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Transferring MX Profiles to MicroStation v8

This page will explain the process of creating a MicroStation profile drawing from MX data. 

Before you begin

If this is the first time an MX drawing has been transferred in this project, check the project directory for a file with the project name followed by a .MSS extension.  If this file does not exist, see a member of the CAD/D support staff before continuing this procedure.

Drawing the profile in MX

  • Use the NHProfile add-in to draw the profile in MX.
  • If the profile does not fit on a single cut sheet, you may need to segment the profile and create multiple DPF files so that each file will contain a sheet-size portion of the profile.  Then each DPF will be transferred to MicroStation as a separate drawing.  Specify the start and end stations for each segment within the NHProfile add-in. 
  • Specify the DPF name.  This is typically the project number followed by "pro_" and the alignment label (i.e. 12345pro_mc1m.dpf).  Make sure it is a DPF, not DPW.  Profile and cross section drawings must have a DPF extension to transfer to MicroStation properly.
  • Exit MX after each profile segment is drawn and transfer to MicroStation before drawing and transferring the next segment.

Create the MicroStation drawing

Rename or delete any previously created DGN file that has the same name as the MX drawing you are planning to transfer.  Enter MicroStation and select the appropriate project.

To start MfM, hit the F3 function key or for non-NHDOT users, load two MDL Applications ( &  If you are not a regular MX in MicroStation user, please read this caution statement.  Expect to be prompted to save and/or compress the drawing, possibly more than once.  It may also be necessary to Fit View.  If no graphics appear, see the information in the MX FAQ.

After the drawing is imported, levels need to be attached from the appropriate level library.  From the Level Manager dialog box, select Levels > Attach... to obtain the Attach Level Library panel.  Choose the level library (*.csv) that goes with the newly created drawing.  For profile drawings, this is typically PRO.csv.

level manager

Next, click on the Update Levels button (the rightmost of the 3 buttons), this will set the correct default values for each level in the drawing.

Once this process is complete, Exit MicroStation.

The PROF_EDIT program

Before working on the profile in MicroStation it needs to be edited.  Attach the PRO.CSV level library and run the ProfEdit VBA routine.  This will make some graphical edits and correct some incorrect levels and line weights.  At this point the drawing is ready to be worked on in MicroStation.

Supplementary Information

line stylesBegin/End Project Limits

The arrows used to identify project limits on Front Sheets can be drawn by selecting a specific linestyle. The linestyles are scaled so the arrow displays at the appropriate size. The four styles are: ArBegOpn, ArBegSld, ArEndOpn, and ArEndSld

To set the scale, select Element Line StyleCustom. Select the linestyle to be used, check the Scale factor box and set the desired scale. As a general rule, if the arrow is to be displayed on a 50-scale drawing, you would use a scale of 600 (50ft/in X 12in/ft). For a 1:500 scale metric drawing, set the scale to 500. The arrowhead will appear at the end of the line when it is drawn. Don't be alarmed if you see it appearing at each vertex while the line is being drawn, this is normal.

Profile plotting

When plotting profiles, the plot scale is based on the horizontal scale and is the same as for plan drawings.

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