CAD Modeling and Visualization
What is CAD software?
CAD software, or computer-aided design and drafting software, is used to help architects, engineers, designers, and mapping professionals build models and drawings throughout design, construction, and operation of buildings, bridges, roads, factories, processing plants, rail networks, mines, substations, tunnels, water and wastewater plants, and more.
What is the best CAD software?
With proven technology, you can confidently take on any design, construction, or operations project. No matter what design information you are working with or what kind of deliverables are required, you can rely on Bentley’s modeling and visualization products for the flexibility and power to get the job done on time and on budget. Bentley’s modeling and visualization products are more than just CAD applications. They provide the power and versatility for information-rich 2D and 3D designs of all types of infrastructure projects.
Discover which ones are best for your project. Here are some of our most trusted, best-selling CAD software.
Model, document, access, and view architectural, engineering, mapping, construction, and operations design information with the power and flexibility you need for any size project.
Visualize your models with cinematic quality rendering and animation by integrating life-like digital nature into your simulated infrastructure designs from CAD/BIM files.
Full collection of spatial analysis and presentation capabilities using and extracting 2D and 3D reality data.
Extract data and integrate point clouds, reality meshes, scalable terrain models, and raster imagery into your workflows.
Design, analyze, document, and visualize buildings with software made for architects and engineers.
Create accurate 3D models for structural steel, metal work, and reinforced concrete structures.
The most comprehensive detailed design application for surveying, drainage, subsurface utilities, and roadway design.
How to choose CAD Software
How do CAD design software and 3D design software from Bentley and other vendors compare? How can you tell which products are best for the type of design projects you will be working on? There are different types of computer-aided design software or combinations of 3D CAD software that will help you deliver different types of projects—from airports to wastewater treatment plants.
software qualities that most professionals look for in cad software
CAD and BIM
Purpose-built for both CAD and BIM workflows.
Confidently tackle any design, construction, or operations project.
Work seamlessly across a variety of file formats and third-party applications.
Since every industry requires a different mix of drafting and 3D CAD software for modeling, documenting, and delivering new and updated infrastructure assets, we have assembled helpful software lists broken down by industry and profession to help guide you.
CAD Software Resources and Tutorials
Find out more about MicroStation and Bentley’s other CAD software applications with these resources, educational programs, and tutorials.
cad software training
Learn with courses
There are thousands of videos and courses available to learn all about using Bentley’s CAD software, including MicroStation and more.
For Students and Educators
If you are an educator or a student, learn more about accessing the software and learning what you need to teach or learn Bentley CAD software best practices.
CAD Software Videos
Bentley CAD Software on YouTube
Watch videos on WHAT MicroStation does and HOW it works to get familiar with how this 3D CAD and drawing software can help you deliver your next project.
featured user stories
BIM Manager, Italferr S.p.A.
“BIM methodology on this project follows the digital twin approach. The enhanced visibility and insight allowed us to change how we deal with the design and management of infrastructure work.”