Migrating Bentley Substation from V8i to CONNECT Edition v10.03+

Product(s):Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition


This article discusses how to migrate your V8i datasets and projects to the Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition.

In Bentley Substation V8i, the application relied on its own setup configuration which was stored in the setup.xml file to locate the dataset, connect to the project database, and specify various default settings. In Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition, however, this setup.xml is replaced by the native Power Platform configuration system.

Note: Power Platform is the MicroStation core application that underlies the Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition product.

New Bentley Substation configuration variables have been introduced that can be set in any configuration file to achieve the same purposes that the setup.xml served in the V8i versions. See the Configuration Variables article for a complete listing.

In addition, you may wish to review the Configuration Files article to learn where these variables can be set to configure the software.

Dataset Migration

In V8i, the dataset was stored in the Promise Data folder which included the following folders:

In Bentley Substation CONNECT Edition, these folders have been moved under a Workspace that corresponds to the electrical standard you wish to use which are found here:

C:\ProgramData\Bentley\Substation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\WorkSpaces\Substation ANSI-IEEE Example\Standards\Substation

C:\ProgramData\Bentley\Substation CONNECT Edition\Configuration\WorkSpaces\Substation IEC Example\Standards\Substation

To migrate your V8i dataset to CONNECT and deploy that dataset to all users within your organization you should follow the instructions in the article: Deployment Guide - Substation CONNECT Edition.

Project Migration

Important! Before migrating your projects from V8i to CONNECT Edition it is highly recommended that you make a backup of our V8i Project Database and the V8i project files. 

To access your V8i projects in the CONNECT Edition you must perform the following tasks:

  1. Use the Configuration Assignment Utility, which can be accessed in the Project Manager, to assign a CONNECT configuration to your legacy V8i projects.
  2. Update your V8i project database schema to the CONNECT Edition Schema using one of the following methods:
    1. A SQL Server administrator can manually execute the update script file provided with the software here:

      C:\Program Files\Bentley\Substation CONNECT Edition\Substation\Electrical\SqlScripts\SQL_UpdateDB.sql

    2. Use the Project Database Utility > Update Project Database tab to execute the Update Script file from within Bentley Substation. The utility is accessed from the Project Manager by selecting the "Configure Databases" button and selecting the "New Database" button.