• To create a Saved View from New or Existing Callouts within a Sheet Model

    Imagine a scenario where you are working on the front view of a 3D model for a house. You are required to produce a top-view of the foundation for this 3D model. Using the Detailing Symbols tools a callout can be placed along the line of the foundation in the front view that generates the desired dynamic view. The position of the callout can be modified to dynamically change the position of this view.  Once this dynamic…

  • Model Documentation aka Hypermodeling - at Be Together

    You must not miss this. This innovation extends dynamic views capabilities, enabling an automated, mutually contextualized fusion of a projects drawing documentation set and the projects 3D model. 


    Following are the details of the lecture:

    Topic: Model Documentation

    Presenter: Rob Snyder

    When: Wednesday, 25th May at 3:00 PM


    Be there...

  • Working With Dynamic Views for Drawing Composition - at Be Together

    This is a workshop at Be Together, designed for MicroStation users and CAD Administrators. Here is the official blurb of the workshop:

    Designed for MicroStation users and CAD administrators, this hands-on workshop will teach you the best practices for implementing dynamic views in your drawing production workflows. You will also learn how to properly integrate standards  nto those workflows. Key topics will include dynamic…

  • Lecture on Annotation Scales at Be Together

    Here's another interesting lecture at the Be Conference. It will give you all the information about implementing annotation scale as part of your project standards and how to integrate it to your drawing production workflow. Key topics will include drawing composition, annotation scale, and standards management.

    Following are the details of the lecture:

    Topic: Annotation Scale: What Are You Waiting For?


  • Bentley User Conference Lectures

    The Bentley User Conference (Be Together) is back. There are some really exciting lectures on MicroStation key areas such as Dynamic Views. One of them is the lecture: Increasing Productivity With Interactive Dynamic Drawing Composition Workflows in MicroStation V8i. John Frampton, the presenter would display the great capabilities of MicroStation V8i  drawing composition workflows. You'll learn how to enhance your team's…

  • Saved View Usage

    A saved view is a view definition, which includes the level display for both the active model and references, the clip volume, and other view attributes. A saved view can be applied in a model in the same file or attached as a reference to a model in the same file or external file. In MicroStation, you can view the list of models in which a saved view is used. The Saved View Usage dialog displays the list of models (in…

  • Placing References on Levels

    Have you come across the situation where in you need to go to different drawing and sheet models to turn off levels over and over again? Or have you been repeatedly turning the display of references on and off to customize the view? Wouldn’t it better if you do that by fewer clicks or single click?

    We want to emphasize the idea of not worrying about display/hide stuff when you are in design model. You would prefer…

  • How to Change a Dimension Element’s Settings Programmatically

    If you have not caught up with Dimension Styles yet, and are still placing dimensions using just the active settings (Style: None), then you may have faced the challenge of having to propagate a change to all dimensions. Dimension styles make it really easy to do this, and we encourage you to use them. In this blog, I will explain how to do this programmatically in MicroStation VBA.

    Say you have several dimensions in…

  • How to control the text settings of a Note

    This blog is about controlling text settings of a Note. A Note is a text with a leader or a callout without a leader. Note comprises of two elements: a leader as a dimension element and a text as a text element. Therefore note is a composite element that gets its settings from dimension style as well as from text style.

    This blog is mainly to clarify which settings of note are controlled by dimension style and which…

  • Handling Level Numbers – User Defined Numbers v/s System Defined Numbers

    Like level names, every level must have a unique number.  Because both the level name and level number have to be unique to the file, MicroStation must be able to resolve potential conflicts when a new level is added to a file that already uses the new level's name and/or number. These conflicts can come from a variety of sources including: a user adding a new level, merge of a reference file, resolving levels from multiple…

  • Dimension Association to the Section Geometry

    A Section view displays section graphics. Section graphics are new geometry drawn as the result of cutting the design model with the section cut plane. These section graphics are not persistent elements.

    The common annotation tools can be associated to section graphics. For example, you can use the Dimension Element tool to create a linear dimension that is associated to a linear section graphic.

    To place associative…

  • Import, Export and Remap of Levels using CSV files

    In this blog, I am going to talk about something related to one of the extensively used entity in MicroStation called Levels. You will learn how to manage a set of levels using CSV files.
    In most of the practical scenarios, CAD engineers mostly use a set of standard levels that comply with the company standard. CAD administrators mostly decide these levels and their properties. These levels can easily be tabulated in…
  • What is a Drawing Model?

