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.

Furthermore, Reality Meshes can now be easily attached to a dgn file by using the new Reality Mesh Manager dialog.

From this new dialog all the Reality Mesh Tools can be easily accessed via a single button.

Not only did we introduce a completely new UI for managing Reality Meshes, but we also introduced the notion of Spatial Classification, concurrently with a new set of Spatial Classification Tools.

Spatial Classification introduces the concept of using engineering or GIS data to spatially classify a Reality Model into a discrete set of volumes that represent those objects.

The Reality Mesh classifiers allow for the creation of a bi-directional link between the classification data and the reality model. Linking GIS or Engineering data to a Reality Mesh model also opens up a new way of querying the model for properties, and highlighting only the matching discrete portions of the mesh as part of the results.

When you use a Reality Mesh as a starting point, you can then have a completed and detailed view of the existing environment, which introduces a new level of sophistication and efficiency.

While the new features added to Reality Meshes open up many exciting new possibilities for working smarter and more efficiently, it must not be forgotten that MicroStation CONNECT Edition can also read in point clouds, images, GIS data and many other file formats that allow for effortless integration of contextual information for designs. This should allow you to present your designs in the most appealing and persuasive ways in the context of the real world.

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