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Infrastructure Design Bookstore: MicroStation and CAD How-To Reference Guides

The Bentley Institute Press publishes a wide variety of MicroStation and CAD how-to guides, generative design materials and software reference books to deliver insight, background, and theory about many infrastructure software topics. These reference books capture the authors’ knowledge in a way that helps users increase product know-how and improve modeling and work flow efficiency.

Browse the online bookstore to choose your next book. Available topics include:

MicroStation
Building Analysis and Generative Design
Construction
Road and Site
Plant Design and Engineering
Structural Analysis and Design
Water and Wastewater Network Analysis and Design
Books in Other Languages

Or preview the new titles coming soon to guide practitioners, educators, and students in improving and sustaining the world's infrastructure.


MicroStation

 
Harnessing MicroStation V8i
A MicroStation how-to and reference manual that puts users on the fast track to mastering MicroStation. Detailed instructions make it a great guide for new users as well as users upgrading to V8i or migrating to MicroStation from other CAD applications.
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Inside MicroStation V8i
The first complete MicroStation V8i manual! This indispensable how-to and software reference manual will teach users to solve today’s design challenges.
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Understanding MicroStation V8 XM in 2D
Written for both novice and experienced MicroStation users, this software reference manual covers the essentials of creating 2D models in MicroStation V8 XM Edition. This book also includes a chapter on 2D tool changes in V8i.
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Animating With MicroStation
Animating With MicroStation is a must-have software reference manual for architects, civil engineers, and industrial engineers involved in animations. Through illustrations and hands-on exercises, this book covers every aspect of animating in detail, including cameras, paths, actors, motion blurs, global and source lighting, targets, and more.
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Rendering With MicroStation
A MicroStation how-to for architects, engineers, and CAD operators involved in 3D design. Through illustrations and hands-on exercises, this book covers every aspect of rendering in detail, including cameras, materials, lighting, environment maps, environmental elements, rendering settings, and many more.
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Learning MicroStation VBA
Learning MicroStation VBA provides an in-depth tour of one of the most powerful customization capabilities for MicroStation. Whether you are a MicroStation user who simply wants to make your job easier or an experienced programmer who wants to master the nuances of MicroStation VBA, this manual is an invaluable resource.
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MicroStation V8 for AutoCAD Users
This book provides a feature-by-feature comparison of AutoCAD and MicroStation from the user's perspective. Each chapter presents a short summary of a specific feature in AutoCAD followed by the related feature in MicroStation. Users will find the book to be a great asset in transitioning from the AutoCAD environment.
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Building Analysis and Generative Design

 

Inside Smartgeometry
Inside Smartgeometry examines and contextualizes the work of the Smartgeometry community. From interactive crowd-sourcing tools to responsive agent-based systems to complex digitally fabricated structures, it explores more than a decade of advances that have been influential for architecture.

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Technology for Facility Managers
Technology for Facility Managers is a single guide to the individual technologies a facility manager will come across while operating and maintaining a built environment. It showcases the most cutting-edge technologies and includes case studies to demonstrate how they have been implemented and what effects they have had.

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International Journal of Architectural Computing: SmartGeometry Special Issue II
This issue of the International Journal of Architectural Computing features design case studies using Bentley's GenerativeComponents software. As the second title in this series, the book focuses on generative and architectural design in an educational context.
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Practical Architectural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer
Written for all skill levels, Practical Architectural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer provides an in-depth introduction to the tools and functionality of Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer. Each chapter provides a fundamental overview of the building analysis and design software, as well as supplementary context for more experienced users.
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Form Geometry Structure: From Nature to Design
Beautifully illustrated and rigorously researched, Form Geometry Structure introduces a scientific framework for the exploration of forms in nature and design. Using GenerativeComponents to create parametric forms, it probes how the natural world can provide great inspiration to the design of the man-made world.
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International Journal of Architectural Computing: SmartGeometry Special Issue I
The SmartGeometry special issue of the International Journal of Architectural Computing features design case studies using Bentley's GenerativeComponents software. It is the first in a series of publications that put the work of leading architects and engineers into an educational context and examine it within a reflective framework.
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Building Performance Simulation for Design and Operation
Written for advanced students in building engineering, as well as architectural, environmental, and mechanical engineers, Building Performance Simulation for Design and Operation provides an in-depth discussion about the effectiveness of building simulation in live-cycle processes.
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Discovering Bentley Architecture
This step-by-step BIM book provides an in-depth introduction to the features of Bentley Architecture and shows users how to speed the creation of construction documentation while creating useful BIM data in 2D or 3D.
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Elements of Parametric Design
This book teaches what new knowledge and skills designers need to master the parametric and how they can learn and use it. It demonstrates clearly how using patterns to think about and work with parametric modeling help designers master the new complexity of the design systems. 
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  MEANDER - Variegating Architecture
This architectural design software reference book features the research and teachings of Ferda Kolatan and Jenny Sabin. It seeks new opportunities for software such as GenerativeComponents, taking design further into the world of generative design and its applications.
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Architectural Geometry
Critics agree! Architectural Geometry is an innovative text that provides a path to constructive geometry in the digital era that transcends a specific application toward architecture. More than 700 jam-packed pages take users on a journey from basic to advanced geometry and beyond to the cutting edge of research.
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Space Craft: Developments in Architectural Computing
Space Craft is a snapshot of the rapidly developing subject of architectural 3D computer modeling. This book describes advanced digital techniques used in today’s iconic free-form structures. It also explores the contemporary state of the art and hints at its monumental potential.
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Construction 

 
Schedule for Sale
This manual provides an in-depth examination of WorkFace Planning, including basic principles, resources, information streams, and total information management. There is also an overview of software packages that can be used in WorkFace Planning, including Bentley's ConstructSim.
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RFID for Materials Management and Productivity Improvement
As the first of its kind, this comprehensive reference book helps users in the capital projects industry apply RFID technology to the supply chain. It focuses on materials management and productivity improvements to achieve financial benefits. 
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Road and Site Design

 

Highway Geometric Design: Application of Design Standards in InRoads
Highway Geometric Design is a university-level textbook about roadway design. It applies geometric design standards in InRoads to design a typical highway interchange. It references the design standards of the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans), but can also be useful for the standards and controls of other state Departments of Transportation, such as New York and Georgia, for the interchange design.

