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Basic MicroStation CONNECT


This course teaches the basics of 2D MicroStation drafting. Students learn MicroStation concepts necessary to draw civil engineering details. It also teaches how to create plan/profile sheets and then annotate, dimension and plot the sheets. Sample highway projects and highway Drawing and Sheet models are used to learn these concepts.

Target Audience

Civil Engineers and Designers.


Students should have a familiarity with the Windows operating system prior to attending the course.


Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a certificate awarding you 28 contact hours of professional development.


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What you’ll learn in our Basic MicroStation CONNECT training
The User Interface

Learn the concept of WorkSpaces and learn how to set up a WorkSet. Navigate MicroStation CONNECT’s ribbon interface to find drawing tools and learn handy shortcuts that minimize the need to change ribbon workflows or tabs to quickly find the tools you need. Learn how to use other user interface components like the Explorer, the Status Bar, Tool Settings and the Key-in Browser. Discover basic view controls commands to navigate in your views and use the Backstage to review and change user settings, including settings for assigning view controls to mouse buttons.


Learn how to use Level Display to control the display of graphics as well as handy shortcuts to control levels by element. Learn the concept of level libraries and ByLevel symbology and how to place elements by level. Also, learn how to set up and control Symbology Overrides via the Level Manager.

Design File Basics

Learn how to create a MicroStation design file and work with design file settings (working units, angle readouts, etc.). Understand the concept of models and learn how to create and work with multiple models. Learn how to set active attributes (level, color, line style and weight) and create basic elements (lines, line strings, circles, arcs, polygons, etc.)

Precision Drawing with AccuDraw and AccuSnap

Use Basic drawing tools and the AccuDraw interface for precision drawing of civil details using AccuDraw’s rectangular and polar compass. Learn how to use AccuSnap and various snap modes to aid in precision placement of elements.

Editing Elements

Use the Modify tools (Trim, Extend, etc.) and Manipulate tools (Move, Copy, Rotate, etc.) to edit existing elements and create additional civil details.

Temporary Groups

Use the Element Selection tool to create selections sets for manipulation of temporary groups of elements. Also, learn how to use various fence modes with the Fence command to temporarily group elements for use with the Manipulate Fence set of tools.

Complex Elements and Graphic Groups

Learn how to create complex elements (chains and shapes) from individual elements. Learn to how create a group of elements for frequent manipulations using the Graphic Group command and the Graphic Group Lock.


Learn how cells can save time when creating standard details and symbols. Discover the different types of cells you can create, how to create a personal or project cell library and the workflow for creating and placing cells in that library. Discover how to use all the cell placement parameters, as well as special placement options for point and terminator cells. Learn how to edit cells in the library and have those edits update in your design file model.

Patterning Tools

Discover how to use cells to hatch, cross hatch and pattern areas to represent various materials (asphalt, concrete, gravel, etc.) and linear elements to represent special graphics like fences, hedges, tree lines, walls, etc.) Learn when to use the various pattern methods (element, flood, points, difference, etc.) and how to pattern associatively around text and other graphics.

Measure Tools

Discover how to use MicroStation’s measuring tools to measure distance, radius, length and area and learn how to obtain 2D planar measurements versus 3D slope measurements.


Learn how to attach other DGN models or AutoCAD DWG graphics as background information to your active MicroStation model. Discover how to use live nesting to attach multiple references and work with these references in a hierarchical order. Learn how to clip references as well as control reference displays and reference levels.

Sheet Creation

Create sheets by placing Named Boundaries and learn the different Named Boundaries options, including placing them from Drawing Boundaries in sheet seeds. Create both Drawing and Sheet models for plan sheets and learn how to reference details on to the sheets using Named Boundaries. Learn the difference between Drawing and Sheet models and how they are used in the plan production workflow.

Sheet Index

Learn how to use the Sheet Index to quickly open sheets in multiple files. Learn how to uniquely number sheets by type (roadway, traffic, structures, etc.) and discover how to re-order and re-sequence sheets and have this information automatically update on the sheet border. Learn how to automatically populate other border information like project name, number, county, etc.


Learn how to use the drawing scale and the annotation scale lock to annotate Drawing models. Discover how to use Text Styles and the different options for placing text and notes. Learn how to import text that uses MicroStation text style properties, as well as some time-saving tips for placing text using Text Favorites.


Set up a Dimension Style to use with Dimension tools to place linear and radial dimension. Learn how to dimension scaled reference graphics on a drawing so that they dimension true size.


Learn how to create both a single sheet plot as well as batch plot using Print Organizer. Discover how to plot directly from the Sheet Index using the sheet sequencing to create a Print Set and use Print Styles to format the sheets according to your deliverable standards. Print sheets to PDF and learn how to use the PDF printer driver configuration options.

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