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Thu, Jul 20 2017
New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5 - Project Standards Sharing Service
Having a project member use an incorrect standard on a project is not only costly to the project, but also uses up time and resources on fixing the problem. To help alleviate this potential problem, MicroStation CONNECT Edition offers the Project St...
Thu, Jul 13 2017
New in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 5 - 3D Angle Constraint
The 3D Angle constraint is the latest 3D Dimensional constraint tool introduced in MicroStation CONNECT Edition. It adds on to the existing list of 3D dimension constraining tools, that let you fix geometries with respect to one another. Until now you could only constrain the distance between the various components (vertices, edges and faces) of two 3D elements, but now, using the 3D Angle constraint, you can constrain...
Tue, Jul 11 2017
Composing Drawings Blog Series: Building Design – Blog 2 of 4
Setting Up and Customizing Drawing Seeds Seed files are kind of templates that can be used for working on repeated tasks to achieve a consistent output. Drawing seeds are seed files that are used while placing callouts and automating dynamic views in a project. The drawing seeds define the settings and properties while placing a callout, which simplifies the dynamic views creation process. A drawing seed can contain...
Tue, Jun 27 2017
Composing Drawings Blog Series: Building Design – Blog 1 of 4
Let’s start with the basics Before going into details of dynamic views, lets understand its components. Design Model A design model is a collection of elements that are drawn for creation of desired model. The design model is drawn to actual size. A design model can be a 2D or a 3D model. You can create it by clicking the Create Model icon in the Models dialog and selecting the Type setting as Design or Design...
Tue, Jun 27 2017
Composing Drawings Blog Series - Introduction
Drawing Composition, in general, is all about creating and composing drawings from your design. In MicroStation, drawing composition can be achieved efficiently and easily using Dynamic Views. Dynamic Views is a general term that encompasses several related technologies which share a common goal of making model analysis and documentation more interactive and intuitive. These technologies range from use of seeds, models...
Mon, Jun 5 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Introduction
We now present a series of blogs on Parametric Modeling aka Functional Components in MicroStation CONNECT Edition. These periodic blogs are created out of simple scenarios that you can easily follow and will enable you to use the Parametric Modeling tools efficiently. Sample files will also be shared to try out the scenarios. The first workflow covered by this blog series is about building an interactive door-wall assembly...
Mon, Jun 5 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Parametric Sliding Door and Partition Assembly - Blog 2 of 2
We created a basic 2d profile for the Sliding door and Partition in the previous blog . Now we will use Solid by Extrusion tool to create the 3d assembly and then apply variations to it. Following are the steps for the same: In Isometric view, turn off the constraints in View Attributes. Using the Solid by Extrusion tool extrude the two panel profiles through distance associated with the Panel_height variable...
Tue, May 23 2017
Creating a Parametric Steel Section
Since the old STEEL MDL application is not supported in MicroStation CONNECT Edition, you can use advanced Parametric Modeling features to create steel sections as per your requirements. In this blog, we will create a parametric steel C-Section cell as an example. Item types that contain additional information such as make, grade of steel, type of section, etc. can also be attached to this parametric cell. Based on...
Mon, May 22 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Parametric Sliding Door and Partition Assembly - Blog 1 of 2
In this blog, we will create a parametric sliding door and partition assembly. We will create a basic assembly of a single leaf panel door set in a flush partition. We will later test this assembly for variations in door and opening size and open, closed and partially open conditions. Following video demonstrates what we will achieve at the end of this blog series: (Please visit the site to view this video) We will...
Mon, May 8 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Parametric Bolt with Provision of Split Pin Hole - Blog 3 of 3
In this blog we will create a Split Pin hole on the parametric bolt that we created in the previous blog . The location of the split pin hole and whether the bolt will have a split pin hole, will vary based on variations of the bolt size. Follow the steps below to create the split pin hole on the bolt: Create a hole with diameter 2 on the lower portion of the Shank.(Please visit the site to view this video) Now...
Mon, Apr 24 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Parametric Bolt with Provision of Split Pin Hole - Blog 2 of 3
In this blog, we will use Extrusion, Protrusion, Cut and Chamfer features to create the bolt from the basic 2D profile that we created in the previous blog . Following are the steps to create the same: In Isometric view, turn off visibility of Construction circle and Constraints (Markers) in View Attributes. You will now see three basic elements of the profile. Extrude the outer (Green) circle with distance...
Mon, Apr 10 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Series: Parametric Bolt with Provision of Split Pin Hole - Blog 1of 3
In this blog series, we will create different variations of a parametric bolt based on variable size options and with or without provision for split pin hole. This will serve as another example of a parametric element that can be reused multiple times throughout a design due to variables and variations associated with it. (Refer to other blogs in Smart 3D Modeling series here .) It should be noted that Constraints...
