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Getting Started with MicroStation 10 CONNECT

Video Description

MicroStation, the high-end CAD software developed by Bentley Systems, has capabilities ranging from simple 2D drawings to highly-complex photorealistic 3D projects. In this video, you'll learn about MicroStation CONNECT and how to use the application's 2D tools and drawing techniques. Instructor Peter Mann starts with the fundamentals, taking you through opening and saving new documents, discovering the different views, and understanding what elements are and how to control them. You'll then move into an explanation of AccuDraw, MicroStation's most important tool.

You'll learn to create shapes, scale, rotate, work with annotations and text, and finish with instructions for plotting and printing your completed designs. The course includes access to working files containing drawing exercises, drawing set-ups, and a real architectural floor plan so you can practice your new skills.

  • Master the use of MicroStation CONNECT's basic 2D tools and drawing techniques
  • Become familiar with the interface ribbon and dialog boxes
  • Learn about the tool settings window, element selection/de-selection, and snaps
  • Understand how to work in the design plane, enter angles, and set dimensions
  • See how the AccuDraw tool works and learn to use its shortcut keys
  • Learn to generate and work with polygons, arcs, ellipses, and SmartLines
  • Explore element symbology and how to manipulate and modify the tool box
  • Understand annotation, dimensioning, element measurement, and plotting/printing
Peter Mann has been helping students, engineers, architects, and builders use Bentley MicroStation CAD software for 18 years. He teaches MicroStation at the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario and is the author of 14 MicroStation textbooks, including the O'Reilly titles Bentley MicroStation V8i, Bentley Microstation V8i Level 2, and Bentley MicroStation V8i 3D.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
    1. Introduction 00:06:54
    2. Instructor Bio 00:01:24
  2. Startup,Interface, And Other Items
    1. Opening A New Design File 00:05:19
    2. First Look At The Interface And Ribbon 00:05:26
    3. A Closer Look At The Ribbon 00:05:31
    4. View Windows 00:07:27
    5. Dialog And Settings Boxes 00:04:30
    6. Looking At Models 00:02:26
    7. Saving And Closing 00:02:51
  3. Mouse, Tools, And Elements
    1. Mouse Settings 00:06:04
    2. Finding And Selecting Tools 00:05:26
    3. Try Some Basic Tools 00:04:09
    4. View Window Controls 00:06:43
    5. View Controls And Tools 00:03:09
  4. Selecting And Deleting Elements
    1. Selection Options 00:03:45
    2. More Selection Options 00:02:30
    3. Deleting And Undeleting 00:00:55
  5. Snaps, Tentative Points, And Accusnap
    1. Setting The Keypoint Snap 00:06:57
    2. Snaps And The Locks Box 00:01:53
    3. Snapping To Elements 00:05:01
    4. Element Keypoints 00:03:24
    5. The Other Snap Modes 00:03:04
    6. Manual Snaps 00:03:46
    7. Snap Overrides And Other Items 00:05:04
  6. Design Plane, Working Units, And Dimension Input
    1. Working In The Design Plane 00:03:44
    2. Setting Working Units 00:05:25
    3. Entering Angles 00:02:45
    4. Changing Working Units 00:05:25
    5. The Effects Of Unit Formats 00:05:39
    6. Entering Precise English Dimensions 00:04:06
    7. Metric Dimensions (And Inches) 00:01:41
  7. Accudraw
    1. Understanding Accudraw 00:06:04
    2. Rectangular Coordinates 00:04:15
    3. Polar Coordinates 00:04:52
    4. Shortcut Keys 00:07:00
    5. Shortcut Exercises 00:05:52
    6. More Shortcut Exercises 00:07:50
    7. Circles And Accudraw 00:06:48
    8. Constraining Data Points 00:07:00
    9. The Essential O Shortcut 00:05:13
    10. O Shortcut Part - 2 00:08:54
    11. Orthographic Views And Constraints 00:02:35
    12. Snap Shortcuts And Not Using The N Key 00:03:56
    13. Unit Roundoff 00:02:34
    14. Popup Calculator And Shortcuts List 00:05:12
  8. Absolute Coordinates And Grids
    1. Using Absolute Coordinates 00:07:22
    2. Setting And Using The Grid 00:05:14
  9. Drawing Polygons
    1. Blocks, Shapes, And Polygons 00:05:13
  10. Arcs And Ellipses
    1. Placing Arcs 00:06:40
    2. Placing Arcs Part - 2 00:03:03
    3. Placing Ellipses 00:05:49
    4. Arc Editing Tools 00:02:43
  11. Smartlines
    1. Smartline Lines 00:06:57
    2. Smartline Arcs 00:04:59
  12. Element Symbology
    1. Element Attributes 00:09:01
    2. Level Manager Dialog Box 00:08:27
    3. Adding Levels 00:06:27
    4. Level Display, Overrides, And Customizing 00:07:45
    5. Fills, Matching, And Attributes 00:08:08
    6. More Attribute Editing Tools 00:05:42
  13. Advanced Element Selection
    1. Building Fences 00:06:43
    2. Fence Manipulations 00:08:39
  14. The Manipulate Tool Box
    1. Moving And Copying With Precision 00:05:17
    2. Scale, Rotate, And Mirror Elements 00:08:33
    3. Arraying Elements 00:06:25
    4. Align, Stretch, Move Parallel, Move To Contact 00:08:51
  15. The Modify Tool Box
    1. The Modify Element Tool 00:07:18
    2. Break, Extend, And Trim 00:06:32
    3. Trimming And Extending Elements 00:04:47
    4. Vertices, Fillets, And Chamfers 00:06:10
  16. Measuring Elements
    1. Measuring Elements 00:05:22
    2. Exercises 00:01:30
  17. Annotation
    1. Text Settings 00:04:30
    2. Text Placement 00:02:36
    3. Text Styles Dialog Box 00:04:55
    4. Plotted Vs. Design Text Heights 00:04:39
    5. Placing Notes And Text Editing 00:05:49
    6. Special Characters 00:01:58
  18. Dimensioning
    1. Dimension Settings - Geometry 00:08:48
    2. Dimension Settings - Units 00:04:27
    3. Dimension Settings - Text, Symbolism, And Advanced 00:05:25
    4. Dimension Element Tool 00:04:41
    5. Dimension Linear Tools 00:05:55
    6. Dealing With Small Dimensions 00:03:32
    7. Modify Element Too, Associated Dimensions, Editing Text 00:05:35
    8. Angular And Radial Dimensions 00:05:23
    9. Place Note And Select Multiple Elements Tools 00:05:22
  19. Plotting And Printing
    1. Printing Setup 00:05:55
    2. Units And Print Settings 00:05:03
    3. Print Output 00:04:08
    4. Editing Printer Driver Files 00:03:45
  20. Conclusion
    1. Wrap-Up 00:03:11