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MicroStation

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MicroStation is a modeling environment explicitly for the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of all infrastructure types including utility systems, roads and rail, bridges, buildings, communications networks, water and wastewater networks, process plants, mining, and more. MicroStation can be used either as a software application or as a technology platform.

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MicroStation review by Ron R.
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"20 years experience MicroStation User"

What do you like best?

I have always really liked the way Bentley has kept the look and feel basically the same for many years and versions. To me this is powerful and sustainable. It's pretty incredible that the performance of MicroStation has been consistent and high for many versions. Generally it's consistency and simplicity makes it a powerful platform for design and drawing production. I also believe that "Trust Licensing" is one of the greatest ideas in technology today. It's simple and incredibly easy to manage.

What do you dislike?

Just a few tools could be updated such as some of the dimension tools (being able to add a gap in a dimension line or leader that crossed another line), adding a publish type tool for publishing several drawings at a time, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The more you use it the better you will like it. It's simplicity makes it powerful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CADD production - creating construction drawings for projects. Meeting state DOT standards.

The Workspaces created by state DOT's makes this very easy. Also, as mentioned above, the constancy and the effort to keep the platform relatively the same over many versions, while still providing the tools we need, helps us focus on design and production and not as much on the technology.

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MicroStation review by Almir S.
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"MS is not for everyone but also great"

What do you like best?

Microstation runs pretty lite. Fast processing speed. I like where Microstation is headed with connect edition. Simplyfing it and making it user friendly. Panels are alinged more like where other softwares are headed. User set up and interface are huge improvement. Interface migration and customizations are improved. Custom toolboxes and pull down menus can be moved to display on ribbon. Keyboard mapping shortcuts have been replaced by new pop up menu. script files are easy to learn and make and can do enormous amounts of fast batch work over loads of files. Microstation canmake DTMs or 3d mesh and surfaces from points or contours

What do you dislike?

Dialog boxes. There are too many to complate simple task. There are no tabs for sheets that are simple enough

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get training, spend enough time learning it especially if you re working on other design softwares

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Road design, utility relocations. Helps learning another design software. Handles large data sets very well for a road desing project that require many dependencies. Referencing much better and faster which improves speed and delivery.

What General-Purpose CAD solution do you use?

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MicroStation review by Javier S.
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"Una herramienta CAD muy versátil"

What do you like best?

Nos encontramos ante un programa muy interesante por sus prestaciones con respecto a su competidor más directo AutoCAD. Una de sus ventajas con respecto a otros programas similares es que trabaja con unos tamaños de archivo muy reducidos, lo que hace que ahorremos espacio en nuestro resultado final. Por otro lado, la cantidad de herramientas y funciones es muchísimo más extensa, como por ejemplo los estilos de texto, los estilos de tamaño, las referencias o los estilos de línea, lo que permite un uso mucho más completo y fácil de estos elementos. También mencionar que la impresión del trabajo final es mucho más confiable y configurable que la de cualquier otro producto CAD. por otro lado destacar facilidad de creación y distribución de proyectos, así como la capacidad de abrir archivos DGN que datan de los años 90 y otros formatos.

What do you dislike?

Mencionar como punto negativo que algunas herramientas que existen en otras plataformas CAD deberían de implementarse en MS, por ejemplo echamos en falta la capacidad para poder seleccionar un elemento y activar una herramienta que luego seleccionara los objetos similares en función del tipo, nivel, color, etc. Por otro lado comentar que la herramienta de seleccionar por atributos, aunque es agradable y funcional, requiere demasiados clicks de ratón, lo que hace que pierda encanto.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lo recomiendo por ser una herramienta muy potente, que ofrece numerosas funcionalidades y grandes posibilidades de personalización

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Este programa me ha permitido dibujar numerosos planos de ingeniería para los proyectos en los que trabajo. La multitud de herramientas que ofrece para personalizar los trabajos me ha permitido obtener acabados muy profesionales. me ha permitido dibujar numerosos esquemas hidráulicos de redes de abastecimiento de agua.

MicroStation review by E V.
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"Project Engineer"

What do you like best?

Really easy to use, friendly to other softwares

What do you dislike?

Projection systems can be better. Hope to work better with Google Earth.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You are going to love it! The software last forever! Started learning cadd software with another that started with "a". Then had a tough time switching over to Microstation but once you get used to it, you start to appreciate what it is setup this way.

