Module 1 - Consultant DDE Install


This module is intended for consultant engineers, municipalities and any other private parties to set up the CTDOT CONNECT DDE for use with OpenRoads Designer, OpenBridge Modeler and OpenBuildings Designer. This module is not intended for CTDOT staff at Newington HQ or district offices, as the DDE has already been set up at these locations.



  • Install the DDE on a local or network environment
  • Create WorkSets
  • Create a CTDOT DDE icon

Before beginning the workflow, please ensure the supported CONNECT Edition applications have been installed. The CTDOT CONNECT DDE is configured to work with:

  • OpenRoads Designer® (ORD) is Bentley’s civil design software solution for surveying, roadway, drainage, subsurface utilities, and site design. ORD supersedes Bentley’s previous design software packages: InRoads, GEOPAK, MX, and Power Civil.
  • OpenBridge Modeler® (OBM) is Bentleys’ 3D bridge modeling software. OpenBridge Modeler is part of the OpenBridge Designer® suite of products. OpenBridgeModeler® will be installed along with LEAP Bridge Steel®, LEAP Bridge Concrete®, RM Bridge® when OpenBridge Designer® is installed.
  • OpenBuildings Designer® (OBD) is Bentley’s building design and energy analysis software.

All three products contain the functionality of MicroStation CONNECT Edition in addition to relevant design capabilities for each product. Note that OpenBridge Modeler is the CAD component of OpenBridge Designer. CTDOT will not support the use of plain MicroStation CONNECT Edition with our standard configuration files as only OpenRoads Designer, OpenBridge Modeler, and OpenBuildings Designer align with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) functionality needed to move design data through its lifecycle.