Currently, it is possible to install and run only one version of OpenRoads (or any CONNECT product AFAIK).But different versions of ORD have somewhat different schema. Older versions cannot run design created with newer versions, and there is no way to save a newer version back to an older version.
This is going to be a BIG problem as more and more DOTs come online with their ORD conversion. I can see myself coming to a point where Indiana would only run on one version, Ohio will only accept a different version, and Colorado may run on another version entirely. Never mind partnering with other firms, and getting data in whatever version they run.
It is not realistic to believe that every major client in the world will be running the exact same version of OpenRoads at the same time.
I don't even know how firms are supposed to manage this.Are we supposed to keep a library of laptops lying around idle, for working on projects with THAT version, and others sitting around for the projects with THIS version?I've seen some mention of "virtual machines" but that sounds like a lot of IT overhead, which would be crippling to smaller firms. It may not even be practical for larger firms to do on a company-wide basis.
Lack of backwards compatibility paired with the inability to run different versions in parallel is going to hamstring production with multiple clients and multiple partners.What is Bentley doing to address this problem?
Hi Steven,we are in the same position as you brilliant described: "customer's technology support" and "advocates of Bentley SW". I absolutely agree with your thought to Bentley: "Bring us into the process. Ask questions. Share road maps."Though we do not have such customer's user numbers, but the problems is the same. It touch me totally, every sentence (e.g. avaiting revolt) - thanks for your thought.Remark: Sometime it seems to me, it seems that ORD was create by people, who do not know previous InRoads or PowerCivil. Setting and workflows logic is sometimes not fully logic.
Running different versions on the same computer is something we are currently working on. It should come first half of 2021.
I hope the rest of this thread does not get swept under the rug here. It's not just the ability to run multiple versions on the same machine.
There is a BIG concern on the whole configuration and how to manage it with multiple "versions" of the so called schema.
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Agreed Tim. If the solution to the multiple schema is concurrent installations, how that is implemented in the use and management of the configurations will be a vital portion of resolving this. There will likely be significant implications on how computers are configured to run multiple versions and additional considerations that will need to be addressed in using multiple versions in a real work environment.
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bump - just keeping this fresh so it doesn't get lost