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How to upgrade old projects to use Dynamic Views

MicroStation V8i offers a lot of new features to help with drawing and sheet composition. These features are grouped under the broad heading of Dynamic Views. In this blog, I am going to describe some simple ways to gradually upgrade your dataset to make use of some of these new features.

Create Saved Views

When possible, create saved views of your model and attach them as references on sheets. Saved views have a lot of power and flexibility to modify the appearance of references. For example, you can control the way you want to clip the model, the levels you want to show or hide, the display styles you want to apply, etc. You can group all these settings and save them with a name.

Replace 2D drawings with references

If your sheets consist of 2D line drawings, you can replace them with live references to the model. As mentioned above, create saved views of the model and attach them as references on sheets. References ensure that your sheets are updated automatically when the model changes. You can always add additional annotations or line work for embellishments.

Use design links for navigation of sheets

Design links are shortcuts that connect one piece of geometry or location with another. For example, you can create a design link on a line to point to a pdf file. In future, you can follow it to open the pdf file. To do this, start Add Link to Element tool, browse to the pdf file and then select the line element. Now, you can navigate to the pdf file by simply right clicking on the line and selecting Follow.

The real value of design links will become apparent towards the end of this blog, where we talk about creating real callouts.

 Replace text with fields

Fields are smart text that point to a property of an object and update themselves when the property changes. For example, you can create a field in your sheet’s title block to display sheet name. Start Place Text tool and select Insert Field button. In the Field Type dialog, select Model Properties. In the Fields Editor dialog, select Sheet Name and click OK. Now, you can place that text in your title block. If you change the sheet name in future, the field will update automatically.

The real value of fields will become apparent towards the end of this blog, where we talk about creating real callouts.

Create drawing titles for the views placed on sheets

Every view placed on a sheet should display a drawing title that describes the view’s name and scale.

If your view is reference to the model, simply right click on the reference and select Create Drawing Title. It launches a dialog to specify the name of the drawing. The detail scale is automatically calculated.

If your view is not a reference but just 2D line drawing, you can still create a drawing title for it. Start Place Drawing Title tool, select the two corners of the view and place the title. In this case, you need to manually set detail scale in the drawing title’s properties.

Replace callout cells with real callouts

Similar to drawing titles, sheets often contain callout annotations. Callouts show drawing identifier and sheet name of their called out view. Previous to MicroStation V8i, these callouts were probably created as regular cells. Now you can replace them with real callouts that have the ability to automatically evaluate the drawing identifier and sheet name labels. For example, create a section callout using Place Section Callout tool. In tool settings, turn OFF Create Dynamic View and finish placement. Now, right click on the drawing title of the called out view and select “Add Link to Element” tool. Add a link on the new callout. Notice the callout’s labels update automatically and display the drawing title’s identifier and sheet name.

Note that if you turn ON Create Dynamic View in Place Section Callout tool, it will create a full-fledged dynamic view and will even create a drawing and sheet for the new view. This is a powerful feature because you can now control the range and clip plane of the new view by adjusting the callout.

Use drawing model for placing annotations

MicroStation V8i offers a new model type called Drawing. Drawing is the place where you want to centralize your annotations, line work and embellishments. You no longer need to place those annotations in the design model. Drawing is the place you want to bring background raster attachments. Drawing model is an independent container for a view that lets you segregate annotations and embellishments that are specific to that view. You can then create one or multiple cropped views off the drawing and place them on sheets.

Use Project Explorer to organize your data

Even small sized projects consist of several files, including dgn, Excel sheets, Word docs, pdf’s, etc. Data and knowledge of the project is distributed in all these files. Project Explorer is the central place to group all these resources into virtual folders and subfolders. Look at the Default link set that is available out of the box. Alternatively, you can quickly populate Project Explorer by starting the Create Link tool and multi-selecting the files of interest. This is a one-time operation and serves as the one-stop location to access all your data.

 

 

More blogs coming up, so stay tuned...

  • Mark,

    A few observations to the points you note in your blog:

    1. Why "when possible created saved views". I almost never use SV's and generally use 'standrad' references.

    2. Not sure what you mean by "If your sheets consist of 2D line drawings, you can replace them with live references to the model. Could you expand on thios.

    3. Under Design Links you say "start Add Link to Element". Wher is this?

    4. Drawing Model - How do you tell what is a drawing model when attaching a reference? You can't tell one type from another.

  • 1. Why "when possible created saved views". I almost never use SV's and generally use 'standrad' references.

    Please refer this blog - communities.bentley.com/.../saved-views-center-of-universe-for-sheet-composition.aspx

    2. Not sure what you mean by "If your sheets consist of 2D line drawings, you can replace them with live references to the model. Could you expand on thios.

    If the views on your sheet were created by manually placing 2D lines and primitives, we recommend that you replace them with references to the model when possible. First, create saved views of the model to match the views on sheet. Next, attach those saved views as reference in place of the old views.

    3. Under Design Links you say "start Add Link to Element". Wher is this?

    Please refer this blog. communities.bentley.com/.../add-and-delete-links-to-an-element.aspx

    4. Drawing Model - How do you tell what is a drawing model when attaching a reference? You can't tell one type from another.

    Please refer the following blogs

    communities.bentley.com/.../what-is-a-drawing-model.aspx

    communities.bentley.com/.../why-do-i-need-a-drawing-model.aspx

    Mark

  • Mark,

    Thanks for the various links. WRT:

    4. Drawing Model - How do you tell what is a drawing model when attaching a reference? You can't tell one type from another.

    Please refer the following blogs

    communities.bentley.com/.../what-is-a-drawing-model.aspx

    communities.bentley.com/.../why-do-i-need-a-drawing-model.aspx

    These blogs are fine as far as they go, but they still don't answer the question. When attaching a reference how do I know which is a drawing model or a design model? If drawings and design models are in the same folder you need to be able to tell which is which easilty. At the moment you can't as there is an icon.

  • You can use Project Explorer to group drawing models and design models separately. If you drag a drawing model link from Project Explorer onto a sheet, it starts the Reference Attachment Settings dialog to attach the drawing model.

    If you are pointing to the fact that the Models drop-down in the Reference Attachment Settings dialog doesn’t show model type icon, we can look into adding it.

    Mark

  • Mark,

    >You can use Project Explorer to group drawing models and design models separately. If you drag a drawing model link from Project Explorer onto a sheet, it starts the Reference Attachment Settings dialog to attach the drawing model.

    I'm aware, and use, that option but not many of our users (read me only!) use PE.

    >If you are pointing to the fact that the Models drop-down in the Reference Attachment Settings dialog doesn’t show model type icon, we can look into adding it.

    That is exactly what i was refering to. If you have a multi model file with design, drawing and sheet models you can tell which is which in the drop down. Adding an icon would be useful.

  • Where are the callout cells typically located. I want to change mine at the source so as to speed up automation and standardize my team. for instance, instead of pulling data from the sheet's scale, I want my detail bubbles to update from sheet description. If I could find the cell that the callout tool uses than I could manipulate it right?

  • Hi Pauil,

    Sorry for the late reply. For SS2, you can find callouts cells in ustation.dgnlib in the Microstation folder. For SS3, you can find callouts cells in DrawingSeed.dgnlib in ..\system\dgnlib\. folder.

    Mark