Mon, Mar 27 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 4 of 4
Following are the links to the previous blogs from this blog series: Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 1 of 4 Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 2 of 4 Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 3 of 4 Sample DGN file for this blog series is shared here . Creating an Array of the Rung In the previous...
Mon, Mar 13 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 3 of 4
Following are the links to the previous blogs from this blog series: Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 1 of 4 Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 2 of 4 Designing the Rung You can create the rung outside and then place it between the side-rails or create it in-place between the side-rails. Start the Place SmartLine tool to create...
Fri, Feb 24 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 2 of 4
You can access the first blog from this blog series here . Designing the Side Rails In this blog, we will design the side-rails of the ladder. Use the Place SmartLine tool to draw a parallelogram that would be extruded to form a side-rail of the ladder. Apply the following constraints to the element: Parallel constraints – between opposite sides of the element. Fixed constraint - to the bottom-left vertex...
Fri, Feb 17 2017
MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4 WorkSet LinkSets
MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4 now adds an additional source for Links making it easy to store project specific links in your WorkSet. In Explorer, you will now see your WorkSet listed as one of the sources. This is an addition to the Active Directory and your Configured libraries that are specified by the MS_DGNLIBLIST_LINKS variable. In order to add links to your WorkSet LinkSet, you need to enable your WorkSet...
Fri, Feb 10 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Designing a Variable Sized Ladder - Blog 1 of 4
In this blog series, we will design a ladder, which will automatically change its size when changing parameters such as height, width, etc. For example, say you change the height of the ladder, the number of steps will automatically increase proportionally with the height. This is achieved by using variables as driving parameters for a well constrained model and then storing the different values as variations. The following...
Fri, Jan 27 2017
Configuration, Installation Options and MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4
IMPORTANT FOR CAD ADMINISTRATORS With the release of MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4 we have made several enhancements to the Configuration setup during Installation and while using MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4. The changes are especially important to note if you are a CAD Administrator because Update 4 will replace your existing WorkspaceSetup.cfg file. Your original (Update 3 and previous versions...
Fri, Jan 27 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Interactive Door-Wall Assembly – Blog 2 of 2
You can access the first blog from this blog series here . Sample files for this blog series are shared here . Before you create a door-wall assembly, you need to create a parametric door cell and create desired variations of it. Following steps demonstrate the same: In a 3D model, create a Rectangular profile on the XY plane. Set the ACS origin at the bottom left corner. Apply 2D Fixed constraint to the bottom...
Tue, Jan 24 2017
MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4
With the release of MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 4, now is the time to take advantage of the latest commercial features that can help with your existing projects. One feature that was introduced as a Technology Preview in MicroStation CONNECT Edition Update 3, that is now a commercial feature, is the Configuration Migration Wizard. The Configuration Migration Wizard allows you to selectively remap your existing...
Fri, Jan 13 2017
Smart 3D Modeling Blog Series: Interactive Door-Wall Assembly - Blog 1 of 2
In a design for any geometry that is to be reused multiple times, it is a good idea to create a parametric cell for the same. Parametric cells are special types of cells that are created using variables and equations to define their parameters. Many variants of the same parametric cell can be created and used to minimize rework and optimize design. It is now possible to create interactive assemblies of elements with parametric...
Mon, Nov 14 2016
MicroStation - Hypermodeling
MicroStation’s advanced parametric 3D modeling capabilities allow infrastructures of any discipline to deliver data-driven, BIM-ready models. You can get all the advantages of BIM without the need to change your existing workflows and as you know, MicroStation enables dozens of capabilities to work effortlessly and seamlessly. This includes Hypermodeling. MicroStation allows you to provide deeper insight into design...
Mon, Nov 7 2016
The Functional Components enablement in MicroStation allows for you to experience true 3-D parametric design for advanced design modeling, leveraging both 2D and 3D constraints to accurately capture and model design intent. The CONNECT Edition introduces a new smart and comprehensive workflow that is comprised of Parametric Cells and Item Types for creating intelligent and reusable content, ultimately minimizing the...
Mon, Oct 31 2016
MicroStation Intrinsic Geo-Coordination
More often than not, projects start with existing data and can come in many forms with many data types. MicroStation CONNECT Edition has the ability to read various data types and geo-coordinate this data. If you want to capture existing conditions to compare the data you have on-hand, MicroStation CONNECT Edition can utilize ContextCapture (*.3MX) files to help augment the data. In the following example, we have various...
Mon, Oct 24 2016
MicroStation CONNECT Edition's Reality Modeling
Communicating your design intent or evaluating a design in the context of where it is in relation to the real world has never been easier with the use of MicroStation CONNECT Edition. One of the newest features is the ability to utilize ContextCapture (*.3MX) files. You can use reality meshes to compliment and verify the drawings. In the screen capture below, you can see a Reality Mesh combined with survey data. ...
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