What is MicroStation

MicroStation, developed by Bentley Systems, is used by engineers, architects, GIS professionals, constructors, and owner operators to design, model, visualize, document, map, and sustain infrastructure projects.

MicroStation is their preferred CAD software platform because it delivers an integrated and proven suite of intuitive, interactive, and highly interoperable capabilities to the desktop.

MicroStation Trial Version

Click on the button below to register for your free trial of MicroStation. See for yourself how MicroStation's advanced 3D modeling capabilities allow infrastructure professionals of any discipline to deliver data-driven, BIM-ready models.

The trial versions available are:
     MicroStation V8i SS2 (32-bit)
     MicroStation Connect Edition (64-bit)

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Video on Rendering and Animations


Some of MicroStation's many features

Design in 2D

Develop precise drawings using a comprehensive set of drafting tools to efficiently create 2D geometry. Rapidly progress your designs from concept to completion using persistent constraints to maintain your design intent.

Design in 3D

Develop models with a wide range of 3D design tools. Build and edit curve, surface, mesh, feature and solids models. Build functional and parametric components with predefined variations to simplify managing and finding many similar components.

Automate Common Tasks

Speed design tasks and related workflows with intelligent interactive snapping. Improve productivity with AccuDraw for dynamic data entry with heads-up display. Customise and group tools and tasks and reduce keystrokes with KeyTips and the ability to quickly customise cursor menus.

Create Animations

Produce realistic movies and simulations from design, construction, and operational models with the built-in Luxology rendering engine. Choose from keyframe and time-based animation. Get the results you want, faster, using live on-screen animation previews and distributed network processing.

Develop Hypermodels

Present documentation and related design information within the spatial context of the 3D model to significantly improve their clarity. Embed links to related Microsoft Office documents and websites. Easily navigate from drawings to their source model, or from 3D models to their related drawings.

Create Lifelike Renderings

Create life-like visualisations using built-in Luxology rendering. Use online and delivered libraries of physically correct materials, lighting, and rich photorealistic content (RPC). Get results faster with distributed network rendering.

Incorporate Common Design Formats

Easily share and consume precise data in key industry formats such as Autodesk®, RealDWG™, IFC, Esri SHP, and more. Aggregate and assemble multiple file formats including PDF, U3D, 3DS, Rhino 3DM, IGES, Parasolid, ACIS SAT, CGM, STEP AP203/AP214, STL, OBJ, VRMLWorld, SketchUp SKP, and Collada.

Geospatially Locate Projects

Transform and integrate geospatial information from hundreds of supported coordinate systems into your designs. Dynamically align data from different projections on the fly, adding value to your geographically aligned assets. Access data from OGC Web Map Servers, use real-time GPS data, and create and reference geospatial PDFs.

Incorporate Referenced Design Content

View and work with design information from others in real time using live referencing of 2D/3D DGN, DWG, and large image files, refreshed on demand. You can even natively reference PDF files into your designs.

Integrate Point Clouds

Easily incorporate a wide range and scale of point-cloud data into the design environment. You can visualise, render, and measure point-cloud data to improve your understanding of existing conditions, and speed dimensioning and modeling. Point cloud data can be loaded directly or streamed from ProjectWise.

Integrate Raster Imagery

Easily incorporate raster imagery of all types, including aerial and satellite imagery and scanned documents. Choose from dozens of supported file formats including Google Earth KML, CALS, BMP, TIF, GeoTIFF, JPG and many more.

Integrate Reality Meshes

Incorporate precise photo-textured 3D reality meshes created with ContextCapture software into your designs. These highly realistic models can be used directly in the design environment as the basis for your design and construction modeling for faster and better quality models.