What I find very useful are the ease of customizing your own commands with keyboards and functions keys, let's admit it, everyone wants a little something special for their own while still can work together a whole. Ability to rotate view with just one-button - function key, or keyboard, abosolutely blows my mind. Folks who heavy CADD users will definitely appreciate this feature. If you can save one or two mouse clicks with every commands, it's a life saving tools. One doesn't have to be a programmer to make their own custom commands, it's that easy.

I also use Inroads quite often. Having the ability open multiple boxes related to Inroads really helps than line by line by commands, again this is more on personal preferences. With the new Open Roads, it's definitely a game changer, a change for the better.

For some who prefer icons to work with, the setups are just as easy to pick from.

In all, it depends on what your clients prefer!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease of use

MicroStation review by Matthew S.
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"Simple and effective software for CAD drafting and modelling "

What do you like best?

The software has a simple Interface and meets our 2D CAD needs. The ability to turn on continuous saving of files is also useful, and referencing is simple. Other products I have used in the past don't offer this benefit. The general range of tools for drafting are good and cover most of the needs required. Customising the location of tool bars and docking of the primary tools is useful. Setting up of plot files to create drawings is simple and allows easy generation of drawings.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the software can freeze/lag when exchanging between files or using multiple files at once. The latest version of powerdraft has some issues with plot files and with the drawing border not scaling or aligning when the drawing scale is changed. Some improvements could be made to some of the editing and modify tools such as trimming and extending, and also the fillet and chamfer tool. Autocad has a more simple and effective tool for this purpose. For some who have had little training the programme may appear a little overwhelming with all the options on show

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worthwhile for those waiting simple tool for drafting and modelling

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software gives our business a relatively easy platform across the office to generate CAD and drafting info and output required drawings. Whilst you can not work on the same file simultaneously you are able to easily move between files and work on a file which may be referenced into another one.

MicroStation review by Hakan D.
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"A good resource for every project"

What do you like best?

I like that you can create complex 3D objects without much effort.

What do you dislike?

Needs to have more allowances to keep up with technology. Import of other 3D models, from other competing programs would make this program more powerful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MicroStation is a great tool, and can do many great things design wise; from manufacturing, modeling, to land base GIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using 3D models to see safety issues and clearance problems before we even get out to the field. It saves us time and money not sending people out to try and build something that either doesn't go together, or isn't safe and needs to be changed. The 3D models also double as training aids and construction schematics.

MicroStation review by Ed J.
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"MicroStation CADD Engine - Simply The Best"

What do you like best?

I used AutoCad before and wrote some applications too, but I like MicroStation better, it is easy to navigate and it's user friendly. You can join their Bentley Community SIG (Special Interest Group) Workshop, not to mention that you can also ask other users (if you are having some difficulties) through Bentley CONNECT Advisor.

What do you dislike?

I have a floating license and would like to add another user, however, the price is prohibitive, It's too expensive for me. I asked them if it's possible for me to use that licensing network, I got an answer but I would still have to clarify it some more. In short, it's really too expensive...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Oil & Gas Piping, see www.tubero.com

MicroStation review by Mario W.
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"I do enjoy the MicroStation experience."

What do you like best?

How simple the functions can be. The ease of continuous usage of commands and simplicity if better than using AutoDesk at times

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the functions can be a little too simple.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Nothing much that I can think of. Simply put, do not be discouraged by picking up Micro Station because you believe it may be difficult to grasp. Everything that it is capable of accomplishing is easy to grasp and there are always solutions to any problem you may stumble upon. One thing especially that I like about looking for solutions is that the Micro Station community is also familiar with the Auto CAD product. You can not only find answers as to how to accomplish a task but you can readily find information on the topic for you not being able to use that similar function as you had done in Auto CAD or that you will require approaching that solution from a different direction.

Ultimately, I find Micro Station to be a useful tool that is easy to pick up and user-friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All my Peel and Toronto projects require the use of MicroStation. A benefit of using MicroStation is that it is not too difficult to pick up. I had started using this software as a last minute inclusion into the project team with no real work experience prior and was easily able to pick up how to use it and complete the required work in the allotted time.

MicroStation review by Kristy O.
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"Versatile Platform"

What do you like best?

Microstation is an easy to use base for other software, Its menu layout is customizable with is very helpful. The new connect has allowed for larger file size which is needed as new tech become available

What do you dislike?

When it does have glitches with MDL applications it is hard to fix the problem. As it is hard to determine which software is having the problem. There are problems with customization of the new Ribbon Menu but the issues seem sporadic so not always easy to identify.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The support that comes with the Microstation Software has always been helpful. The IT team is easy to work with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microstation allows for great manipulation of our lidar data

MicroStation review by Miguel P.
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"The microstation software is a very friendly and powerful for the development of my work"

What do you like best?

