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Generating Cut Sheets (Part II)


Part I describes the procedures for preparing the project for the cut sheet process. Much of the work described in Part I is only done once per project. In short:

  • a drawing is created (MTH) to store closed elements representing the area covered by each cut sheet.
  • a base cut sheet drawing (B00) is created. All other drawing files containing data that will be included on the cut sheets are referenced to this drawing.
  • the base cut sheet drawing is copied to create each cut sheet drawing.

In this documentation, prjct in drawing names indicates the project number. For clarity, this document describes the process for creating a Right-of-Way cut sheet. When working on other types of drawings, substitute the references to R01 and Rxx with ones appropriate to the sheet you are creating.

Generating Individual Cut Sheets

The bulk of this section will be repeated for every sheet region desired. The first iteration should be saved to prjctR01.dgn. Increment all successive sheets respectively. For projects that need to have more than one Clip Boundary per cut sheet refer now to the Straight Line Projects section.

  • In MicroStation, open the Source drawing "prjctB00.DGN".
  • Zoom into the area to be included in the sheet you are developing and Rotate View (2 point method in 2D files, 3 point method for 3D files) to orient the screen view to the target border's normal orientation. It is recommended that you snap to corners of the border cell on the MTH drawing to get the intended orientation.
  • In References, select every reference file except the prjctMTH.dgn (hold the "Shift" key for multiple file selection).
  • Click on the Fence tool selecting Fence Type:Element and Fence Mode:Clip and click on the boundary element for the particular cutsheet (keep in mind that the boundary must be a closed element).
  • Clip boundary (References > Tools > Clip Boundary) selecting the Method:Fence option and click on the screen to accept.
  • Either copy the border cell for this sheet from the MTH drawing or copy a new border cell from the library.
  • Shut off display of the MTH drawing. At this point, you should see a cutsheet border with all detail clipped.
  • Save Settings to preserve the view location and rotation.
  • From the file menu select "Save As" and save to this project's Cut Sheet > ROW folder with the filename prjctRxx.DGN (where "xx" represents the relative sheet number).
  • Use the Edit Text tool to edit the CUTSH cell "X"'s appropriately.
  • plot variablesThe 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.
  • If the project uses Models and the model name needs to be displayed on the drawing, adding the text $MODELNAME$ to the drawing can accomplish this. The name of the current model will be substituted when the drawing is plotted.(cell CUTTXTMODEL).
  • Turn on display of the MTH drawing.
  • Add/edit match lines. 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.
  • Use Bxx rule file to add the bar scale cell (BAR50, BAR500, BAR20 & BAR240), Preliminary Plan Stamp (PRELIM) and other cells needed for the appropriate plan type.
  • Save the drawing file.
  • Repeat this process for each individual sheet by opening prjctB00.DGN again.

Generating Additional Sheets

  • For Wetlands and Construction cut sheets, you can copy the entire ROW folder to create the new drawing set.
  • Update cut sheet file names for each sheet type; refer to MicroStation Drawing Names for details. Also be sure to update the Filters information from ROW to Wetlands/Construction (CS:Hwy:Wetlands, CS:Hwy:Constr).
  • For each set of cut sheet types, address the reference file levels as desired on any sheet of the set. Utilize the makereflev macro to capture these settings. The openreflv macro can be used to import those settings into another cut sheet file.

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