# How to learn Microstation (and teach) easily

I previously talked about How to teach AutoCAD in a practical way, I taught the same course for users of Microstation and I had to adapt the method for Bentley users ... always under that concept that if someone learns 40 commands from a computer program, they may consider that they master it. People must learn Microstation knowing only 29 commands, with which it is done close to the 90% of the work in Engineering, although more with a mapping orientation.

These can be placed in a single bar, not to be removed from the main panel and ideally taught in a single job, where they can apply each command from the creation of the first line to the final print.

The most used 29 commands from Microstation

The Build commands (14)

1. Line
2. Circle
3. Polyline (Smart line)
4. Complex chain
5. Multiline (Multiline)
6. Point
7. Text (Text)
8. Fence
9. Figure (Shape)
10. Hatch
11. Linear pattern
12. Array
13. Cell (Cell)
14. Arc (Arc)

The Edit commands (14)

1. Parallel (Parallel)
2. Trim
3. Extender (Extend)
4. Modify elements
5. Ungroup (Drop)
6. Edit testo (Edit text)
7. Partial Delete
8. Intersect
9. Move (Move)
10. Copy (Copy)
11. Rotate
12. Scale
13. Reflect (Mirror)
14. Round (Fillet)

Reference commands (8)
Although they are at least eight, they can be placed in a single drop-down, and these are the snap or tentative, among the most necessary are:

1. Key point
2. Mid point
3. Nearest point
4. Intersection
5. Perpendicular (Perpendicular)
6. Base point (Origin)
7. Center point
8. Tangent (Tangent)

All these commands do nothing other than what we already did on the drawing board, pull lines, use the squares, the parallel, the skull and chinographs. If someone learns how to use these 29 commands well, he should master Microstation, with practice he will learn other things, but if he does not know more, he needs to master these.

Additionally it is recommended to know some important variants of these commands:

• Point (between, at element, at intersection, along at distance)
• Hatch (Cross hatch, Patern area, Linear patern, Delete patern)
• Shape (Block, Orthogonal, Reg. Poligon, Region)
• Fence (modify, manipulate, delete, drop)
• Cirle (Ellipse, Arc Options, modify arc)
• Text (Note, Edit, Spell, Attributes, Increment)
• Line (Spline, Spcurve, Min. Distance)
• Other commands (Delete vertex, Chamfer, Intersect, Align, Change attributes, Change fill)

Then the second stage of my course taught the 10 most needed utilities of Microstation:

1. Areas and distances calculation
2. Accu draw
3. Raster manager
4. Reference manager
5. Level manager
6. Configure Display
7. Treatment
8. Impresión
9. Export - import

## 7 Replies to "How to learn Microstation (and teach) easily"

1. Leonardo Linares Arellano says:

Excellent explanation clear, accurate and accurate. Thank you, please, if you recommend me some course link to learn the tool, thank you. Mail: Leonardolinares72@gmail.com

2. Raul says:

GOOD WORK, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CONSULTATION ON THE WORK IN MICROSTATION, I SEND A MAIL OR YOUR MAIL TO DIALOGUE ON THE THEME.

BEST REGARDS

3. carlos velasquez says:

Very good job this summary of topics for Micro Station.

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5. Orlando Toloza says:

Thanks in a simple way you explain the basis for learning Microstation, you can send me your email to, continue to consult about Microstation.
Best regards

6. Mirtha Flores says:

I congratulate you and I thank you, because I tried to get a guide on how to study autocad in a fast way and I did not find anything that satisfied, the didactic of your explanation helps me a lot. Again thank you very much. Greetings and Happy Holidays.
Mirtha Flores

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