MicroStation Tip: Flood Methods

There are many tools in MicroStation that contain a Flood method to create a shape, fill a shape, or to complete some other type of operation. In all of them, the Flood method may fail to find an enclosing region if the entire region is not visible in the view window.

Here is an example using the Hatch Area tool.

 

We are zoomed into one corner of the region we wish to hatch.

Selecting a data point in that area we get a message in the Message Center.

 

Zooming out and selecting a data point inside the region again the enclosing region is found.

 

We are then able to complete the command and add the hatching.

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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