Computer Aided Engineering - Support

The Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Office is part of the WSDOT Development Division. CAE provides technical support in the disciplines of roadway design/drafting software support and design visualization to all WSDOT offices. CAE also provides varying degrees of technical support to other state and local agencies.

Deliverable File Formats
Bentley MicroStation V8i SS3 (v8.11.09.xx) and PowerInRoads V8i SS2 (v8.11.07.xx), are the official WSDOT drafting and design applications and versions. All deliverables to WSDOT shall be in the official version and produced using current CAE resources unless otherwise stated in a specific WSDOT-Consultant agreement.

WSDOT is developing an environment for Bentley OpenRoads Designer Connect and anticipates piloting it (internal only) 2021. WSDOT IS NOT accepting any OpenRoads deliverables at this time.

WSDOT V8i DGN Global Origin Disclaimer
The current WSDOT V8i DGN Global Origin XY is shifted from the design plane center and may impact 3D referencing to WSDOT 2D or 3D DGN and other CAD platforms. This issue is represented by a reference offset of -2.1475 on each axis (XY for 2D and XYZ for 3D) from the design plane center.

When referencing a WSDOT V8i DGN to another DGN, or when converting a WSDOT V8i DGN to another CAD format, it must be verified that the referenced data retains the original coordinates.  Compare the native file coordinates with the reference coordinates for consistency.

For more information on the Bentley Global Origin see links below.
Understanding the Global Orgin
Global Orgins

Resource Download
Get the current CAE resources and field reference material here.

Consultant partners working on WSDOT projects that utilize ProjectWise may download the ProjectWise Client software. For support or questions regarding these vendor installs, please contact Bentley.

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Technical Notes
Process and custom tool technotes are available here:

The CAE office has primary responsibilities and offers technical assistance for the following:

  • Provides support for the Department's roadway design software, computer drafting software, ProjectWise and other emerging technologies.
  • Provides and instructs project offices on simple Design Visualizations to communicate design features and possible project impacts and benefits.
  • Maintains and updates WSDOT Electronic Engineering Data Standards manual.
  • Provides installation, operation technical assistance and training for InRoads, MicroStation, and ProjectWise for WSDOT personnel.
  • Bentley software resource development.