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Harnessing MicroStation Version 8

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Summary

Introduces the features and functions that comprise the latest version of the Microstation design and drafting software package. Suitable for use as a textbook, the guide begins with the basic element placement and manipulation tools, then explains how to place text, dimension drawings, plot a printout, and repeat patterns. The final chapter overviews 3D design and rendering. The CD-ROM contains project and discipline specific exercises in pdf format.

Author Biography

G. V. Krishnan is the Director of the Applied Business & Technology Center at the University of Houston.

Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Getting Started
1(46)
Hardware Configuration
2(3)
Processors
2(1)
Memory
2(1)
Hard Drives
2(1)
Video Adapter and Display
3(1)
Input Devices
3(2)
Starting Microstation V8
5(1)
Using Dialog Boxes and Settings Boxes
6(4)
Title Bar and Menu Bar Item
6(2)
Label Item
8(1)
Edit Field
8(1)
List Boxes and Scroll Bars
8(1)
Buttons
9(1)
Check Boxes
9(1)
Option Button
10(1)
Beginning a New Design
10(6)
File Names
13(1)
Seed Files
14(2)
Opening an Existing Design File
16(1)
Opening a Design in Read-Only Mode
17(1)
Microstation Application Window
17(11)
Drop-down Menus
18(1)
Tool Frames and Tool Boxes
19(5)
Tool Settings Window
24(1)
Key-in Window
25(1)
Status Bar
26(1)
View Windows
27(1)
Input Methods
28(2)
Keyboard
28(1)
Pointing Devices
28(1)
Cursor Menu
29(1)
The Design Plane
30(1)
Working Units
31(4)
Custom Units
32(2)
Advanced Units Settings
34(1)
Coordinate Readout
35(1)
Creating Models
36(2)
Create a New Model/Sheet
37(1)
Copying an Existing Model
37(1)
Edit Model Properties
38(1)
Delete a Model
38(1)
Import a Model
38(1)
Drawing Properties
38(2)
Saving Changes and Exiting the Design File
40(2)
Saving the Design File Settings
41(1)
Exiting the MicroStation Program
42(1)
Getting Help
42(2)
Contents
42(1)
Tool Index
43(1)
MicroStation on Web
44(1)
Enhancements in Microstation V8
44(3)
Fundamentals I
47(30)
Placement Commands
47(16)
Place Line
48(2)
Place Block
50(2)
Place Shape
52(2)
Place Orthogonal Shape
54(1)
Place Circle
55(5)
Place Arc
60(3)
Manipulating Elements
63(1)
Delete Element
64(1)
Drop Line String/Shape Status
65(1)
Precision Input
66(8)
Absolute Rectangular Coordinates
67(1)
Relative Rectangular Coordinates
68(1)
Relative Polar Coordinates
69(5)
Review Questions
74(3)
Fundamentals II
77(74)
Drawing Tools
77(20)
The Grid System
78(5)
Axis Lock
83(1)
Snap Lock
84(10)
AccuSnap
94(3)
Element Attributes
97(12)
Levels
97(6)
Element Color
103(1)
Element Line Style
104(1)
Element Line Weight
105(1)
Change Element Attributes
106(3)
Match Element Attributes
109(1)
View Control
109(14)
Update View
111(1)
Controlling the Design Area Displayed in the View
111(5)
Fit View
116(2)
Rotate View
118(3)
Pan View
121(1)
View Previous
122(1)
View Next
122(1)
View Windows and View Attributes
123(23)
Opening and Closing View Windows
124(2)
Arranging Open View Windows
126(5)
Arranging Individual View Windows
131(2)
Turning the View Window Scroll Bars On and Off
133(1)
Creating and Using View Window Groups
133(5)
Setting View Attributes
138(2)
Saving Views
140(6)
Undo and Redo
146(3)
Undo Tool
146(2)
Redo Tool
148(1)
Things to Consider Before Undoing
148(1)
Review Questions
149(2)
Fundamentals III
