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OpenRoads Designer - Drawing Production

Created: November 4, 2020

DISCLAIMER: The following OpenRoads Designer (ORD) videos is for informational use only. The videos do not follow the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) workspace and should only be viewed as an instructional guide to help the user. Users will need to have a Bentley® account in order to view videos.

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Learn how to create and annotate plan and profile sheets. You will also learn to add individual annotations to label specific location coordinates, station-offset values, elevations, and more.

    Creating Plan Sheets                                                                                                                                                         07:14

    Learn how to create plan and double plan sheets.

    Creating Plan and Profile Sheets                                                                                                                                  11:14

    Learn how to create plan and profile sheets.

    Deleting Sheets and Named Boundaries                                                                                                                  01:42

    Learn to delete sheets and named boundaries.

    Creating Rectangular Plan and Profile Sheets                                                                                                        05:41

    Learn to create plan and profile sheets using rectangular plan named boundaries.

    Create Plan and Profile Sheets in Separate Files                                                                                                   05:22

    Learn how to create drawing and sheet models in separate files from the named boundaries.

    Create Single Plan Roll Sheets                                                                                                                                       04:45

    Learn how to create long or roll plots that include the whole project length.

    Place Labels                                                                                                                                                                          10:43

    Learn how to add manual annotations with the Place Label tool.

    Sheet Index                                                                                                                                                                           06:24

    Learn what the sheet index is and how it can be used.

Learn to create and annotate cross section sheets and plan and profile sheets. You will also learn to add individual annotations to label specific location coordinates, station-offset values, elevations, and more.

    Introduction to Cross Sections                                                                                                                                      10:51

    An overview of the sheet creation process and an introduction to creating cross section sheets.

    Creating Cross Sections                                                                                                                                                   11:02

    An in-depth look at creating cross section sheets including different size cross sections for different areas of the     project.

    Updating and Annotating Cross Sections                                                                                                                 14:02

    Learn how cross sections and annotations are updated when the design model changes.

This course contains exercises that utilize methods to embellish a set of roadway plans to communicate pertinent information and design intent. Annotation helps design features such as text, dimensions, labels, patterns and hatching stand out.

    Text And Notes                                                                                                                                                                     10:46

    Learn how to place text while creating drawing title and roadway and ditch slopes. Place notes for labeling a center     line and right-of-way lines. Also, learn how to work with Text Styles and Annotation Scale.

    Data Fields                                                                                                                                                                             04:12

    Learn how to use Enter Data Fields while filling in data for Construction data, Traffic Data and Project data.

    Dimensioning                                                                                                                                                                       02:38

    Learn how to place Dimensions while dimensioning a Typical Roadway Section detail.

    Insert, Modify and Edit Dimensioning                                                                                                                        02:32

    Learn a variety of ways to modify new and existing dimensions.

    Hatching and Patterning an Area                                                                                                                                 05:51

    Learn how to use the Hatch, Cross Hatch, and Pattern Area tools while adding definition to a Typical Roadway     Section detail.

    Creating the Typical Section Sheet                                                                                                                              02:53

    Learn how to create a Sheet Model and reference data to the model.

    Labeling the Title Block                                                                                                                                                    03:52

    Learn what Text Fields are and how to create and place them while annotating Title Block information.

    Importing the General Notes                                                                                                                                         05:47

    Learn how to import from an ACSII Text file to annotate a General Notes Sheet.

    Importing Office Documents                                                                                                                                         09:03

    Learn how to embed and link a Microsoft Excel file. Also learn how to Copy-and-Paste from a Word Document and     bring into MicroStation as text while controlling the formatting to annotate a Summary and Quantity sheet.

    Storing Text Favorites                                                                                                                                                       07:37

    Annotation can be a repetitive process from project to project. The Favorites feature in the Text Editor window     allows you to store and reuse commonly used label text. Learn how to create and insert Text Favorites that can be     reused in your dgn files.

In this course, use annotation scale with a variety of tools to place text, dimensions and cells. You will utilize features such Text Styles, Fields, and Favorites. Place Notes, Callouts and Tables, as well as Place Hatching and Patterning.

    Annotating Designs Introduction                                                                                                                                 04:47

    This video is an overview for the video series that makes up the course. In this course, you will discover how to     embellish a design with a wide variety of annotation tools found in the MicroStation CONNECT Edition.

    Annotation Scale                                                                                                                                                                 03:52

    In this video, you will learn about the applications of Annotation Scale and how it can influence MicroStation     elements such as text, dimensions, and cells.

