MicroStation Tip: What’s New in V8i (SELECTseries 3) Update 2

Written by:  Bob Mecham


With the release of the new OpenRoads – V8i (SELECTseries 4) Maintenance Release 1 comes a new release of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) Update 2 that is required to run with the new OpenRoads.  While the list of enhancements for the new MicroStation are not as long; there are a few enhancements that users could find beneficial.

  • Color Enhancements
    • The RAL CLASSIC, RAL DESIGN, and RAL EFFECT color books have been updated in this edition
  • Data Interoperability Enhancements
    • You can now open and save RealDWG 2014 files
  • Format Interchange Enhancements
    • You can now import and open version 5 of Rhino 3DM files
  • Geographic Coordinate System Enhancements
    • MicroStation now supports NAD83 2011 geographic coordinate system
  • Point Clouds Enhancements
    •  Support for ProjectWise Point Cloud Streaming
  • Visualization Enhancements
    • Effects Manager
      The Effects Manager will revolutionize the way you render complex and even simple scenes where multiple light sources are used. It eradicates the need to render multiple times if you alter any light values. You will instead render a floating point image for each light or group of lights once and then regulate their intensities in the Effects Manager. Once you have the lighting balanced using the Effects Manager, you can push these settings back to the design session for the final render and achieve the same results.
    • Irradiance Smoothing
      This setting is in the Global Illumination tree of Luxology Render Settings dialog, Advanced tab. It smooths out the blotches which can occur due to poor sampling on a surface when calculating global illumination using the irradiance cache technique.
    • Crease Threshold
      Crease Threshold is used for rendering contours with luxology. When the angle between triangles in a mesh is lower than the angle specified, then a line is drawn along that boundary.


Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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