MicroStation CONNECT: Associating Files to a WorkSet

Written by: Rod Wing

One of the many changes in the MicroStation CONNECT Workspace is that the former Project setting has been replaced by WorkSet.  This is more than just a simple name change as design files in MicroStation CONNECT edition are associated with a WorkSet.

There are different methods to migrate MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries) Projects to MicroStation CONNECT WorkSets. Whichever method is used, associating the design files to the new WorkSets will be part of the process.

This association can be done manually by setting the correct WorkSet in MicroStation then opening each and every design file that belongs to that WorkSet. As each design file is opened you will be presented with the following dialog.


Simply take the default option to add the design file to the active WorkSet and click Open.


This can get tedious and time consuming very quickly. Fortunately, there is a new MicroStation key-in to help automate this process:


This key-in command will associate the active design file with the active WorkSet.

Create a Batch Process command file using this key-in and the FILEDESIGN key-in


Once you’ve created this simple command file it can be used in Batch Process to automate the process of adding design files to your new WorkSets.

Note: When the non-associated design files are opened using Batch Process the Alert dialog is not displayed.

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.


2 comments on “MicroStation CONNECT: Associating Files to a WorkSet

  1. Rod Wing Rod Wing Reply

    The last active workset is the default selection. I haven’t found a variable to do what you are suggesting. I could see something similar to the MS_OPENV7 variable where you had a range of options for opening V7 files in MicroStation V8.

    Might be a good suggestion for Bentley.

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