As you may be aware, NCDOT is well into the planning phase for migration to OpenRoads Designer (ORD) Connect Edition. OpenRoads Designer (ORD) is Bentley's next generation platform civil design software technology. More than just a version upgrade, ORD contains brand new technologies for nearly all highway design related activities. Most, if not all, new ORD functions have limited or no compatibility back to the legacy technology. Also, ORD will lay the groundwork for a future transition from 2D Plans to 3D digital deliveries and workflows.
However, it is important to remember that, while very promising, the software is still in the early stages and patience is warranted. Also, there are still unanswered questions, such as how much customization (Drainage Summary Sheet, NCMAP, etc) will NCDOT rebuild in ORD verses simply adjusting our workflows to use more of the out-of-the box ORD tools.
NCDOT has tentatively set the ORD Migration timeframe to be the first quarter of 2019. This should provide sufficient time to address remaining configuration and workflow issues, develop internal training content, and allow for a couple more ORD quarterly updates that will help mature the product.
At the time of migration, CADD Services will provide general ORD training for all internal users. Some units may provide their own unit-specific training if necessary. Also, Bentley provides anytime online training that is freely available to all NCDOT users through the Bentley LEARN server.
No general ORD training for external (PEFs) is planned. PEFs are encouraged to explore the capabilities of Bentley LEARN online training as a resource for ORD training. There may be NCDOT specific ORD workflow training provided at NCLUG events or at any time as deemed necessary by such Units.
More information to come
There are still some significant items that need addressing prior to implementation, such as if all projects will be migrated to ORD or if nearly-complete projects will remain in SS2/SS4. If some remain, it will imply a transition period where both software versions (SS2/SS4 and ORD) are maintained. This scenario seems likely at this point. Also, it is unknown if current project cost estimate procedures will need revising or not.
Finally, there are presentations related to ORD scheduled for both the upcoming NCLUG and ACEC/NCDOT Conferences.