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Transferring MicroStation Right-of-Way Lines

This page will explain the process of creating MX model data from MicroStation right-of-way information.

Preparing MicroStation

In MicroStation, attach/import the ERL.csv level Library to the right-of-way drawing, then update the levels. Verify that your right-of-way data is on the standard levels, then exit MicroStation.

Preparing MX

In MX using MicroStation commands, reference the MicroStation right-of-way drawing. Create an MX model called ROW to store the new information.

create model to create dialog box

Set the Style and Feature sets for the new model to ERL.pss and ERL.fns as shown below.

create model defaults dialog box

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 right-of-way model that will receive the right-of-way strings.
  • Use the Element Selection tool to select just the elements you plan to convert. Only select one type of feature at a time such as the ROW 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 right-of-way model to determine if the process was successful.

Attach Elevations to ROW Model

drape strings onto surface dialog box
  • Once the strings exist in MX they need to have elevations attached.
  • Start with a blank dpw and draw the newly created ROW model.
  • The NHDraper add-in can be used to attach elevations to strings from the triangulation. 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 right-of-way detail model. These sections must be stored in the same model as 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 right-of-way for the right-of-way model.
  • Note that when the sections are displayed in the CrossSectionViewer the sections defining the right-of-way lines will not appear as you might expect. This is normal. When the macro mentioned below is used to draw the sections they will display properly.
  • Once 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).

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


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