151(64)
Placement Tools
151(13)
Place Ellipse
152(3)
Place Regular Polygon
155(5)
Place Point or Stream Curve
160(2)
Place Multi-line
162(2)
Element Modification
164(15)
Construct Circular Fillet
164(2)
Construct Chamfer
166(1)
Trim Elements
167(10)
Partial Delete
177(2)
Element Manipulation
179(23)
Copy
179(2)
Move
181(2)
Move Parallel
183(2)
Scale
185(5)
Rotate
190(4)
Mirror
194(4)
Construct Array
198(4)
Text Placement
202(11)
Place Text
203(1)
Tool Settings window
204(5)
Place Text by Origin
209(1)
Keyboard Shortcuts for the Text Editor window
210(3)
Review Questions
213(2)
AccuDraw and SmartLine
215(30)
Getting to Know AccuDraw
215(9)
Start and Stop AccuDraw
216(1)
Key-In Shortcuts
217(1)
The AccuDraw Compass
217(3)
The AccuDraw Coordinates Box
220(2)
Recall Previous Values
222(1)
The Popup Calculator
223(1)
Smart Lock
224(1)
Change AccuDraw Settings
224(9)
Operation
225(2)
Display
227(2)
The Coordinates Tab
229(2)
AccuDraw Shortcuts
231(2)
Working with AccuDraw
233(4)
Example of Simple Placement
233(1)
Moving the Compass Origin
234(1)
Using Tentative Points with AccuDraw
234(1)
Rotating the AccuDraw Plane
235(1)
Placing Elements with AccuDraw Active
235(1)
Manipulating Elements with AccuDraw Active
236(1)
Place SmartLine Tool
237(6)
The SmartLine Tool Settings Box
237(4)
Using SmartLine with AccuDraw
241(2)
Review Questions
243(2)
Manipulating a Group of Elements
245(28)
Element Selection
245(13)
Selecting Elements with the PowerSelector Tool
245(6)
Select Elements with the Element Selection Tool
251(1)
Consolidate Elements into a Group
252(1)
Ungroup Consolidated Elements
253(1)
Locking Selected Elements
254(1)
Unlock Selected Elements
254(1)
Drag Selected Elements to a New Position
254(1)
Drag an Element Handle to Change Its Shape
255(1)
Deleting Selected Elements
256(1)
Change the Attributes of Selected Elements
257(1)
Manipulation Tools that Recognize Selected Elements
257(1)
Fence Manipulation
258(14)
Placing a Fence
259(4)
Fence Selection Mode
263(3)
Modifying a Fence's Shape or Location
266(2)
Manipulating Fence Contents
268(2)
Stretch Fence Contents
270(1)
Remove a Fence
271(1)
Review Questions
272(1)
Placing Text, Data Fields and Tags
273(58)
Place Text
274(9)
Fitted Method
274(1)
View Independent and Fitted VI Methods
275(1)
Above Element Method
275(3)
Below Element Method
278(1)
On Element Method
278(1)
Along Element
279(3)
Word Wrap Method
282(1)
Place Note
283(2)
Single-Character Fractions
285(2)
Text Styles
287(8)
Select a Text Style
287(1)
Create and Maintain Text Styles
287(1)
Text Styles Box Parts
288(1)
Create a New Style
289(1)
Modify the Values of an Existing Style
290(1)
Delete a Style
290(1)
The General Tab Settings
290(4)
The Advanced Tab Settings
294(1)
Importing Text Styles
294(1)
Import Text
295(2)
Text Manipulation Tools
297(7)
Spell Checker
297(2)
Edit Text Elements
299(1)
Match Text Attributes
300(1)
Change Text Attributes
301(1)
Display Text Attributes
302(1)
Copy and Increment Text
302(2)
Text Nodes
304(3)
View Text Nodes
304(1)
Place Text Nodes
305(1)
Fill In Text Nodes
306(1)
Data Fields
307(6)
Data Field Character
307(1)
Data Field View Attribute
308(1)
Set Justification for Data Field Contents
308(1)
Fill In Data Fields
309(2)
Copy Data Fields
311(1)
Copy and Increment Data Fields
311(1)
Edit Text in a Data Field
312(1)
Tags
313(17)
Tag Terms
314(1)
Create a Tag Set and Tags
314(2)
Maintain Tag Set Definitions
