Why are we moving to OpenRoads Designer?
The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently migrating its CADD software from Bentley's V8i versions to Bentley's CONNECT platform (this includes the transition from GEOPAK to OpenRoads Designer). One of the main drivers of this transition is due to Bentley's discontinuing support of its V8i products on January 1st, 2021 (https://www.bentley.com/en/desktop-applications).
In addition to discontinuing support, ODOT sees the advantage and the need to move into a 3D model-centric environment. This will allow ODOT to increase productivity, reduce design errors, and adhere to industry trends of AMG (Automated Machine Guidance) and eConstruction.
For additional details, please reference the Transition Document: