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MicroStation V8 Libraries and Courses Descriptions

Courses are concise and contain many tutorials that are laid out in a suggested order. However students can start with any course or tutorial to meet job demands. Courses are grouped into libraries that provide a systematic approach to learning that helps ensure users can apply the data they learn on real-world projects. Below are descriptions of each MicroStation V8 course available.

MicroStation V8 Essentials Library
V7 to V8 Update Library
V8 XM Essentials Library
V8 XM Essentials Advanced Library
V8 XM Update Library

MicroStation V8 Essentials Library

Introduction to the Environment and Basic Design Functions
This course provides a solid introduction to the MicroStation design environment. Learn how to work with the MicroStation Manager dialog, navigate through the interface and use toolboxes effectively.

Creating Basic Elements and Using Snaps
This course is an introduction to working inside the MicroStation environment. Learn how to navigate through the interface, use the mouse, save settings and work with View Windows.

Advanced Element Creation, Hatching and Managing the Undo Process
Here’s a course designed to take a closer look at advanced elements, such as polygons, shapes and hatch patterns. Learn how to flood an are or apply Boolean operators to quickly hatch area. As an added bonus, manage mistakes using the Undo, Redo and Set Mark commands.

Elementary AccuDraw and Mastering AccuDraw Techniques
This course shows how to input coordinate values and effectively using AccuDraw. Learn the different ways of using AccuDraw, how AccuSnap works and access shortcuts.

Creating, Manipulating and Managing Levels in Designs
Here is the quickest way to learn how levels are used in a MicroStation file. Learn how to use the Display Manager dialog box, create and modify levels, save and use level styles.

Building Selection Sets, Using Fences and Forming Groups
Building groups is easy when you how to work with multiple elements using a selection set, fence and graphic group tools. Learn how named groups, quicksets and display sets increase your production.

Changing, Manipulating and Modifying Design Components
This course illustrates how to work with existing elements. Change attributes, modify specific details or create multiple copies after working through this course.

Working with Libraries, Text and Annotation Tools
Learn how to add and create symbols, use detailing techniques such as, placing text, defining Text Styles and utilizing annotation tools. There are great examples for the novice and the experienced user.

Measuring Designs and Developing Dimensioning Techniques
This course begins with standard measuring tools and quickly goes through dimension functions and the creation of Dimension Styles with helpful examples and illustrations.

Referencing Information, Using Raster Images and Plotting Designs
This course illustrates how to display data from CAD drawings, photos and scanned images inside the open design. Learn how to use reference tools, generate plots and control prints using pen tables.

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V7 to V8 Update Library

V8 Users Update
This course is a training guide discussing new functions introduced in MicroStation V8. The V8 Users Update course highlights changes to legacy tools and uncovers new concepts found in V8. Users familiar with previous versions of MicroStation will find the six units in this course filled with insights, simulations, examples and test evaluations.

V8 Admin Update
This course is designed specifically for administrators managing CAD departments using MicroStation V8. In-depth — particularly of interest to managers — are the focus throughout. There are several units taken from the V8 Users Update course are included to help managers understand changes inside key areas of V8, such as named levels, models and plotting

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V8 XM Essentials Library

Open the MicroStation World
In this course, the MicroStation Manager is explored in three separate chapters — Starting MicroStation, MicroStation Manager and The Workspace. Upon completion, students can navigate through different project directories, set File Types, effectively use workspaces, as well as create new design files.

The MicroStation Environment
In this course, the interface is explored in three separate chapters — Interface Basics, Dialog Boxes and The Main Menu.

Interface Basics
This course takes you through a quick introduction to the MicroStation Application Window, organized into three separate chapters – Inside the Design, Task Navigation and Tool Settings Box.

Push the Mouse
This course provides an in depth look at how MicroStation XM assigns the Data, Reset and Tentative functions, how to use these functions and all the associated popup menus. The course consists of five chapters, twenty-nine pages filled with sound, technical illustrations and an Information page filled with definitions, tips and tricks.

Window Your Design
This course introduces the changes made to View Windows inside XM. Learn how to control the placement of the View tools and enhancements to window commands.

Model Start
This course teaches how to create design files, discusses the DGN format, the two different types of models, how to create, modify and import existing models, all with individual labs for better “hands on” experience. Upon completion, students can create DGN files and models, create, import, modify and navigate through existing models. This course is organized into five chapters with sample DGN files used in three step-by-step labs.