316(1)
Attach Tags to Elements
317(1)
Edit Tags
318(2)
Review Tags
320(1)
Change Tags
321(2)
Create Tag Reports
323(4)
Tag Libraries
327(3)
Review Questions
330(1)
Element Modification
331(50)
Element Modification---Extending Lines
331(5)
Extend Element
332(1)
Extend Elements to Intersection
333(2)
Extend Element to Intersection
335(1)
Element Modification---Modifying Vertices
336(5)
Modify Element
336(3)
Delete Vertex
339(1)
Insert Vertex
340(1)
Element Modification---Modifying Arcs
341(17)
Modify Arc Radius
341(1)
Modify Arc Angle
342(1)
Modify Arc Axis
343(2)
Create Complex Chain and Shapes
345(1)
Create a Complex Chain Manually
346(1)
Create a Complex Chain Automatically
347(2)
Create a Complex Shape Manually
349(1)
Create a Complex Shape Automatically
350(2)
Create a Region
352(6)
Drop Complex Chains and Shapes
358(1)
Drop a Complex Chain or Shape
358(1)
Drop Several Complex Chains or Shapes
359(1)
Define Multi-Lines
359(6)
Define Line Components
361(2)
Start Cap or End Cap Components
363(2)
Modify Multi-Line Joints
365(14)
Construct Closed Cross Joint
365(2)
Construct Open Cross Joint
367(1)
Construct Merged Cross Joint
368(1)
Construct Closed Tee Joint
369(1)
Construct Open Tee Joint
370(1)
Construct Merged Tee Joint
371(1)
Construct Corner Joint
372(1)
Cut Single Component Line
373(1)
Cut All Component Lines
374(1)
Uncut Component Lines
375(1)
Multi-line Partial Delete
376(1)
Move Multi-line Profile
376(2)
Edit Multi-line Cap
378(1)
Review Questions
379(2)
Measurement and Dimensioning
381(82)
Measurement Tools
381(11)
Measure Distance
382(3)
Measure Radius
385(1)
Measure Angle
386(1)
Measure Length
386(1)
Measure Area
387(5)
Dimensioning
392(42)
Dimensioning Terminology
393(2)
Associative Dimensioning
395(1)
Alignment Controls
395(1)
Dimension Styles
396(1)
Linear Dimensioning
396(12)
Dimension Element
408(1)
Angular Dimensioning
409(9)
Dimension Radial
418(9)
Miscellaneous Dimensions
427(6)
Geometric Tolerance
433(1)
Dimension Settings
434(26)
Custom Symbols
437(2)
Dimension Lines
439(1)
Dimension with Leader
440(1)
Extension Lines
441(2)
Placement
443(3)
Terminators
446(2)
Terminator Symbols
448(1)
Text
449(3)
Tolerance
452(2)
Tool Settings
454(1)
Units
454(2)
Unit Format
456(2)
Match Dimension Settings
458(1)
Change Dimension
459(1)
Review Questions
460(3)
Printing
463(30)
Overview of the Printing Process
464(1)
Printing from Microstation
465(8)
Selecting the Area of the Design to Print
467(1)
Setting the Vector Output Color
467(1)
Selecting a Printer
468(1)
Setting the Printing Parameters
469(1)
Setting Print Attributes
470(2)
Creating the Print
472(1)
Saving Print Configuration
473(1)
Pen Tables
474(9)
Creating a Pen Table
475(1)
Renaming a Pen Table Section
476(1)
Inserting a New Pen Table Section
476(1)
Deleting a Pen Table Section
476(1)
Modifying a Pen Table Section
477(6)
Batch Printing
483(10)
Setting Print Specifications
483(8)
Design Files to Print
491(2)
Cells and Cell Libraries
493(48)
Cells
494(1)
Cell Libraries
494(4)
Creating a New Cell Library
495(2)
Attaching an Existing Cell Library
497(1)
Creating Your Own Cells
498(5)
Before You Start
498(2)
Steps for Creating Cells
500(3)
Graphic and Point Cell Types
503(1)
Active Cells
503(17)
Place Cells
504(6)
Place Active Line Terminator
510(2)
Point Placement
512(8)
Cell Selector
520(8)
Opening the Cell Selector Box
520(1)
Invoking Tools from the Cell Selector Box
