Increase daily productivity by defining Plotting Variables in MicroStation

Written by Bob Mecham


If there is one constant in your daily work, at some point you will need to plot your MicroStation file.  Plotting is one area where a CAD Manager can make immediate and measurable improvements in daily workflows.  By standardizing your plotting resources and defining variables to use those resources, the end user is benefited along with the project.

Does your end user need to load the Plot Driver and Pentable?  If the answer is yes, how do you know if the user is using the correct driver or even attaching a pentable?

Using a different plot driver or pentable to plot the same file can cause the output to be significantly different.   This causes lost time trying to recreate plots to match previous paper copies.  By defining a few key plot variables you can increase your daily productivity, adhere to client standards, and have a uniform output.

MS_PLTCFG_PATH          = $(_USTN_SITE)plotdrv/                      #Printer Driver Config Path
MS_DEFAULT_PLTCFG_FILE  = $(_USTN_SITE)plotdrv/ACME_PDF.PLTCFG       #Default Printer Configuration
MS_PENTABLE             < $(_USTN_SITE)tables/Pen                    #Pen Table Search Path
MS_PLTFILES             = $(_DGNDIR)                                 #Print Output Directory
plotting variables for microstation

What other variables do you use to be more productive with plotting?  Let us know by commenting below.

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EnvisionCAD does offer MicroStation CAD Manager training where we go over how to correctly develop plotting resources and then how to implement them into the workspace.  This training also includes setup for the Print Organizer for MicroStation.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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