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What's up with Bentley and WMS services?

A few days ago in a Cartesia forum Tomás asked about Microstation and the possibilities of connecting to map services (WMS)

In the Bentley line at least there are three applications that are in it according to the OGC page:

Bentley Geo Web Publisher

This is a client-server application for service publishing, which reads data from a Geographics project or a Bentley Map Schema and sends it as services. You can also connect to ESRI services with an application called GIS Connector and deploy layers from an MXD.

For some time it worked with a Java virtual machine, from 2004 they developed their own ActiveX application called VPR (View, Print, Redline)

According to what is published on the OGC page, Geo Web Publisher has implemented the WMS 1.1.1 standards


Bentley Map XM

This is what was called Microstation Geographics, and has implemented GML standards 2.1.2, GML 3.1.1, GMLsf 1.0.0, WFS (T) 1.0


According to one with a conversation I had with Keith Raymond, in Baltimore, Microstation does not have this type of applications (formally documented) and that they would be implemented in Microstation 8.11 known as Athens.

In effect, the WMS 1.1.1 standard appears in the OGC page.


And so ?

In a poorly documented way it can be done even though the standards have not been approved by the OGC ... curious that I have known about this in an AutoDesk forum

1. Through Raster Manager

This is in the Raster Manager, in "settings / Image Servers"


While in this panel, "add" is selected, and a service is added, providing an alias and DNS.

Then it is saved with "file / save" and in this way a configuration file with extension .cfg is stored, which is the one that brings the services.

imageThis is an option to access image services created with Geo Web Publisher, type pss that can be vector or raster. 

To load them, "file / attach" is done, then in the previous versions (V8.5) a directory with the alias appears. In XM appears above, next to favorites, this displays the available services.  

2. Creating an xml file

For this you have to make a txt file, with extension .xwms and inside place the code according to the standard wms, for example from Microsoft Terraserver, this would be the code:


epsg: 26911
image / jpeg

Then to load it is only called as a raster (file / attach), choosing the file type xwms

Bentley xwms

Be careful, this works on Microstation 8.9 or higher, which implies that it does not require Bentley Map. They should give it a try, because when they zoom in it almost feels like the image is local… wow!

Bentley xwms

Keith, you lied to me.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  4. It's a problem, when it was the J version they said that everything would be the V8, then the XM, then the Mozart, now that Athens ...
    Total is always somewhat behind.

  5. With the easy way AutoCAD Civil (Map) makes connections to WMS

  6. I do not understand how Bentley has been the last to implement OGC services.

  7. You're right, that's since 8 Version, and it's for services created through geoweb publisher (PSS) that can be of images or vector.

    The fact is that in versions prior to XM, when doing “attach”, in the place where the root directories are (C: D: E:), the aliases of the image servers that are created appear.

    In the XM version it appears in an icon above, next to favorites, and does the same.

    In conclusion, that's for publishing services created with Geo Web Publisher ... or with Project Wise I guess

  8. with the change to XM ... tell me that I am reluctant to go from Geographics to Bentley Map.

    ... until I went to BE, and when I spoke about Geographics they kept seeing me as if I had said windows 95


  9. I have been trying it in various ways and I do not see how to do it. I think that option can work with Microstation 8.1. and I prefer this version.

  10. Hehe, I did not know what to do either.

    I'll find out and tell you

  11. Hello G!, if the procedure “1. By means of the Raster Manager”, defining an image server alias, with what option is it loaded later?

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