520(1)
Customizing the Cell Selector
520(6)
Creating and Using Cell Selector Files
526(2)
Cell Housekeeping
528(5)
Identify Cell
528(1)
Replace Cells
529(2)
Drop Complex Status
531(1)
Drop Fence Contents
532(1)
Fast Cells View
533(1)
Library Housekeeping
533(3)
Edit a Cell's Name and Description
534(1)
Delete a Cell from the Library
534(1)
Compress the Attached Cell Library
535(1)
Create a New Version of a Cell
535(1)
Shared Cells
536(4)
Turn on the Shared Cell Feature
536(1)
Determine Which Cells Are Shared
537(1)
Declare a Cell to Be Shared
537(1)
Place Shared Cells
538(1)
Turn a Shared Cell into an Unshared Cell
538(1)
Delete the Shared Cell Copy from Your Design File
539(1)
Review Questions
540(1)
Patterning
541(22)
Controlling the View of Patterns
542(1)
Patterning Commands
543(2)
Tool Settings for Patterning
545(2)
Spacing
545(1)
Angle
545(1)
Tolerance
545(1)
Associative Pattern
545(1)
Snappable Pattern
546(1)
Pattern Cell
546(1)
Scale
547(1)
Method
547(1)
Patterning Methods
547(2)
Placing Patterns
549(6)
Element
549(1)
Fence
550(1)
Intersection
550(1)
Union
551(1)
Difference
552(1)
Flood
552(2)
Points
554(1)
Using the Area Setting to Create Holes
555(2)
Changing an Element's Area
556(1)
Deleting Patterns
557(1)
Matching Pattern Attributes
557(1)
Filling an Element
558(4)
Area Fill View Attribute
559(1)
Changing the Fill Type of an Existing Element
560(2)
Review Questions
562(1)
Attaching References
563(22)
Overview of References
564(1)
Examples of Using References
565(1)
Attaching a Reference
566(5)
Listing the Attached References
570(1)
Reference Manipulations
571(13)
Selecting the Reference
571(1)
Move Reference
572(1)
Copy Reference Attachment
573(1)
Scale Reference
573(2)
Rotate Reference
575(1)
Mirror Reference
575(1)
Clip Reference
576(1)
Mask Reference
577(1)
Delete Clipping Mask(s)
578(1)
Merging References into Master
579(1)
Reloading the Reference
579(1)
Detaching the Reference
580(1)
Exchange Reference
581(1)
Reference File Agent Dialog Box
581(1)
Update Sequence Dialog Box
582(1)
Hilite References
583(1)
Review Questions
584(1)
Special Features
585(60)
Graphic Groups
586(3)
Adding Elements to a Graphic Group
586(1)
Manipulating Elements in a Graphic Group
587(1)
Copying Elements in a Graphic Group
588(1)
Dropping Elements from a Graphic Group
588(1)
Merge Utility
589(2)
Selection by Attributes
591(5)
Select By Attributes Dialog Box
591(2)
Selection by Level
593(1)
Selection by Type
593(1)
Selection by Symbology
593(1)
Controlling the Selection Mode
593(1)
Select By Properties Dialog Box
594(1)
Select By Tags Dialog Box
595(1)
Executing Selection Criteria into Effect
596(1)
Level Symbology
596(2)
Changing the Highlight and Pointer Color
598(2)
Importing and Exporting Drawings in Other Formats
600(4)
Supported Formats
600(1)
Opening a File of Another File Format
601(1)
Saving a Design File Using Another File Format
602(1)
Importing and Exporting Other Formats into an Open Design File
603(1)
Manipulating Images
604(3)
The Annotation Tools
607(15)
The Annotate Tool Box
608(3)
The Drafting Tools
611(6)
XYZ Text Tool Box
617(5)
Dimension-Driven Design
622(17)
Example of a Constrained Design
622(2)
Dimension-Driven Design Terms
624(1)
Dimension-Driven Design Tools
624(1)
Creating a Dimension-Driven Design
625(12)
Modifying a Dimension-Driven Design
637(2)
Creating a Dimension-Driven Cell
639(1)
Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
