• Accelerate Conference (Jun 15-18) Registration is Now Open!

    Civil User Conference 2021 (Virtual)

    Tuesday, June 15, through Friday, June 18, 2021

    Free!

    https://www.bentley.com/en/learn/civil-virtual-conference

    Registration is now Open!

    The Bentley Civil User Conference offers informative live presentations to help you discover new techniques to stay current with the industry’s leading transportation solutions and be at the forefront of civil design technology. Attendees will gain…

    • Fri, May 14 2021
  • LinkedIn Learning: Civil Geometry QuickStart

    Hi OpenRoadsers!

    LinkedIn Learning now has an OpenRoads Designer course:  Civil Geometry QuickStart 

    You must have a LinkedIn Learning subscription (or your company does) to access.

    If you do not have access to LinkedIn Learning, you can, of course, take the class from the LEARNserver.

    (I'm curious and looking for feedback:  who would NOT have access to our LEARNserver, but would have access to LinkedIn Learning?  please…

    • Thu, Feb 18 2021
  • OpenRoads Cross Section Annotation Batch Processor

    When saving cross sections to multiple files with OpenRoads Designer, managing the annotations can become challenging. OpenRoads Cross Section Annotation Batch Processor semi-automates this process. It allows the user:

    1. To select a list of files to process.
    2. The option to remove existing annotations.
    3. The ability to select an Annotation Group for the new annotations.

    communities.bentley.com/.../OpenRoads-Cross-Section-Annotation…

    • Fri, Oct 2 2020
  • "Placing Ditches" is now available on the Learn Server

    A new course, Placing Ditches, is available on the LEARNserver (learn.bentley.com) in the OpenRoads Drainage and Utilities Learning Path.

    • Fri, Aug 7 2020
  • OpenRoads Level Display Batch Processor

    Let's say one has created plan and profile sheets or cross sections with OpenRoads Designer. There are dozens or, perhaps, hundreds of them. Now one needs to turn on or off a level or two in each model. OpenRoads Level Display Batch Processor to the rescue!

    Because OpenRoads Designer creates drawings and sheets in a very structured, programmatic way, OpenRoads Level Display Batch Processor can "copy" level display…

    • Wed, Jul 15 2020
  • OpenRoads Cross Section and Profile Viewer

    Flipping through models created by OpenRoads Designer can be repetitive and error-prone. The OpenRoads Cross Section and Profile Viewer seeks to solve this problem. It may be used to quickly and easily navigate or step through drawing and sheet models of cross sections and plans and profiles.

    It has a Zoom feature that scales view windows for greater clarity.

    Once the settings are established to one's satisfaction, the…

    • Wed, Jul 15 2020
  • Digital Twins Learning Path

    Digital Twins Learning Path!

    Right now, there is a single course, with nine 1-minute videos, but I expect this to be a primary source for Twin info.

    Introduction to Digital Twins videos

    • Fri, May 29 2020
  • May the 4th Be with You! And Accelerate Civil Virtual Conference!

    https://www.bentley.com/en/global-events/accelerate/2020/civil-virtual-conference

    Starting Tuesday, May 5..

    Links to Registration are in the link above.

    ACCELERATE CIVIL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

      ACCELERATE Civil virtual conference offers informative live presentations, on-demand breakout sessions, practical hands-on workshops via the LEARNserver, and a live user story series to help you discover new techniques to stay…

      • Mon, May 4 2020
    • Digital Twins: It can start with you (and your cell phone)

      What do we want?

          Time Travel!

      When do we want it?

        It doesn't matter!

      I just got back from 50 years in the future and everything has a Digital Twin.  Of course, I want to monetize my trip to the future, so getting ahead of the Digital Twin tsunami is my ticket (Oh, and a big early bet on the Gators winning the 16-team college football playoff in 2027).  

      How do I get going?

      The overall strategy is to identify your…

      • Wed, Apr 15 2020
    • ACCELERATE Civil Virtual Conference: Registration Open!

      Registration for the ACCELERATE Civil Virtual Conference live sessions is now open. The conference us complimentary and available to everyone, not just those that were registered for the Orlando conference. Remember to check back with the registration page as registration for the guest user presentations and recorded on demand presentations will be added over the next several weeks.

       

      The attached PDF has all the details…

      • Tue, Apr 14 2020
    • Digital Twins: they're coming, but when to us?

      I want my Digital Twins!  But I ain't getting them soon, it looks like...

      In my 30 years in the industry, the move from our older products to OpenRoads Designer was the biggest transformation I had seen.  Common Data Environment, automatic smart updates, BIM-ready...  Big!

      I've been wrong before (I thought Digital Signatures and The Magic Pen would be staples years ago), but Digital Twins looks like it will not only…

      • Tue, Apr 14 2020
    • Working from home with Bentley OpenSite/OpenRoads/OpenRail Designer

      In these challenging times when COVID-19 is imposing significant disruptions to day-to-day activities and affecting normal business flow, we at Bentley are committed to helping you transition from an office environment to working remotely or at home.

       

      The following articles contain information to help you be successful with using OpenSite/OpenRoads/OpenRail Designer while working remotely or from home:

       

      • Thu, Mar 19 2020
    • In-person Training: What's the Point?

      I’m in a philosophical battle with my 13-year old, whose study habits are, well, he’s going to transform if he’s going to do well next year when he starts high school.

