Resources

Mapping with MicroStation is a series of specialized books and for MicroStation users involved in GIS/mapping disciplines such as planning, surveying, civil engineering, public utilities, and cartography.

The Mapping with MicroStation series is unique because it focuses on the use of MicroStation software for mapping-related tasks. The books evolved from scores of MicroStation-based courses designed and delivered by the author during the last twelve years. Development was also supported by mapping projects which the author completed for clients in industry and government. Individuals, educational institutions, and private companies around the world are using these books.

Each book in the series can serve as a course guide, a reference manual, or a self-guided tutorial. Comprehensive “hands-on” lab exercises are included with each chapter and the books are spiral bound for ease of use in a lab setting. Lab Files disks and Solutions booklets are also available. Teachers may request course outlines, projects and tests.

Mapping with MicroStation

Volume I: Foundation

This book is written for professionals and students who use MicroStation for GIS and mapping-related tasks. It provides comprehensive step-by-step coverage of all two dimensional features of MicroStation, enabling you to quickly become proficient with the software. It helps MicroStation users plan mapping projects effectively, correctly implement coordinate systems, and manage complex projects. The book also includes introductions to MicroStation Basic macro programming and MicroStation GeoGraphics.
15 chapters, 570 pages. The supplementary Lab Files disk and Solutions booklet are required for teachers and independent learners (but not for each student in a class).

Volume II: AM/FM Systems

This book is now out-of-print. It is no longer available because: (1) A significant portion of its contents, based on MicroStation version 5 and the Xbase Interface, have become outdated. (2) The Macro Programming book (Volume 4 below) includes an updated, comprehensive discussion of MicroStation’s Database Interface in chapter 6 and appendix C. (3) The use of MicroStation’s Database Interface for mapping and GIS projects is much better implemented with GeoGraphics, which is covered in Volume 5, below.

Volume III: Technical Tools

This volume covers EdG, a powerful non-graphic editing facility for MicroStation design files. The book is designed for technical users and includes a detailed introduction to design file structure and graphic element formats, and procedures for design file manipulation and repair, a “dictionary” of EdG commands with syntax requirements and explanations, and a comprehensive appendix of all EdG error messages. A helpful hands-on lab exercise with examples is included with each chapter.
8 chapters, 150 pages. The supplementary Lab Files disk and Solutions booklet are required for teachers and independent learners (but not for each student in a class).

Volume IV: Macro Programming

This book covers the MicroStation BASIC programming facility for automating repetitive tasks and developing specialized tools. It is organized around five new “interfaces” between the macro and MicroStation, the user, design files, graphic elements, and databases. The book focuses on mapping tasks with several functional macros developed during the lab exercises, and over 100 others provided on the accompanying disk. Appendices present additional information on Problem Solving and Programming, a primer on the standard BASIC language, details on MicroStation’s Database Interface, and a listing of all macros.
6 chapters, 300 pages. The supplementary Lab Files disk is required for teachers and independent learners (but not for each student in a class).

Volume V: GIS Applications

Learn how to build a MicroStation GeoGraphics project from the ground up. Most of the material is presented as a series of hands-on exercises to create a fully functional GeoGraphics project from a small municipal dataset of parcel, utility, transportation, and topographic data. Sections on Topology Clean-up, Database Initialization, and Project/Feature/Attribute setup are provided with notes on alternate workflows and possible enhancements. An overview of GeoGraphics concepts and capabilities, a chapter on Topology Analysis, and an SQL Primer are also included.
6 chapters, 200 pages. The supplementary Lab Files disk is required for teachers and independent learners (but not for each student in a class).

More Information…

Users in Education and Industry – a sample of the colleges, universities, and companies that are using Mapping with MicroStation books in Canada, the U.S., and around the world.
Supplementary Course Materials – lab files, solutions, *course outlines, *projects, and *multiple-choice tests. (*asterisk indicates that availability is limited to instructors)
Attention Teachers! – Course outlines, project specifications and files, multiple-choice quizzes, and practical tests are available from the author (click here for more information).