MicroStation Tip: Optimized Fence Clipping

The Optimized Fence Clipping preference tends to confuse users as to what exactly it does.

Optimized Fence Clipping preference within MicroStation

As the name implies, it works with fence operations using the clip mode.

Example: Optimized Fence Clipping Enabled

In this example, we are using the Move Element tool and a fence with the mode set to Clip.

Move Element with mode set to Clip.

After the move is executed, notice the single shape has been clipped into two new shapes. The Optimized Fence Clipping will reform the shape elements that have been clipped by a fence operation.

Reformed shape element with Optimized Fence Clipping.

Example: Optimized Fence Clipping Disabled

In this example, we are performing the same operation as the previous example, but this time the Optimized Fence Clipping option in our user preferences is disabled (unchecked).

Optimized Fence Clipping user preference disabled (unchecked)

After the move is executed, notice the difference in the result. Instead of creating two new shapes, the operation resulted in creation of two new line string elements.

Two new line string elements created with Optimized Fence Clipping disabled.

Rod Wing

Rod is the Senior Systems Analyst at EnvisionCAD and has extensive experience in GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced.

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