MicroStation CONNECT: Display Rules

Display Rules are one of the many new features in MicroStation CONNECT Edition. These are a set of criteria that can be applied to a Display Style to change the appearance of selected elements.


Display Rules can perform GIS style resymbolization based on geometry, Item Type definitions, and symbology attributes. They can also perform many of the same types of functions as Pen Tables or IPlot Design Scripts and apply those changes to the dgn file prior to printing. Display Rules applied to a view can be printed via the standard Print dialog.

After applying the Display Style to a view the Display Rule overrides the display symbology including any Level Override symbology.

Like most other MicroStation resources, Display Rules are best created in, and referenced from, a dgnlib.


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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