Draw Accurately
This course is an introduction to AccuDraw, a design and drafting aid that assists in the drawing process. It starts by introducing the Cartesian Coordinate System and how MicroStation uses precise key-ins to place geometry. Then it continues to show how AccuDraw can be used during the design process.

Manipulate Your Design
This course introduces the Manipulate tools, used to adjust the placement and copying of existing design elements. Upon completion, students will know how to access Manipulate functions from the toolbox and popup menus, understand how to build a selection set and use every tool inside the Manipulate toolbox.

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V8 XM Essentials Advanced Library

Discover 3D: Model Fundamentals
Welcome to the “Model Fundamentals” course. Here is a fast overview about the DGN format, the two different types of models, how to create, modify and import existing models, all with individual labs for a better “hands on” experience. Upon completion, students can create, import, modify and navigate through existing models. This course is organized into four chapters and sample DGN files used in three step-by-step labs.

Discover 3D: View Windows
This course provides details for the 3D View Windows, how they work, the available 3D View tools and how to manage the windows during a 3D design session.

Discover 3D: Building Blocks Part 1
This course begins by showing how to use AccuDraw in 3D and work with 3D Primitives, such as Slabs, Cones and Spheres. Then it continues to present how to create complex solids or SmartSolids, as well as edit associated properties and features. However, before proceeding with this course, the student should complete the LearningBay courses Model Fundamentals and Views in 3D.

Discover 3D: Building Blocks Part 2
This course is the second part in the series “Discover 3D: Building Blocks.” Students need to complete the first course, labeled “Part 1,” before continuing. While the first course dicusses how to work with 3D Primitives and SmartSolids, this course shows how to perform complex modifications to 3D solids, as well as introduce how to work with existing 2D profiles.

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V8 XM Update Library

Explore Interface Improvements Part 1
This course takes a closer look at the changes made to the screen, with a deeper look into the Project Explorer tools.

Explore Interface Improvements Part 2
Continuing in the series, Part 2 introduces Task Navigation, how it works, as well as how to control where it appears. It then goes into enhancements on some of the most commonly used dialog boxes.

Explore Interface Improvements Part 3
This is the final course in the series that explores changes found inside the XM interface. Learn about the changes made to the Raster Manager, Dimension Styles and Model dialog boxes. Know what improvements have been made to the other features, such as mouse button assignments, as well as function keys and popup menus.

Explore Clip Tools
A powerful set of tools often hidden deep within the View Control tools are now available inside every View Window inside. XM. Come explore how to use Clip Volume and Clip Mask tools, assign names to clip boundaries and how to use them with attached references, as well as raster images.

Explore View Windows
This course provide details on the new View Window enhancements. It explores the new icons found inside each View and enhancements made to the View Attributes box. Then it provides a fast overview to 3D viewing capabilities, perfect for the novice and experienced user.

Explore XM Tool Enhancements
This coruse documents all the changes found in MicroStation XM for AccuDraw, Annotation, Cells and Color tools. With explicit details inside each lesson page, including labeled technical illustrations that follow the narratives and extensive index pages that explains terms in detail, defines concepts and offer additional information, this course underscores why XM is an important version of MicroStation. With 37 pages, 37 index files and over 90 illustrations, this is a must for everyone who wants to start using XM… FAST!

Explore XM Features: More Tool Enhancements
This browser-based course explores all the changes found in MicroStation XM to three different areas – Fences, Element Info and Drawing Aids. See the power of using multiple fences, explore the new element information box, discover the improvements to Levels and Printing all inside this course. The thirty-two Lesson Pages are complete with narration, along with sixty-four additional entries inside the associated Index Pages and ninety-six labeled technical illustrations. This course is for both the beginner and advanced MicroStation user.

Explore XM Features: Way More Tool Enhancements
As the final course for the XM Update library, this course reviews the changes made to Models, Project Explorer, References, Raster Manager and a miscellaneous set of tools. Learn how to assign sheet numbers to models, assign links to drawings, clip references, attach PDF files, use selection handles and start a new session. With 42 pages of full descriptive details, complete with narration with technical illustrations, and over 50 additional information pages, Way More Tool Enhancements completes the process of moving to XM.

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