• MicroStation PowerDraft - design and document quickly and accurately

    MicroStation PowerDraft

    Design and document quickly and accurately

Drafting Software for Your Most Demanding Projects

With MicroStation PowerDraft, you have the power to design, document, and detail projects of any size or complexity. Whether you are an architect, engineer, contractor or GIS professional, you can use PowerDraft as a companion to any modeling or CAD design application. More than just computer aided drafting software, PowerDraft enables you to develop and produce precise and rich physical and electronic deliverables easily and reliably.

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    • Automate common tasks
    • Control and protect files
    • Control and protect files - Digital Rights
    • Design in 2D
    • Develop hypermodels
    • Extend and customize workflows - macro recorder
    • Extend and customize workflows - Visual Basic for Applications
    • Generate intelligent documentation - property-based annotation
    • Generate intelligent documentation - property-based display
    • Generate intelligent documentation - sheet indexing
    • Geospatially locate projects
    • Geospatially locate projects
    • Incorporate common design formats
    • Incorporate referenced design content
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    • 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
    • Manage Design Changes
    • Maintain and enforce standards
    • Publish i-models
    • Review designs collaboratively
    • Work in a personalized environment - Welcome screen
    • Work in a personalized environment - Project screen
Capabilities
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

    • 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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