    Placing Text with Different Text Styles                                                                                                                       03:51

    The easiest way to define the appearance of text is by using predefined text styles. Text elements placed with a text     style are automatically updated if the text style is modified. In this video, you will place text quickly and correctly to     label existing and proposed features.

    Place Text                                                                                                                                                                               04:56

    In this video you will label the proposed building along with supporting information about the building.

    Edit Text                                                                                                                                                                                  05:43

    Once text is placed into a design, often is the case that you will need to come back and make some sort of edits to     that existing text. This can range anywhere from adding or removing text, fixing misspellings as well as changing the     properties of text. In this video, you will use the Find/Replace utility to quickly fix a text error in a detail.

    Changing Text                                                                                                                                                                       02:48

    When a text string is selected for editing, it appears in the text editor. In addition to changing the text content, you     can also change the text style and a variety of text attributes. Once the changes have been made, enter a data point     in the view to update the text in the design. In this video, you will fix a note on a detail that was placed     incorrectly.       

    Place Table                                                                                                                                                                             05:12

    You can place tables in MicroStation using the Place Table tool. Once placed, you can perform formatting     operations on a table. If you ever have worked with Microsoft Excel, then your experience will be very similar with     tables in MicroStation CONNECT. In this video, you will bring in an existing table from Excel.

    Place Note                                                                                                                                                                             06:36

    When using the Place Note tool you can place lines of text with a leader line and arrow, or a callout without a     leader. In this video you will use the place note method to label the site features such as curbing, property lines,            amongst others.

    Place Callout                                                                                                                                                                         03:22

    When using the Place Note tool you can place lines of text with a leader line and arrow, or a callout without a     leader. In this video you will use the callout method to label the amount of parking stalls per parking bay.

    Place Linear Dimensions                                                                                                                                                  05:51

    MicroStation has many dimensioning tools. Additionally, a variety of dimension attributes defines the appearance     of dimensions. The easiest way to set these dimension attributes is by using predefined dimension styles.     Dimension elements placed with a dimension style are automatically updated if the dimension style is changed.

    Radial Dimensioning                                                                                                                                                          01:57

    Which tools the Dimension Element tool offers depends on the type of element you select. As you saw, if you select     a linear element, the tool presents itself with linear options. However, if you select a radial element such as an arc     or circle, the tool will present itself with radial options within the tool settings window. In this section, you will     dimension the curb radii.

    Create a Custom Dimension via Text Favorites                                                                                                      05:48

    In this video, you will create a custom radial dimension by creating at text favorite that contains a text field. In the     tool settings you will enable the setting to create element associations. That way, the dimension text will always be     relative to the element properties that you are identifying.

    Multi-Leadered Notes                                                                                                                                                       03:31

    When placing notes, it is possible to draw multiple leaders from the same text by holding the key while placing data     points. In this section, you will callout the radii for the concrete dumpster pad.

    Change Dimensions                                                                                                                                                           05:27

    When placing dimensions, you may need to come back and modify or edit the dimension in one way or another to     further embellish the design. It is possible to edit the dimension text of existing dimensions, or to change its     appearance by applying another dimension style. You can even modify the geometry of a dimension element, by     moving the dimension line or text, or by adding, moving, or removing extension lines.

    Pattern Area                                                                                                                                                                         03:53

    Patterning can be a great way to embellish a design. In this video, you will use the Pattern Area tool to create a     concrete stippling pattern for the concrete dumpster pad as well as the sidewalk encompassing the proposed     building.

    Hatching                                                                                                                                                                                 05:43

    In this video, you will embellish the proposed building by creating a hatch pattern. Since the proposed building is a     reference, you will need to place the pattern in that file. There are a variety of ways to place the pattern there; open     the dgn file the tradition way, perform a file exchange on the reference like you did in an earlier exercise or, in this     case, perform an in-place edit. You do this by “Activating” the reference so that you can work directly within that file     while never really leaving the current dgn.

In this course, you will learn how to use the Accelerated Sheet Creation and Layout. This innovation in MicroStation CONNECT Edition can create multiple sheets in a single operation. Once generated, the Sheet layouts can be modified for fine adjustments.

    Composing Sheets Introduction                                                                                                                                    04:10

    This video is an overview for the video series that makes up the course. In this course, you will discover     MicroStation’s CONNECT edition’s Documentation Center and how it can quickly generate and compose sheets.

