Module 2 - Consultant DDE Sync


This module will instruct Consultants/CTDOT Partners on how to set up the CTDOT CONNECT DDE in order to use OpenRoads Designer, OpenBridge Modeler and OpenBuildings Designer within the SharePoint/COMPASS Environment.


  • Obtain access to CTDOT's SharePoint/COMPASS Environment

  • Sync the DDE from SharePoint

  • Integrate CAD files with Office365 and COMPASS.

Before continuing, please ensure the relevant 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 along with added specific design capabilities. Note that OpenBridge Modeler is the CAD component of OpenBridge Designer. CTDOT does 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.