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3D Models in the Project Development Process

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues to expand it use of 3D data throughout all life cycle phases for the assets it owns. 3D design models can be used to distribute multiple successful formats that communicate the designer’s intent. As other DOTs across the country are realizing, there are tangible benefits to every type of roadway project using 3D models. These benefits are present in both the project development and delivery phases. Project development benefits include improved plan quality; increased efficiency in plan development, decreased design error, and improved public engagement. Project delivery benefits include increased collaboration using mobile platforms, automated machine guidance (AMG), and utilization of V/R.

The new "VDOT 3D Model Development Manual" is now available. . In addition, VDOT’s current ORD workspace is available upon request.


The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will formally begin its migration to Bentley’s OpenRoads Designer (ORD) Connect Edition in November 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, SS2, 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 an 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 design in ORD. Projects being co-designed with the Department are required to meet the timeframes above.   Click here for more information 


Training on ORD Connect Edition classes will be conducted remotely, and is set to begin in November. 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 set to begin in November 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.   Click here for more information

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Page last modified: Dec. 9, 2020