CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

Want a Faster Way to Change Working Units, Resolution or Annotation Cell Settings?

How to do it fast! BY RICK DEWITT MICROSTATION SOLUTION SENSEI Saving time and making more profit on projects are evidence of doing your job right. MicroStation cells, leveraged fully, reduce drafting time and increase profits. A new way to leverage cells is to place them as “annotation cells” in models that will be referenced…

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Property boundaries made easy with MicroStation

A common task for surveyors, civil engineers and GIS professionals is recreating a property boundary from a plat (a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land). Typically, a plat will contain the bearings (direction expressed in degrees) and perimeter distances (lengths of the edges) of the property it describes. By…

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Measure Distance Quickly With Tentative Point Snaps.

Did you know that you can use tentative point snaps to quickly measure distances between elements in your design files? You’re probably thinking, “Why don’t you just use the ‘Measure Distance’ tool?” You certainly could, but that also means you couldn’t have another tool active. See, when you’re using tentative point snaps to measure, you…

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Easily trim elements using the Trim Element tool.

By Bob Knepp of American Electric Power, Gahanna, Ohio Do you have new users that don’t really get the IntelliTrim tool yet? Here is an easy way to trim several elements very quickly using the MicroStation Trim Element command along with the PowerSelector tool. [Note: You can also use the regular Element Selection tool to…

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Translations Between DWG and DGN Done Right the First Time: Now for Everyone!

Translation Manager has for many years helped MicroStation users get translations between DGN and DWG done right the first time. With the latest release of Translation Manager, those AutoCAD 2010 or later users who don’t have access to MicroStation V8 can now get the help they need with translations between DGN and DWG even if…

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How to Handle the Rats’ Nest Masquerading as “Nested References” in Some MicroStation Files

“Most everyone recognizes that nested references can be cool — except when you’re a few levels deep and have to start keeping a spiral notebook to track them. The real goat rodeo gets started once you add inexperienced users and/or piss-poor file management into the overall mix. – Anonymous CAD Manager.” MicroStation’s Live Nesting feature…

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Creating Cell Libraries from Block Libraries

These days, it is totally normal to find AutoCAD shops designing for MicroStation clients and MicroStation shops designing for AutoCAD clients. You do all the work in one CAD application and then convert the finished product to the other platform. We have a lot of customers who are doing this sort of thing. So the…

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PDF Your Entire MicroStation Cell Library in Under 5 Minutes

Tired of searching around for cells? You’re in charge of getting everybody on your company’s latest engineering design project up to speed and productive. The customer has supplied you with the cell library, seed files and standards that have to be followed. You open the V8 cell library and discover that there are over three…

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Pasting spreadsheets into AutoCAD and Civil 3D just got a whole lot easier!

In the latter half of 2012, a meeting was quietly convened in a small coastal town in the southeastern United States. No news outlets heralded the meeting. No heads of state were present. The only invitees were our senior technical staff. The subject of this meeting: AutoCAD and Civil 3D. Developing software to help CAD…

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