      What prompted our arguments is a terribly-designed project in Science: design a mission for a telescope to visit all the planets.  There are three fundamental incompatibilities in the title alone and scores of impracticalities, but that…

      • Tue, Jun 4 2019
    • You can have your HUD back when you pry it from my cold dead fingers

      I’m a bit cynical in general.  I’m also entering my fourth decade of banging hard on civil software.  When the development team was internally previewing OpenRoads to us five or six years ago, they were making a big deal about the Heads Up Display (HUD). 

      Then: I thought it was a bit gimmicky.  “How much time is that actually going to save me?”

      Now:  “You can take it from me when you pry it from my…

      • Tue, Apr 9 2019
    • Civil Engineers: Masters of Relationships!?

      Engineers get a lot of grief for being not good with relationships.  I say: No More! 

      We were always relationship-focused, but we didn’t necessarily know how to manage them.  We didn’t quite have the tools.  But that was then.

      Ask any Hollywood Celebrity or Gossip Reporter: “Do you care about the relationship between this Profile Grade Line and that Edge of Pavement?”  They’d surely respond, “Of course…

      • Sat, Apr 6 2019
    • The Reverse Engineering Stops Here?

      I used to have this in my email signature:

      gnireenignE

      As a developer of training, it was my duty – my calling – to save software users from having to reverse engineer how the software worked.  Reverse engineering is hard, it’s really time-consuming and it’s error prone.  Reverse Engineering the software is supposed to stop with me.

      I’ve recently dipped my toe back into migration services for the…

      • Thu, Apr 4 2019
    • Confessions of an Ex-InRoads Trainer - Part 1: One format

      I just finished teaching a couple of InRoads v8i SELECTseries 2 training classes.  I hope they’re my last.

      There are a hundred reasons to upgrade to OpenRoads as quickly as you can.  My personally favorite reason is that OpenRoads is just more fun to work with.  I’d argue that that’s probably the most important reason, but I save that argument for another post.

      As a trainer and developer of training, there…

      • Thu, Mar 7 2019
    • Why OpenRoads is Transformative - in two minutes.

      This is my favorite thing to show new users.

      I can show you why OpenRoads is Revolutionary in two minutes.  And it’s not it’s super high-end capabilities (Corridors are largely the same as the old Roadway Designer without the clunky interface).  OpenRoads has a great Head-Up Interface, amazingly streamlined and powerful Geometry (I can’t believe I was actually happy with the old InRoads Geometry).

      The…

      • Mon, Feb 11 2019
    • OpenRoads/OpenRail Courses for Everybody

      Traditionally, our core training has been written for our "core" Learner: the Roadway Designer.  That's okay - if you're a roadway designer.

      We now have a series of courses that are designed to gently - and a little more coherently - introduce the OpenRoads and OpenRail Designer platform. 

      There's a clear Learning Outcome:  Learners with a little prior CAD experience will, in a couple hours, master Civil…

      • Mon, Jun 25 2018
    • What is Design Intent? Does Anyone Know?

      Join Joey LouAllen for an upcoming Tech Talk to discuss “design intent” and how it empowers you to design and model more effectively than ever before.  Want a sneak peek? Check out the YouTube Video below. Join the conversation September 26, register now.

      www.youtube.com/watch

      • Fri, Sep 22 2017
    • New Version of MVBA that Creates Element Templates from Levels in a DGN File

      I assume many Civil product users are like me: Since the particular civil product we used created many of the elements in our DGN files, Element Templates were not seen as a priority, nor as a necessity.

      However, as we begin using more and more Open Roads tools, we find ourselves needing more and more Element Templates. While I actually have written other VBA macros that convert other types of files into Element Templates…

      • Thu, Sep 21 2017
    • Discover Advancements in OpenRoads

      We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Bentley Institute Learn Conference for OpenRoads.  We’ll be heading to sunny Phoenix, Arizona this October!  This two-day physical conference will provide the most powerful and intensive learning experience for Bentley software users involved in planning, designing, analyzing, and constructing roads and highways.

      Join us to learn and use the…

      • Fri, Jun 23 2017
    • OpenRoads ConcepStation Live Demo Recording

      Hello folks,

           Here is a live demo of OpenRoads ConceptStation we recorded one take. 

      Enjoy and thanks for watching!

      Francois

      https://youtu.be/SgydHQzxvCE

      • Thu, Apr 28 2016
    • The Value of Bentley LEARNing Conferences

       What makes for a great learning experience? Is it the ability to connect  with your peers and share ideas? Is it the instant gratification of experiencing that “ah ha!” moment with an instructor?

      I remember sitting in large university lectures with over 300 students. Some students were fidgeting, others were sleeping, and most were mindlessly clicking on laptops, glancing up at the professor occasionally as…

      • Mon, Mar 28 2016
    • OpenRoads ConceptStation is now around the corner! Now available as pre-order for North American users!

      Dear users,

      We are very excited to announce that OpenRoads ConceptStation a brand new product to support your conceptual design workflows is coming up right around the corner!

      To help you understand the scope of the product here is a sneak peak. Hope you enjoy!

      Demo #1: Creating a new project and incorporating context information from our GeoCoordination Cloud Services (free as part of the product)

      https://youtu.be/_…

      • Fri, Feb 26 2016