What's new in WaterCAD, WaterGEMS and HAMMER V8i SELECTseries 6 with CONNECT Integration?

 Product(s):Bentley WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, HAMMER

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Bentley Hydraulics and Hydrology CONNECT integrated products allow you to associate hydraulic models with a CONNECTED project. By associating a project with a Hydraulic Model, Bentley will track which documents you use and time spent on your project and provide detailed project reports.


Other benefits of CONNECT integration include:

Starting a model with a CONNECT services product opens a CONNECTION client on the user's computer which enables the user to access services on other Bentley web and cloud servers. The CONNECTION client is the desktop application that enables the user to access various CONNECT integration features. The CONNECTION client runs in the background and does not require the user to regularly interact with it.


Bentley Cloud Services refers to the environment fostered by the CONNECT integration release, where users can collaborate on projects using the web and the cloud through the user's CONNECTION Center

A Note on Model Version Compatibility

The model database structure (schema) did not change between the previous release (SELECTseries 6, and this release ( So, models saved in version can still be opened by users with the initial SELECTseries 6 release ( If a problem is encountered, try removing the .WTG.DWH file before opening the model in the older version. File saved in or cannot be opened in SELECTseries 5 or earlier.


This release includes all fixes to high priority issues previously patched in version

CONNECT Integration

Informational Prompt when Opening or Creating a Hydraulic Model

The following informational dialog will appear if you are signed in to the CONNECTION client when opening or creating a hydraulic model that does not already have an associated CONNECTED project.

To prevent this dialog from appearing in the future: Check "Do not prompt again" and click OK.

To enable the prompt again: Open the Tools menu and select options. In the Global tab, click the Prompts button. Then, uncheck "CONNECTED Project Notification" and click OK.

Assign Project to Hydraulic Model Dialog

The Assign Project to Hydraulic Model dialog can be used to register a new project, search for existing projects, and assign a project to a hydraulic model.

Note: This dialog will appear if you are signed in to the CONNECTION client when opening or creating a hydraulic model that does not already have an associated CONNECT project.

Register a Project: Opens the Register a Project page in your browser. Alternately, you can visit connect.bentley.com and select +New on the Recent Projects tile on your personal dashboard.

Note: Only users with Admin/Co-admin roles can register a project.

Refresh: Updates the list of projects. This may be necessary after creating a new project.

View: Filters the project list to display projects added to your favorites, projects recently accessed, or it can be set to display all projects.

Search: Finds projects by entering project information (number, name, location, industry, or asset type).

Note: Do not use the asterisk wildcard * when searching.

See the articles Associate Project to a Hydraulic Model and Register a Project for more information.

Connect Integrated Status Bar and CONNECTION Client Sign In Dialog

The CONNECTION client is installed with the CONNECT Integrated version of the Hydraulics and Hydrology product.

When opening the CONNECT integrated version the right side of the status bar will either display a user icon or "Sign in".

Clicking "Sign in" will display the CONNECTION Client sign-in dialog.

From here, you can click the Register link to quickly create a profile, or sign in with your existing account information.

Once you're signed in to the CONNECTION client you will see the user icon on the status bar.

Clicking on the user icon will give options to go to your CONNECTION Center or to sign out.

After a project has been assigned to a hydraulic model, the project name (or a truncated version) will appear to the left of the user icon on the status bar.

Clicking on the project name in the status bar will open the Project Portal.

Bentley Cloud Services Menu

The new Bentley Cloud Services menu provides quick access to your Personal and Project Portals. There are also options to associate or disassociate a CONNECTED Project with your file.

The "Disassociate Project" and "Project Portal" options are only available if a project is associated with the hydraulic model. All options will be greyed-out if you are not signed in to the CONNECTION client.

Publish i-model to My Shared Files

You can now publish a hydraulic model's i-model from within WaterGEMS, WaterCAD and HAMMER V8i.

These files can then be accessed on other devices or they can be shared with others using the Personal Share on your CONNECTION Center.

To do this:

  1. Go to File > Export > Publish Map Mobile i-model…
  2. Check "Publish .imodel to Personal Store"
  3. Specify export settings and click OK

Note: A hydraulic model does not need to be associated with a CONNECTED project to be published to your personal share.

To access the personal share:

Option 1: Click the user icon on the status bar and select Personal Portal (CONNECTION Center).

Option 2: Open the Bentley Cloud Services menu and select Personal Portal (CONNECTION Center).

Option 3: Go to connect.bentley.com and sign in.

You can view i-models with Bentley Map Mobile (Free)Bentley View (Free), Bentley Navigator, and MicroStation.

What else was added in the initial SELECTseries 6 release (

If you upgraded from SELECTseries 5 or below, you may be interested to know about the other features and enhancements added in the Initial SELECTseries 6 release ( The following links describe the many features and improvements included in the initial SELECTseries 6 release of WaterGEMS, WaterCAD and HAMMER (

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 Original Author:Craig Calvin