    Users follow various workflows for drawing composition. Some of those workflows are described below. In the Simple 2D case, model graphics as well as annotations and line work are all drawn in a 2D model. The same model is printed. In the Typical 2D case, model graphics are drawn in a separate model so that they can be shared across multiple sheets.

    For the purpose of this blog, we will think of model graphics as one…

  • Survey foot and International foot

    There are various units of linear measurement in use. Foot is also among one of them.
    A foot is not an SI unit of length and hence its size slightly varies from system to system, such as English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. The most commonly used foot today is the International Foot.
    In this blog I am going to describe US survey foot and International Foot and how MicroStation user can…
  • How to make data field in callout cell & customized Drawing Title

    We understand that how to customized callout for making section from your Mark Penn.
    1. Please explain how to make data field, which should be same name of creating dynamic view as sown in below.
    2. How to make customized drawing title with data field in which above call out name should appear as following


    SP Rajput


    If picture not clear please see enclosed attachment.


  • Convert Old Design Models to Sheet Models

    Say you have a bunch of old design models that actually represent sheet layouts. They may each contain a reference attachment representing border graphics and title block. There is a quick and easy way to convert such design models to sheet models. By converting them to sheet models, you are organizing your project in the recommended manner: design models should represent model geometry; sheet models should represent…
  • Family Tables in MicroStation

    Parameter Set in MicroStation:
    Parameter Set Table contains various parameter values of a given Feature Solid grouped in individual set. These set of values further used to generate unique feature cells as a placement Instance of a given family member. Parameter Set table proves to be handy when user has to place multiple solid models with typical change in size. Following example gives the brief idea of using Parameter…
  • Manually Linking Callouts and Drawing Titles

    In this blog I am going to explain how to create and link Callouts to Drawing Titles in construction sheets that were not created using Dynamic Views. Majority of user projects fall in this category and it is important to know the value that callouts and drawing titles provide in such scenarios.
    Why we need manual linking?
                    Callouts placed using Detailing Symbols tools (Section Callout, Elevation Callout, etc.) contain…
  • Cells, why not Annotation Cells?

    A cell is an element composed of group of child elements. Cells can be composed and placed from a cell library. Cell libraries are especially useful for repetitive placement. MicroStation provides various types of cells that can be used based on the requirements. Some of them are Graphic Cell, Point Cell, Shared Cell, Annotation Cell, etc.
    In this blog, I will explain the usability of the Annotation Cells. Annotation…
  • Seed Models in MicroStation



    In this blog, I am going to explain the concept of seed models in MicroStation and its benefits. This is actually a beginner topic and has been widely used by MicroStation users.

    While creating a new model, you have the option of using a seed model. This is been supported for all the model types; design, drawing and sheet.   


    In the above dialog, you can choose the model type from the available choices…

  • Cloud Tool

    Cloud Tool
    In this Blog I am going to explain about cloud Tool.
    Cloud annotation is the commonly used to draw attention to a particular area of a drawing,  may be to indicate changes or revisions. You can create clouds by entering data points or convert existing closed shapes clouds. There are several ways to create cloud, which I’m going explain in this blog.
    You can easily access this tool through Detailing…
  • Editing Cloud tool settings


    Have you came across when you want to edit some settings before placing a Cloud?


    How do I change the settings of multiple Cloud annotations in one shot?

    This can be done using an Element Template and a DGNLib file.
    Here are steps:
    1. Extract zipped DGNLib file, attached with this blog.
    2. In MicroStation, open Workspace - Configuration.
    3. Navigate to MS_DGNLIBLIST.
    4. Click on Edit button. Manually enter path to…
  • Advance Project Explorer - Link to Link Set

    Have you come across any of the following scenarios?
    Suppose you have created a link set in a DGN file, which contains Links you regularly use. And now you are working on different file and you wanted to use those links. What to do?
    There are multiple link sets within active DGN file containing different types of links and you have to switch between them regularly. Every time you have to go to Project Explorer…
  • Renumber multiple sheets

    While working on a project, suppose you want to renumber all the sheets, what do you do?
    • Go to each file containing sheet models -> Open Model Properties dialog for each sheet -> Change the Sheet Number field.

    This is the manual way of renumbering each sheet. If you have a large number of sheets, this becomes cumbersome.
    There is an automatic way to do this in Project Explorer, using the Sheet Renumber…
  • Modifying Placed fields

    Suppose you have a field pointing to certain property of an element and now you want to either point it to a different property or point it to a different element. There is amazing functionality of Edit and Reassign fields.

    Edit Field: You can edit already placed field using Edit Field. This is available in right-click menu in Word Processor dialog.

    Procedure to edit field:

    1. From "Task - Drawing" toolbar, select…