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MicroStation V8i 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 V8i course available.

MicroStation V8i Essentials Update Library
MicroStation V8i Essentials Beginner Library
MicroStation V8i Essentials Intermediate Library
MicroStation V8i SS3 Essentials Update Library
MicroStation V8i SS3 Printing Essentials Library
MicroStation V8i SS3 Print Organizer Library
MicroStation V8i 3D Essentials Library

MicroStation V8i Essentials Update Library

Interface Improvements Part 1
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i screen with a quick overview on some of the area enhancements. The course introduces Project Explorer and how to work with Link Sets, a way of grouping related project files for fast and easy access.

Interface Improvements Part 2
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i Task Navigation menu and enhancements made to key dialog boxes for both the new and experienced user. Upon completion, students will be able to effectively use the Task Navigation function, learn how to dock special dialog boxes along the side of the screen, and understand what changes are shared with most of the V8i dialog boxes.

Interface Improvements Part 3
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i screen with a quick overview on some of the area enhancements. The course introduces Project Explorer and how to work with Link Sets, a way of grouping related project files for fast and easy access.

Explore Tool Enhancements Part 1
In this course, the new tool enhancements overview are organized into four chapters — AccuDraw, Annotation, Cells and Color. Each chapter presents what is new and details how to use each feature. Upon completion, students will be able to productively use these tools.

Explore Tool Enhancements Part 2
This course continues to present V8i tool enhancements, specifically those involving Fences, the Element Information box and Drawing Aids.

Explore Tool Enhancements Part 3
These V8i tool enhancements are organized into five chapters: Models, Advanced Explorer, Reference, Raster Reference and Other Tools. Each chapter reviews key function changes, complete with illustrations. Upon completion, students can create Design and Sheet models, navigate between models using the View Groups box, build effective Project Explorer link sets, productively use the enhancements made to the References dialog and better understand how to work with raster images.

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MicroStation V8i Essentials Beginner Library

Open the MicroStation World
In this course, the MicroStation Manager is explored inside 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.

Interface Basics
This course explores the different V8i interfaces — from toolboxes to Task Navigation and on to the design space layout. Upon completion, students can select the desired V8i interface, identify and use the different parts of the MicroStation window during the design process, master the Task Navigation toolbox, and control the Tool Settings box.

The MicroStation Environment
This course is a fast orientation to working with V8i, with introductions to selecting a MicroStation Interface, working with the graphical user interface (GUI) and different boxes. Upon completion, students will be able to choose a default interface, identify the different parts of the MicroStation screen, work with the mouse, access Toolboxes (including docking and undocking them from the edges of the screen and use the different types of Dialog and Settings boxes.

Push the Mouse
This course explores the different ways V8i uses the mouse — from understanding Mouse Basics to productively using the Data, Reset and Tentative buttons. Upon completion, students can review current mouse button assignments, work with 2 and 3 button mice, and master the Data, Reset and Tentative buttons.

Window Your Design
This course provides an in-depth look at the different parts of a View, how to control what is displayed inside any View Window and use the different types of View tools.

Model Start
Learn how to create design files and understand the DGN format, the two different types of models, how to create, modify and import existing models.

Drawing Tasks Part 1
This course, the first in the series that explores the different drawing tools, discusses the Linear, Polygon and Circle Tasks as found inside V8i. Upon completion, students can, locate all of the available Task Frames inside V8i, understand how to use Lines, Points and B-Splines during the design process, create closed Shapes and Polygons, work productively with Circles and Arcs.

Drawing Tasks Part 2
This course presents how to work with Patterns, Tags and Text, more advanced element types. Upon completion, student will be able to know the differences and similarities between Hatch, Crosshatch and Patterns, understand how to Match and Delete hatch patterns, generate Tag Sets and Tag Templates, as well as create Tag Reports, know what defines Simple and Complex Text elements, use Text Styles and Place Text inside a design.

Drawing Tasks Part 3
This course continues to explore the Drawing Tasks, showing how to work with Cells and Measure tools. Upon completion, student will be able to, know how to select cells and place them into models, understand the impact of using True Scale and Relative cell options, use the different options available with the Measure Distance tool, display distance values using the most common measurement tools.

Interface Improvements Part 1
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i screen with a quick overview on some of the area enhancements. The course introduces Project Explorer and how to work with Link Sets, a way of grouping related project files for fast and easy access.

Interface Improvements Part 2
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i Task Navigation menu and enhancements made to key dialog boxes for both the new and experienced user. Upon completion, students will be able to effectively use the Task Navigation function, learn how to dock special dialog boxes along the side of the screen, and understand what changes are shared with most of the V8i dialog boxes.

Interface Improvements Part 3
In this course, students are introduced to the new V8i screen with a quick overview on some of the area enhancements. The course introduces Project Explorer and how to work with Link Sets, a way of grouping related project files for fast and easy access.

