Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 2

The Bentley Substation product team is pleased to announce the availability of Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition x64 ( on Software Downloads.


If you would like the setup executable of Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition x64, please follow these steps to download it from Fulfillment Center:

  1. Sign in to               
  2. Choose Software Downloads from "My Support" section
  3. Select the Brand Promis.e and then select the Generation of CONNECT Edition
  4. Download the latest release by clicking on the arrow to expand the selection and then on Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition x64 version 

Important installation requirements and notices are found in the Readme

Please refer to the following link for the Resolved Issues in Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition.  Also, be sure to visit the Promis.e forum on Bentley Communities to keep up to date with the latest information on Blogs, Wiki's, Announcements and Support Forums. 

What's New Highlights

Project Manager Work Page

In previous versions of Substation, the Project Manager could not be loaded upon startup of the software. The standard Work Session Page tools had to be used to browse the file system to locate a DGN file of a project to open before the software could load the Project Manager which was not intuitive or convenient.

Now the Project Manager is displayed in the work session page immediately upon startup of the Substation application. This gives you immediate access to all the Project Manager features which enable you to quickly open Projects/Drawings and create new projects. Once a drawing is opened the ribbon menu is loaded so you can begin your work. You can return to the Project Manager by selecting the File menu in the ribbon menu at any time.

Parts Database Enhancements

  • Support adding symbol attributes with null when creating/editing a part number. Previously when an attribute was added, a value need to be assigned before it could be saved. This allows the user to create the attribute and assign a value later.

New Supported DTM Formats

Substation placement tools now recognize the following formats when placing objects relative to a Digital Terrain Model (DTM):

  • Content Capture reality mesh
  • Mesh Surface Entity
  • Terrain Model

Managed WorkSpace

  • You can now create a new Macro in Substation and save it to a selected catalog stored in a ProjectWise Managed WorkSpace.
  • You can now create a Device Family in Substation and save to a ProjectWise Managed WorkSpace.

Performance Enhancements

Improved the speed and performance of the following commands:

  • Insert Symbol by Device ID
  • Open pages from earlier projects

CONNECT Licensing

CONNECT Licensing is Bentley's new process for product activation, enhancing our users' digital workflows and improving our licensing capabilities with features such as:

  • License alert notifications when you are approaching a custom usage threshold
  • Replacing site activation keys with user validation, enhancing security around your Bentley licenses and subscriptions

Traditionally, product activation has been through an activation key that an Organization distributed to all of its users. With CONNECT Licensing, product activation is managed by user sign in through the CONNECTION Client, which is installed on each machine that uses Bentley applications. This offers a more secure and manageable system as it offers usage alerts, notifying your users when they are about to reach a certain usage limit set by the Administrator.