639(5)
Review Questions
644(1)
Internet Utilities
645(18)
Launching the Web Browser and Opening Files Remotely
646(7)
Remote Opening of Design File
649(1)
Remote Opening of Settings File
650(1)
Remote Opening of Archive File
651(1)
Remote Opening of Reference File
651(1)
Remote Opening of Cell Library
652(1)
Publishing Microstation Data to the Internet
653(6)
Creating HTML File from Design File Saved View
653(1)
Creating HTML File from Design File Snapshot
654(1)
Creating HTML File from Cell Library
655(2)
Creating HTML File from Basic Macros
657(2)
Linking Geometry to Internet URLS
659(4)
Attaching Link to a Geometry
659(1)
Displaying Links
660(1)
Connecting to URLs
660(1)
Edit Engineering Link
661(1)
Delete Engineering Link
662(1)
Customizing MicroStation
663(84)
Settings Groups
664(10)
Selecting a Settings Group and Corresponding Component
664(2)
Attaching a Settings Group File
666(1)
Maintaining a Settings Group
666(8)
Level Filters
674(2)
Custom Line Styles
676(14)
The Line Styles Settings Box
677(1)
The Line Style Editor Settings Box
678(12)
Workspace
690(48)
Setting Up the Active Workspace
690(3)
Setting User Preferences
693(13)
Working with Configuration Variables
706(20)
Customizing the User Interface
726(12)
Function Keys
738(3)
Creating and Modifying Function Key Definitions
738(3)
Installing Fonts
741(3)
Selecting the Source Font Files
742(1)
Selecting the Destination Fonts File
743(1)
Importing Fonts
743(1)
Packaging the Microstation Environment
744(2)
Scripts and Macros
746(1)
Scripts
746(1)
Macros
746(1)
3D Design and Rendering
747(50)
What is 3D?
747(2)
Creating a 3D Design File
749(1)
View Rotation
750(3)
Rotate View
750(1)
Changing View Rotation from the View Rotation Settings Box
751(1)
Rotating View by Key-in
752(1)
Design Cube
753(1)
Display Depth
753(3)
Setting Display Depth
754(2)
Fitting Display Depth to Design File Elements
756(1)
Active Depth
756(2)
Setting Active Depth
756(2)
Boresite Lock
758(1)
Precision Inputs
758(3)
Drawing Coordinate System
759(1)
View Coordinate System
760(1)
Auxiliary Coordinate Systems (ACS)
761(6)
Precision Input Key-in
762(1)
Defining an ACS
763(2)
Rotating the Active ACS
765(1)
Moving the Active ACS
766(1)
Selecting the Active ACS
766(1)
Saving an ACS
766(1)
3D Primitives
767(8)
Display Method and Surface Rule Lines
768(1)
Selection of Solids and Surfaces
769(1)
Place Slab
769(1)
Place Sphere
770(1)
Place Cylinder
771(1)
Place Cone
772(1)
Place Torus
773(1)
Place Wedge
774(1)
Changing the Status---Solid or Surface
775(1)
Using Accudraw in 3D
776(1)
Projected Surfaces
777(1)
Extrude Along a Path
778(1)
Surface of Revolution
779(1)
Shell Solid
780(1)
Thicken to Solid
780(1)
Placing 2D Elements
781(1)
Creating Composite Solids
781(5)
Union Operation
781(2)
Intersection Operation
783(1)
Difference Operation
784(2)
Change Normal
786(1)
Modify Solid
786(1)
Remove Faces
787(1)
Cut Solid
788(1)
Construct Fillet
789(1)
Construct Chamfer
790(1)
Placing Text
791(1)
Fence Manipulations
791(1)
Cell Creation and Placement
792(1)
Dimensioning
792(1)
Rendering
792(4)
Setting Up Cameras
792(2)
Placement of Light Sources
794(1)
Rendering Methods
794(2)
Drawing Composition
796(1)
Appendix A MicroStation Tool Boxes 797(2)
Appendix B Key-in Commands 799(14)
Appendix C Alternate Key-ins 813(4)
Appendix D Primitive Commands 817(12)
Index 829


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