MicroStation Features

MicroStation

3D architecture software for construction businesses

4.28/5 (142 reviews)

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MicroStation Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about MicroStation's features:

AMIRSALAR M.

The best CAD software for companies heavily invested in Bentley ecosystem

2019-12-06

We use Bentley MicroStation for the projects that are designed and controlled using Bentley BIM for their good integration with each other.

Pros

Where Bentley MicroStation shines is handling large data imported from photogrammetry.

Cons

While commands and features are very easy to find on Bentley Microstation, the online help tool can be improved to answer more FAQ of the users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Dustin F.

With approximately 20 yrs of Microstation experience I am never disappointed in its capabilities.

2018-01-23

Pros

To me Microstation is the easiest CADD software to learn and utilize from any type of level from beginner to advanced users.

Cons

The only issue i have ever had with the software being both a user and in IT management is that they installation can be picky at times with integrating with other products, especially third party.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Laura J.

MicroStation is a good software for designing and modeling, I like to design complex object on this.

2018-07-18

Pros

A great workstation and with simple interface and one can continuously save the files, the range of tools for drafting are good.

Cons

Management of shading patterns can be improved and no default keyboard keys makes the navigation sluggish and as compared to Auto CAD it lags a little.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Calvin "Kal" M.

I have been using Microstation to design Highways and complete construction drawings since 1994.

2018-01-26

Microstation with GEOPAK is a COMPLETE Highway Design and Construction Plans Production Package.

Pros

The command set and menu has not changed dramatically in last 20 years.

Cons

The high cost of each design seat to use the software license. The competition has an LT version for less cost.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Richard B.

Great tool for 2 & 3 D, versatile and easy to learn and use

2018-01-23

Is very useful for our CAD/BIM team and for the project that we are working currently, easy to use and share between team members, etc.

Pros

Reference & Level Manager and Display, printing settings, Import & Export tools Compatibility with other CAD software,

Cons

I am not very comfortable with the lack of shortcuts, keyboard commands. The icon commands are great but still I like more typing my commands.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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natalia B.

Construction Plan production user

2018-01-23

Pros

Customer support for new 3D applications. Integrations for BIM modeling.

Cons

Limited Cloud capabilities and collaboration between multiple users for the same project.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Military company, 10001+ employees)

MicroStation Review

2019-07-25

Very capable design tool.

Pros

Very similar to AutoCAD but has few unique features that may be applicable for specific jobs.

Cons

Similar to AutoCAD in that it has so many features that it can be cumbersome to learn it all.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Barb H.

I have been working with MicroStation for over 8 years now. I really like the program.

2018-01-23

Pros

Easy to use help is easy to use and get the help you need the features it has are exactly what I need to complete my day to day activities Easy to search for features snapping is great functions to what I need Able to bring in almost any format that I have access to

Cons

Not able to export to Excel Not able to export to ArcMap sometimes it drops tags, I have had it delete every tag in a project, and have it unrecoverable.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Craig G.

Easy to use with lots of other capabilities

2018-01-23

The easy creation of a 3D model has helped convey design aspects to non-engineers and the public.

Pros

They have a lot of support videos of community forums that have been really helpful on resolving issues or finding best practices for each particular use. The file format makes opening and switching between files much quicker than autocad.

Cons

Once I got used to the new tools it an helped my efficiency working on projects.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Dean B.

Another quality drafting software

2018-06-15

For large projects that integrate multiple disciplines the functionality of BIM is a must.

Pros

Its integration and BIM capabilities is a great feature and as BIM is becoming more widely adopted, this is a vital feature.

Cons

As with most drafting software packages, compatibility with other file types is not so great. Conversions are timely and don't always come out accurately.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Architecture & Planning company, 51-200 employees)

MicroStation Review

2018-08-02

I used the software on multiple projects and it has been very useful.

Pros

I like that the software is very simple to use, some of the commands are not very intuitive but once you learn, it is quite easy.

Cons

The software is outdated that it is missing some of the features that most design tools would commonly have.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Aditya M.

Must have software if you work with DOT

2021-04-25

I had used AutoCAD for Raod Design and it was very tedious work.

