MicroStation Tip: Apply Elevation to Shapefile Attachments

Attached shapefile graphics by default are attached with a Z coordinate (Elevation) value of 0. Starting in MicroStation v8i (SELECTseries 3) elevations can be applied to shapefile graphics from a data field in the associated .dbf database file. To configure shapefile attachments to assign elevations based on database values set the MicroStation variable MS_ELEVPROP_AS_Z equal to the elevation field defined in the database.



In this example ELEV is the name of the shapefile database field containing the elevation values. MicroStation will assign the values in this field to the corresponding graphics displayed in the attachment. Multiple fields can be defined using the “|” (pipe) character as a separator. Setting the elevation variable as follows: MS_ELEVPROP_AS_Z=ELEV|ELEVATION|Z allows MicroStation to set the shapefile graphic elevations based on corresponding records in either the ELEV, ELEVATION, or Z fields in the associated .dbf database file.

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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