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Transferring MX Profiles to MicroStation v8i 

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

Before you begin

Check the project's MX 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.  If it does exist, open the file with PFE or Notepad to verify it is correct.  It should include the following settings:

Imperial Version

Metric Version

Any references to mx_seed_m.dgn or mx_seed_ft.dgn will need to be corrected.

Drawing the profile in MX

  • Use the NHProfile v8i add-in to draw the profile in MX.
  • If the profile does not fit on a single cut sheet, then you may need to segment the profile and create multiple DPW files so that each file will contain a sheet-size portion of the profile.  Then each DPW will be transferred to MicroStation as a separate drawing.  Specify the start and end stations for each segment within the NHProfile v8i add-in. 
  • Specify the DPW name for each profile.  This is typically the project number followed by "pro_" and the alignment label (i.e. 12345pro_mc1m.dpw). 

Export from MX:

While still in MX, from the File menu select Export => Native.  A new MicroStation drawing is generated with the same name as the current drawing but appended with the word Native.  If there is more than one sheet on the DPW, then each sheet will require a separate Export => Native

Create the MicroStation drawing

Enter MicroStation, select the appropriate project and the new MicroStation drawing just Exported (Native) from MX.

Levels need to be created from the appropriate level library.  From the Level Manager dialog box, select Levels -> Import... to obtain the Import Levels panel.  Choose the PRO.csv level library.

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

The PROF_EDIT program

After attaching the PRO.CSV level library, 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

Begin/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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