CAD/BIM Tips & Tricks

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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Changing Multiple Title Blocks in AutoCAD No Longer a Pain in Your “Backside”

What do you do when you need to make a change to attribute text in multiple title blocks? For example, what if you have a project with 67 DWG sheet files and suddenly find you need to insert a new sheet between sheets 12 and 13, thereby messing up your sheet numbering and sheet counts?…

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Replace the reference file paths in all of your sheet files at the same time!

By Rick Sewell Have you ever completed a project and then found out that the client needs some of the references saved with a different path? The purpose of this article is to show you how to replace the reference file path saved in your sheet files — while retaining all of your varying reference…

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How to Use Live Nesting to Control Level Display in MicroStation V8i

By Abraham Rodriguez, CAD Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff We recently upgraded to MicroStation V8i. As you know, with upgrades come lots of learning and troubleshooting. For the first month or so, we kept having to jump back and forth between MicroStation V8 2004 edition and V8i just to keep production moving until we figured out how…

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