What I like most about the software is the ribbon of the commands as well as the ease of editing previously drawn files in autocad and keeping the dwg files and thus not using hours to configure or adapt the drawing in the required work units as well as the use of blocks now cells in Microstation

What do you dislike?

What I do not like so much is the management of shading patterns since there is no visual library as autocad handles it, but you have to try previewing the shading one by one and that takes a little more time to do it

Recommendations to others considering the product

Put on the Bentley page more tutorials in Spanish in the basic use of microstation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The basic problem that we have solved is the learning time, since it has been very short since the environment is quite friendly and you have not allowed to edit the plans in a timely manner.

MicroStation review by Ryan Y.
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"Microstation for Roadway Design and Drafting"

What do you like best?

Light and fast (compared to AutoCAD)

Quick load times

Able to handle large infrastructure projects without slowing down.

Power reference (xref) abilities

Power geometry tools for creating accurate and "self-healing" roadway layouts

3D visualization tools built in

Civil Cells = Dynamic blocks from AutoCAD on steroids.

What do you dislike?

Ribbon menu system is cumbersome

No default keyboard shortcuts making switching between tools slow and cumbersome

Use the AutoCAD colour table, it has more colours, better colours, and makes working with the rest of the world easier.

Annotative text/dimensions setup is useless for roadway drawings. Scale changes of 1:1000 to 1:500 are too large for Microstation's implementation to work. AutoCAD is great for this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working on large complex projects, Microstation is the better overall product in comparison with Autodesk. I say this as a user of both. However, it is not perfect and there are plenty of great features in AutoCAD that are not present here. I just feel that the pros outweigh the cons, in favour of Microstation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Microstation as a drafting tool for InRoads/OpenRoads designed projects. For roadway drafting it is more robust and a better overall package. For bridge structural drafting I prefer AutoCAD.

MicroStation review by Janko B.
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"My go to software"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use and its quick to get a design going without needing to do any setup. Its easy to set up what you need and there is a lot of customization that can be added in the background. The support that was have received in the past when using first gen of any release is very good.

What do you dislike?

There are a bunch of bugs that you need to find ways to work around. This although annoying will just become part of the workflow. The other thing is that although they added the ability to press certain keys to get to menus quickly, its still lags quite a bit behind AutoCAD. If they can get that to work as smoothly, there would be no reason to use AutoCAD at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I came from AutoCAD and was not impressed with Microstation at first. Was forced to give it a shot and now I use MS even when we are using AutoCAD for certain things as its just better at it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting a 3D design going from scratch is very easy and great for proposals. In our otginazation there isn't really a problem that we are trying to solve by using this software. We have been using it for longer than I have been around with the company and with good results. When things don't work, Bentley is always willing to lend a hand and find a good solution to the issue.

MicroStation review by Eduardo M.
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"MicroStation collaboration"

What do you like best?

The software is extremely flexible as a design tool in multiple disciplines. This mixed environment can coexist using reference files from one design to another. Since MicroStation immediately writes to the design file, you can create a collaborative design environment where each user can immediately see design changes that effect aspects of their portion of the project. MicroStation also utilizes 2D, 3D, surface and solids modeling, parametric modeling as well as visualization, animation and material assignments within the core product without buying expensive add on products.

What do you dislike?

I would prefer not needing to assign working unit resolution to seed file templates. This resolution can effect the successful completion of certain 3D.middling operations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very powerful software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Roadway design, utilities layouts, multi discipline design files. The coexistence of different department designs for a one project feel without dealing with out of date changes. A more dynamic not static project environment.

MicroStation review by Consultant in Design
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"Great CAD software"

What do you like best?

I like the typical ease of use of the program. Once you pick up the basics, it's very easy to maneuver and use Microstation. It's also very simple to share work with others, as long as your files are organized well.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the program can easily become unresponsive. Also, it can be difficult at times to find quick solutions to seemingly simple issues. The smaller issues can take a lot of time to fix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you have a good understanding of the basics before moving on to more difficult Microstation work. Figure out how to solve smaller issues that you may run into before they become a recurring problem. Stay organized

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating horizontal alignment plans effectively. Microstation is great because we can use templates that we already have, and incorporate shape files, rasters, and previous CAD files to make files that present very well.

