Advance beyond CAD

With MicroStation, you can easily view, model, document, and visualize projects of any size and complexity. Use MicroStation to deliver projects smarter. With the proven MicroStation technology, you can safely accept any planning, construction or operating project. No matter what design information you are working with or what kind of deliverables are required, you can rely on MicroStation’s flexibility and power to get the job done on time and on budget.

The MicroStation family of products provides traditional CAD capabilities and the power and versatility to precisely view, model, document, and visualize information-rich 2D and 3D designs of all types and scales, working for professionals in every discipline on infrastructure projects of every type.

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The next generation of computer-aided design software

Whether you need more productive 2D drawing software or better applications for 3D CAD design, speeding up drafting and modeling doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. Instead, regain your competitive edge by utilizing the flexibility and power of BIM workflows without abandoning your familiar 2D drafting and CAD design skills. Save time and money by eliminating tedious, repetitive drawing workflows and, instead, collaborate reliably with any project participant, regardless what CAD file formats or CAD applications they use. As project requirements get more complex and the time to complete projects gets shorter, MicroStation helps you deliver your drawings and CAD models on time.

Shrinking budgets, compressed delivery schedules, and ever-increasing project scales and complexity mean that you should expect more from your design software. MicroStation introduces smart, automated CAD workflows

Use all the advantages of BIM – without changing your existing work processes.


  • What is MicroStation?
    MicroStation is the world’s leading 3D computer-aided design and visualization software for the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation of all infrastructure types.
  • Who can use MicroStation?
    Architects, engineers, design professionals, and draftsmen can use MicroStation. From individual professionals to multinational design firms, leading project teams rely on MicroStation to confidently deliver projects, no matter the scale and complexity.
  • Intrinsic geocoordination
    Work in an intrinsically geocoordinated environment so that your BIM models are created in a precise geographic and geometric context.
  • Is MicroStation difficult to use?
    No. You use the same software to create drawings and CAD files, generate visualizations, reference point clouds and reality meshes, and develop information-rich models. The technology is flexible enough to meet the needs of every project. It is also simple to build 3D models from 2D drawings. MicroStation’s CAD capabilities are intuitive and user-friendly, with most users needing weeks rather than months to feel comfortable using it.


Create project deliverables

Generate consistent, high-quality deliverables such as paper plots, reports, 2D/3D PDFs, i-models, and 3D physical models. Use the comment function, change display options and drag reports directly over the functions integrated in the object to ensure constant synchronization with the planning model while you work.

Design in context

Clearly understand existing conditions and accelerate design modeling workflows with the ability to easily integrate imagery, point clouds, and 3D reality meshes into design and construction models. Integrate geospatial information to ensure that models are precisely geospatially located.

Design with true 3D parametric modeling

Develop even the most complex design models with a wide range of design modeling tools, including surface, mesh, feature, and solid modeling. Build parametric functional components with predefined variations to easily find and manage many similar components. Use drawing extraction tools which automatically immerse drawings within models for improved clarity and streamlined documentation workflows.

Enforce standards

Ensure the proper application of organizational and project-specific standards and content. Apply templates to control geometry and data standards such as styles for dimensions, text, lines, detail symbols, and more. Once designs are complete, use automated tools to check drawings for standards compliance. Discover how you can manage design changes and drawing standards, and control and protect files.

Lay out and annotate drawings

Create precise drawings using a comprehensive set of drafting tools to rapidly progress your designs from concept to completion. Use persistent constraints to maintain your design intent and speed drafting and annotation workflows with intelligent, interactive snapping and dynamic data entry.

Produce animations and renderings

Secure stakeholder buy-in by producing realistic movies and simulations from design, construction, and operational models. Choose from keyframe and time-based animation. Get the results you want, faster, using live on-screen animation previews and distributed network processing. Create lifelike visualizations and access online and delivered libraries of physically correct materials, lighting, and rich photorealistic content.

Visualize and analyze designs

Understand designs more clearly by analyzing and performing data visualizations on models based on their geometry or underlying attributes. Perform analysis of real-world solar exposure and shading. Apply real-time display styles to visualize models based on each object’s height, slope, aspect angle, and other embedded properties. Visualize reality meshes based on associated spatial and attribute data.

Working together on drafts

View and work with design information from others in real time using live referencing of 2D and 3D DGN, DWG, and large image files, refreshed on demand. Create and exchange digital markups of designs. Track and easily understand changes made to design files, even at the component-level, throughout their lifecycle. Improve enterprise-wide collaboration through integration with ProjectWise.

Work in a personalized environment

Confidently work in the right context for each project with the required settings and standards automatically applied. Instantly get help and achieve mastery with access to a comprehensive library of learning content. Streamline your workflow and integrate with enterprise systems using a wide range of available tools to customize the user interface including Microsoft (VBA), .NET, C++, C# and user-defined macros. Personalize and group tools and tasks and reduce keystrokes with customizable menus.


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Product data sheet

Find out how you can use MicroStation, the software for modeling, documentation and visualization, to model and document optimized design drafts more quickly, to inform teams better and to focus on your design tasks.

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Switching from AutoCAD to MicroStation:

How do you know if you are ready for a change?

There is no all-round solution. Therefore, this white paper provides some considerations and guidelines to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a move to MicroStation.

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What do current users say about MicroStation?

Read what users say about working with MicroStation. These experiences will open your eyes!