Performance Enhancements in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 16.1

In this blog you will find a variety of performance improvements that were made in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 16.1.

Improvement in placing Parametric Cell with variable value

Placing a parametric cell after editing the variable value, took longer in Update 16 as compared to Update 16.1. Earlier it took about 3-4 seconds and now takes about a second or less.

Improvement in changing variations for a Parametric Component

The average time required in updating variations for a particular parametric component with multiple variations earlier took more time as compared to MicroStation Update 16.1. Clicking on the variation and applying the changes earlier took about 2-3 seconds and now can be done in a fraction of a second.

Improvement in VBA Method for Select Element

On selecting multiple elements with the Select Element method for VBA Macro (Visual Basic Application), the time required to do so has reduced as compared to previous updates of MicroStation. The performance of this feature has improved substantially which requires only a few seconds now.

Following are the specifications that were used for the test



Windows OS

Windows 10 Enterprise


Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1660 v3 @ 3.00GHz, 3001 Mhz (Megahertz), 8 Core(s), 16 Logical Processor(s)


64 GB

Page File Size

9.50 GB

Graphic Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980


We have made use of both MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 16 and Update 16.1 respectively.

Chart Content: The chart below represents the time required in element selection for VBA method in Update 16 and Update 16.1


Update 16.1

No of Elements

1.25 hours

45 Sec


44 sec

1 sec


200 sec

5 sec


This study was done to help you understand the difference in the time required to select elements using VBA Macro in Update 16 and Update 16.1

To view the highlights of new features released in this update watch this Video.

Update 16.1 focuses primarily on continued stability, performance, and accommodating user requests in the product. You can see the comprehensive list of bugs fixed in Update 16 and Update 16.1 here.

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