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Harmony User Guide

Installing Harmony


A machine with the following is required to install Harmony:

  • Windows 10 - Home or Professional
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50Mb free disk space
  • ProjectWise Desktop Explorer or later (if using Harmony with Bentley ProjectWise)

Harmony was designed and tested on a 64-bit Operating System.


Double click the installer to start the install for Harmony.
The install is approximately 10Mb in size and will take a few minutes. If you have ProjectWise Explorer installed, a plug-in for it will automatically be installed. In order to integrate with ProjectWise, Harmony must be installed after ProjectWise.

Organization code

As part of the contract signed between you and Pencil 9 for the use of Harmony, you will have been sent an Organization code. Ensure this is entered correctly when you launch Harmony for the first time.

Harmony Organization code screen

Creating installation packages

If your organization needs to generate an install package, ensure that Harmony is installed on a machine and the correct Organization code has been entered. Next navigate to C:\ProgramData\Pencil 9\Harmony and locate Organization.XML . Append this file as part of the install package to be placed in the same location. Harmony will read the Organization code and not require prompting by the application.

Quick Start

Let’s start by creating your first example package and automating its delivery!
The steps below guide you in creating your first package, creating an entry into the master standards catalogue and then using Harmony to automate its delivery.

  1. Create a new folder within your My Documents folder. Name the folder Harmony source files. Add some files to this folder.
  2. Create an empty folder called Harmony on your C Drive; C:\Harmony\
  3. Launch Harmony and navigate to the Admin screen by clicking the third icon on the left hand side menu.
  4. Click New Standard. This creates a new line in the master standards catalogue.
  5. Set the fields as follows:
Infrastructure Network
Source Folder in step 1. eg C:\Users\XXXXX\Documents\Harmony source files
Display Name Defaults to folder in step 1, can be changed if required.
Version Optional: 1.0
Status WIP
Vendor Optional: Any text is acceptable
Application Optional: Any text is acceptable
Target C:\Harmony\
Description Optional: My first Harmony package!
  1. Click Commit to master to ensure the content is saved.
  2. Test the functionality by selecting the row you just created and clicking the Test standard button.

Congratulations, you have just automated the delivery of your first item!
The content from Step 1 should now have synchronized to the location in Step 2.

Now, imagine instead of Step 1 being a practice location on your machine, this can be a file server location on your network, a cloud storage solution, or Bentley ProjectWise. This is referred to as a “Master Location”. Step 2 represents a “Target Location”.
Harmony is great at automating the delivery of content from a Master Location to a Target Location. In addition to automating the delivery of the content, Harmony will always keep the target content up to date, and can also automate the configuration of your design applications (such as Autodesk user profiles and Bentley workspaces)

To remove this example package from your local machine, just go to the Download screen, select the Harmony source files line and click the Remove standard button.
To remove this example package from the master standards catalogue, go to the Admin screen, highlight the Harmony source files line and select the Remove standard button.

Now that you have created an example package, learn more about the functionality of Harmony in the proceeding sections.

Key Concepts

This section outlines the fundamental ways in which Harmony operates and then suggests some strategies that the admin could employ in order to maximize the benefit that Harmony can bring.
There are a few functions that are available for admins to use for the configuration of their applications.

  1. Synchronization of content from one location to another.
  2. Configuration of design applications.
  3. Plug-ins for Document Management Systems

Harmony will always synchronize content prior to setting any configurations.
In developing a strategy for your organization, it is worth knowing that Harmony can use either of the items 1 and 2 listed above or both together. Item 3 is used to automate the configuration from a Document Management System offering a “no-touch” experience for the end user.

Synchronization of content

Once a source and destination are set, Harmony will create a copy of the source content in the target location after the Set Standard or Test button has been clicked. If a source folder contains zip files, Harmony will also extract the contents of those zip files.
Once a synchronization is complete, any subsequent click of the Set standard button will start a check process to ensure that only the content from the source is at the target. Modifications to the target location are removed and replaced with that from the source ensuring that only the content from the source is at the target location.

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Configuration of design applications

To configure a design application, an Instruction file is required and placed within the root folder of the source location. This file is read by Harmony and the configuration applied.
The Instruction file is generated by Harmony from the Design Apps tab of the Admin screen. This is where the configuration of the application is set.

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Plug-ins for Document Management Systems

Plug-ins for Document Management Systems such as Bentley ProjectWise are also setup during the install, if the application was detected on the machine at that time.
The plug-ins do not require any input from an end-user or configuration from an administrator as they are fully automated. For Bentley ProjectWise, the only item required to automate a project is to have a valid Playlist file in a folder within a ProjectWise Work Area.
When a file from the Document Management System is then set to open, the Playlist automates the process of ensuring the most current up to date standards are synchronized and the design application configured properly.
This occurs before the file is opened and thus allows an application to be configured prior to launch.
The Playlist file is generated by Harmony from the Standards tab of the Admin screen.

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Working across a Network

When working across a Network infrastructure (including but not limited to Shared Drives, Mapped drives, Network locations and cloud sync solutions such as One Drive), it is important to note that there is one extra step in the workflow to open a file.

  1. Harmony is launched and the user needs to select the standard to be set.
  2. The user opens the application and then opens the file to be worked on.

This first step, launching and setting the standard first, ensures that the latest content is cached and the design application is configured for use.

An application launcher is provided on the Available standards screen. This is an efficient way to launch the appropriate application. There are no extra command switches used by Harmony’s application launcher, it just launches the application allowing the most current configurations to be active. Applications can be launched outside of Harmony, however note any command switches (such as Autodesk user profile switches) in the shortcut will take precedence.

When setting a source or target for a networked location, ensure the full path is given where possible rather than mapped drives. This is to ensure that users who don’t have the same mapped drive are still able to access the content. Where all users have the same mapped drive, the drive letter can be used.

