OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition was announced by Bentley in November 2016. I'm trying to get a sense of how mature the product is for production use. I've been doing extensive research and will be moving into more rigorous testing to assess if the software can be used on full scale projects as the main design platform.
Did you find it necessary to upgrade your workstation hardware to support ORD? If so in what capacity? Could you suggest an optimal hardware configuration in terms of CPU, RAM and graphics card?
Our team are using Dell Precision 5530 laptops with Intel Core i7 processors, SSD drives, Nvidia Quadro P1000 graphics and 32Gb RAM. The only improvement i would suggest is the graphics card as we seem to run out of steam with it by the end of a busy day and sometimes need to restart the machines.
OpenRoads Designer 2021 R2 (10.10) | Microstation CE Update 17 | ProjectWise CE 3.4
Have you tested ORD on a desktop computer with similar specs to see performance benefits?
The 3D modeling tools are fairly solid and stable ... on the other hand plan production tools seem "half-baked" ... my major heart burn is the cross-section "deliverables" (Oh-Boy!).
ORD creates a drawing model for EVERY station where you slice a cross section! This is how ORD keeps the connection between your 3D model and cross sections presented in the sheets LIVE.
You could easily end up with hundreds of cross section models in your drawing (for large projects) and the processing can take hours. This has made managing ORD cross section sheets so tedious that we had no other choice but revert to revert to SS4 or other legacy formats just for the plan production ... especially cross sections, which defeats the purpose of OpenRoads Technology!
not yet, but its on my list. Happy to share results once i get them.
One thing we've found is that Joint Venture partners from organisations with closed IT systems seem to have much more issues with stability than we do. All our users have admin access to their machines and this seems to allow ORD to work much better - I suspect there is some attempted writing to Program Files folders for some reason, but i'm not too sure.
Also, slow internet seems to really affect startup time - probably from CONNECTION Client. We've found its much faster to start a session if we have fast internet or no internet at all,