• ACS (Auxiliary Coordinate Systems)


    The ACS tools have been significantly improved in current versions of MicroStation-based products. In fact, ACS actually replace the need for Depth Lock (note that Depth Lock has been removed in favor of using ACS).

    If the tool is not visible, right‐click on the Primary Tools frame and turn on Auxiliary Coordinates:

    This icon either opens a pop‐down or floating dialog like the others in this tool frame.

    • Tue, Feb 25 2014
  • 101 - AccuSnap

    AccuSnap is an essential tool that brings a range of snap functions to your cursor automatically. Working with AccuSnap off is usually a huge waste of time, don’t do it!

    It is turned on and off from the AccuSnap dialog. Settings menu > Snaps > AccuSnap.

    The default settings work quite well but can be tweaked to suit your preferences. Enable for Fence Create allows AccuSnap to work with Fences, this is…

    • Thu, Feb 20 2014
  • Quick Tip - Smartmatch via Mouse Cursor

    If you look at the delivered button assignments, Workspace menu > Button Assignments, the key-in for Alt + Data is 'match attributes fromcursor', this only matches the basic attributes:

    Color; Level; Priority; Style; Transparency; Weight; Symbology.

    Change this key-in to 'match element fromcursor' to use SmartMatch at the cursor to match the full range of attributes.

    • Mon, Feb 17 2014
  • Site Standards #2 - Custom Variables

    I try and minimise the use of custom variables, making the best use of the existing variables wherever possible.

    The quickest way to do this is to use the Variable Generator in Bentley Configuration Explore (BCE). Having loaded BCE with your current workspace, simply paste the path that you need a variable for, click Generate, and a range of possibilities using existing variables will be presented, this is a very simple…

    • Wed, Feb 5 2014
    • Mon, Feb 3 2014