About MicroStation

MicroStation is a 3D architecture software that helps businesses in the oil and gas, construction, mining, manufacturing, and other sectors create and visualize 2D drawings and 3D computer-aided designs. The platform enables creators to build models using various parametric designing tools including mesh, surface, and solid modeling.

Designers can create 3D physical models, display styles, paper plots, and digital markups of various designs in a centralized dashboard. MicroStation allows managers to integrate imagery, geospatial information, and 3D meshes to build geospatially located construction models. Teams can also enforce project-specific geometry standards such as dimensions, symbols, lines, and texts to unify drawings in accordance with compliance standards.

MicroStation lets businesses use photorealistic models or content to produce animations and preview them on a unified interface. Operators can also collaborate with team members on various designs and track changes in a centralized dashboard.

Pricing starting from:

US$250.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese, Czech, English, French, German and 7 others, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

US$250.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of MicroStation: 39

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • CAD Tools
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Content Library
  • Custom Development
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Image Editing
  • Interactive Content
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Virtual Tour

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5
(143)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Support
4/5

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Michael M.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great CAD product which has evolved into the strongest available

Reviewed on 29/1/2018

Ease of project creation and distribution. The ability to open DGN files that date back to the...

Ease of project creation and distribution. The ability to open DGN files that date back to the 90's as well as other formats.

Pros

MicroStation has great file sizes. Compared to competitors, MS file sizes are a fraction. The amount of control for many of the elements is beyond comparison! Text styles, dimension styles, references, and linestyles can be controlled and manipulated to the greatest extent. This allows for easy use of these objects.

Printing in MS is the most reliable, and predictable, of any CAD product I have used. Some products will shift the print from one user to another, even if the same printer is used. MicroStation can/will overcome simple obstacles and yield the same results from printer to printer.

Cons

Some tools that exist in other CAD platforms need to be implemented in MS. The ability to select an element and trigger a tool that would then select similar objects based on type, level, color, etc. The Select by Attributes tool available is nice and highly functional, but requires too many clicks.

Aditya M.
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Must have software if you work with DOT

Reviewed on 25/4/2021

MicroStation has been a lifesaver for me for Road Projects. I had used AutoCAD for Raod Design and...

MicroStation has been a lifesaver for me for Road Projects. I had used AutoCAD for Raod Design and it was very tedious work. MicroStation is easy with Complex Road Alignment, Vertical and Horizontal alignment, cross-section development, Profile Design, and quantity survey. Your single model design can all of it. It reduces the use of other software and programs.

Pros

Integration of MicroStation with State Departments' rules and regulations is one of the best features that it has. I have been using MicroStation for Road design for different state DOTs. MicroStation provides you the ability for Parametric modeling of infrastructure projects. It helps to reduce repetitive work and make it efficient for designers and engineers. Microstation has helped me to design and deliver projects according to DOT's requirements.

Cons

MicroStation is expensive software to have for a single person to design infrastructure projects. It is difficult to get training in the software as you can get it only if you are going to use it for state projects. The ability to understand and make it work the way you want is very limited.

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

Reasons for Choosing MicroStation

Parametric Design ability, Quantity Survey, Earthwork calculations ease, Integrated State Laws parameters

Switched From

AutoCAD

Reasons for Switching to MicroStation

Cost, Parametric Design ability, Quantity Survey, Earthwork calculations ease, Integrated State Laws parameters
Dan S.
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Answers for Open Roads and SS4 - poor performance and issues with new software bugs need work...

Reviewed on 23/1/2018

Working on 3D Model development and workflows

Working on 3D Model development and workflows

Pros

I like they are moving to doing design in 3D - software from what I seen the interface in Open Roads looks easier.

Cons

Help files are poor - difficult to set up standards and information on setting up standards is hard to find - using software seems tricky very picky on the prompts new users can not get a grasp - need to use heads up prompts than switch to key board - many bugs in SS4 difficult to move standards forward - trying to develop work flow is cumbersome - using Project Wise is another issue with their own Bentley software - difficult to snap to elements in SS4 tentative snap works funny - changed printing dialog so every time a user hits enter on the dialog it send a print - difficult to mange new setting like this when using multiple version of the software behaves one way in SS2 and another in SS4 - Support closes tickets without asking if issue is resolved - support page selection for area needing help on needs updating - Plan prep in open roads very lacking -

Lwin hnin T.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Good to use . Printing quality is good. Software system is quite good.

Reviewed on 21/10/2019

Especially for utilities drawing , level overwrite , line weight can easily work with microstation....

Especially for utilities drawing , level overwrite , line weight can easily work with microstation. After print out , can see very clearly.
Coordinate system i like.
Mostly for government project , we need to work with so many reference file. Microstation only can solve for reference file problem

Pros

Model View( Model view, Design View, Sheet View) Coordinate system, Easy to use and easy to understand , can attach so many references file, Level Overwrite

Cons

Software can work well with so many references files.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Recreational Facilities & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Functionality and User frieindly

Reviewed on 21/10/2019

visualizing and modeling point cloud data and reality meshes.
microstation have separete module...

visualizing and modeling point cloud data and reality meshes.
microstation have separete module for each and lots or fundtion that can extract data. also reads several formats of point cloud which means i dont have to use another application and allow point cloud classifications with alot of features and specs

Pros

what i like most about microstation it have alot of operations can be done through microstation drawing, 3d modeling, making charts and work sheets. without haaving to close and open another appliation. also i can visualize my work, hide, display or clip my design without deleting or removing any item.
also microstation dynamic reference makes it easy to update all my drawings and sheets (3D&2D) with only updating design model.
most of all it is Auto-save CAD application. and i can record each change i do on me my design and recall this changes.

Cons

workspace, worksets configurations and design file settings needs to be more easy to understand

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MicroStation offers the following pricing plans:

MicroStation has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

MicroStation supports the following languages:

Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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MicroStation offers the following support options:

FAQs/Forum, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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