MicroStation review by Aric S.
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"MicroStation....well not AutoCAD"

What do you like best?

There are some features and commands that i like more then Autodesk products. Simple moving is nice because you can have to object you initially selected move, place and move again until you exit out command without have to keep selecting line work over and over. I have to say that the ability like i stated above being able to keep your selection selected while able to switch and change command. Editing any type of dimension and text is crazy very easy too.

What do you dislike?

The equivalent to Osnap. I do not like how microstation uses the object snapping to much clicking back and forth to get the desired snap. I have used Autocad exclusively and have been working with microstation for about a yr now there are many differences but not all good and bad. I do kind of understand why, but there is no good way to have a seamless conversion between other drafting programs such as AutoCAD.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a solid drafting program if you are use to a certain program and now you have switched or are going back and forth between this and another program commands will get mixed up, options and commands have the same functions but how you get there are completely different. It will take some time to understand and use it efficiently but with time you will know it as well as anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

not really solving any business problems.

MicroStation review by Jacek B.
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"MicroStation as a first choice for CAD tasks"

What do you like best?

I think MicroStation is the best software for Civil and Rail technicians, designers and engineers in the world. You do not need any special course to start. I think with help from more experienced users is fully-sufficient. In each company where I worked and in my current company where I am working now I have always been able to recognise new functionalities. Easy to navigate with the keyboard. You can find all handy tools within reach a hand. Of course these facilities are for people who like use keys as command method. We can open many files created by other software as well as export files works perfectly. Work on Microstation is quick and reliable. Microstation has a very useful tool for batch printing. Microstation has got many overlays like InRoads and InRail for designing highways and tracks. Transparent and simple workspace are on advantage and many other things also I havenot mentioned above.

What do you dislike?

I did not find anything specific what could be disadvantage in using MicroStation. I noticed crashes only with big data files like *.pod. Microstation is more expensive than AutoCAD. In my opinion Buying a license is not cost-effective for small businesses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Useful for work with LiDAR Data. I really recommend Microstation than AutoCAD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am creating models 2D and 3D and all drawings by using Microstation. On my position MicroStation is also a great base for designing and analysing by using software such as InRoads and InRail.

MicroStation review by Saeed D.
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"Great tool to design Civil, Structural, and Electrical drawings"

What do you like best?

I really like the interface for MicroStation compared to AutoCAD. You can easily use multiple screens to show different views of the area that you're working on. While the Key-in commands from AutoCAD are a nice feature, it is just a matter of time/consistent usage before you can comfortably navigate thru commands in MicroStation.

What do you dislike?

It is somewhat difficult to assemble 3D parts in regard to mating and alignment. While MicroStation is a great application for 2D Civil and Electrical drawings, it is not the best tool for 3D Mechanical assemblies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Implement a better way to assemble 3D parts and sub-assemblies

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At my current position, I design and calculate facility ratings for substations with respect to allowable conductor ampacity. MicroStation's platform is easy to learn, and even though I am an engineer not a designer, I was able to quickly learn how to efficiently use it to revise designs.

MicroStation review by Jake L.
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"Substation Designer"

What do you like best?

Modeling Substations in 3D.

The 3D environment in microstation is incredible. I am able to put a substation together within days instead of weeks.

What do you dislike?

that every project is not in 3D. I have worked extensively in the 2D world. and totally prefer the 3D world

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing Substations the critical issue is spacing. if you put things too close together you will see sparks.

So in modeling the Substation in 3D we are able to know in the real world how far things are apart. it is not a guess it is real.

Benefits include cost savings.

MicroStation review by Rachel Y.
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"Best CAD Software!"

What do you like best?

I like that this software doesn't crash and it has so many features that I haven't used all of them. My favorite feature is that it is compatible with Google Earth and Projectwise. There are so many ways to be efficient using Microstation!

What do you dislike?

I don't like that the software doesn't have a great key-in command. I wish it was more like AutoCAD but other than that I don't have anything else that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using Microstation because of its ease of use and its features!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My business uses Microstation on the daily. It is the most efficient CAD software and it is easy to use and great for any design company!

MicroStation review by User in Environmental Services
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"Great standard for many purposes"

What do you like best?

I like the compatibility between many local firms in my area all using microstation. When using microstation, I'm able to ask many people in the agency for assistance as it is so commonplace. Many tutorials are available as well because the program is standard in many industries.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the sometimes antiquated feel of the program. It feels as though not all aspects of the program are given the sleek feel that many programs have. It may also be good to make it easier for IT departments to diagnose issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It may be your only option, but compare it to others in the field to find what you're comfortable with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are designing and applying different layers to designs from many sections of the company. Mapping and hatching are common.

