Short answers regarding Microstation

MicrostationSince Google Analytics says there are AutoCAD users asking about this, here are some quick answers. All these operations are done from Microstation, although there are ways to do it with buttons or line commands (key in) we will use the menu solutions.

1 How to pass files from Microstation (dgn) to AutoCAD (dxf or dwg)?

  • File / save as /
  • To do it in massive amounts or to different versions: utilities / batch converter

2 How to open an AutoCAD file in Microstation (dxf or dwg)?

  • File / open (do not occupy import it)
  • Keep in mind that as different dwg formats come out, the Microstation versions may or may not open them.
  • Microstation 95 can open files up to AutoCAD 98
  • Microstation SE up to AutoCAD 2000
  • Microstation j up to AutoCAD 2002
  • Microstation V8.5 can open up to AutoCAD 2007
  • Microstation V8 XM up to AutoCAD 2009
  • Microstation V8i Select Series 2 up to AutoCAD 2012
  • Microstation V8i Select Series 3 up to AutoCAD 2013, and sure what this format includes in AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD 2015

3 How to load an image in Microstation (ecw, bmp, jpg, tiff, png etc)?

  • File / raster manager / file / attach ... (several can be loaded)
  • Works fairly close to Image Manager
  • Do not insist, it does not support img

4 How to change the format of an image in microstation?

  • File / raster manager / file / save as ...
  • For georeference question see here

5. How to open the unmapa historical file?

  • Tools / design history

6. How to open blocks?

  • Element / cells
  • To import cells into blocks see here

7. How to write or read UTM coordinates?

  • Active command (eg point)
  • Utiliteies / key in / x, y = coordinatex, coordinate, and / enter
  • To see how to import them from excel I explain it here
  • To see how to read or label I explain it here

8 How to import .shp (shapes) files to Microstation?

  • File / import / shp / choose file / choose scale / choose range / choose option to import data or single vector / choose option to import shapes or linestrings / import
  • This is done in Geographics, with an open local project

9 How to see mxd files, layers or ArcGIS shapes in Microstation?

  • File / raster manager / choose the GIS / MXD-lyr option
  • Loads it as an image, you can handle the transparencies, the colors you see are the mxd
  • This is done with Geographics, you must have activated an ArcGIS license both to view and to open the dbf data

10. Can Microstation convert raster images to .ecw format?

  • No. You can read a raster image and convert it to other formats. This is because this format is private and generating it requires paying fees to the company that now owns Erdas.

Do not feel sorry ... if you have another question, let it go

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. Direct, microstation - Excel. No, unless you make a VBA app.
    You can copy the text in excel and when you make it paste choose “linked” or “embed”. There are also applications like Flexitable that allow you some of that.

    But the problem of doing searches from within microstation to the excel file that is outside does not exist as functionality.

    With VBA development if possible, then you can make an ole connection between the dgn file and the excel table, being able to search under indexes, such as searching a map number found in the table, locating it, etc.

  2. Good, I would like to know if from the microstation, I can automatically search and select words or numbers from an Excel list (in which there are some 1000 elements), instead of searching them one by one in the microstation document.
    Thank you

  3. I do not believe directly to sat format. Actually you should save it in a format that recognizes SmartPlan, for example DWG, and then open it from that program.
    Procedure, file - save as ...

  4. Good afternoon .. My greetings.

    Very interesting the topics that they publish in its page.
    I am writing to you to make the following query:
    Can I export an 3D MicroStation V8i .dgn file to .sat extension directly ??? And if you can tell me how to do it, then that file with .sat extension will be used in SP3D (SmartPlan Modeling).

    Stay tuned to your comments.


  5. Hi Felipe, you should explain more to what you mean by getting a dgn for maintenance. Let's see if we can help you.

  6. I do not remember how to get a map dgn to send it in maintenance I do the whole procedure and I do not get

  7. I suppose it is an object, associated with two records in the database.

    Well, export it to shape file, beyond PostGIS you call it.

    With Geographics, File / Export / GIS
    With Bentley Map, it's the same, just create a new export and choose to file shp

  8. Friend what I want to tell you is how I can do so that a line element of plots that has connected two records in the Access database can export it to postgis as shp format without losing the information of the records in such a way that in post gis with A click can display the rowset element record

  9. What you have to do is export them with the options:

    File / export / shp

    In the same way as I explained in this post: when he was talking about how to import data from a shp to Microstation

  10. I need to know how I can transfer the dgn files in microstation geographic with a project to ArcGis shape format but with the information of the database (Access) in such a way that an element that is associated with two mslink can visualize it in the table of ArcGis attribute

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