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Upgrading to MicroStation CONNECT


This course covers the new user interface and new features in the MicroStation CONNECT edition. It is designed to teach existing MicroStation V8i users how to navigate the new interface and apply the new software enhancements in a civil environment.

Target Audience

Civil Engineers and Designers.


To be successful, students should know have a good working knowledge of MicroStation V8i.


Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a certificate awarding you 14 contact hours of professional development.


We’re now offering our same great training classes via Zoom! We bring you the next best thing to in-person training complete with a workbook, in-depth lectures with Q&A, lab activities, and private consultations with the instructor. Check them out!

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

Learn how to navigate MicroStation CONNECT's new ribbon interface to find all your old familiar tools in the new user environment. Learn handy shortcuts that save time by minimizing the need to change ribbon workflows or ribbon tabs to quickly find the tools you need.


MicroStation CONNECT utilizes the Explorer interface more than ever before by tracking all of  your graphical and non-graphical data. Quickly locate graphics by zooming or isolated them, track all of your design file and model resources (text and dimension styles, levels, cells, etc.) as well as items and item properties, link to other project data (documents, spreadsheets, images, etc.), manage your sheets and more through this one comprehensive interface.

Drawing Enhancements

Learn how some of the old drawing tools have been enhanced and how to use some new tools, including a quick and easy way to attach a background image via Bing Maps.

Sheet Creation

MicroStation CONNECT introduces an entirely new workflow for creating sheets. You’ll learn how to use Named Boundaries and Drawing Boundaries to create Drawing models and Sheet models. All of you annotation is placed in the full-size, coordinate-correct Drawing model, while the Sheet model is reserved for plotting. After creating your Sheet models, you'll learn how to number and sequence the sheets via the Explorer's Sheet Index panel.

Item Types

Learn how to create and attach non-graphical information to your MicroStation elements using Item Types. Also discover how to automatically attach Item Types when placing graphics using Element Templates. Item Types contain detailed Item Properties which can be used for automatic labeling of graphics, for generating reports and for placing tables in your Drawing models (for specifications, schedules, etc.)

New Annotation Features

Discover enhancements to the annotation tools for placing text, notes, etc., including new features like Text Favorites and the new Place Label tool, which is used for automatic property-driven annotation of graphics that have Item information attached.

Display Rules

Learn new options for controlling the display of your graphics beyond using levels and level overrides. Display Rules allow you to control displays based on file, model or view properties as well as element or item information. Discover how to use conditional Display Rules to enhance, override, hide, hatch or re-prioritize elements to show exactly what you want.

Reports, Tables and Office Documents

Utilize MicroStation CONNECT's new reporting tools to report on element, item, file or model properties. Learn how to preview, sort and filter this data and then place the data as a table in your graphics file. You can also export the report to a spreadsheet for additional data manipulation. Need to import the spreadsheet file back into MicroStation? No problem! You no longer have to use object linking/embedding to do so. You can now import spreadsheets using MicroStation text and line-work and use the new Table Tools to quickly format the tables. Plus, you can retain association back to the report or spreadsheet file.

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