Tool Enhancements Part 1
In this course, the new tool enhancements overview are organized into four chapters — AccuDraw, Annotation, Cells and Color. Each chapter presents what is new and details how to use each feature. Upon completion, students will be able to productively use these tools.

Tool Enhancements Part 2
This course continues to present V8i tool enhancements, specifically those involving Fences, the Element Information box and Drawing Aids.

Tool Enhancements Part 3
These V8i tool enhancements are organized into five chapters: Models, Advanced Explorer, Reference, Raster Reference and Other Tools. Each chapter reviews key function changes, complete with illustrations. Upon completion, students can create design and sheet models, navigate between models using the View Groups box, build effective Project Explorer link sets, productively use the enhancements made to the References dialog and better understand how to work with raster images.

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MicroStation V8i Essentials Intermediate Library

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.

Printing Basics
This course focuses on the MicroStation’s Print Dialog box. Students review the dialog menus and sections, with examples how these work together. Learn how to use Views, Fences and Sheets for Single Page printing, specifically to PDF files. Upon completion, students can print with Windows or Bentley supplied print drivers, as well as scale and position output properly to various paper sizes and pre-formatted materials, while managing resolution and print attributes.

Printing Intermediate
This Printing Intermediate course covers raster printing, 3D printing, creating and editing pen tables, editing printer driver configuration files and creating and recalling a print definition file. Specific changes will be made to printer driver configuration files to create a new paper size, enhance PDF output to include level manipulation and symbology changes. Pen tables will be created to incorporate text substitutions, symbology changes, prioritization of plotting elements and working with sections. 3D Printing will include the use of saving views and printing 3D models as 3D models or as 2D models with the PDF printer driver configuration file.

Print Organizer
This course covers the Print Organizer batch printing program that is delivered with MicroStation V8i. A user will process sets of design files and create print jobs that can be saved and updated. 3 separate workflows will be reviewed. A user will set up a project, define print styles and create print definitions that will be saved to Print Sets. Multi-page PDF files will be created using the reorder page feature and print definition preview functionality. Changes will be made to the design files and re-use of the Print Set file will automatically reflect the update. Sheets and Models will be used as examples as well as borders with unique shape attributes as the criteria for defining a print area.

Building Blocks
This course begins with a review of how to use AccuDraw inside the 3D environment. Then the course works into the 3D primitives tools, such as slabs, cones and spheres.

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MicroStation V8i SS3 Essentials Update Library

Printing Basics Part 1
This update course focuses on the changes that have been introduced to the interface in MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 (SS3). These new additions or modifications are highlighted and presented with regards to interface interactions, context sensitive menus and the main menu. This course is the first part of a series of courses that focus on MicroStation V8i SS3.

Printing Basics Part 2
This update course focuses on some of the capabilities and tool enhancements that have been introduced within MicroStation V8i SS3. These new tools and features are found throughout the 2D and 3D environment. This course is the second part of the series of courses that will focus on MicroStation SS3.

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MicroStation V8i SS3 Printing Essentials Library

MicroStation V8i SS3 Update Essentials 401 — What’s New in SS3 — Part 1
This course covers the Print Dialog Box and the options and techniques you can use to get the most out of printing views. Each of the various areas of the dialog box will be covered generally. This course serves as a foundation to support the more detailed courses presented in the intermediate and advanced series.

MicroStation V8i SS3 Update Essentials 401 — What’s New in SS3 — Part 2
This course is a continuation of the Printing Basics course. This course focuses on the most common printing methods. Printing by Fence and Printing Sheet Models. Various techniques will be presented to facilitate using both of these options. Sheet Model composition will be reviewed as well as the size of the borders used.

Raster Printing
This course concentrates on the various settings and options that can affect the printing of raster images to a PDF file. We’ll discuss how resolution and paper size can contribute to the final PDF file size. We’ll also look at gamma, contrast, brightness, transparency and tint settings. In addition, we will also take a brief introduction into saving some of the most commonly used raster settings to a Print Configuration file.

Pen Tables
This course covers some of the situations where Pen Tables might be used. Topics covered include the remapping of symbology as well as reordering the priority of printed elements. Additional topics will include “built in” text substitutions as well as custom text substitutions along with examples where these may be useful. Two methods will be presented that would allow a pen table to be set up as default, either within your workspace or a printer driver configuration file.

Printer Driver Configuration
Printer Driver Configuration files are used within MicroStation to create images or print outs. In this course we will concentrate on creating PDF files with a backed up copy of the standard PDF driver. We will map symbologies, change line weights, line styles and enable many additional options like printing borders, enabling optional content and executing external programs. Examples include creating custom paper sizes and setting default parameters.

