Location and Design Division

OpenRoads Designer (ORD) Connect Edition

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will formally begin its migration to Bentley’s OpenRoads Designer (ORD) Connect Edition in October 2020 by commencing training and migrating select projects. Coordination efforts began in late 2018 and continued throughout 2019 with Discovery Sessions, Workspace Development, Executive Presentations, and Tech Day in March 2020.     

We are continuing to evaluate the most appropriate timing to migrate the various projects. Beyond the select projects that will be migrated in the coming months, there remains the question of when to migrate the remaining projects OR which projects may remain on previous versions (GEOPAK, SS4, and SS10). The Central Office is working with the District L&D Engineers to develop such a list that is based on advertisement date, team training schedules, and other District project development efforts. While the list is currently being developed, it is imperative that we migrate as many projects as possible because Bentley's support for these previous versions will cease on January 1, 2022. Any project that has a scope advertisement after 12/31/2021 will be migrated to ORD, and any project that has not closed scoping as of 10/01/2020 will be required to be design in ORD. Projects being co-designed with the Department are required to meet the timeframes above.
The CADD Support section will be continually adding new features and job aids to this page to assist the end users.  Please visit this page often because VDOT will be providing frequent updates.        

Larry S. (Sam) Perkins, Jr.
CADD Support Specialist

MicroStation, OpenRoads/GEOPAK,
ORD Connect Edition, and ProjectWise
(804) 786-1280
CADD Support Specialist
MicroStation, OpenRoads/GEOPAK,
ORD Connect Edition, and ProjectWise
(804) 786-1280   
Send your questions and comments to the CADDSupport@VDOT.Virginia.gov.      


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OpenRoads Designer Training

Training on ORD Connect Edition classes will be conducted remotely. Generally, classes will be 6 hours a day (9AM to 4PM) and can be 1 to 4 days in length. Software and datasets will be loaded onto machines before training starts. Classes include: MicroStation Update, MicroStation Basics, OpenRoads Designer, ORD Survey, ORD Drainage & Utilities, OpenBridge Designer. Be on the lookout for more Bentley classes in the future.  

What Training Classes do I need to attend? 
Training Distribution from 9/2020 to 2/2022 (VDOT vs Consultants)


OpenRoads Designer


Drainage and Utilities


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