How to create reference microstation [Beginner's Guide]

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How to create reference microstation

How do I change references in MicroStation?

In MicroStation go with the cursor on a element of the reference file, which you want to edit, right mouse click and select “Activate”. The reference file will become the active file; the master file is inactive and grayed out. You can edit the elements of the reference file in the same MicroStation dialogue.

How do I copy a reference in MicroStation?

In the reference manager, select the nested reference file, go to setting and copy reference attachment to new active file. After you have done this for all the reference files you can detach the original master file.

What is a reference file?

A reference file is a type of overlay. Information in one drawing can be overlaid on a different drawing, eliminating the need to redraw information. Proper use of reference files will result in significant time savings and greater coordination of drawings.

How do I turn on reference display in MicroStation?

The level display manipulations will be accomplished in all MicroStation views. Double-clicking the command “ Levels Turn On\Off Models\References”, shown above, will produce the “Turn ON\OFF Level in all Models and References” dialog, shown below.

How do I copy elements from one drawing to another in MicroStation?

  1. Select the element(s) you want to copy.
  2. Set a tentative snap point on the basepoint about which you'd like to copy.
  3. Menu Bar > Edit > Copy.
  4. Open the drawing you'd like to copy into.
  5. Menu Bar > Edit > Paste.

How do you mask an element in MicroStation?

  1. Place an element to be used as the clipping element.
  2. Select the Clip Volume view control.
  3. In the tool settings, click the Apply Clip Mask By Element icon.
  4. Identify the clipping element.
  5. Accept the clipping element in the view to which you want masking applied.

How do you start a reference?

  1. Go to the Projects list tab (refer to Opening Projects).
  2. Select a project.
  3. Click Open Project.
  4. Click the Reference Files tab. Figure 1. Reference Files Tab.
  5. Click Open File. The selected file is opened in Microsoft Word as shown in the following example. Figure 2. File Opened in Microsoft Word.

How can I get reference ID?

A reference ID is a set of unique alphanumeric characters assigned to every call and SMS that happens to your account Please click on the grey color radio button which is on the rightmost side of your inbox. When you click on the radio button, a slide-in window appears where you can find the reference ID of that call.

What is a reference folder?

References Folder. The References folder contains a list of all classes available for the project. You can add a reference for a project by right-clicking the References Folder and selecting Add Reference. For more information, see Add Project References.

What is create display set in MicroStation?

Display Sets – Display sets let you select a group of elements to display in selected views, with all other elements hidden. You can create display sets from selection sets or named groups.

How do I change the reference color in MicroStation?

You can control whether or not an override color is used, and what the color is, with the Active Reference Override Color setting (Workspace > Preferences > Reference category > Active Reference Override Color setting.

How do you isolate an object in MicroStation?

Right click the item and select Isolate. Click the Isolate icon. The selected items are isolated in the drawing.

How do I merge models in MicroStation?

Simply pop out to the MicroStation Manager, and select File > Merge.

How do I copy an element from one DGN file to another?

Reference the file you want to copy the elements from to the file you want to copy the elements to. Select the elements you wish to copy. Click "Copy" command. Snap (tentative) to a location and accept.

How do I copy a layer in MicroStation?

From the Level Manager dialog box, select the level(s) to be copied in the level list. From the Edit menu, choose Copy. Right-click and choose Copy from the pop-up menu.

How do I create a tentative snap in MicroStation?

  1. Select the required Snap Mode.
  2. Position the pointer on or near the desired keypoint.
  3. Press the Tentative button. If the tentative point successfully snaps to the element, the element is highlighted.

How do you reference a PDF in MicroStation?

  1. Select the Attach Raster tool (Drawing > Attach > Raster). The Attach Raster Reference dialog opens.
  2. Select the desired PDF.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Select the file path under attachments and right click to see Page Selection option.
  5. Select the desired page.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select Attach on the Raster Attachments Options dialog.

What is a raster in MicroStation?

Raster Manager is the name of the principal module in MicroStation that is responsible for opening and visualizing raster imagery in MicroStation. Using Raster Manager you can open and display images of various formats, from monochrome to full color.

How do I insert an image in MicroStation?

In the MicroStation (. dgn) Image file, open the Raster Manager and File>Attach>Raster…, browse to your image file (the one that you just saved), and select it and click Open (You could check the box to “Place Interactively” here).

How do you write a reference list?

A reference list is arranged alphabetically by author. If an item has no author, it is cited by title, and included in the alphabetical list using the first significant word of the title. A reference list is generally placed at the end of a work. Commas are used to separate each item of the reference/citation.