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 Roadway Design With InRoads V8i
Roadway Design With InRoads V8i is a complete text about Bentley’s civil transportation software, InRoads V8i. It combines modeling theory, software concepts, and practical tutorials to take a road design from inception to the development of a contract set plan.

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PowerCivil Training Guide
This software reference book introduces users to civil engineering through Bentley's PowerCivil application. Complete and in-depth explanations of the terminology, theory, and application of this advanced design toolset make this guide a must-have for all civil engineering designers! 
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Plant Design and Engineering

 
An Introduction to ISO 15926 
This introductory guide explores the importance of open data sharing and the business benefits that can be realized through its adoption. It examines the recent introduction of ISO 15926 to help users understand the history of the standard for interoperability and the integration of lifecycle information. 

 

 

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The Planning Guide to Piping Design 
This third volume of Piping Design covers the entire process of planning a plant model project from conceptual to mechanical completion and explains where the piping lead falls in the process along with his roles and responsibilities. 
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Advanced Piping Design
Advanced Piping Design combines essential equipment with best practices for piping engineers and designers in the field. This book helps to fill a severe void in piping literature and covers guidelines and procedures for process plants and interconnecting piping systems.
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The Fundamentals of Piping Design: Drafting and Design Methods for Process Applications
Written for piping engineers and designers, The Fundamentals of Piping Design updates the valuable principles that Rip Weaver advocated in the 1990s with the support data and information necessitated by the information technology revolution in the process industry.
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Structural Analysis and Design

 
Analysis and Design of Structures - A Practical Guide to Modeling
Bentley’s first structural analysis and design book puts theoretical concepts for a structural design into practice with STAAD.Pro. It is a technical reference guide relating code and design requirements to the world’s leading structural analysis and design software.
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Water and Wastewater Network Analysis and Design 

 
Computer Applications in Hydraulic Engineering, 8th Edition
Bentley Institute Press’s all-time best-selling textbook returns with a fully updated eighth edition! The all-inclusive water resources guide links theory and real-world applications for practicing engineers and students in the hydraulics and hydrology fields. 
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Water Loss Reduction
In today's world, water is our planet's most precious natural resource, and it must be preserved wherever it can. This book describes important advances in technology that will play an integral role in leakage management and water loss reduction strategies. 
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Security and Emergency Management for Water Systems
Written for municipalities, this book goes beyond assessing the risks and vulnerabilities of water supply systems to get into the practical aspects of emergency and business continuity planning. Only those who are prepared for the next emergency will be able to overcome it by applying tools like Bentley's water modeling software.
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Water Supply and Wastewater Removal
This new edition grounds readers in both the science and art of water and wastewater engineering that global engineers need to service their customers and communities. 
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Haestad Methods Water Resources Modeling Collection
This collection of water resources modeling books bridges the gap between water resources theory and practice and teaches the subtleties of applying hydraulic models with practical guidance based on the experiences of veteran industry experts. The entire collection is a must-have for the hydraulic engineer.
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Advanced Water Distribution Modeling and Management
This 800-page book walks the user through the water modeling process from start to finish – from data collection to practical application – and explores transient analysis, GIS technology applications, and water system vulnerability and security along the way. It provides extensive expert material from around the world.
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Wastewater Collection System Modeling and Design
Hydraulic models are an essential tool in understanding wastewater collection system behavior for system design. Wastewater Collection System Modeling and Design will guide users through the model-building process and the practical application of models to address real-world challenges.
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Stormwater Conveyance Modeling and Design
A comprehensive guide for users who plan, design, and implement stormwater conveyance systems, this book contains numerous modeling exercises that can be completed with the included StormCAD, PondPack, CulvertMaster, and FlowMaster software packages.
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Floodplain Modeling Using HEC-RAS
This 500+ page reference includes the complete HEC-Pack software suite. Users learn how to model floodways, correctly model bridges and culverts, analyze bridge scour, and much more. Get the “inside” guidance you need to successfully apply HEC-RAS to your projects.
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Books in Other Languages

 

CAD System MicroStation V8i
The first guide to MicroStation V8i written in Russian, this book allows the reader to quickly learn the basic principles of the software and how to work in its environment. Written for beginners, as well as users transitioning from other CAD systems, it enables users to most effectively employ the powerful functionality of MicroStation V8i.

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 MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) - Fundamentos Essenciais
Written in Portuguese, this guide highlights MicroStation V8i’s ability to create 2D drawings in a simple and efficient way. It provides information on the software’s user interface and the basic operations that allow engineers to perform their jobs with precision and quality.

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MicroStation V8 XM Edition - Fundamentos e Practica 
The first MicroStation manual written in Portuguese! Written for engineers and CAD specialists, this book begins with an introduction to basic concepts and helps develop a common workflow in the MicroStation environment. It uses practical exercises to describe different situations in the drawing process in detail.
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Architekturgeometrie
The German abridged translation of the best seller, Architekturgeometrie is an innovative text that provides a path to constructive geometry in the digital era that transcends a specific application toward architecture. More than 700 jam-packed pages take users on a journey from basic to advanced geometry and beyond to the cutting edge of research.
     
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