In MicroStation V8i, while working on a project, sheet numbering, sheet ordering, and tracking was mostly manual and hence tedious and error-prone. There were also some key limitations. Let us see what the pains in V8i were and how these have been alleviated in the CONNECT Edition.
Creating a sheet index – In V8i, the workflow for creating a sheet index was:
Most commonly, the sheet numbering contains standards contains much more than just numeric number. For example, the US National CAD standard (v5), specifies the following components in sheet identification:
A = for alphabetical characterN = numerical character
In V8i, you could not add alphabetical character in sheet numbers. So, there wasn’t a straightforward way to achieve this. The work-around was to use Sheet Name property or Sheet Name and Sheet Number properties in combination to achieve this. However, the limitation to these workarounds was that you could not update the numbering automatically.
Solution: In CONNECT Edition, you have the readymade Sheet Index feature. The key advantages of using sheet index over V8i manual sheet indexing are:
The following is a high-level comparison of the sheet numbering workflow between V8i and CONNECT. It will give you an idea how sheet numbering is efficient and fast is in CONNECT over V8i.
MicroStation CONNECT Edition
1. Create a link set
1. Define sheet numbering rules and organize category-wise folders within sheet index
2. Manually add sheets to the link set.
2. Add sheets to the sheet index (You can also add sheets automatically on sheet creation)
3. Number the sheets
3. Place alphanumeric sheet number as well as total sheet count as text fields in the title block
4. Place sheet prefix as text followed by sheet number as a text field in the title block of each sheet
4. When sheets are added/removed, the sheet index and sheet numbering is automatically updated.
5. Place total sheet count as a number
6. When sheets are added/removed, manually change total sheet count in each sheet
There are many more advantages of using the sheet indexing feature in CONNECT Edition. The upcoming blogs will cover them.