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Creating Right-of-Way & Environmental Features from MicroStation

Cross Sections are generated from the Default-3D model. In order to generate Right-Of-Way and Environmental labels on the cross section the MicroStation line work must be copied into MX, converted to features, then have elevations attached.

Note that references to "12345" in file names refer to the project's five digit Project Number.

  1. From the MX menu select File > New Plan Display > 12345-Misc or Open if it exists.
  2. Open the Default model of the .dgn.
  3. Reference Files > Tools > Attach > 12345 Terrain - select the Default model
  4. Select and Set the Terrain Active
  5. Reference Files > Tools > Attach... 12345ERL.dgn as well as PRW and the ENV dgn's Set the Logical NAMES so the reflev macro will work (use lower case logical names).
  6. Use the NHDOT dropdown Open RefLev > rf8ENV-ERL-PRW.rf8 to only display element for sections (in the standards/reflev/ folder of the MicroStation workspace)
  7. Shut off the display of the Terrain.dgn (and Default-3D and MX if on). Fit View.
  8. Use element selector - drag a box - to select every thing seen in the view (the row and env lines from MicroStation). Copy From and To the same point.
  9. Turn on the display of the Terrain.dgn, Detach the ERL, ENV and PRW drawings

Now that you have copied the MicroStation lines into your drawing they need to be converted to Features and have elevations attached to them. You can determine what elements to convert by looking at your Level Display or Level Manager and seeing what levels have things in them. Preform these steps on each level that is used.

  1. Clear the Element Selector, then select the (next used) level.
  2. On the Vertical Geometry task menu, Create Civil Rule Feature create cvil rule button > Select the Feature that matches the level name. Accept.
  3. On the Vertical Geometry task menu, select Profile from Surface profile from surface button. Reset to use the Active surface and accept through the prompts.

Return to step one.

When finished Save Settings and Save.

If some elements are outside of the Terrain, you can attach an elevation to them using the Profile by Constant Elevation tool on the Vertical Geometry task menu.

This drawing should be attached to the combined.dgn so it is used during the sectioning process.

Open the DGN you are creating sections in. Follow the Create Cross Sections documentation.


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