• ORD Piloting - February 2019 Update

    NCDOT currently has 8 pilot projects that are being designed in ORD, starting from the point of proposed horizontal and vertical alignment design.   The existing survey/terrain will be provided the old fashioned Geopak way for these projects.  It is anticipated that a second wave of ORD piloting will include the existing survey/terrain in OpenRoads Technology.   The pilots will run in addition to the normal (geopak) design and plans production process for these projects.

    Phase 1 Piloting:
    Project Types:  Intersection, Bridge, Widening
    Schedule:  R/W Dates -  Summer 2019
    Version of ORD:   2018 Release 4
    • Determine ORD software readiness and enhancement needs
    • Determine design workflow changes necessary for ORD and 3d modeling
    • Determine impacts of converting projects from SS2/SS4 to ORD
    Phase 2 Piloting:   To Be Determined

  • OpenRoads Designer - January 2019 Update

    NCDOT is currently evaluating the (December) 2018 Release 4 of ORD.    Unfortunately, we are already aware of bugs and capability deficiencies, particularly as it relates to SUDA, that will prevent NCDOT from production consideration of this version.   NCDOT is working closely with Bentley on these issues and our overall production needs and capabilities.  The next release of ORD (2019 Release 1) will be in late March or early April.  Once released, NCDOT will need sufficient time to test workflows and evaluate production readiness. 

    As such, NCDOT's first quarter 2019 migration to ORD will be limited to pilot projects while the software matures and reaches full production readiness.  While it is conceivable that the next quarterly release may prove reliable, it is just as likely that we may need to wait for a couple of quarterly releases before NCDOT has confidence in safely moving project delivery to the new ORD software.

    NCDOT is currently moving forward with piloting ORD workflows on several projects.  However, this piloting effort is being done in parallel with the normal production efforts and therefore any software deficiencies will not adversely impact project delivery.

  • NCDOT OpenRoads Designer (ORD) Migration

    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.  


    Migration Timeframe

    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. 

Why are we moving to OpenRoads Designer (ORD)
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