Nebraska User Group

Spring 2005 Conference

Conference: Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Workshop: Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Location: Southeast Community College Lincoln Campus

Presented By:
Tom Stogdill
Bentley Systems, Inc.
MicroStation v8.5
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MicroStation v8.5 DGNLI B MicroStation v8.5 DGNLI B
Presented by
Tom Stogdill - Bentley Systems, Inc.
Presented by
Tom Stogdill - Bentley Systems, Inc.
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Design Libraries Design Libraries
A design library , or DGNLIB, is a file used to store commonly accessed
definitions for items such as levels definitions and text styles in a central
location that multiple users may access. These “style libraries” encourage the
use of corporate standards within an organization and provide an easy
mechanism for the administration and maintenance of these standards.
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Types of DGN Libraries Types of DGN Libraries
A DGN library provides the ability to share the following:
• Level and Level Filter definitions
• Text Styles
• Dimension Styles
• Multi-line Styles
With all of these types, functionality
is provided to attach or import them
into the active DGN file.
These libraries also are also used for
checking drawing compliance by the
Standards Checker.
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What is a DGNLIB? What is a DGNLIB?
A DGNLIB is typically a DGN file with a single design model that contains the
style information for levels, text, dimensions, or multi-lines. A separate
DGNLIB may be used for each of these data structures separately, or
combined together in a single DGNLIB.
The procedure for creating a DGNLIB is to create a new file withthe
appropriate name for the desired library, add the definitions for the desired
data structures (levels, text, etc.), and place the library on a server in a shared
location the users have access to. The recommended file extension for this
file is *.dgnlib.
i.e. -- CaddStandards.DGNLIB
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Managing Level Definitions Managing Level Definitions
Creating a well defined level structure is essential for users to easily negotiate
a large number of levels. This is done with a level library. A level library is a
file that contains the criteria for each of the levels being used. This may
consist of the following:
• Level name, number, description
• ByLevel element attributes for color, style, weight
• Symbology overrides for Level Symbology
• Attributes for freeze, lock, plot
A level library may also contain any Level Filters to be accessed by users.
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Considerations… Considerations…
A few considerations when creating levels...
• Unlimited levels
• Keep the number of levels manageable
• Use a “good” naming convention
• Use blocks of level numbers representing a certain set of features
• Stay away from level numbers under 63, this helps trouble-shoot files migrated from v7
• Look at other agencies/organizations you may share files with
• View the National Cad Standards
Keep it as simple as possible!
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Creating a Level Library Creating a Level Library
Both the levelsand filtersfor a level library may created using Level Manager.
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ByLevel Element Symbology ByLevel Element Symbology
The ByLevel element symbology allows elements to inherit the attributes for
color, style, and weight from the definition of the level they are placed on.
These settings are established through Level Manager.
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CSV files CSV files
A level library may be created from within MicroStation using Le vel Manager,
or externally through the use of a CSV file. If a CSV file is the desired way,
begin by creating a CSV “template” file.
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Creating a CSV file Creating a CSV file
An easy method of creating a CSV file is detailed in the following steps:
• Create a blank DGN file
• Open Level Manager and add a level definition including attributes, etc.
• From Level Manager, export the level to a CSV file
• Edit the CSV file using the CSV editor of
choice, such as
Microsoft Excel
• Import the CSV file into
MicroStation using
Level Manager
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Manually Attaching a Level Library Manually Attaching a Level Library
A level library may be manually attached from Level Manager by selecting:
A level library, once attached, may be manually detached from Le vel Manager
by selecting:
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A Text Style Library A Text Style Library
Text Styles are the primary means by which text attributes are defined and
applied in MicroStation v8. Text attributes are defined and saved to a named
style which may be applied to text elements, notes, and dimensions during or
after their placement.
A text style library is file which
contains the text styles being
applied to text placed through
Text styles are defined through
the Text Styles dialog box.
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Dimension Styles Dimension Styles
Dimension styles, very similar to text styles, are a collection of saved
dimension settings. Dimension attributes are defined and saved to a named
style which may be applied to dimensions during or after their placement and
may be stored in a DGNLIB.
Dimension styles are defined through
the Dimension Styles dialog box.
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Dimension Styles Dimension Styles
There is an alternate Dimensions Styles dialog box that may be used for
creating dimension styles.
The alternate Dimensions Styles
dialog box is activated and
opened using the following
To activate:
Then, to open:
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Multi-line Styles Multi-line Styles
A multi-line element consists of up to 16 independently defined lines, joints,
and end caps. As is the case with text and dimension settings, multi-line
settings may be saved as a multi-line style and stored in a DGNLIB.
Multi-line styles are defined
through the Multi-Line Styles
dialog box.
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Creating a “Master” DGNLI B Creating a “Master” DGNLI B
Level definitions, text styles, dimension styles, and multi-line styles may exist
in separate DGNLIB files or combined into a single DGNLIB. The choice is up
to you!
Remember, the DGNLIB(s) would typically be stored on a file server in a
location that users have access to. This access may be limited s uch that they
cannot change the DGNLIB.
Also, always have a backup! Updates should be performed on a copy of the
DGNLIB and tested before the main DGNLIB is updated.
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Importing Importing
Level definitions, text styles, dimension styles, and multi-line styles all may
be imported from another DGN or DGNLIB file into the active DGN through
each of their respective dialog boxes.
When an import is performed, the
imported information becomes a
part of the active DGN with no link
to the original data source.
Maybe there is a better way…
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The MS_DGNLIBLIST variable The MS_DGNLIBLIST variable
Once a DGNLIB has been created, the next step is to deploy it to the users.
This may be accomplished through the use of the MS_DGNLIBLIST
configuration variable. The variable may be defined in any configuration file
read by MicroStation.
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Enforcing ByLevel Symbology Enforcing ByLevel Symbology
The MicroStation v8 2004 Edition has a new MDL application delivered to help
users follow the practice of using the ByLevel element attributes.
It is possible to help enforce the use of ByLevel symbology yet enable the changing of individual
element symbologies as needed. Operating MicroStation with the MDL application
SYNCHBYLEVEL loaded causes the active color, active line style, and active line weight to
reset to ByLevel each time the active level changes. To cause SY NCHBYLEVEL to
automatically load each time you open a DGN file, designate SYNCHBYLEVEL as a design
application in the Design Applications category of the Configuration dialog box (Workspace
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Standards Checking Standards Checking
MicroStation v8 2004 Edition introduces a utility, Standards Checker, that
enables you to check DGN files for compliance with pre-defined standards.
The utility has the capability to check compliance with standards against a
DGNLIB for usage of the following:
• Levels
• Dimension Styles
• Text Styles
• Multi-line Styles
Note: You can run batch checks of multiple files and directories using the Batch Process dialog
box (Utilities >Batch Process).
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Checking for Standards Compliance Checking for Standards Compliance
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Configuration Variables Configuration Variables
A word on configuration variables…
Through the use of various configuration variables, it is possible to set a
variety of parameters governing how DGNLIB files will behave. This ranges
from setting the DGNLIB search path and deciding whether librarysource
names are shown in Level Manager and Level Display to automatically
synchronizing element attributes .
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Changes to Styles Changes to Styles
If the definitions stored in a DGNLIB changes, anything placed in a DGN file
prior to the change does not automatically update. To update a DGN file, there
are several key-ins that may used to update the active file to match the
definitions stored in a DGNLIB.
• dgnlib update all
• dgnlib update levels
• dgnlib update textstyles
• dgnlib update dimstyles
• dgnlib update mlinestyles
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