MicroStation Tip: XYZ Text

Delivered with MicroStation is a toolbar that will label coordinates in the file and import/export coordinates.  From the MicroStation pulldown menu select Tools > Annotation > XYZ Text.

MicroStation Label Coordinates XYZ Text

Label Point – will label points selected in the drawing.  The active text settings are used.
MicroStation Label Points

Label Element – will label elements in the drawing.  Settings include labeling elements individually, by a selection or fence, or all elements in the drawing.  The active text settings are used.
MicroStation Label Elements

Export Coordinates – will export the vertices of elements to a text file.  Settings include exporting elements individually, by a selection or fence, or all elements in the drawing.  The active text settings are used to label the point number.

MicroStation Export Coordinates
MicroStation Export Vertices of Elements

Import Coordinates – will import an ASCII text file into the design file.  Settings include placing a active point, text character, or cell at each location.

MicroStation ASCII Text file MicroStation Import Coordinates
Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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5 comments on “MicroStation Tip: XYZ Text

  1. John Reply

    I want to take this example a step further and place the list of coordinates into a table. Should a point move I want it to be dynamically connected to the table so that the coordinate is updated.
    Any ideas?

  2. Amber Lee Reply

    Is there a way to modify the formatting of the text when it is inserted? Can I change the font, size, etc?

  3. Rod Wing Rod Wing Reply

    Amber,
    The text is placed as a regular MicroStation Text Node element. You can use the Change Text Attributes tool (Tools > Text > Change Text Attributes) to modify the text formatting.

  4. Bob Mecham Bob Mecham Reply

    Selecting a complex chain element, then selecting Element Information, then selection GeometrySegments and clicking on the 3dots at the right end of the Segment row causes line segment table to open (with xyz of each line end points with length and bearing)…this can be exported to excel (as a table).

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