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Transferring MX Profiles to MicroStation

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

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, 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 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). Increment or add station values to the name if transferring multiple profiles (i.e. 12345pro_mc1m_100-115.dpw) so previous drawings are not overwritten.

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. Save the exported drawing to the prj\ or cutsheet\ directory since it is a MicroStation Drawing. Replace the word Native with PRO as the last 3 characters in the dgn name. This will allow MicroStation to know what task list to bring up when the drawing is opened.

Change Start and End Station Values in the Profile Add-in box as well as the dpw name and draw the next portion of the profile. Then Export > Native. Update name. Repeat as necessary. When all profiles are exported, Exit MX.

Open the MicroStation Drawing

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

The Exported drawings contain 3 models. Open the Default model. Open the Reference File dialog box. Highlight the Default-3D model and use Tools > Merge into Master... and click on the screen to copy/merge the profile into the Default model - hit OK. Go to Files > Models to bring up the Models box and select the Default-3D and the MX model and delete them.

The PROF_EDIT Program

Run the ProfEdit VBA routine (from the NHDOT dropdown menu). Click OK to acknowledge that the profile is being edited in the Default model. 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. Use the nh50PRO Tasks to add work limits and other cells as needed.

Supplementary Information

line styles dialog box

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 Style > Custom. 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 (50 ft/in X 12 in/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. A Profile Cut Sheet drawing can be created. Place borders side by side. Reference in each profile section and place within the cut sheets. Use Print Organizer to print sheets.


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