Element Templates

Can some please explain why or how you uses the following in element templates

Levels you can have a primary level which seems to be the level the template will take when it is used, yet you can added multiply levels below this which dont seem to have any function at all.

This also seem to apply to all the attributes within  the templates including colour fill, hatching etc

many thanks


  • Mark, I am not sure that I follow you question, basically a template define properties of elements. this includes the level that the elements are placed on , color, style , weight etc. so when you pick your template this set that information for you so that when the element is placed it is placed with those attributes. does this help, if not can you provide more information on what you are trying to accomplish ?

  • Mark,
    Maybe a brief description on what you are looking to do may help. We can certainly explain what templates are and the options they have, but a workflow/steps/etc... of what you need will be more beneficial in helping us get you an answer.

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  • Tim What i would like to do is have a template that allows us to place a shape that can be fill and hatched at the same time but have the hatch, fill and shape all applied to different levels and also have different colours, much as we do with our multi lines. This is what i thought having the ability to added more than one level and colour etc to a template would allow you to do, but i can't find anywhere that allows to apply the hatch pattern or fill colour to a seperate level.
  • Let me first say that I have not yet studied templates.

    But I do know microstation well enough to say 

    Single element shape  has the fill and boundary as an attribute of the element and hence are both on the same  level but the fill is an attribute that can be toggle on or off like colours can

    you cannot have the outer and the inner on two levels and be the same element of a shape..

    This can only be acheived if you have  two shapes  that are the same  one  on level A with no fill say is red, the other shape  super imposed is on level B and is a red filled or green filled shape,  now select both and  control G to group them  the result is a cell ( graphic grouping) and you can make the levels on or off independant of each other but the graphic act  as an element if you move  scale or delete.. if you turn this into a real cell not a graphic grouping then you can recall it with all the settings preset ie colours level names and use place cell to add it to a drawing but make sure your level names  in the cell make sense to some one who didnt  build it..

    See my attributes via information or properties tool of a filled shape notice only one level name is available.. ie level A


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  • Lorys

    Thanks for your reply. I understand the principals your are saying, but i was investing element templates when they first appeared and found you could add multiply levels colours etc  (see below) but could not find how to use them, the only thing i could do was add them. I have now been asked to look again at element templates and thought i would try the forum to see if anybody new how to use or what the additional levels colours etc were for.


  • We use the template levels to designate different states of different sitework line styles. For example, a template for Storm Drain - level 0 for existing; level 1 for proposed and level 2 for abandoned - one template containing 3 different line styles, weights, etc.

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