MicroStation CONNECT: Advanced Explorer search options

Written by:  Rod Wing

Project Explorer has been renamed Explorer in MicroStation CONNECT Edition. Along with the renaming comes a lot of new features. One of these new features is the advanced element search.

  1. Under the File panel in the Explorer dialog select the Show Advanced Search Dialog button.
    CONNECT Explorer Search 1
  2. In the Advanced Search dialog select an element type in the Search For drop-down. In this example we are searching for Cells.
    CONNECT Explorer Search 2
  3. Once an element type is selected the Where clause fields are updated and enabled. Select the element property on which to search. In this example we will search on the cell name.
    CONNECT Explorer Search 3
  4. Select the desired operator and enter the value.
  5. Select Add to Search to add it to your search criteria.
    CONNECT Explorer Search 4
  6. Additional search criteria can be added. Multiple search criteria definitions are compared using either the AND or OR operators.
    CONNECT Explorer Search 7
  7. Click OK to save the advanced search criteria and execute the search.
  8. The search results are displayed in the Explorer dialog. All elements matching the search criteria are automatically selected in MicroStation. The toolbar at the top of the File panel
    • Transparent – Turns all of the non-selected elements a transparent gray (similar in appearance to using Activate with a reference attachment)
    • Zoom – Fits the selected elements to the active view window
    • Isolate – Creates a Displayset from the selected elements

CONNECT Explorer Search 6

The search results can also be fed directly to the Details dialog, or used as the basis for a new Report definition.

View more MicroStation CONNECT tips here: https://envisioncad.com/tag/microstation-connect/

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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