Customizing Sheet Models in MicroStation

The default sheet sizes are referenced from the sheetsizes.def file. To create your own custom definitions copy this file to your corporate workspace folder. Then set the location of your custom file in the MS_CUSTOMSSIZEDEF variable.

Scale the Design to fit the Sheet

All of the default English sizes are in inches. This default configuration forces you to scale the design in real world units to fit the print sheet in paper units. Using the settings as they are will require that references attached to the sheet model are scaled by the print scale to fit in the sheet border area. When printed these sheet models are printed at a scale of 1:1.

Scale the Sheet to fit the Design

Scaling the design to fit the sheet is acceptable for some workflows, but can have repercussions for automatic scaling configurations. The sizing of cells, dimension, etc. using annotation scale can be adversely affected. Any pen tables that employ text substitution for adding print scale will always display 1:1. To get accurate scaling for these types of items the default paper sizes have to modified to your standard master units (typically Feet or Survey Feet for English units).

#  Name   Units       Height Width  TopMargin LeftMargin BottomMargin
ANSI B ; Survey Feet; 11;   17;    0.00;     0.00      0.00


The above change to the ANSI B paper size definition configures those sheets to be created at 11×17 Survey Feet instead of 11×17 inches.


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Rod Wing

Rod is the Senior Systems Analyst at EnvisionCAD and has extensive experience in GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced.


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