Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 3

Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 3

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 press the Apply button.
  4. Locate the "Bentley Substation" tile and select the Get Software link.
  5. Select the Generation of CONNECT Edition and click the Apply button.
  6. Download the latest release by clicking on the download button for Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition x64 version

Important installation requirements and notices are found in the Readme

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What's New Highlights

New Project Manager

The New Project Manager grants greater flexibility for managing projects by:

  1. Allowing users to store projects in any location they desire.
  2. Users can now associate multiple projects with the same WorkSet configuration if so desired. When creating new projects you can select the WorkSpace and WorkSet configuration you want to apply to the project.

The Project Manager now features an updated Configuration Variables dialog that has separate tabs for updating both WorkSpace and WorkSet variables.

The Project Manager now gives you access to a Configure Database dialog which allows you to specify the default project database for any new projects that you create.

Configuration Changes

  • The behavior of the ELEC_CATALOG_PATH variable has been revised so that all catalogs found in the specified path will be loaded by the software. If you have some catalogs on a local drive and others shared on a network drive that you would like to load simultaneously, you can delineate multiple paths with a semi-colon. It's no longer necessary to specify individual paths to every catalog that you intend to load.
  • The following Project Database configuration variables have been deprecated in Update 3 since we now store the project database connection information with each project’s ect.fid file and the default project database settings are stored in the DBSettings.xml file:
    • ELEC_PRJ_DB_NAME               

Migrating V8i Projects to CONNECT Edition

Migrating your projects from V8i to the CONNECT Edition is a simple two step process of:

  1. Associating a CONNECT configuration with your V8i projects.
  2. Updating your project database schema to the CONNECT Edition.

A Configuration Assignment Utility has been provided with the CONNECT Edition making it fast and easy to associate your custom CONNECT configurations with your V8i projects. This tool is accessed from the Project Manager by selecting the Configuration Assignment Utility button.

Managed WorkSpace Enhancements

ProjectWise integration has been extended to support managed WorkSpaces that allow you to now fully store your symbol catalogs inside of a ProjectWise repository. This helps to facilitate greater collaboration across your organization.

You have the added flexibility of being able to store your workspace configuration in a separate area of the ProjectWise repository from your projects so that an administrator can lock down the configuration while allowing users to create new projects as needed.

2D Lightning Protection Diagrams and Calculation Reports

Quickly and easily group lightning masts to create 2D protection diagrams with calculation reports to ensure that substation equipment is properly protected from lightning strikes.

Easily Move Multiple Symbol Text Attributes

You can now window select or use <CTRL> and left click to select multiple symbol text attributes across multiple symbols and move all the text at once using the standard Move command. As an example, this is a convenient way to realign PLC function text where you want all the text across multiple symbols to align in a column.

New Context Menus

The third party context menus that appear when you right click on any Substation object have been seamlessly integrated with the native power platform context menus, which has the following benefits:

  • Eliminates menu conflicts that previously arose between the native platform menu and the third party substation menu.
  • Allows for user customization