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MicroStation Essentials is designed for the new MicroStation user and builds a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and features found in the MicroStation drawing environment. Starting with setting up a drawing and concluding with plotting, students walk through typical workflows using the tools and features interspersed throughout real-world design problems solved using basic design concepts. You will learn to use MicroStation’s tools and features to create designs, manipulate and modify elements, assemble project data and create printed output.

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time: 3 Days (08:30 - 16:00)
  • Course Prerequisites

    It is recommended that delegates have a working knowledge of one or more of the following:

Our Delivery Methods

Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience, done during the traditional 08:00 – 16:00 working day.

Online Mentored Learning

Do a course at your pace via our “myWay Online Mentored Learning”, combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, an online course mentor, extra resources, questionnaires and more, all supported via out Online Student Portal.

Part Time Mentored Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.

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What is Microstation?

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Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

  • The CAD Corporation retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.

  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.

  • For full day courses The CAD Corporation will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at The CAD Corporation only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.

  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.

  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, The CAD Corporation reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.

  • The CAD Corporation suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. The CAD Corporation is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.

An Overview of MicroStation

  • MicroStation's menus
  • The Task-based Interface
  • Keyboard mapping
  • Docking a tool box
  • The Task Navigation tool box
  • Tool tips
  • Starting and stopping commands
  • The tool settings window
  • PopSet and tool settings
  • Expandable tool settings
  • Typical element placement tool settings
  • The Key-in browser
  • The status bar
  • The Message Center
  • View Windows
  • Mouse view controls
  • The View Groups dialog box


Working with Views

  • Arranging Views
  • Multiple Views and View Controls
  • Design Navigation
  • Window Menu Commands
  • View Attributes
  • Saved Views


Design Precision

  • Working Units
  • AccuDraw


Designing with MicroStation

  • Working with Elements
  • Closing Files
  • Creating Design Files
  • Saving Work
  • Element Placement
  • Additional Undo Features
  • Backing up your work


Working with Snaps

  • Active Snap Mode
  • AccuSnap Settings
  • Tentative Snapping
  • Using Snaps in Desiging
  • Multi-Snap
  • Snapping to Select Elements


Defining Element Attributes

  • Attributes Tools
  • Using Attributes to Add Definition


Polygons and Circles



  • Designing on Multiple Levels
  • The Active Level
  • Working with Multiple Levels
  • The Level Display Dialog Box
  • Level Filters
  • Moving Elements Between Levels
  • The Level Manager
  • Importing and Attaching Levels


Design Problems - Beginning to Design

  • Create a border file
  • Draw an anchor
  • Complete a pressure gauge
  • Finish the pulley designs
  • Apply By-Level symbology


Working with Multiple Elements

  • The Fence
  • Named Fences
  • Element Selection


Grouping Elements

  • Complex Chains
  • Complex Shapes
  • Graphic Groups 
  • Named Groups


Manipulating Elements

  • Align Edges
  • Mirror
  • Rotate
  • Scale
  • Moving and Copying Parallel
  • Construct Array
  • Stretch Element


Modifying Elements

  • Modify Element
  • Partial Delete
  • Trim Element
  • Extend
  • IntelliTrim
  • Construct Circular Fillet
  • Construct Chamfer



  • Placing Cells in Designs
  • Creating Cells
  • Addional Placement Tools and Options
  • Breaking up cells



  • Measure Distance
  • Measure Radius and Angle Between Lines
  • Measure Area
  • Measure Length


Design Problems - Working with Elements

  • Construct a P&ID Diagram
  • Complete an Electrical Schematic Design
  • Complete a Floor Plan
  • Create and Place post cells
  • Find the Largest Lot
  • Clear Out the Airplane Wing


Text Elements

  • Text Attributes
  • Placement Options
  • Text Styles
  • Tools for Changing Text
  • Additional Placement Tools
  • Text Fields



  • Tools
  • The Dimension Styles Dialog Box
  • Modifying Existing Dimensions
  • Comparing Dimension Styles


Annotating Tools

  • Detailing Symbols
  • Revision Clouds


Design Problems - Annotating Designs

  • Dimension a floor plan
  • Detail a part
  • Complete a building section


Adding Patterns

  • Hatching Areas
  • Crosshatch Areas
  • Patterning Areas
  • Associative Hatching and Patterns
  • Working with Existing Patterns



  • Design as Reference Material
  • Working with References
  • Live Nesting
  • Modifying Attachment Settings
  • Other Display Options 



  • Types of Models
  • Working with Models
  • Models and Cells


Raster Tools

  • Attaching Raster Data
  • Manipulating Rasters
  • Live Nesting
  • Raster Tools


Project Explorer

  • Exploring Projects
  • Linking Detailing Symbols


Design Problems - Adding Detail to Designs

  • Navigate the Part Project
  • Designate Land Use
  • Pattern a Wall and Foundation Section
  • Create a set of construction plans
  • Create detail plans for an office building
  • Create a finished part assembly
  • Position map sections
  • Create a detail sheet



  • The Print Dialog Box
  • Setting Print Attributes
  • Working with Borders
  • Previewing 
  • Raster Support
  • RDF Support
  • Importing AutoCAD CTB Files
  • Sending Data to the Printer
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    06 August 2021
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    08 October 2021
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  • 08 December 2021
    10 December 2021
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Online Training Booking Form

By completing the below online booking, a booking confirmation will be sent out and an invoice will be generated. A place will be reserved on this course and you are expected to attend. If you require a quote first please contact The CAD Corporation offices and speak to a sales consultant.

MicroStation V8i Essentials

  1. By booking for this course, an invoice will be generated and you will be liable for the payment of this invoice. If you require a quote, please contact The CAD Corporation Offices.
  2. After the generation of the invoice a training confirmation will be emailed using the details provided above.
  3. The CAD Corporation retains the rights to change this calendar without any notification.
  4. Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
  5. All university students will receive a 10% discount for cash payments.
  6. The minimum notice of cancellation is 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. If you fail to do so the full amount is payable.
  7. Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

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