• Synchronizing Reference Attachments to Saved Views

    Creating references by using saved views is a very commonly used method of reference attachment. But have you come across a situation wherein you needed to detach and again attach the saved view in order to update the reference with the saved view’s modifications? Here is the option which makes this very easy, automatic, and avoids those unnecessary steps. This option is called “Synchronize View”.

    • Thu, Feb 28 2013
  • How to Remove Associations on Multi-Lines and a question about fillets

    I just start working with Multi-Lines to indicate axis for a group of pipelines, and for that purpose after getting ready my Multi-Line Styles I proceed to make the routes over an object already on my design. When I remove that SmartLine or object the multilines that previusly place over that object become dashed. I asume it's because the Association check when I was making the form with Multi-Line.

    There is anyway…

    • Thu, Feb 7 2013
  • Purpose of the Drawing Title Boundary

    Drawing titles act as labels for drawings on sheets. Each drawing that is placed on a sheet is supposed to be labeled with a drawing title. While using the Place Drawing Title tool on drawing sheets, you must have noticed the outline that highlights the extent of referred models.  These borders serve as visual cue to distinguish the different models that have been attached to the sheet.

    Imagine a scenario wherein multiple…

    • Fri, Jan 18 2013
  • (New in SS3) Element Information Dialog Enhancements

    There have been following updates to Element Information dialog in MicroStation SS3:

    • Saved View properties: To see the saved view properties, you can access Element Information dialog from the context-menu.  
      1.  Click the Saved Views icon ( ). The Saved Views dialog opens.
      2.  Right-click the saved view and select Properties from the context-menu. The Element Information dialog displays properties of the selected saved…
    • Wed, Oct 31 2012
  • Evolution of Detail Callouts

    The detail view in MicroStation has evolved over a period of time. There have been many useful changes in the behavior of detail callouts and detail views since MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 2). With feedback from users, some more changes have been implemented in the MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) Update 1. This document explains the evolution of detail callouts from MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 2) release to MicroStation…

    • Mon, Oct 29 2012
  • How to import Smart Plant files into Microstation

    How do i import a legacy schematic drawing generated in Smart Plant P&Id into Microstation so that we can work on this file?. We don't have issues with Autocad files as Microstation has the tool to convert from DWG to DGN. How about Smart Plant P&Id files?


    • Thu, Oct 25 2012
  • Fonts in dgnlib


    is it possible to store font rsc.files in a dgnlib?

    If so, how is it done?



    • Tue, Oct 16 2012
  • What is the Microstation equivalent of 3D Rotate in AutoCad?

    When you want to flip the element (Not view) along a plane, Autocad offers 3D rotate option. Where you enter 3D rotate on command line, asks for element of interest-select and entre, then asks for the plane-select 2 points along plane line,

    Select angle<+ or - 90 for instance. This kind of rotation does not rotate elements clockwise or anticlockwise but flips element in the Z so that they appear as a single line unless…

    • Tue, Aug 14 2012
  • GDIExplorerAddIn.instance.oraclenode


    Greetings of the day,

                                   I m new to the microststion v8i programing. In previously we are using bentley map selectseries1. Now upgraded to select series3. In new version i m unable to find the definetion for "GDIExplorerAddIn.instance.oraclenode" and "treeform". But in the previous version those are available. while using latest version i got the following error.

    Error    460    'Bentley.Geospatial…

    • Wed, Aug 8 2012
  • Converting Sheet Border DGN files to Work as Border Attachments

    Now that you can assign a reference file as a sheet border, you might find that your existing sheet borders are somehow not compatible with this feature. This manifests itself by moving the sheet border to some strange location if you attempt to select a border reference in the Models Properties dialog box. This post will reveal all of the secrets.

    If you have used any InRoads tool that tries to use a reference sheet…

    • Fri, Jul 13 2012
  • Getting Custom Toolboxes to Open from Menu Bar

    I am trying to combine all of my DGNLIB files into one DGNLIB and use Named Expressions to switch from interface to interface. From an article in AskInga, she explains how a person can switch from an interface to interface using Named Expressions. I was able to get the task part to work and the context menu part to work. I also added over all of my MenuBar items becasue they have different commands. etc. The only issue I…

    • Fri, Jun 15 2012
  • MDL Application Not working on V8i Version

    Dear All,

    my MDL application not working on V8i Version, It is working on XM version,

    Rajeev Madhavan

    • Tue, Jun 12 2012
  • (New in SS3) Cached Visible Edge Display


    Drawings and sheets containing references to dynamic views are updated immediately when model geometry is changed (hence the name dynamic views). However, there are times when a project’s construction set needs to be frozen for a certain revision while the underlying model is still evolving. This can be achieved by switching the references from Dynamic mode to Cached mode. As the name suggests, Cached mode…

    • Tue, May 22 2012
  • Draping 2d line work onto 3d mesh

    Can any help me please, I have created a 3d mesh and now I have to place the 2d line work onto it following the mesh outline.

