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Transferring MicroStation Environmental Lines

This page will explain the process of creating MX model data from MicroStation environmental information.

Preparing MicroStation

In MicroStation, attach/import the ENV.csv level Library to the environment drawing, then update the levels. Verify that your environment data is on the standard levels then exit MicroStation.

Preparing MX

In MX using MicroStation commands, reference the MicroStation environment drawing. Create an MX model called environment to store the new information.

create model: environment dialog box

Set the style and feature sets for the new model to env8.pss and env8.fns as shown below.

create model: defaults

Use the MicroStation Copy command to copy all the elements of interest from the MicroStation drawing to the MX active display. Detach the MicroStation reference file.

Transferring the Information to MX

  • From the MX Conversion toolbar, select the newly created environment model that will receive the environment strings.
  • Use the Element Selection tool to select the elements you plan to convert. Only select one type of feature at a time such as the Wetlands or TOB lines.
  • From the MX Conversion toolbar, select the feature from the toolbox list located to the right of model name box.

    mx conversion toolbar
  • There will be a prompt asking if you want to convert the selected elements to the chosen feature. Click "Yes".
  • Repeat this process for other features.
  • Report on the environment model to determine if the process was successful.

drape strings onto a surface dialog boxAttach Elevations to the ENV Model

  • Once the strings exist in MX they need to have elevations attached.
  • The NHDraper add-in is used to attach elevations to strings from the triangulation model. From the Add-Ins menu, select Personal add-ins > NHDraper. If this add-in is not on the pull-down list it must be added. See the Add-In Index if you need help.

Create the MX Cross Sections

  • Using the CrossSectionViewer, cut a new set of cross sections over the environment model. These sections must be stored in the same model as the other sections for this alignment. If you need help with this process, see Creating MX Cross Sections.
  • On the Section Additional Models panel, set the Description to environment for the environment model.
  • Once the sections are created, this data can then be drawn with the XS-MS macro. To activate the detail drawing functionality of these macros, set the variable XSD='' (two single quotes).


For the information about working on the cross section drawings, see Summary of CAD/D Cross Section Procedures.

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