MicroStation Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

MicroStation

3D architecture software for construction businesses

4.28/5 (142 reviews)

MicroStation overview

What is 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.
www.bentley.com

Pricing

Starting from
$250/month
Pricing options
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Devices

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Markets

United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, French, Italian and 7 other languages, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, Russian
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MicroStation user reviews

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Michael M.

Great CAD product which has evolved into the strongest available

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-29
Review Source: Capterra

Ease of project creation and distribution. The ability to open DGN files that date back to the 90's as well as other formats.

Pros
MicroStation has great file sizes. Compared to competitors, MS file sizes are a fraction. The amount of control for many of the elements is beyond comparison! Text styles, dimension styles, references, and linestyles can be controlled and manipulated to the greatest extent. This allows for easy use of these objects. Printing in MS is the most reliable, and predictable, of any CAD product I have used. Some products will shift the print from one user to another, even if the same printer is used. MicroStation can/will overcome simple obstacles and yield the same results from printer to printer.

Cons
Some tools that exist in other CAD platforms need to be implemented in MS. The ability to select an element and trigger a tool that would then select similar objects based on type, level, color, etc. The Select by Attributes tool available is nice and highly functional, but requires too many clicks.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Aditya M.

Must have software if you work with DOT

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-04-25
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Dan S.

Answers for Open Roads and SS4 - poor performance and issues with new software bugs need work around

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-23
Review Source: Capterra

Working on 3D Model development and workflows

Pros
I like they are moving to doing design in 3D - software from what I seen the interface in Open Roads looks easier.

Cons
Help files are poor - difficult to set up standards and information on setting up standards is hard to find - using software seems tricky very picky on the prompts new users can not get a grasp - need to use heads up prompts than switch to key board - many bugs in SS4 difficult to move standards forward - trying to develop work flow is cumbersome - using Project Wise is another issue with their own Bentley software - difficult to snap to elements in SS4 tentative snap works funny - changed printing dialog so every time a user hits enter on the dialog it send a print - difficult to mange new setting like this when using multiple version of the software behaves one way in SS2 and another in SS4 - Support closes tickets without asking if issue is resolved - support page selection for area needing help on needs updating - Plan prep in open roads very lacking -

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Andrew P.

Microstation review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-04-12
Review Source: Capterra

Again I believe MicroStation is the best software out there for Highway design that I have used. I have tied AutoCad but have not been impressed.

Pros
I am in the Highway design industry which is where MicroStation excels when accompanied with GeoPak. I have been using MicroStation/GeoPak for 23+ years now and it has always been easy to use. Lately there has been some growing pains as it transitions to a new format call OpenRoads Designer Connect edition.

Cons
Lately, as mentioned above, Microstation has been transitioning over to OpenRoads Designer Connect edition which is been difficult at times to work with. Although the format has changed they have been pretty good at trying to set it up similarly to what we are used to. Still there are issues though some may be caused with Ohio DOT trying to setup functionality as well. it has been a struggle as of late but from past experience i believe the bugs will all be worked out.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Lwin Hnin T.

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-21
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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MicroStation pricing

Starting from
$250/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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Quarterly term licensing is available, as is perpetual licensing.

MicroStation features

Activity Dashboard
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Project Management
Reporting/Analytics

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