MicroStation Tip: Level Numbers

When organizations made the move from MicroStation V7 to MicroStation V8, many of them carried over some type of level numbering scheme in addition to developing a level naming standard. This made some sense at the time as users were in the habit of referring to levels by number, and made it easy to reference levels by number blocks for CAD Managers.

Most of the justifications for maintaining level numbers along with the names have long since passed as the places to access levels by number is very limited. In addition, conflicts in level numbering can cause levels to be hidden and not available for use. We have seen this situation with some of our clients who maintain level numbers in their dgnlib files. They have levels that are visible in their dgnlib files, but not to users using the workspace.

The remedy is to remove the level numbers in the dgnlib file…

1. With the level dgnlib file open in MicroStation select Level Manager

2. Select File > Export and save to a .csv file

3. Open the exported csv file in Excel

4. Select all of the numbers in the Number column

5. Press Delete on the keyboard

6. Save the csv file

7. In Level Manager delete all of the levels – except for the Default level

8. Select File > Import

9. Select all levels for import then click OK.


10. The levels have been re-added to the dgnlib with no level numbers.

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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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