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 Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.


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