MicroStation review by Michael M.
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"Best software for large organizations"

What do you like best?

Scalability for large organizations and small businesses alike. The ability to use a "cached" license if the license server is unavailable. I also like the small design file size in relation to competitors files.

What do you dislike?

Some missing tools that competitors offer such as selecting objects that are similar to what is currently selected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Switching platforms is difficult and nearly impossible with a closed mind.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to create, edit, and print different file types has proven to be very beneficial.

MicroStation review by Thomas H.
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"Great if your are 60+"

What do you like best?

If my keyboard goes missing it's ok because all you ever do is point and click and click and click again and again and again!

What do you dislike?

It is not user-friendly and does not work like any other software I have ever used. It takes twice as long to do a simple task it is simply a bad UI unless you are 60+. If you have a ton of extra time on your hands and don't want a simple and smooth workflow then this is for you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you don't know how to you a computer you should be ok once you pick up the basics. If you are used to using a computer on a daily basis stay away from it, it will drive you MAD!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None we are forced to use it for some clients as the files do not convert well to other CAD programs.

MicroStation review by Lina Monica A.
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"Clean gui"

What do you like best?

Using ribbon feature for the functions streamline with other softwares in the market. Clean gui though need time to figure out and get used to. However for those who are used to shortcut keys will not be affected that much and will pick up speed to exploring other functions.

What do you dislike?

Upon starting the dashboard can be quite confusing and daunting. Would help to have the options of where the project files or work set in one page will help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microstation is like android. You just need to figure out the how and where and you're good to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Printing for 3d pdf with data instances shown. Exporting geometric data like volume and area and then importing then into aecosim data instances.

MicroStation review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Experience with Microstation - A CAD software"

What do you like best?

1) Microstation is best software for producing detail designs. I used microstation for production of Location Area Plans of railway signalling as per UK standards.

2) It delivers enough documentation and guides to help in learning the software.

3) It is light weight ,fast, easy to use and loads very quickly.

4) It helps to create high quality deliverable for the project.

5) The user interface.

6) The best thing about this is that throughout the whole life span of one file if any changes such as view, plot or if any rollback which was done on the file, we can easily check them and track them as well.

7) Microstation makes our work easy as it allows me to share my work with co- workers

What do you dislike?

1) I like it because its easy to use but it does not have keyboard shortcuts which for me makes it slower then AutoCAD.

2) The tool crashes sometimes.

3) Learning editing is bit complex.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, I would like to recommend others to use this software. It is easy to grasp and the support team is very helpful. I recommend it to drawing lovers to switch your experience to 2D and 3D drawing and make possible everything that looks impossible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating Design platforms for metro trains, Trams and railway signalling.

I used microstation for production of Location Area Plans of railway signalling as per UK standards.

MicroStation review by Administrator
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"It's been good overall"

What do you like best?

It is pretty intuitive to get drawings produced and the file format doesn't keep changing so there aren't any issues with backwards compatibility.

What do you dislike?

Changing the way workspaces work in the newest edition. There is a lot of effort just to try and figure out what changes to make to existing workspaces to get them to work in the connect edition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is worth the shot. The biggest feature is that the file format doesnt change (hasnt changed since early 2000's) so you dont need to worry about the version installed on your users machines. Every version from V8i will work your dgn files without a problem.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to get drawings out the door in a timely fashion and we don't need to worry about what version of MS our users are using; i.e. they don't have to be on the same version to be able to get their work out.

MicroStation review by User in Mining & Metals
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"Good interface, lots of features, but could have some improvements."

What do you like best?

I primarily use the Bentley Microstation Structural XM software. Its interface is easy to use and its database is loaded with all of the structural members I need to create an accurate representation of the structure I am designing.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that this software does not easily convert over to other CAD programs as many of our clients use other programs such as AutoCAD and thus I am forced to know both programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bentley has a great suite of products available that they are constantly upgrading and improving. The products do differ in how they are laid out and each take some time to learn. If you are switching over from one CAD program to Microstation there would be some real adjustment time for your team as it differs from many of the other programs out there. As previously noted the interface is easy to use and has some good features for 3D modeling. I have only been using it for a year but I feel capable and comfortable with the software. It is not, however, my primary job and I do not use it everyday.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My company uses Microstation and other Bentley products to model and create engineered drawings for mines. As previously noted its interface is easy to use which speeds up the process of creating models and cutting drawings. Personally, I like this product as it allows me to quickly and easily visualize what a design might look like/how it may change an area. It also allows me to do quick cost estimates for steel and see if I have any clashing members.

