MicroStation is Infrastructure Design.
It's Simple, really.
MicroStation not only builds the foundation of infrastructure design projects, but is the foundation of your design and engineering solution. Providing you power, flexibility, and best-in-class tools, without requiring add-ons, MicroStation makes it easy to work the way you want, leaving you time to do what you do best. With MicroStation, minimize risks, accelerate automation, and win more work.
Create geospatially enabled 2D and 3D drawings for infrastructure projects, and deliver them on time and on budget, even as project complexities and scale increase.
Produce faster/better documents ready to communicate your design intent. Documents are industry compliant so you can stamp designs with ease and confidence.
A common environment connects your tools, data, and teams, so that you can reliably deliver on even the most demanding projects.
Work with native DGN and incorporate legacy data and file formats like DWG, and point-cloud data without conversions.
Work collaboratively on any size project without size restrictions, crashes, or complications, knowing your system will always be on.
Analyze and perform data visualizations on models based on their geometry or underlying attributes.
We’re an industry standard which means your documentation is always standards compliant.
Design with accurate real-world context, automatically, with geospatial information from thousands of systems.
Big or Small, MicroStation Does it All
Whether designing your dream boat or engineering world-class infrastructure design, MicroStation is helping users find creative solutions to their client’s unique challenges.
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MicroStation is easy to use and master through a configurable environment with in-app learning, video tutorials, and extensive support that allows you to become an expert in no time.
*Prices vary per region. For more options, see licensing and subscriptions section.
Frequently Asked Questions
MicroStation is the computer-aided design (CAD) software that users worldwide trust for creating precise 2D and 3D drawings for infrastructure projects. Engineers, architects, and construction professionals openly collaborate to deliver inspiring projects, utilizing the industry leading DGN file format.
- Draft, annotate, and freely design 2D geometry and 3D models at any scale
- Ensure project quality by enforcing CAD standards with robust configuration capabilities
- Utilize data needed to deliver your projects, no matter when it was created
- Produce consistent, high-quality deliverables, such as paper plots, reports, 2D/3D PDFs, iModels, and 3D models
MicroStation provide a comprehensive set of 3D CAD capabilities which include creating models and renderings, performing various analyses, animations, and more.
The price of MicroStation varies per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Bentley’s eStore. When you purchase through the eStore, you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.
The average user reported three to six months with adequate training to become proficient in MicroStation. Every software purchase through the eStore comes as a bundle with “Keys” or training credits to ensure you get the training and expert services you need to get started right away. We call this bundle the Virtuoso Subscription.
Your purchase of MicroStation includes 3 Keys. You can redeem the Keys for expert services such as consulting, mentoring, customized instruction, one-to-one mentoring and/or on-demand learning.
You can learn about MicroStation for free by watching the tutorial videos. Additionally, you can request an evaluation license from our product sales engineers via the Chat Bot on this page. Access all the learning you need here.
The differences between AutoCAD and MicroStation can be found on our comprehensive list of over 100 MicroStation features and capabilities. Check out the feature-by-feature comparison between MicroStation and AutoCAD. Compare now
You can post your question(s) and receive peer to peer help as well as Bentley colleague support at our MicroStation Communities Support.
Check out the latest release announcement on our Bentley Communities forum.
Intel Pentium-based or AMD Athlon based processor 2.0 GHz or greater
Windows 10 (64-bit) – Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education
Windows 8 (64-bit) – Standard, Pro, and Enterprise
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) – Standard, Pro, and Enterprise
Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) – Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64 bit) – Standard and Enterprise
Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
Internet connectivity is required to use some of the features of the product and installation of software pre-requisites.
Microsoft Internet Explorer, minimum v8.0, recommended v9.0 or later, with 128-bit cipher strength is also required.
Also supports Citrix XenApp 6.5 64-bit on Windows Server 2008 R2
1 GB minimum, 2 GB recommended, (more memory typically results in better performance)
1.25 GB minimum free disk space
For the most up-to-date system requirements, visit Bentley Communities.