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MicroStation is a computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) software developed in the 1980s by Bentley Systems, Inc. This private company was founded in Exton, Pennsylvania, in 1983. The CAD acronym is used to designate a wide set of tools and software meant to assist engineers and architects in the design and creation of new geometric entities for their own projects. MicroStation is Bentley's principal CAD software package to design, generate, and edit 2D and 3D vector graphic objects and elements. The GIS and CAD worlds have traditionally maintained a strong connection, especially in the preliminary phases of a GIS project, which deal with data acquisition, capture, editing, and quality control.

MicroStation has its own native format to store the geographic information (geometry). This native vector format ...

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