MicroStation review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Relatively New Microstation User"

What do you like best?

Microstation offers some features that ACAD does not. For example, if I need to number parking spaces, it has the ability to number them automatically with a simple click. I've used that function alot in my job. I also like the way I can use reference files and can easily click between the reference file and the active file to make changes.

What do you dislike?

I don't think Microstation is very user friendly. I have been a long time ACAD user and for the last year and a half have been using Microstation at my new job. While there are alot of similarities, there are also alot of differences. Some functions I like better in ACAD, some I like better in Microstation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a powerful program but you need to take the time to learn it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm not sure I'm solving problems. I mostly use Microstation to draw floorplans and occasionally elevations and site plans and parking lots.

MicroStation review by Anna N.
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"Great for Roadway Design"

What do you like best?

We use this for the majority of our roadway work, whether it be interstate or business routes. Also use it for drainage maps and hydraulics.

What do you dislike?

Can be difficult to figure out how to save your settings from session to session. Certain dialog boxes just can't be saved to the settings and have to be reloaded each time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Roadway Design. Easy interface with other products like AutoCad and hec-ras/GEOHecras

MicroStation review by Michal K.
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"Great CAD tool"

What do you like best?

Primary i was an AutoCAD user, but then i was forced to switch. I struggled for about 2 weeks and learned to love the software. I love the accudraw and things you can do with it. however if both Autodesk and Bentley would join forces on this one i bet they would create an ultimate CAD assist tool. I love the fact that drawings are saved automatically and in case of an error often there is a very little lost. Crossplatform file export/import/referencing with Autodesk products files is superb and timesaving. You can export your files to various formats unlike from Autodesk products. You can use a customized shortcuts, once you master them it will speed up the design significantly.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the way preferences and styles are stored. Its a bit oldschool. However i haven't seen how the newest (for this time) Microstation Connect cope with that. Toolbars could be simpler to manage. It's really hard to find bad things about something you love :)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Simply the best :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it for 2d and 3d modelling, from simple CAD sketches to inroads/inrail.

MicroStation review by Michelle H.
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"Using MicroStation"

What do you like best?

The ability to work with ProjectWise and share drawings with coworkers and outside parties. It's really great to be able to share something with outside parties when we're trying to combine a project together. It's getting really helpful to have Select Series 3 work with the drainage product.

What do you dislike?

How much it crashes. The new Select Series 4 is especially hard to work with, even after having training from Bentley. Select Series 4 definitely still has a great deal of work to be done. You have to save your work in Select Series 4 then open in Select Series 3 and then open the drainage component, save it in Select Series 3 then open again in Select Series 4 to continue working on whatever it was you were doing. The plotting is definitely a drawback with how long it takes to upload sheets together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It takes getting used to just like when you start anything different than what you're used to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We work with designing roadways and the benefits are good with getting into the 3D drawings.

MicroStation review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Transportation Engineer"

What do you like best?

I like that I can customize the menu so that I can use my CLASSIC setups.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is difficult to find the correct systems variable to change. Maybe a plain yes no toggle instead of 0 or 1 or whatever.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare it to Autodesk Civil3D and you will see that PowerGeoPak and Microstation are easier to use. The main advantage is the Design and Computation Manager in PowerGeoPak. This tool is used to quantify and tabulate roadway quantities for construction. Autodesk does not have any such too. FDOT was forced to create a program from scratch to do this work in Civil3D.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Preparation of Highway Construction Drawings.

MicroStation review by User in Military
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"Not a fan"

What do you like best?

I like how the software overall is setup but there are too many issues with using customer standards. Per my employer, we are not allowed to use the out of the box standard that Bentley comes with and there for run into issues time and time again.

What do you dislike?

Per my employer, we are not allowed to use the out of the box standard that Bentley comes with and there for run into issues time and time again. We work with Bentley to have the standards working correctly but many times they fail to do so.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating design sets and computing quantities are the two biggest uses.

MicroStation review by Ava R.
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"Great CAD product"

What do you like best?

MicroStation has excellent file sizes. Text designs, measurement designs and recommendations can be managed and controlled to the best level. This permits simple usage of these objects.Some items will move the print from one user to another, even if the very same printer is utilized.

What do you dislike?

