OpenUtilities Substation CONNECT Update 9 - Refresh 2

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


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Important installation requirements and notices are found in Readme.

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What's New Highlights

Balloon Placement supported for Construction Drawings created with Saved Views

Construction drawing techniques often involved using Saved Views and References from a 3D model. Prior ballooning tool had limited capabilities for balloon placement. Users are now able to place balloons for same object multiple times within same construction drawing.

Project Manager "Checked Out by" column (For ProjectWise integrated environments)

Users who have integrated Substation with ProjectWise now have ability to see checked out status within Project Manager. Checkedout By column is populated with the same username information from ProjectWise Explorer. 

General Usability Improvements

  • Wire Links excluded from BOM Manager.
  • Improved error handling for missing configuration variables in Substation.cfg
  • Update Substation Object now maintains the object’s level for Bus or Cable
  • Level selection for Cable/Bus object is persistent in Placement Options. Previously, level was reset to first level on list after each cable/bus segment was inserted.
  • Spares Balloons outside of BOM Manager revision range are prevented.
  • BOM Manager Insert Spare function has been disabled when Data is loaded by “Workorder”.
  • SQL Parts Database improved support - TLS 1.2 now supported

***Important Release Notes***

Parts Database Connect Update (Required for all SQL Parts Databases)

Parts Database Connection string for SQL Parts Databases will need to be updated. Parts Database connection strings are stored in PartsDBMappings.xml. This does not apply to users using a Microsoft Access Parts Database. Two methods are available to perform this update. 

Method 1: Use the "Configure Database" option and select "Edit" to redefine the connection.

1. Select desired SQL Parts Database from pulldown.

2. Click Edit.

3. Click Next in "Edit Parts Database" dialog.

4. Click Finish in the "Edit Parts Database" dialog.

5. Click Close button in "Configure Parts Database" dialog. 

6. Ensure your SQL Parts Database is selected by using the pulldown.

7. Click OK in "Configuration Variables" dialog.

8. Restart Substation. (If using a ProjectWise Managed Workspace, you may need to use ProjectWise Explorer to upload the updated version on PartsDBMappings.xml to your managed workspace.)

Method 2: Use Windows Notepad to edit the PartsDBMappings.xml. 

1. Open PartsDBMappings.xml.

2. Replace all occurrences of Provider=sqloledb with Provider=sqlncli11.

3. Save PartsDBMappings.xml

4. Restart Substation.

WorkSpace Seed File Update (Applies to Users Upgrading from Update 8 to Update 9)

Your existing Seed files may not be "Branded".  CONNECT edition automatically Brands files associating them to a specific Workset, Workspace, and Design Application when an open filed is saved. To avoid possible issues related to file branding, it is recommended that proper branding be applied to all dgn seed files. These seed files are typically located within a Workspace or Workset "...\Templates\Page" folder. I.E. C:\ProgramData\Bentley\OpenUtilities Substation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\WorkSpaces\Substation ANSI-IEEE Example\Standards\Substation\Templates\Page

To "Brand" Substation seed files, simply open each substation file (.dgn) located in the above mentioned "..\Page" folder using "OpenUtilities Substation MicroStation Mode".  If prompted to assign a Workspace and Workset during the open process, do so by making the proper selections. After file has opened, select File>Save Settings and Select "Yes" if prompted to change the Authoring product to Substation. Then Close the application. 

OpenUtilities MicroStation Mode Icon

If seed files are not properly branded, some workflows and function may lead to below unwanted message reappearing.