Printer 3D PDF
This course explores the ability within MicroStation to print 2D and 3D PDF files from our 3D design models. The first chapter focuses on the options available when printing 2D PDF files. The second chapter focuses on creating functional 3D PDF files that contain the entire model as well as animations, saved views and levels. Some of the available tools for viewing, rendering and interacting with the 3D PDF model are also presented.

More on Printing
This course highlights various settings and preferences located within the Print Dialog Box Settings menu and the Print Preferences Dialog Box. Print Styles, Print Definitions and Design Scripts are also presented and demonstrated. Other topics include creating custom paper sizes on the fly and controlling what levels or reference files will be printed without modifying the active design file.

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MicroStation V8i SS3 Print Organizer Library

Project Setup and Print Styles
This course covers the setup of a design project so that Print Organizer can define Print Definitions. Three separate design workflows are examined. Once the project criteria is established, Print Styles are created. The various options located within the Print Styles dialog box will be highlighted and discussed. Finally, Print Styles will be made accessible from other design files or to multiple users within a project.

Print Definitions and Print Sets
This course is a continuation of the first Print Organizer course. Print Definitions will be created from the Print Styles generated in the first course. Print definitions will be created from three separate workflows highlighting naming conventions, reorder and drag and drop functionality. Single page and multiple page PDF files will be created from the Print Definitions. Print Sets will also be created and saved for future recall.

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MicroStation V8i 3D Essentials Library

Draw Accurately in 3D
This course covers the use of AccuDraw and ACS (auxiliary coordinate systems) in 3D. Focus is placed on drawing accurately within a 3D environment. All AccuDraw shortcuts that are only available within a 3D design model are highlighted. Setting and locking a Z depth as well as projecting points on to an ACS plane are demonstrated. A student will also learn how to lock the Z axis using a Z axis toggle or using the Sticky Z shortcut. Additionally, the basics of using cylindrical and spherical ACS types are covered as well.

Primitive Solids
This course covers the Primitive Solids tools. These tools are used to create base solids that can be used as a basis for creating complex 3D models. The Primitive Solids tools create solids that do not require MicroStation surfaces, 2D or 3D wireframe elements as a basis to create. After creating 3D primitive solids, a review of the Edit Primitives tool follows. The use of AccuDraw as the primary method of input to dynamically create the solids is highlighted.

Shell Solids
This course covers the use of the Shell Solid tool to create thin wall shelled models from Primitive Solids and more complex solid models. Shelled solids are created in several ways. Without faces removed, with faces removed and with wall thicknesses added internally or externally to the base model’s exterior surface. Two methods for selecting faces will also be reviewed. This course will also review when in the modeling process the Shell Solid tool should be used for maximum effectiveness. Fail conditions will also be reviewed. Finally, a simple 3D lamp model are created containing Shell Solid operations.

Combine Primitive Solids
This course covers the use of the Unite Solids, Intersect Solids and Subtract Solids tools to combine primitive solids into more complex base models. Students will create new solids using the Primitive Solids commands and perform the combining operations. After completing the basic examples, a more complex example involving the creation of a 3D mission chair is performed from beginning to end. This example will reintroduce the Isolate command as well as using AccuDraw in 3D.

Create Solids — Extrusions Part 1
This course covers the use of the Solid by Extrusion and the Solid by Revolution tools to create more complex primitive base solids. Each tool requires closed shapes or grouped holes to successfully work. The creation of these types of elements is also reviewed. Solids will also be extruded from existing model faces as well as MicroStation text. This course is the first in a series covering the Create Solids toolbox.

Create Solids — Extrusions Part 2
This course covers the use of the Solid by Extrusion Along tool to create new three dimensional extruded solids. This tool allows users the ability to extrude a two dimensional profile along a three dimensional path using various options and settings. This course will take the user through the use of this tool along with the creation of a three dimensional SmartLine used as a path. Several examples are presented as well as a complete workflow exercise describing how to create a 3D pipe using specific criteria. New extruded solids will also be created from existing model faces and edges. This course is the second course covering the Create Solids toolbox.

Create Solids — Extrusions Part 3
This course is the third course covering the Create Solids toolbox. The remaining tools covered are the Solid by Thicken Surface tool and the Linear Solid tool. The Solid by Thicken Surface tool allows a user to thicken or extrude an existing surface or face from a solid. The Linear Solid tool allows the creation of a four sided rectangular solid that is connected endpoint to endpoint. Each tool is highlighted along with their available options. Finally, a glass pull handle example model is created using these two tools.

Modify Solids — Fillets and Chamfers
This course covers the Fillet Edges and the Chamfer Edges commands. Several examples will be used to present the available options found in the Tool Settings box. The order of selecting edges and tangent edges will also be reviewed. Additional considerations will be presented with regards to the use of the Shell Solids tool. Finally, an in depth exercise creating a basketball hoop assembly will be completed using the Fillet Edges and Chamfer Edges tools along with several tools that have been covered in earlier courses.

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