Working from ProjectWise

Please ensure that ProjectWise is installed prior to installing Harmony. This will ensure that the Harmony plug-in for ProjectWise is installed. If installing projectwise after Harmony has been installed, simply run the Harmony install again and Harmony will install the ProjectWise plug-in.

When working with Harmony and ProjectWise, there is an extra file that needs to be placed into ProjectWise which provides a fully automated solution for delivering and setting a Standard. This is a Playlist and can be placed in any folder within a ProjectWise Work Area. Once an admin creates and adds a playlist to the project, Harmony will search up the project tree looking for a Playlist when a file is launched. If a Playlist is found, it is processed and Harmony stops looking for additional Playlists. The standards and applications will be automated for the entire team, regardless of the team’s location.

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Autodesk configuration

Harmony can be used to configure an Autodesk application such as AutoCAD or Civil 3D by delivering resources as well as configuring a profile which is set to use that content. There are no additional requirements to manage content, cui files, lisp files, dll files, and more. The content should be reviewed and organized in the normal manner. Harmony will simply automate delivering this content to your project teams and ensure their applications are configured to use the right content for each project.

To have Harmony create an Autodesk profile, take steps as follows:

  1. Create your standard in the source location.
  2. Create an entry in the master standards catalogue. See for more information.
  3. Create an Autodesk instruction file and place this in the source location.
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  4. If working within ProjectWise:
    1. Create a Playlist. See for more information. Place this in a folder within ProjectWise to automate that folder and its subfolders.
    2. Launch a design file from ProjectWise to confirm the configuration is working.
  5. If working outside ProjectWise:
    1. Use the Harmony application launcher to confirm the configuration is working. See for more information.
  6. Change the status of the entry in the master standards catalogue to Approved.

The configuration work is complete after changing the status to Approved.

Bentley configuration

This guide assumes the user is familiar with the Managed Workspace and the CONNECT edition suite of Bentley Design applications. For the CONNECT Edition suite of Bentley design applications, there are a few critical variables that need to be set for base functionality.

Bentley configuration on a network

To configure a standard for use with Bentley design applications, take the following steps:

  1. Create your standard in the source location.
  2. Create an entry in the master standards catalogue. See for more information.
  3. Create a Bentley instruction file and place this in the source location. See for more information.
  4. Open the Design application. When launching your application, only the workspace set in the Instruction file is available. Open a file to confirm the standard is being set.
  5. Change the status of the entry in the master standards catalogue to Approved.

Note: Harmony will modify the ConfigurationSetup.CFG file in C:\ProgramData\Bentley\[Application]\Configuration location. The original file is re-named and a new file is generated which includes any configuration changes. Unsetting a Standard or removing a standard re-sets the original file back in place.

Bentley configuration in ProjectWise

There are many ways to configure Bentley applications from ProjectWise with a Managed Workspace. This guide outlines one way in which Harmony can be used to automate the delivery of content and configuration of Bentley CONNECT edition design applications.

In order to utilize Harmony in ProjectWise the following steps are required:

  1. Create your standard in the source location.
  2. Create an entry in the master standards catalogue. See for more information.
  3. Create a Bentley instruction file and place this in the source location. See for more information.
  4. Generate a Playlist and place this in a folder within ProjectWise to automate that folder and its subfolders. See for more information.

The next set of steps are to configure the application and then connect this to the managed workspace in ProjectWise.

  1. In your ProjectWise datasource, create a folder away from any projects and create a CFG file,
    E.g. Standards\Managed WorkSpace\PW_Bentley_Common.CFG.
  2. In the PW_Bentley_Common.CFG file, insert the path and name placed in Harmony for CFG Location\name.
    E.g. %include C:\Harmony\Bentley\HarmonyConfigurations.cfg
  3. In ProjectWise Administrator, create a Configuration Settings Block (CSB) in the Predefined or Global level and create a %include statement to the PW_Bentley_Common.CFG file created in Step 1.
    E.g. %include $(dev(_DGNDIR))Standards\Managed WorkSpace\PW_Bentley_Common.CFG
    Save the CSB.
  4. Assign the CSB to your project.
  5. Ensure the rest of the project is configured correctly. At a minimum, a CFG file is required for the location defined in the WorksetsRoot location.
  6. Within the Standards tab of the Harmony Admin screen, select the standard to be automated in ProjectWise and then click Playlist.
  7. Copy the playlist that was created by Harmony into a folder within the Project to automate that folder and its subfolders.
  8. The project is now ready for use. Select a DGN file and open with the appropriate application. Harmony will cache the content locally and create the CFG file with the configuration for the project. ProjectWise will read that CFG file and launch the application with the appropriate settings.

Bentley Standards organization

Organizations can place content in many different locations within the Bentley delivered folder structure, for example within Organization, Organization-Civil or the Workspace.
In managing content for your organization or that delivered by a client organization, it is easiest to leave the folder structure as delivered and make minor changes to incorporate this into your organization.
One method of organizing this is to locate all the Standards within a folder structure that allows easy upgrading and maintenance. One suggestion for a target folder structure is:


A typical path could therefore be:

C:\Harmony\Org1\OpenRoads Designer_10.08\Configuration

This can be placed in the Configuration Location field in Harmony and the appropriate standard should have this folder structure as well. This allows the segregation of organization and application including the version.

Multiple Bentley applications in a project

If multiple applications are required for use on a project, a variable can be used to to define the application name and thus set the Configuration location accordingly. In this scenario, the following would be placed in the Configuration Location field in Harmony:


The Application name folder must then exactly match the value of the variable for each application being set. Eg the following are the values for _USTN_PRODUCT_NAME for that application; OpenRoads Designer, Microstation.