Tutorial: Microstation Transformations

Liz Sanderson
Liz Sanderson
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FME Version

  • FME 2020.0

Introduction

This tutorial focuses on translating to and from Microstation DGN format. The first 2 examples move CAD data to and from GIS (geodatabase specifically). The remaining examples focus on how to work with geometries specific to the DGN format.


Articles

CAD to GIS: Convert Parcel Lines and Text from DGN to Geodatabase
Build polygons from lines, perform overlays, and transfer text values to their nearest line in this common CAD to GIS transformation.

GIS to CAD: Convert Parcel Polygons and Lines from Geodatabase to DGN
Create text features and style them, style polygons, as well as create and map attributes in this basic GIS to CAD transformation.

Reading Microstation (DGN) Tags with FME
Tags are a MicroStation feature that allow the user to attach non-spatial attribute information onto DGN elements. They can be read as FME attributes using parameters on the DGN Reader.

Writing Microstation (DGN) Tags with FME
Tags are a MicroStation feature that allow the user to attach non-spatial attribute information onto DGN elements. They can be written to MicroStation design files by creating a series of format attributes that define tags and tag sets as well as user attributes that store tag values.

Handling Microstation (DGN) Dimensions
Dimensions are a type of MicroStation element (geometry). They are a form of annotation that depict measurements on a CAD drawing. FME can read dimensions and they can be created within an FME workspace by defining a series of FME format attributes.

Writing Microstation (DGN) Text Nodes with FME
Write Bentley MicroStation text nodes (multi-line text) with FME by defining the text as a list attribute. A list attribute in FME is a way to store multiple values for an attribute. Each value in the list becomes a line of text in the text node.

Microstation Text Styles in FME
Set text styles in a translation from Esri Shape to Microstation DGN V8, using FME.
 

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