Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
skip navigation
NHDOT Home CAD/D Home MicroStation MX MX v8i Downloads
CAD/D Home > MicroStation > Generating Cut Sheets Part II (Models)

A single DGN file is created for each plan set (General plan, drainage plan, right-of-way plan, etc.) and models are developed for each sheet of that type. This procedure is now the default method for creating cut sheets. Additionally, there will be a "master" drawing containing a model for each type of plan. The "master" models will have reference attachments to the roll plan drawings and a view saved for that particular type of plan. The plan sheet models will not contain drawing data other than the border, they only reference appropriate model in the "master" DGN file. Click here for a visual representation of this.

The Master Drawing

  1. Create a new dgn file in the Cutsheet folder to be the "master" file (12345mstr.dgn).
  2. Select the models button or the Models option on the File menu.
  3. Create a model for the type of plans being developed. (General, Drainage, Right-of-Way, Pavement Marking, etc.)
  4. Confirm that the correct seed file is being used.
  5. The Type should be set to Design From Seed.
  6. The model name should identify the type of plan.
  7. Use the NHREF macro to attach all necessary drawings. This master drawing file will be referenced by each cut sheet model for this type of plan.  Non-standard drawings will need to be attached separately.  Be sure to attach files with logical names defined so that other programs work.
  8. Set levels up for the cut sheet set (general plans, drainage plans, etc.). Some sample settings are available for use with the RefLev program. For more information, see the documentation about the RefLev programs. Save Settings and Save the file to preserve these settings.

Note that new projects have a Master drawing  with some of the models needed  already created.  In these cases just open the correct model and perform steps 7 and 8.

Sheet Drawings

  1. Once the model has been created in the 12345mstr.dgn file for the type of plan being developed, create or open a new dgn file for the plan set being created, such as 12345rowplans.dgn
  2. Select the models button or the Models option on the File menu.
  3. Create or open ROW01. Confirm that the correct seed file is being used if creating. 
  4. The model name should identify the type of plan and sheet number (GEN01, GEN02...). The naming convention is listed below.
  5. Reference attach the appropriate model in the master dgn file. Set the nest depth to 1and the Display Overrides to Never. See the graphic at the right.  It may be helpful to attach the MTH drawing  file so you can see the border outlines.
  6. Use the Models command copy a model to create the rest of the cut sheet models by coping ROW01 to ROW02... .
  7. Use the Fit View, Rotate View and Zoom to as necessary to properly view the cut sheet being created. It may be helpful to turn on the MTH drawing in the master dgn file so you can see the border outlines.  MTH can be included as a separate attachment when creating the sheets.
  8. Use the Place Cell command to insert the border cell or copy the cell from MTH onto itself.
  9. Place a fence with the Element Clip options and select the Boundary element in the MTH drawing (it should highlight).
  10. ref clipClip the reference files using the Fence option. Do not clip the reference files using an Element. If you do, the clip boundary will be lost if the element is turned off.  If the fence option is grayed out you need to redefine the fence.
  11. Use the border filters to set the level display for the border cell in the cut sheet model and edit plan title.  See the Filters documentation if you need help with this step.
  12. The variables (anything with a “$” in the text) will plot accurately using the NHDOT pen table that “reads” the project’s .pcf file.  To view these variables correctly, zoom into the area, open the Plot dialog box and select Preview Refresh.
  13. Using the MTH drawing as a guide Add/edit match lines and Add match line text using: Text > Above Element or Text > Below Element with the respective justification (Center Bottom or Center Top). It is recommended that text line spacing be half of the text height.
  14. Use Bxx rule file to add the bar scale (BAR50, BAR500, BAR20 & BAR240), model name text (CUTTXTMODEL), Preliminary Plan Stamp (PRELIM) and other cells needed on the sheet for the appropriate plan type.

This first sheet is set up. Repeat steps 2-13 for each sheet. Do not copy the model to create the next sheet as this has been found to lose the link to the master dgn file.

Naming Conventions

Models in Master Cut Sheet Drawing - 12345mstr.dgn

  • Curbing & Pavement Layout        
  • Drainage
  • Detour
  • Front Sheet Detail
  • General
  • Geotech
  • Landscaping
  • Pavement Marking
  • Property Layout
  • Right-of-Way
  • Shoreland
  • Signing
  • Signalization
  • Traffic Control
  • Wetland

Cut Sheet Drawings

Type of Plan Drawing Name Prefix for Model Names
Curbing 12345crbplans CRB
Drainage 12345drnplans DRN
Detour 12345detplans DET
General 12345genplans GEN
Geotechnical 12345geoplans GEO
Landscaping 12345lndplans LND
Pavement Marking 12345pvtplans PVT
Property Layout
(if it is needed)
12345plplans PL
Right-of-Way 12345rowplans ROW
Shoreland 12345shrplans SHR
Signing 12345sgnplans SGN
Signalization 12345sigplans SIG
Traffic Control 12345trfplans TRF
Wetland 12345wetplans WET

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271.3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

copyright 2010. State of New Hampshire