Bentley Automation Service V8i SELECTseries 6 (iCS for i-models) release 08.11.14.xx

Bentley Automation Service V8i SELECTseries 6 (iCS for i-models) release 08.11.14.xx

Bentley Automation Service V8i SELECTseries 6 will be releasing its next version this summer, 08.11.14.xx.  Bentley Automation Service is also known as iCS for i-models and is available as a separate download from the Fulfillment Center and is a separate install from iCS for PDF.  It runs on top of ProjectWise Orchestration Framework Service and uses different extensions to automate the publishing of i-models and DGN indexing.

There are three types of i-models you can create:

  • Published i-model, which is a new file created form a single CAD file.
  • Packaged i-model, which is multiple published i-models combined into a single file.
  • Mobile i-model, which is at least one packaged i-model combined with other supporting documents into a single file which can then be viewed in a mobile app such as Bentley Navigator Mobile.

This version will be supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Enterprise Editions (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Enterprise Editions (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Standard and Enterprise Editions SP1 (64-bit)

The following applications have been tested as publishing engines:

  • Bentley i-model Composer V8i (SELECTseries 4) -
  • MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) -
  • AECOsim Building Designer V8i (SELECTseries 5) -
  • Bentley OpenPlant Modeler V8i (SELECTseries 5) -
  • Bentley Raceway and Cable Management

The following new features have been added:

  • Managed workspace support
  • ProjectWise application association
  • Destination and naming profiles
  • Attribute mapping
  • Predefined scheduled users
  • IFC files as input
  • i-model Transformation and i-model Validation

Managed Workspaces

Managed workspaces are now supported for ProjectWise documents in addition to Workspace profiles which were previously supported.  By default, the managed workspace or workspace profile will be used when processing the rendition. 

ProjectWise Application Association

There is no longer a need to manually define program associations for each job.  iCS for i-models now includes a Program Association option.  The publishing engine used for the rendition will use the program application associated with the ProjectWise document. 


Profiles are used to define output destination folders and file naming conventions.  Both profiles can be reused on subsequent jobs.

Output Destination Folder Profiles

Output destination folder profiles can be specified for intermediate, package, and .imodel files.  In the job definition, on the iCS for i-models tab, if the file type is enabled, the profile options are available.  The job profile will be listed with a pull-down available with a selection list for all profiles.

Intermediate Profile Manager

For intermediate files, there are two choices for the output destination folder: source and relative to source.  Selecting source file folder will store the renditions in the same folder as the input files.  For intermediate files, you can specify attribute mapping settings.

Package/.imodel Profile Manager

The package and .imodel output destination folder profiles can be shared which means creating a new profile for one will appear as an option for the other.  There are four choices for the destination folder: source file folder, specified folder, relative folder from source file, and relative folder from parent project.  All options allow symbols to be used in the folder name specification, versioning options, and attribute mapping.

Naming Convention Profile

In the job definition, on the iCS for i-models tab, select Options to specify the naming convention profile for intermediate, package, and .imodel files.  A default naming convention is delivered for each output file type.

Attribute mapping

Attribute mapping defines how attributes are mapped from the input source file to the output destination file.  Once defined, the attributes are mapped automatically when the job is executed.

Predefined Scheduled Users

The remote administrator can predefine users for running scheduled jobs.  This feature facilitates MANAGEservices usage. 

IFC files as an Input Files

IFC files are now supported as input files for renditions.

i-model Transformation and i-model Validation

iCS for i-models now integrates with a service technology called the i-model Transformer.  The i-model Transformer was created to help Bentley users, in all business domains, leverage and transform i-models to support Information Exchange workflows.  It encapsulates a general Bentley technology called Transformation Services.  The following diagram shows how iCS orchestrates the functionality of Transformation Services, thereby integrating it with the ProjectWise managed environment.  iCS for i-models accomplishes this by:

  1. Automatically publishing source documents out of ProjectWise as i-models to be transformed.
  2. Staging those i-models (and other files) for the i-model Transformer to operate on.
  3. Perform i-model Transformations.
  4. Storing the results of a given transformation back in the managed environment of ProjectWise.
  5. Assessing the completeness and accuracy of i-models for specific information exchange workflows including confirming the i-models conform to the i-model standard and their contents meet the information requirements of the exchange workflows.
  6. Validating information for incoming and outgoing deliverables to ensure required data is provided and for quality control.