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How to create reference microstation

Comment by Frankie Bossert

in this section we are going to talk about reference clipping utilizing the clip boundary the mask and also delete clip if you need to delete out a clip let's go to the reference dialog box which is this icon right here loads it up I do a fit view I want in here nut and I attach the topo which is this drawing right here but you notice that it's outside of our border that we have attached to it we're going to come in here clip the boundary out so we just see the stuff that's inside the border and it kind of masks out everything outside of it can I clip sit away there's more boys we can do it first of all and do a fit view I come in here and I'll just zoom into my border I could come in here and put a shape a box around this area and then go down to tools click battery and clip it out but this kind of FYI there is actually a shape embedded inside the border file to where you can just turn that level on and it will have that shape depending on what shape that you want whether it's this the plane portion at the top here and then the profile or just a full plan and a bunch of other options so if I go to my level display which is this icon right here and I come in here and I select my border file you'll notice that most levels are turned off if I come down here it's fairly close to the bottom there's one in here that says border full plan sheet if I turn on that level you'll notice that there will be a boundary placed around it just like what I have here or if it was a different type of sheet maybe you just want the top plan or your plain sheets at the top and then your profiles at the bottom you could do that also so all depends on what how you created those particular sheets of how you want to turn that level on if you're wanting to clip it out just like what we're doing right now come on turn on the one that says border full plan sheet I can close it down for right now and I come back in here and I'm going to slick the file or if there were more files I could hold my control key down and do multiple ones at the same time that's perfectly fine or you know hold your Shift key down and do multiple ones but I'm just going to do this one right here because that's the only one that's going outside my border so I would select it and if I go to my tools pulldown there's an option here that says click boundary select it next thing that you need to identify is what method that you want if we had an active fence out there we could use an active fence also or an element I'm a select element I'm going to leave this one right here checkmark that says use references dialog lists which are the ones that I have to select it inside my list here and all I need to do now is identify my element that I want to use as my clip boundary and what it will do is you know keep everything inside my boundary right here but everything outside of it is gonna clip it away your geometry is not being deleted it's just clipping it out inside this file so I'll select my element and we're finished now if I do a fit view it's just gonna zoom in to everything that's inside the border and all this outside geometry flipped away so that's how you can use the clip boundary inside here where you can clip out certain items outside that border now another option that may come into effect let's say we need to put in some some text inside of an area we could do that but we may need to mask out a certain area through here that just referenced inside here maybe we got some jump sure that we don't necessarily need and we want to mask it out but we will we don't want to detach the file well if you come in here and do a tools clip mask you know I forgot to do something first no big deal I forgot to define a fence what we need to do first is to find the fence that we want to mask so we'll use the place fence tool which is right here or we can go to our construction tools and grab it right here and I'll just place a box around this area here just for example I don't know what files are actually going through here so just to make sure I'm gonna go ahead and select all my reference files the way I did that was I selecting my top one scroll down to the bottom hold my shift key down and select my bottom one so it has them all now if I come in here and I do a tools click mask and I'd left click to accept it it'll actually mask out that particular area right here so now I can come in here I close it out my dog box you'll see that this area is masked out so I can come in here and I can do place text like put in text here inside the active file and do whatever I need to do to that or let's say I need to delete that clip you can do that also so we had a clip that was out there and we need to delete it we no longer are utilizing it we can remove that clip to do that you can't do them all at one time you have to do them separate which you can do them all at the same time but you can't what you have to do is you if you want to delete out that clip you have to come in here select the individual one that you want and then come in here and do a tools delete click and then you identify the clip that you want to delete that boundary that's around it left click on it left click to accept it and deletes out that clip so you'd have to do to each one of these to remove those clips and always just go ahead and do that for a quick and you'll notice how they go down through here more geometries gonna show up because I'm taking the mask out away from that particular file okay kind of removed all those clips inside that area probably a little more typical situation versus what we did there is if you had let me go ahead and pull this down and inside my border file here I'm going to turn on my profile this is probably a little more typical a situation where if you had just a plain geometry at the top and your profile at the bottom and you don't want to mask out a certain area inside your your grid lines here and your profile to put in some text for like maybe earth for quantities or cut and fill or you know balance salon teez you could do that that's where you come in here back to your reference dialog box which RM opened up go into my order file because that's where those that those gridlines are located at if it's not copied into the file and now I can come in here and I'll define my fence I'll come in here and I'll do it clip-clip mask left click to accept it close out my dialog box and move my fence you'll notice that that's masked out now so I can come in here and I could put in text do whatever I need to do to it inside my active file so those are some of the options using the reference clipping that you can utilize in MoDOT production I'm gonna come back in here turn off the HT right here because it's not really utilized with this sheet because I have a full plain sheet versus a plain sheet at the top in profile at the bottom like so that's all depend on how your sheets were created by the designer or technician

Thanks for your comment Frankie Bossert, have a nice day.
- Freeda Hemry, Staff Member

