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MicroStation CONNECT II

This course goes beyond the basics of 2D drafting by exploring 3D concepts needed for working on civil-related projects including basic 3D drafting. Other concepts include creating 3D parametric cells, creating single sheets (plan and typical sections), creating special auxiliary sheets, creating reports and tables, working with raster images like aerial photos and topo maps and using Bing Maps for background images.


Introduction - Overview:  what the course will cover and what you will be able to do upon completion of the course

Creating Single Sheets -

  • Placing a Named boundary from a Drawing Boundary
  • Creating the Drawing Model and Sheet Model
  • Examples:
  1. Lighting Plan
  2. Typical Section
  3. Auxiliary Sheets (General Summary, ROW Summary, Legend Sheets)

Working with Graphic Sheets

  • Creating Saved Views and Named Boundaries
  • Referencing Details at different scales
  • Creating a "blow-up" Typical Section detail
  • Annotating and Dimensioning the Drawing Model
  • Creating a "blow up" Typical Section detail
  • Placing Tables from Excel
  • Adding Project Information

Working with Auxiliary Data Sheets

  • Placing Spreadsheet Data as MicroStation Tables
  • Opening spreadsheet data from MicroStation
  • Editing spreadsheet data and refresh tables from data source
  • Placing spreadsheet data as a linked Microsoft object
  • Opening and working with the Sheet Index
  • Manually adding sheets to the Sheet Index
  • Re-ordering sheets and update sheet numbers

Working with Rasters and Bing Maps

  • Creating a raster data file
  • Attaching multiple rasters using the KyRaster tool
  • Clipping rasters
  • Raster References
  • Controlling Raster Displays
  • Attaching and clipping Bing Map aerial and street maps
  • Working with Vector Graphics on top of Raster Images
  • Symbology Overrides
  • Priorities and Transparencies

Working in a 3D Design Model

  • 2D vs. 3D
  • Checking element elevations
  • Rotating a view so elements appear horizontal (by keyin, 3-points, elements, etc.)
  • Dynamically rotating a 3D view
  • Using Active Depth
  • Using Display Depth

Drawing and Measuring in 3D


  • Drawing planar elements at exact elevations in 3D
  • Using the ACS Plan Snap lock
  • Moving and Modifying elements in 3D
  • Using the Set Element Elevation tool
  • Obtain planar measurements from 3D elements
  • Obtain slope measurements from 3D elements and
  • Obtain elevation delta differences between points

Introduction to 3D solids

  • Rotating the AccuDraw Compass in 3D
  • Creating Primitive Slabs
  • Creating Linear Solids
  • Solids by Extrusion
  • Modifying solids (Uniting, Subtracting, Tapering, Cahmfering, Holes, etc.)
  • Using Display Styles for simple rendering
  • Creating a 3D cell
  • Examples:
  1. Ditch Bottom Inlet
  2. ELL Headwall
  3. Culvert Wingwall

Creating Parametric Cells

  • Creating a new model in the cell library
  • Creating parametric Variables for a straight headwall
  • Creating headwall Variations for various sizes of storm drainage pipe
  • Assigning dimensional constraints using variables
  • Placing the parametric cell variations
  • Editing variables after cell placement

Review/questions and answers


MicroStation CONNECT I training course or a basic working knowledge of MicroStation CONNECT.

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