlant CONNECT Edition suite, please go to:

Thanks,

Abbas Ali Zaidi