The capability to choose an aspect and set off a tool that would then pick comparable items based upon type. The Select by Elements tool needs a lot of clicks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

yes i recommend MicroStation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

have been using Microstation to design Highways and complete construction drawings

MicroStation review by Ryan M.
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"The easiest and fastest design software with a full set of integration products"

What do you like best?

The easy of use and full capabilities that makes this a great package for all kinds of design work.

What do you dislike?

There are almost too many options at times which can make it confusing to teach to new users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for Civil design to layout roadways, water lines and sewer lines. A big benefit is the integration with the DOT's for easy of submittals.

MicroStation review by Consultant in Civil Engineering
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"Microstation - Civil Engineer's Best Friend"

What do you like best?

I love that Microstation has various functions and programs to work on any site project. Whether you are creating a simple geometric drawing or designing a complex site development project, Microstation has different functions that can allow you to make a precise design.

Working with a lot of roadway and site projects, I'm able to design precise measurements and be able to model different scenarios whether its verifying traffic turn patterns, creating cross sections of a roadway plan or modeling drainage patterns in a parking lot.

What do you dislike?

While there are different functions and programs that can work within Microstation, some programs can be updated and user friendly. Some programs can get very complex and something as simple as an interactive or documented user guide can make using the program easier and many times less of a headache.

Also, it would be nice if you could open multiple drawings and the same time and be able work within each file. It makes time more efficient compared to either constantly opening and closing files or making "active"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microstation can be very intimidating when starting from the beginning. I recommend searching Youtube videos if you need help learning certain tools and functions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working on numerous roadway projects and site designs. Microstation's user friendly tools makes geometric design easier to work with. Also, creating cross sections and modeling roadway plan layouts helps checking your designs more efficient.

MicroStation review by Neal S.
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"Powerful, easy to use software"

What do you like best?

I like its stability to view large files. It has good editing capabilities and can integrate with many visual programs.

What do you dislike?

The slow nature of having large files referenced together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the newest version and see what other packages you will be using on top to make your decision if its worth going Microstation or AutoDesk

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am creating roadway plans.

MicroStation review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"It's fine, but the interface is less user friendly than others."

What do you like best?

It gets the job done... I like that you can design in 3D seeing all aspects of it on your screen at once.

What do you dislike?

It is a lesser used drafting program so it's not as readily transferrable to other offices. You work on a design and then someone else down the road (who uses another software company) needs your drawings, well, best you can do is PDF it to them. Unless they updated their saving funcionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at the price differences between this and AutoDesk / Nemetschek products (and open source products) before making a decision of which software to buy, because if you change your mind down the road it will be a huge pain in the butt not having access to old drawings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a way to put our drawn ideas on paper, so it's a drafting program. There aren't any benefits to this one that are not there in other drafting programs.

MicroStation review by Brandon L.
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"Ustation Review"

What do you like best?

Compression ratio of Files,Easily Configured,Easy to Use.

What do you dislike?

Nothing with the product itself, but support seems to be a little lacking at times. It could be a few days before we even have someone acknowledge our tickets and sometimes it could be in a few minutes. more consistency in this area would be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are doing basic drafting this is the package for you, but if you're doing specialized engineering then look into one of their other packages

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The nice thing is everyone working in the same format so that information is passed effortlessly.

MicroStation review by User in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Great user-friendly software"

What do you like best?

The user interface. All tools are easily accessible without having to dig around and find them. I've long used microstation for estimating and it has been an invaluable tool

What do you dislike?

Nothing, I have yet to run into an issue with microstation

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take trainings available. Microstation can seem daunting at first but is a really excellent tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use microstation for engineering drawings and estimating. Microstation just seems to me to be the most user friendly cad software and is also great for getting some quick takeoffs when working in construction

MicroStation review by Administrator in Civil Engineering
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"MicroStation"

What do you like best?

Bentley support & interaction with their users; ease of use for new or non-MicroStation user adaptation; program configuration control for use within corporate and/or client workspace environments; compatibility with other CAD related programs.

What do you dislike?

Having multiple products within the Bentley family that essentially do the same thing. It would be beneficial to adopt one product and use that exclusively throughout the production environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use MicroStation in our every day workflow to communicate designs via 3D modeling and data-rich protocols for the construction of multi-disciplined projects all over the world.

MicroStation review by Kyle P.
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"Microstation is an excellent CAD Production Resource"

What do you like best?

The most beneficial thing to me when working in Microstation is the ability to work within a standardized workspace. Output / deliverables have a consistent appearance, printing using one of the batch utilities makes creating drawing sets quick and easy. PM's and Clients are happy!

