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Straight Line Projects

Some projects can utilize a cut sheet more effectively by placing more than one Clipped Boundary on an individual sheet. If the user has the need to place more than one "Clipped Boundary" on one cut sheet, follow the Generating Cut Sheets instructions up to the "Generate A Cut Sheet" section. At this point follow instructions below. These instructions assume that the user will be placing three Clipped Boundaries on one cut sheet. All the reference files will be attached three times and each must have it's own logical name.

  1. In MicroStation, Create the Source drawing "prjctB00.dgn".
  2. Open the Reference File dialog box (F9). Double click on the first reference file. An "Attachment Settings : dgn name" dialog box will open. Change or add the logical name to 1-xxx (where "xxx" represents the last three letters of the dgn). Ex: 12345ali.dgn may have a logical name of "ali" if the NHRef macro was used. Change this to "1-ali" which will represent Clip Boundary Area 1.
  3. Continue to change/add logical names for all the reference files.
  4. Using Tools > Attach (in the Reference File dialog box), attach all the reference files again. When prompted for a logical name, now use "2-xxx" which represents Clipped Boundary Area 2. Don't forget the prjctMth.dgn file in the Cut Sheets folder.
  5. Again, attach all the reference files. When prompted for a logical name use "3-xxx" which represents Clipped Boundary Area 3. Don't forget the prjctMth.dgn in the Cut Sheets folder. The reference files will now be attached 3 times.
  6. Save. This will be the base drawing for all the plans.
  7. In the key-in box type Az=0 and click on the screen. This will set the elevation to 0.
  8. From the main tool bar choose Element > Cells > File > Attach > Borders.cel.
  9. Select, scale (ex: 500) and position the CUTSH cell so the border will be centered on the first "bunny trail" (Area1) in the upper third of the border.
  10. In the Reference Files dialog box, click on the first Area 1 dgn (ex: 1-ali) and drag the mouse to encompass all Area 1 dgn's. If the reference files are out of order (ex: a 2-xxx is mixed up in with the 1-xxx's), click on Sort > By Logical Name. Be sure to select all the 1-xxx dgns.
  11. Select Fence from the main tool bar with Fence Type: Element and Fence Mode: Inside. Click on the first (Area 1) "bunny trail" and accept. The entire region of the "bunny trail" must be on the screen for the command to "trace" the entire element.
  12. Next, still in the Reference File dialog box, choose Tools>Clip Boundary Method:Fence and click on the screen to accept. If the user centered the border correctly, the clipped area should not have to be moved.
  13. Update View.
  14. Select the Fence command (Fence Type: Element and Fence Mode: Inside). Click on the second (Area 2) "bunny trail" and accept.
  15. Now, in the Reference Files dialog box, click on the first Area 2 dgn (ex: 2-ali) and drag the mouse to encompass all Area 2 dgn's. If the reference files are out of order (ex: a 2-xxx is mixed up in with the1-xxx's), click on Sort > By Logical Name. Be sure to select all the 2-xxx dgns.
  16. Still in the Reference File dialog box, choose Tools > Clip Boundary Method:Fence.
  17. Update View.
  18. Now choose Tool > Move (with all the 2-xxx's still highlighted - very important!). Click near Area 2 (upper left corner maybe helpful) and position directly under Area 1 (line up).
  19. Repeat Steps 14 through 18 for the third area.

    If a third Area does not fit on the cut sheet go to Step 22. After saving the individual cut sheet in Step 22 (ex: prjctR01.dgn), in the Reference Files dialog box, highlight all the 3-xxx's. Choose Tools>Detach and click Ok when asked if you really want to detach files. This will leave you with only 1-xxx's (Area 1) and the 2-xxx's (Area 2) for this dgn.
  20. All the user should see on the screen at this point is a border with three clipped boundaries neatly lined up.
  21. If the placement of any Area needs to be tweaked, be sure to highlight all the dgns of that Area (ex: all the 1-xxx's) in the Reference Files dialog box and use the Tools>Move command.
  22. From the File menu select Save As and save in the Cut Sheet folder as prjctR01.dgn (or what ever group of sheets you are working on).

    For the border's text (CUTSH cell) to view properly, filters must be imported through Level Manager and manipulated through Level Display. The project's .pcf file supplies the information (ie: project town, project number, sheet totals, etc) for these variables through the NHDOT pen table (nhdot-pen.tbl).
  23. Select the cut sheet text cell "CUTSH" (Elements > Cells > File > Attach > borders.cel) and place the cell using the lower left corner of the border as the origin.
  24. Save.
  25. Open Level Manager.
  26. Be sure either the prjctRxx.dgn or All Levels are highlighted in the left column.
  27. Select Levels > Import.
  28. Change file type to MicroStation Library Files (*.dgnlib). Navigate to: /Standards/dgnlib/BorderFilters.dgnlib under the MicroStation Workspace folder.
  29. Select OK. The Border Filters are now loaded.
  30. Open Level Display, highlight prjctR##.dgn.
    1. Select the view number of the window where the cut sheet is located.
    2. The Levels/Filters toggle should be set to Levels.
    3. Highlight (by clicking on the first level and dragging the mouse to the bottom of the list) all the level names in the lower section of the Level Display dialog box.
    4. Right click in the highlighted area. Choose All Off.
    5. Now change the Level/Filter toggle to Filter.
    6. Highlight the filter of choice - in this case - CS:Hwy:ROW.
      Note: If the desired information doesn't show up on your cut sheet, unhighlight and highlight again the filter (there seems to be a glitch somewhere).
      Also Note: If any additional elements were added to this drawing, their level will have to be turned on (due to turning all levels off during this process). Change the Levels/Filters toggle back to Levels.

      Filter Designations
  31. Save Settings.
  32. Use the Edit Text tool to edit the CUTSH cell "X"'s appropriately.
  33. 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.
  34. Add/edit match lines.
  35. Add match line text using: Text > Above Element or Text > Below Element with the respective justification (Center Bottom or Center Top). A construction line maybe helpful here because in order to Place Text using the Above or Below Element option, there needs an element on the Active dgn (the command doesn't recognize the reference file elements). Refer to Level Map pdf file (BDR) for appropriate settings.

    If the user wants to turn off individual levels in different Areas, remember that each Area has it's own set of dgn's. For example, if the user wants to turn off the "bunny trails" ...
  36. In the Level Manager (F2), choose Slot>Logical Names. This will sort out the dgn's by logical names enabling the user to differentiate between Area 1, Area 2, etc.
  37. Still in the Level Manager, highlight "1-mth" and turn off all the levels (or in this case the first one which should be Level 49) that have the "bunny trails" on them. Next, highlight "2-mth" and do the same, etc.
  38. Go to the beginning of this section starting with prjctB00.dgn until all ROW (or General Plans, etc) cut sheets are complete - moving onto the next cut sheet in line using a new Area 1, Area 2 and Area 3.
  39. Exit MicroStation.

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