Pros

I have been using MicroStation for Road design for different state DOTs.

Cons

MicroStation is expensive software to have for a single person to design infrastructure projects.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Brian L.

I have several copies of usta and it is very versatile.

2018-01-23

The use in a civil and structural design firm is invaluable for the daily design of projects.

Pros

The system can interconnect with other programs that are available for highway design, structural design, drainage, etc.

Cons

With each new version that comes out, they rearrange the location of the tools and they must be relearned.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Johannes V.

CAD is simply easy

2016-11-14

All Applications work from same dgn format file and do not have to export. All Application is build on top of MicroStation and CAD used can easily understand new applications.

Pros

Small file size, once workspace been established the software forces a standard in the office, easy CAD tools, good 3D capabilities, can open most CAD file formats,

Cons

Takes time to get workspace set up, license system complex.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering MicroStation

Do not think small companies understand the interoperability between disciplines and the ability to share data between offices without having to export.

Source: Capterra
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Rick L.

CONVINENCE FOR DESIGN WORK

2018-01-23

I am able to work thru many project and agency cross the nation, I hope more and more client could accept MS to be the official design software

Pros

The mega project is cross different offices and company, the Project Wise integration with associated software are allow me working at anywhere I need, which is making the production and design process without the boundary

Cons

The most common conversion with autodesk software sometime is not fully convert to what I want and hope the later version can make the integrations more detail and complete

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kanav R.

Amazing Tool For Designers

2019-03-02

it's kind a tool which makes everything easier and at the end of the it matters. great product comes with high price which everybody understands after using it.

Pros

After using many other CAD products I find MicroStation very easy to learn.

Cons

Not much but there is some interface change sin new version which i don't like much and getting license of the same is also a complicated task. price the product is very high.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Recreational Facilities and Services company, 1-10 employees)

Functionality and User frieindly

2019-10-21

visualizing and modeling point cloud data and reality meshes.

Pros

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Johana G.

Microstation a helpful tool that all companies must have

2019-10-21

MicrosoftStation is a very user friendly software that even a person with a very low level in CAD, can easily learn how to manage projects and tools from this software.

Pros

What I like the most is that you can manage projects in the same platform where many users can have access to the latest information about projects.

Cons

until now, I don't have any negative point about it

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Architecture & Planning company, 1-10 employees)

User friendly Engineering software

2019-04-05

This program is necessary for state/city projects in our location.

Pros

I love the autosave feature, that it accepts AutoCAD files, and the way the select function works.

Cons

Also, beware of the way they work the network licenses if you accidentally go into a version you do not have extra seats for, it will allow you to work in it and you'll receive a HUGE bill.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Solid tool suite for multi-discipline integrated design!

2018-01-26

Pros

All time favorite feature? The reference manager dialog box and using logicals!

Cons

For example, is it really necessary to shift the global origin in design files anymore?

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Dan S.

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

2018-01-23

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 -

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Marlen S.

BEST DESIGN SOFTWARE EVER EVEN IF YOU'RE JUST STARTING NOW

2021-02-16

This software is super helpful and very easy to use.

Pros

This software is super easy to use and understand.Software helps me out a lot and when I work with government projects where by I have to attach reference files,the software does it's BEST.Sheet View, Design View and Model View.Even after I printed plans out I can clearly see Coordination systems.

Cons

I feel software should upgrade more giving us more design options

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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MD A.

Helpful in creating CAD design

2019-05-20

Satisfactory.

Pros

Very good in creating CAD design in sync with MX-Road.

Cons

Too many tool boxes, occupies more space on thr screen.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Civil Engineering company, 501-1000 employees)

Microstation

2018-11-27

Pros

I also appreciate how the main aspects of the software do not change dramatically when improved versions are released.

Cons

Price of the license is steep.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Justin V.

Former Microstation User

2019-12-10

I don't use it at my current company but, I used to use it at company where I did some civil design and at another company doing electrical substation design.

Pros

It is a good tool to create schematic diagrams, various standard 2D drawings and civil design drawings.

Cons

Having used many design drawing softwares through the years the last time I used Microstation which V8 I felt like I was still using AutoCAD R12.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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