What do you dislike?

One thing I dislike about Microstation is that often MDL apps do not load or work consistently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating multiple design platforms from survey, civil, track alignments, to Architectural and Facilities into a common set of files saves production time and ultimately improves TOJ.

MicroStation review by Ingeborg H.
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"MicroStation, great help in all things CAD-related."

What do you like best?

The way you can customize almost everything.

What do you dislike?

Because of the many ways to change appearance, it is sometimes hard to understand why things don't look the way they are supposed to look.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even if you are an AutoCAD specialist, it just takes some effort to switch to MicroStation. And maybe you find that in some aspects it's even easier to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach Microstation, so I don't solve business problems. But I hope I to prevent problems by teaching and helping people with MicroStation related problems

MicroStation review by User
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"Microstation V8i Power review"

What do you like best?

Microstation has an all powerful encompassing range of tools covering architecture and infrastructure which opens up a broader scope of possibilities in the day to day environment. I like the interoperability of the reference manager and the user general interface, multiple screen scenario.

What do you dislike?

Dimension Driven Design has quite a limited scope, which is frustrating, having not experienced Connect yet. I think the use of DDD in a 3D environment would strengthen the product as we venture forward in using BIM.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Microstation to others with the question of software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using it in the rail sector is a new way for me to use Microstation, having been in architecture previously and it has opened my eyes to the strength of the product.

MicroStation review by Desiree S.
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"Great, affordable cad software"

What do you like best?

I started using Microstation years ago when I started working for a company that used it. I had been a long time AutoCAD user. It's a cad platform, not any better or worse than any other. I found it to be very user friendly. I love that you never have to save. The program saves your drawings for you as you go.

What do you dislike?

It took me about a month to get up to speed on the program. There isn't a built in pan function. It was borrowed from autocad. That's really the only thing that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're shopping around this program is very affordable. I picked it when I was working for myself since autocad was so expensive. It's not much different from autocad tho but the interface is different if you aren't used to it,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this cad platform daily to draw construction documents for my projects. I used it for details, plans, sections, elevations. Pretty much everything.

MicroStation review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"The best tool in the drawer"

What do you like best?

File format remaining the same since V8, federation of files for large projects, workspace and workset control and customisation. Strength, file size, dependability.

What do you dislike?

Complexity for new users. Cost prohibitive full suite, marketing of the products is very poor and lags behind the big fat Autodesk in the push for BIM project software in the UK.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Prepare for a slow initial start for new users, and get organised in terms of how you wish to split files out. Spend time thinking about your workspace structure first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large projects are federated and split into smaller chunks to solve / propogate individually. Tackles huge infrastructure and tiny detailed areas with ease. The interoperability is also a huge boon in an otherwise Autodesk saturated market.

MicroStation review by Raymond M.
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"Old user returning"

What do you like best?

The interface is faintly familiar the controls are recognizable

What do you dislike?

Difficulty connecting to Bently connect... still cant work out how to make it work with a proxy.The concept of a Workset is confusing when starting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to work on Network Rail projects and use their CAD standards

MicroStation review by AL L.
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"Happy user"

What do you like best?

I like doing 3D in Microstation. It really explores my knowledge.

What do you dislike?

I don't think there is nothing to dislike regarding my experience with Microstation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start using from now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It provides me everything when I'm doing 2D and 3D, my supervisor likes it when I do 3D.

MicroStation review by Matt T.
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"Nice but crashes"

What do you like best?

I like how detailed you can be with the program. Using the 3-D parts are very cool and innovative.

What do you dislike?

The program has a lot of bugs. It is a large program with complicated processes but a lot of crashes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Plans for highway construction. It's very accurate.

MicroStation review by Tatiana S.
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"Microstation for Design "

What do you like best?

I like best the referencing tools which make it easy to bring in other drawings.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it often has bug problems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool for designing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to resolve problems with property line limits and utility interference.

MicroStation review by Consultant in Civil Engineering
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"Very supportive to meet the needs for design in the field of Civil Engineering "

What do you like best?

The ease to learn the software and master it. Plus the ability for Microstation to co-exist with other Engineering programs to meet the needs for our clients.

What do you dislike?

There are a few issues we have with glitches and bugs from time to time with Microstation. Can be difficult.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vehicular Traffic Detour solutions for Temporary Traffic Control. Allows for us to use creativity and innovation to meet the needs to better serve the public with our design.

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