MicroStation

3D architecture software for construction businesses

About MicroStation

MicroStation is a 3D architecture software that helps businesses in the oil and gas, construction, mining, manufacturing, and other sectors create and visualize 2D drawings and 3D computer-aided designs. The platform enables creators to build models using various parametric designing tools including mesh, surface, and solid modeling.

Designers can create 3D physical models, display styles, paper plots, and digital markups of various designs in a centralized dashboard. MicroStation allows managers to integrate imagery, geospatial information, and 3D meshes to build geospatially located construction models. Teams can also enforce project-specific geometry standards such as dimensions, symbols, lines, and texts to unify drawings in accordance with compliance standards.

MicroStation lets businesses use photorealistic models or content to produce animations and preview them on a unified interface. Operators can also collaborate with team members on various designs and track changes in a centralized dashboard.

Pricing starting from:

US$250,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Devices

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Markets

Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Albania, Armenia, Curaçao, Angola, Argentina, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Åland Islands, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Burundi, Benin, Bermuda, Brunei, Bolivia, Brazil, Bahamas, Bhutan, Botswana, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Congo - Kinshasa, Central African Republic, Congo - Brazzaville, Switzerland, Cook Islands, Chile, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Djibouti, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Eritrea, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Micronesia, Faroe Islands, France, Gabon, United Kingdom, Grenada, Georgia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Gambia, Guinea, Guadeloupe, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Guatemala, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hong Kong SAR China, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, India, Iraq, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Comoros, St. Kitts & Nevis, South Korea, Kuwait, Cayman Islands, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St. Martin, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, North Macedonia, Mali, Myanmar (Burma), Mongolia, Macao SAR China, Northern Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Montserrat, Malta, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Niger, Norfolk Island, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Poland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Palau, Paraguay, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Sudan, Sweden, Singapore, St. Helena, Slovenia, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, San Marino, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, São Tomé & Príncipe, El Salvador, Syria, Eswatini, Turks & Caicos Islands, Chad, Togo, Thailand, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Tonga, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uganda, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Samoa, Yemen, Mayotte, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Supported Languages

Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

US$250,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of MicroStation: 37

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Bill of Materials Management
  • CAD Tools
  • Chemical Management
  • Civil
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Comparison View
  • Component Library
  • Content Library
  • Custom Development
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Analysis
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Electrical
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Image Editing
  • Landscape Design
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Mechanical
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Management
  • Project Templates
  • Reference Management
  • Reporting/Analytics

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,3 /5
(150)
Value for Money
4,1/5
Features
4,2/5
Ease of Use
4,0/5
Customer Support
4,0/5

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Arshad R.
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

MicroStation

Reviewed on 2021/10/12

I primarily use MicroStation mostly for CAD and like it die to its powerful but yet lightweight...

I primarily use MicroStation mostly for CAD and like it die to its powerful but yet lightweight processing engine.

Pros

MicroStation appeals to me in every way. Text styles, dimension styles, references, and line styles are among the software's most intriguing features, all of which may be easily altered. Highways can be built in a variety of ways, including with extensive building plans. It is the most trustworthy and high-quality software on the market. The best thing about this show is that it never lets you down. The platform is fairly stable and does not crash all that often. It's good that there aren't any enormous tags on the screen. The various view tabs are useful because moving between them is simple. On the internet, there are a plethora of videos to choose from. The extent to which xRefs can be customized is astounding.

Cons

The user interface is not very user-friendly or intuitive. Some tasks are simple to do yet need a bit more work in it. Internal programming is used for 3D mouse control, however it does not cover all of the features. Dealing with computer issues is exhausting. The vast majority of first-level IT response is based in Asia, and responses can take up to a day because of which smaller issues may take more than required time to get sorted.

Aditya M.
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Must have software if you work with DOT

Reviewed on 2021/04/25

MicroStation has been a lifesaver for me for Road Projects. I had used AutoCAD for Raod Design and...

