• MicroStation - model and document better designs, faster


    Model and document better designs, faster

Modeling, Documentation and Visualization Software

In addition to being the best 3D modeling software for projects of any size and complexity for architects and engineers, MicroStation provides all the benefits of traditional CAD software. You can produce detailed drawings and documentation, renderings and animations. Unlike simple CAD design software, MicroStation’s power and flexibility helps you focus your time and energy on developing designs to build a better world.
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  • Analyze and visualize models

    • ​Analyze and visualize models based on their geometry or attributes. Perform analysis of real-world solar exposure and shading. Apply real-time display styles to visualize models based on each object’s height, slope, aspect angle, and other embedded properties.
  • 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. Customize and group tools and tasks and reduce keystrokes with KeyTips and the ability to quickly customize cursor menus.
  • Control and protect files

    • ​Ensure that only certain individuals can view and/or edit files within a defined time limit. You can ensure the integrity of your documents using digital signatures and control the digital rights to view, edit, print, and copy file contents, including a pre-defined expiration date for accessing the file.
  • Create animations

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

    • ​Create lifelike visualizations 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extend and customize workflows

    • ​Streamline your workflow and integrate with enterprise systems using a wide range of available tools to customize the user interface. Develop solutions using Microsoft (VBA), .NET, C++, C# as well as user-defined macros.
  • Generate intelligent documentation

    • ​Generate consistent, high-quality paper and digital deliverables such as paper plots, reports, 2D/3D PDFs, and 3D physical models. Automate and speed annotation, display styles, and reports by generating them directly from the embedded properties of objects. This automates and speeds annotation, display styles, and reports and gives you confidence that they will always remain in sync with the model during work-in-progress.
  • Geospatially locate projects

    • ​Transform and integrate geospatial information from hundreds of supported coordinate systems into your designs. Access data from OGC Web Map Servers, use real-time GPS data, and create and reference geospatial PDFs.
  • 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.
  • 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 visualize, render, and measure point-cloud data to improve your understanding of existing conditions, and speed dimensioning and modeling.
  • 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.
  • Maintain and enforce standards

    • ​Ensure the proper application of organizational and project-specific standards. Apply templates to control geometry and data standards such as styles for dimensions, text, lines, detail symbols, and more. Once designs are complete, use automated tools to check drawings for standards compliance.
  • Manage design changes

    • ​Track and easily understand changes made to design files, even at the component-level, throughout their lifecycle. View, plot, and selectively roll back any individual changes made throughout the history of a file.
  • Publish i-models

    • ​Exchange project models and information using i-models. With i-models, you can implement unique and powerful workflows for information sharing, distribution, and design review. These workflows can be further enhanced using ProjectWise and other products and services that leverage the power of i-models.
  • Review designs collaboratively

    • ​Create and exchange digital markups of designs with built-in tools. You can easily mark up models and drawings with redlines and comments and manage them through a markup dashboard.
  • Work in a personalized environment

    • ​You can confidently work in the right context for each project because the required settings and standards are automatically applied. You can also take advantage of personalized recommendations to help you get the most from your use of the software.
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