Comment by Hayden

hi my name's Sam Henry and I'm from Bentley Systems and congratulations you made it to the fifth video in what was going to be a series of six but we found out there was just too much good stuff so we made a seventh video so watch for that now in this video we're gonna talk about two things we're gonna talk about reference files how to attach 3d and 2d reference files and then we're gonna talk about how do we create a PDF now we'll talk about creating a PDF in a 2d world which most of you probably have already done then we're gonna talk about how do we take a 3d model and how do we make a 3d PDF from that oh that's gonna be fun but you didn't know we could do that so let's not waste any more time jump right into the video this first part is going to be attaching reference files now we are gonna work in a file that comes with the example work set I have modified it the only thing I did was detach the reference files so I can demonstrate how to attach reference files so it's called visualization underscore master now once the file opens up you're gonna see that the file is currently empty now this is a 3d file and I will be attaching 3d reference files now in the upper left corner my workflow is currently set to drawing and there's a tab that says primary and here's an option it says attach tools if I click the down button you're gonna see there's four possible choices we're gonna be looking at references I'm gonna select this this will open up the reference file dialog box currently there are no reference files attached so you're not seeing anything in the list box below we are going to be attaching reference files so there's an icon right here attached reference I'm going to click this now this dialog will always open in the last place that you attached a reference file for me that's this folder 3d model now before we actually select the reference file I want to take a moment and talk about this dialogue at the bottom these the different types of files that you can attach as reference files so you can see it's plentiful there's lots of options here in addition to just MicroStation files I can do AutoCAD files I can do 3d studio files shape files nerve files sketchup files reality mesh so these are all the different formats that you attached pretty much everything you can think of so I'm gonna dismiss that now in the upper right corner here you're gonna see attachment method right now it's set to interactive there are a number of other options we're gonna be choosing interactive I'm gonna explain what that is we'll go through that and then after we see that we're gonna be going back and choosing coincident world to attach multiple so I'm gonna leave that set to interactive the file that I'm going to attach it's called platform I'm gonna click open on this dialog which is the reference attachment properties up at the top we'll take a quick tour here where it says model there's only one model inside the file so it only gives me that option if the file I was attaching had multiple models then I could choose from them in this case I only have one logical name this is an optional thing unless you attach a file the same file more than once logical name you can determine what it is and you can name it whatever you want and that can often be helpful down below with the orientation in this case I'm gonna be choosing coincident world now this is something you would want to check with your organization what they recommend you do in this case I'm going to be doing coincident world down below we're not gonna be changing anything but I want to touch on detail scale now we're attaching a one-to-one model so we're not changing the scale here if I was detaching a detail then I could have changed the scale that I'm attaching the reference file at also down below there's scale master ref and then below this is nesting attachments there's three choices no nesting live nesting and copy attachment no nesting means that if the file I'm attaching has reference files attached do not attach them live nesting means if the file I'm attaching has reference files then attach them and there is a nested depth I can tell it how deep in that hierarchy do I want it to go copy attachment looks at the hierarchy but then directly attaches the reference files so we're gonna be doing no nesting and I'm gonna leave the rest of the settings set I'm gonna click OK there you can see there's the platform on the reference file dialog box you can see there's a number of columns we're gonna touch on some of these the first one is slot that's just the order in which it was attached second one is status now if I attach a reference file that file could be open by somebody else and they could be working on it as soon as they make changes to that file then I will see a pencil icon appear here letting me know that the file that I've referenced has been changed now there's no action required on my part third column this is for active status now you can activate a reference file to make changes to it if you don't activate it then you're not able to make changes to the elements in that file now the rest of the columns are self-explanatory file name model name attachment or description and then orientation then at the end there's three checks these checks basically the first one is going to be display if I uncheck this it turns off the display of the reference file but check it again I see the reference file this turns it off completely the second check is snap I can turn on or off the ability to snap and the third check is what we call locate if that is checked that means that I can copy elements from the reference file into my active if it's unchecked I will not be able to copy elements from the reference file into my active now these options here there's more down below but we're gonna move on we're gonna be attaching four other reference files so I'm gonna go back to my attach now at this time I told you we chose interactive because I wanted to walk through that dialog next what we're gonna do is we're gonna be choosing for reference files and we're gonna be using coincident world for all four cuz we don't want to see that interactive dialogue we don't need to own the only thing we were gonna be choosing was gonna be coincident world so we're gonna choose that and now I'm going to select multiple reference files I'm gonna select track I'm hold down my control key I'm gonna do track canopy I'm gonna do ventilation and the last one is gonna be visualization architectural again I'm holding down the ctrl key allowing me to select multiple reference files and because I've chose attachment method coincident world it will skip the other dialog and just attach them automatically I'm gonna click open and now you can see the other four reference files were all attached now I'm gonna zoom out a bit now if I select one of these reference files you're going to see this magenta box appear this is appearing because the highlight mode is set to boundaries now if I want to turn that off I can set it to none or if I want to set it to highlight I can set it to highlight all the elements in the selected r

Thanks Hayden your participation is very much appreciated
- Freeda Hemry

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