MicroStation

MicroStation

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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 <span>Ron R.</span>
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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 <span>Almir S.</span>
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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 <span>Matthew S.</span>
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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 <span>Hakan D.</span>
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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 <span>Ed J.</span>
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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 <span>Mario W.</span>
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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.

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