    • Tue, May 15 2012
  • (VBA Macro) Automating Drawing Composition Workflow

    Here’s some simple VB code to help automate drawing and sheet creation using Drawing Seeds. The standard settings for drawings and sheets are all defined in drawing seeds, and your model extents are defined in an Excel spreadsheet.


    1. Assembly.dgn, Structural 3D.dgn and brick & frame work.dgn
    2. Floor plan specifications in DrawingSpecs.xlsx
    3. DVWorkflow.mvba file containing VB code


    1. Drawings…
    • Tue, May 8 2012
  • How can you purchase MicroStation?

    I see this is I see from other postings that the user un friendlyness of this site has been an issue for a number of years also difficulty in finding out how to purchase MicroStation.

    Registering on the site does not work if you do not have a zip code, in Australia we have four digit postcodes and most parts of the Bently site want you to use a zip code.

    Please contact me on how we can buy MicroStation and start recognising…

    • Wed, Apr 25 2012
  • (New in SS3) Discipline and Purpose Properties for Saved Views

    MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3) introduces two new properties to classify Dynamic Views and Drawings - Discipline and Purpose. For a large, multi-discipline infrastructure project, it is conceivable for you to have 100’s if not 1000’s of Dynamic Views and Drawings.  In this scenario, Discipline and Purpose properties allow that additional layer of granularity to help you filter the Dynamic Views and Drawings…

    • Mon, Mar 26 2012
  • MicroStation 62-bit application.

    I'm running MS SS2 32bit application, now my pc is a 64 bit OS with 8gig RAM, GeForce 530 graphics card, i7 3.4ghz processor. This is all great, but my MS is still a 32bit application.

    Is there a 64bit? Will there be one, if so, when?

    • Thu, Mar 22 2012
  • (New in SS3) Hypermodeling - Annotations in 3D

    Gone are the days when in a design model you could just view a model geometry and had to traverse to the sheet and drawing models each time you want to view the dimensions, annotations and other details. Now with hypermodels, you can place callouts in 3D design model and also view sheet graphics in a 3D design model, in place, automatically. This makes drawings easier to understand and interpret.

    The general workflow…

    • Tue, Mar 20 2012
  • (New in SS3) Drawing Seeds in DGN Libraries

    The process of creating drawings and sheets is a complex operation since it involves several subsystems. The outcome is effectively a chain of objects as follows: Clip Volume > Saved View > Drawing Model > Reference Attachment in Drawing Model > Sheet Model > Reference Attachment in Sheet Model > Drawing Title.

    The following poster describes these objects and their relationships.


    In order to…

    • Tue, Mar 20 2012
  • (New in SS3) Mini toolbars

    A Mini toolbar is a type of context menu that is automatically shown when you hold the cursor over a marker or a callout. The Mini toolbar provides easy access to most used tools without requiring to right-click.

    When you hold the cursor over a marker or a callout, the Mini toolbar appears semi-transparent. Then if you point on the Mini toolbar it becomes solid and you can select an icon on it.

    Mini toolbar for Cal…

    • Tue, Mar 20 2012
  • (New in SS3) Markers

    In MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3), a very useful feature called Markers is included. Many times saved views, links, and mark-ups become difficult to identify in a model with complex geometry and many annotations. To make these items more recognizable, Markers are displayed wherever saved views, links, or markups are placed.

    A Marker is basically a transient icon that stands out of the normal geometry in a model and…

    • Tue, Mar 20 2012
  • How to redirect where Microstation looks for references

    I am very new to Microstation and I feel like I've been thrown into the deep end before being allowed to learn to doggie paddle.

    I've been given a 13-year old drawing set done in Microstation and I am trying to figure out if there is an easy way to reconnect it all to make it legible and eventually make changes to it.  The References were not attached using relative paths

    I've queried this site about changing…

    • Fri, Feb 17 2012
  • CAD Tips! To use A/E/C CADD Standard draft menu


    Please see below image. It is sample for architectural. When you select wall menu, all level and attribute is changed automatically. To use this Task menu for your discipline.  Please follow below guide. It will help to match with standard draft.

     Open this folder, select one of needed file from sub folder.

      1. K:\TSWSV8i\PW_WorkSpace\MENU


    1. Open your folder
      1. For Win 7 user: C:\ProgramData\Bentley\MicroStation…
    • Wed, Nov 23 2011
  • Key-in Scripts

    “The simplest software applications are key-in scripts. A key-in script is a sequence of Bentley Redline key-ins that are stored in a text file.”

    view off all
    view on 5
    window tile
    fit view extended 5

    Using some examples from the article “How to string keyins together or create keyin scripts
    I copied and pasted the exact four lines above to created a text file called “setdgn.txt”

    • Tue, Nov 22 2011