Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 4

Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 4

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

Please refer to the following link for the Resolved Issues in Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition Update 3.  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

Components Center (Technical Preview)

Components Center is a CONNECT service where Bentley publishes software content and users can upload their own custom content to be shared among all their users. 

  • Users can have immediate access to the latest published content from Bentley.
  • Users can maintain their custom content on Components Center making catalog administration easy.  Changes that are pushed to components center will automatically be available to all users in your organization.

The Insert Substation Object and Insert Cable/Bus features can query content found in Components center and insert the content into a design file by downloading the symbols to a local cache folder.

Component Center can be enabled for use in the Options dialog. It is not enabled by default

For more details about the Component Center, please see the recent Tech Talk How to Utilize Components Center in Bentley Substation

Work Order Management Features

Several exciting new features have been introduced that provide enhanced capabilities for executing Brownfield design changes in the form of work orders. The following features work in tandem with one another:

Work Order Manager - Allows you to define a work order number, description, status, and other properties for a brownfield design project. The ability to import work orders from a third party system like SAP is also possible in this interface.

Properties Control - Allows you to assign work orders, bill of material documents, revisions, and other custom properties to components that are used in your design files. 

Thematic Manager - Allows you to create and apply visual styles to components based on any property values such as work order.  You have the ability to color code or change line types or even turn on or off the display of any components that match the filter criteria specified in the theme that you create. This makes highlighting design changes for a given work order straightforward and simple.

BOM Manager - Allows you to define bills of material for any given work order, document, and revision. You can add new parts or edit existing items.  Validation checks ensure that your BOM data is accurate.  With some customization required, you can submit your BOM data in JSON format to a purchasing system like SAP.

PLC I/O Text Import Enhancement

You now have the option of including Installation, Location, and Device Tags in your Excel import files to specifically identify a device that the I/O addresses apply to.  When these fields are specified in the import file, the software will only apply the I/O text to the device that matches the ID specified in your import file.

Symbol Text Editing

You now have the ability to right click in the Symbol Text dialog and remove an attribute associated with the selected symbol.

Cable Diagram Conductor Text Visibility

You now have the ability to turn on or off the visibility of Cable Diagram conductor text using a new display setting found in the View>Display menu.

Enhanced Field Settings

Several enhancements have been made to make inserting fields more flexible than ever before.

  • New Project Option>Field Settings allow you to create a custom expression using the installation and location variables so that you can even specify the installation and location values on separate lines.  You can also define the default field parameters for colors, line type, and text settings in order to define a default corporate standard.
  • Fields can now be defined either as a block or any custom defined shape enabling you greater flexibility to capture the specific components that you need.

Even and Odd Automatic Wire Numbering

You now have the flexibility to specify even and odd wire numbering schemes when automatically assigning wire numbers to selected pages or circuits making it faster and easier to adhere to various electrical standards that require this type of numbering scheme.

Lightning Protection Enhancement

An enhancement has been made to the Masts & Cables tab of the Lightning Protection dialog to make it easier to highlight the masts and cables that are used in the lightning protection analysis.

  • The 'Show Masts' toggle was enhanced to highlight the mast when toggled on.
  • A new 'Show Cables' toggle was added in the overhead cables table to allow you to highlight the cables.
  • Toggled on cables and masts remain selected as long as they are toggled on in the dialog.
  • A new check all toggles button was added for both masts and cables in case you want to highlight all of them at once. 

Dock Symbol Creation Wizard

The Symbol Creation Wizard has been adjusted to a more vertical layout and converted into a dock panel that enables you to dock the wizard in the drawing interface and collapse it to a tab if so desired.

Configuration Enhancements

  • Added a Create Catalog button to the Configuration Variables > ELEC_CATALOG_PATH > Modify Catalog Paths dialog to create a new symbol catalog.

ProjectWise Integration Enhancement

  • Added support for the IMS login type.