Teaching CAD / GISMicrostation-Bentley

How to learn Microstation (and teach) easily

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

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. image 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 not do anything other than what we already did on the drawing board, draw lines, use the squares, the parallel, the skull and chinographs. If someone learns to use these 29 commands well, they should master Microstation, with practice they will learn other things but apart from knowing more what they require is to master these well.

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
  10. Advanced settings

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. 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



  3. Very good job this summary of topics for Micro Station.

  4. 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

  5. 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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