MicroStation has been a lifesaver for me for Road Projects. I had used AutoCAD for Raod Design and it was very tedious work. MicroStation is easy with Complex Road Alignment, Vertical and Horizontal alignment, cross-section development, Profile Design, and quantity survey. Your single model design can all of it. It reduces the use of other software and programs.

Pros

Integration of MicroStation with State Departments' rules and regulations is one of the best features that it has. I have been using MicroStation for Road design for different state DOTs. MicroStation provides you the ability for Parametric modeling of infrastructure projects. It helps to reduce repetitive work and make it efficient for designers and engineers. Microstation has helped me to design and deliver projects according to DOT's requirements.

Cons

MicroStation is expensive software to have for a single person to design infrastructure projects. It is difficult to get training in the software as you can get it only if you are going to use it for state projects. The ability to understand and make it work the way you want is very limited.

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

Reasons for Choosing MicroStation

Parametric Design ability, Quantity Survey, Earthwork calculations ease, Integrated State Laws parameters

Switched From

AutoCAD

Reasons for Switching to MicroStation

Cost, Parametric Design ability, Quantity Survey, Earthwork calculations ease, Integrated State Laws parameters
Audrey T.
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

v8i - An archaic drafting software

Reviewed on 2021/12/17

MicroStation is one of the most frustrating drafting softwares I have had to work with. If you plan...

MicroStation is one of the most frustrating drafting softwares I have had to work with. If you plan on implementing it and have many new users, be sure to provide adequate training and budget for time wasted on the steep learning curve.

Pros

The geographic projects settings are very useful in comparison to competitor software. Microstation v8i has a feature that lets you project coordinate systems. This is extremely useful when dealing with different client coordinate systems.

Cons

The layout and commands of this software are very old fashioned and not intuitive at all. Commands consist of number and letter, although there is an option for allowing key-ins. Remembering the corresponding numbers and letters for commands can be challenging when in a rush and working at fast pace. If you can't remember the commands, then you can use the toolbars. By end of one hour, your right hand and shoulder using the mouse has undergone an intense workout. Your fingers will become very powerful. Using key-ins instead requires long commands. There is a separate save button for saving settings like display and view options. If you forget to press save AND save settings, you'll have to redo your setup when you reopen the drawing. Obvious settings are hidden. Simple commands like the selection tools are random letters like yuihjkl;. If you then try to work with Microstation Connect edition, commands are completely different. This is not a beginner friendly software. There is a lack of training resources and it's only learnable if someone holds your hand and walks you through.

Lwin hnin T.
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Good to use . Printing quality is good. Software system is quite good.

Reviewed on 2019/10/21

Especially for utilities drawing , level overwrite , line weight can easily work with microstation....

Especially for utilities drawing , level overwrite , line weight can easily work with microstation. After print out , can see very clearly.
Coordinate system i like.
Mostly for government project , we need to work with so many reference file. Microstation only can solve for reference file problem

Pros

Model View( Model view, Design View, Sheet View) Coordinate system, Easy to use and easy to understand , can attach so many references file, Level Overwrite

Cons

Software can work well with so many references files.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Recreational Facilities & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Functionality and User frieindly

Reviewed on 2019/10/21

visualizing and modeling point cloud data and reality meshes.
microstation have separete module...

visualizing and modeling point cloud data and reality meshes.
microstation have separete module for each and lots or fundtion that can extract data. also reads several formats of point cloud which means i dont have to use another application and allow point cloud classifications with alot of features and specs

Pros

what i like most about microstation it have alot of operations can be done through microstation drawing, 3d modeling, making charts and work sheets. without haaving to close and open another appliation. also i can visualize my work, hide, display or clip my design without deleting or removing any item.
also microstation dynamic reference makes it easy to update all my drawings and sheets (3D&2D) with only updating design model.
most of all it is Auto-save CAD application. and i can record each change i do on me my design and recall this changes.

Cons

workspace, worksets configurations and design file settings needs to be more easy to understand

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MicroStation offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$250,00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Quarterly term licensing is available, as is perpetual licensing.

MicroStation has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

MicroStation supports the following languages:

Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

MicroStation supports the following devices:

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MicroStation offers the following support options:

FAQs/Forum, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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