Join Jeanne Aarhus for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the design model, part of MicroStation: Plotting in V8i.
- [Narrator] In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to put together the individual models used in the first chapter. Including the design model containing the border and both sheet models with a border. Plotting techniques and settings vary depending on where you place the border file. So I want to show you all options in this course. Maybe when you see some of these options, you may find a way to simplify or improve your plotting environment. Open the file for chapter two using models to print.
For the first example, we will put together the design model containing the border. I'm starting with a blank file. So the first thing I need to do is rename the model. Renaming the model is not critical but I like to name the model according to its contents. This makes using the file later as a reference file much easier and simplifies the plotting process if I can tell what sheet one is or what sheet two is. Using the primary tool box, select the model's command and rename the model to design sheet one.
I need to attach the project as reference files. So I'll open up the reference files dialogue and right click to get the attach command. I will attach both the survey and the terrain project files. Pick the open button to close the dialogue and using the reference attachment dialogue, I want to modify a couple of the settings. For the orientation, I want to select coincident to world to maintain any geospacial information in the attachments. And I will double check that the scale is set to one to one.
I will also modify the nested attachment to live nesting. This way I will inherit any nested attached references. Pick okay to close the dialogue. Now I need to perform a fit view command by double clicking on the mouse wheel so that I can see both reference files in view one. Next, we will attach the border file on top of the project graphics. Using the reference dialogue, I will right-click to access the attach command and I'll select my standard borders file allborders.dgn.
This file contains all the standard borders predefined. So it allows me to easily attach a standard border with most of the work already completed. I need to select open, and then using this attachment dialogue, I can decide which border model I want to use. For this one, I will accidentally select the wrong border D border profile, that way I can easily show you how to fix it. I need to select the top view orientation so I can place it on top of the project graphics.
I will define a custom scale so I can scale a border up around the graphics. Now, I will define the scale 600 to one and pick okay to close the dialogue. You will see a bounding box around the cursor representing the border file extents to help with the placement. I will place it on top of the project graphics. If not placed perfectly, you can move it using the move reference command. I will select the all borders reference file and right-click to access the move command.
Now I can move it exactly to the right location. If I have the wrong border attached, I can easily fix it by double clicking on the reference file attachment to change the model specified. Here's another tip, hover on the reference file you want to move and slow right click to access the move reference command.
Next, I need to clip both project reference files. Select both the survey and terrain reference files and right click to get the clip boundary command. I want to use the clip boundary element defined in the border file. This closed shape makes it really easy to clip project files. I will issue a fit view using the middle mouse button and review the layout. If I hover on the border clip boundary shape, you can see that it is on the clip boundary level.
I will open the level manager dialogue to show that there are two levels that are defined as non-plotting levels. I will right click on one of the column headers and turn on the plot column. I can also turn off any columns that are not commonly needed such as the used column. After all, used lovers are bolded right? Now I can close all dialogues and save settings using the shortcut key control F. Or I could use the file pulldown menu and select save settings.
Let's continue with the next exercise and learn how to create a sheet model for printing.
Jeanne Aarhus begins by using a customized environment to show how simple plotting can be. She then demonstrates how to automate the print environment to improve project efficiency. Jeanne also explains how to use the software to generate output using different types of models, including design, drawing, and sheet models. After completing this course, you're prepared to generate simple 2D and 3D drawing output to various output types using a customized print environment.
- Using Windows printers
- Using models to print
- Using the sheet model at 1:1 and 1:50
- Using cut sheets
- Batch printing with the Print Organizer
- Using CAD data in the PDF
- Understanding print configuration files
- Setting up workspace print configurations
- Using print attributes
- Using pen tables
- Using logical name automation
- Using a standard border