• Communication Remains the Same

    When I came on board at Bentley Systems it was the mid-90’s. The internet had just started its glory days.  I was asked to monitor a news group that was on then still new World Wide Web and answer questions posted by our users.  That news group was a public forum in which MicroStation users and programmers alike posted questions and answers and exchanged ideas.  At that time all of these news groups were text only…

    • Mon, Aug 3 2015
  • Arbitrary vs. Oblique Dimensions

    MicroStation's arbitrary dimension is comparable to AutoCAD's oblique dimension.  They both allow extension lines to be rotated.  A major difference, however, is that they measure different distances: MicroStation measures parallel distance between the two extension lines whereas AutoCAD measures the distance between the two definition points.  An example is shown in below picture:

    When you initially place an arbitrary…

    • Thu, Sep 30 2010
  • DWG Units

    DWG format does not really have a linear unit concept and it really is a unitless system.  There is no reliable way to determine what units are used in a DWG file.  There are two system variables that suggest units: unit format and design center units.

    Unit Format:

    Decimal, Architectural, Engineering, Fractional, Scientific

    Design Center Units:

    Unitless, Inches, Feet, ......, Millimeters, Meters, ......

    The…

    • Wed, Oct 28 2009