    Place Named Boundary                                                                                                                                                    08:29

    At this point in the project, you are finished with the design composition of the proposed building. Whereas you     move into the View Composition stage where you then compose all the desired views (sections, plan views, etc.) in     the project. And then from there, the Sheet Composition stage is where you create sheets that represent finished     work, ready for publication. In this video, you will use the Place Named Boundary tool to rapidly place the contents     of design onto a new sheet.

    Labeling the Plan Sheet                                                                                                                                                    06:53

    In most cases, plan sheets are embellished with sheet specific annotation such as but not limited to -- text,     dimensions and cells, all of which is placed tied to the scale of the sheet. In this video, you will place a north arrow     and bar scale. You will also apply the Display Style, Proposes Site Plan that you created earlier.

    Placing a Named Boundary                                                                                                                                            06:48

    A named boundary is any closed element that has a name associated with it. Previously, we could create named     fences from fences, clip volumes, and clipped masks. Named fences have been renamed as named boundaries.     You can place named boundaries using drawing boundaries. Named boundaries may also be grouped for     processing sets of drawings onto sheets. In this video, you will create a Named Boundary and it will place the     content of the Named Boundary onto an existing sheet model.

    Creating a Drawing Boundary                                                                                                                                        06:22

    Traditionally, sheet creation and layout has been a very manual and time consuming process. To overcome this, the     drawing boundary feature is provided to allow you to quickly and easily define the location of a drawing on a sheet     which may contain a drawing. A sheet may be subdivided into several drawing boundaries.

    Populating Drawing Boundaries                                                                                                                                   08:28

    In a previous video, within the detail sheet, you designated areas using the drawing boundary tool. A drawing     boundary is a predefined area on a sheet model which may contain a drawing. As you saw, the sheet may be     subdivided into several drawing boundaries. In this video, you will use the Named Boundary tool to populate these     drawing boundaries with additional details.

    Attach a Raster Image                                                                                                                                                      03:47

    Using Raster Manager you can attach raster images of various formats, from monochrome to full color. You can     modify the location, display order, and various other settings of previously attached raster image files. When a     raster attachment is modified with Raster Manager, no changes are made to the original file, just to its attachment     information in the DGN file. In this video, you will perform a finishing touch to the Cover sheet by placing a raster     image for the location map.

    Manipulate a Raster Image                                                                                                                                            03:25

    In the previous video, you attached a raster image of a location map. In this video, you will use standard     manipulation tools to adjust the size and location of the location map. Then, once this is in the positioned onto the     sheet, you will clip the image.

    Sheet Index                                                                                                                                                                           07:43

    A sheet index is a centralized and structured collection of sheets in your project. You may link any sheet model from     any design file of your project into a sheet index. Now that you are through designing, you will now add the     project’s sheets to their respective folders.

The final phase in completing a design project is producing the construction document set. This course will familiarize a new MicroStation user with the basic printing capabilities found in the MicroStation CONNECT Edition.

    Printing and Publishing Course Introduction                                                                                                          03:46

    This video is an introduction to the Printing and Publishing course.

    Creating a Check Print                                                                                                                                                      12:37

    In preparation for a submittal, a check print will be made from the Proposed Site Plan design file showing the entire     proposed site development project.

    Printing the Proposed Site                                                                                                                                              06:37

    In the previous video a check print of the entire proposed site development project was created. In this video a     check print of the proposed building will be generated.

    Printing the Cover Sheet                                                                                                                                                  08:21

    Sheet models are a convenient way of defining a “print sheet” in MicroStation, helping to automate the printing of     designs. Printing from a sheet model offers many benefits not found when printing from Design or Drawing     models such as automatic identification of the “printable area” in the sheet. In this video you will configure and print     the project cover sheet for the site development project.

    Viewing Optional Content                                                                                                                                               04:19

    In the previous video the cover page for our project was printed to a PDF file. The driver used to print the PDF had     optional content enabled, providing access to file and level information from within the printed PDF. In this video     you will view the PDF and the enhanced capabilities that were made available by enabling “optional content”.

    Print Styles                                                                                                                                                                            04:22

    A print style can be used to help automate the printing process. If a standard set of print definition property values     are assigned when print definitions are created, a print style can be applied to set these property values     automatically. In this video you will automate the printing process by applying a print style.

    Printing the Construction Document Set                                                                                                                  06:52

    Design projects may contain hundreds of individual sheets that range from cover sheets and contract plans to     specifications and standard details. In this video you will print a construction document set for the proposed site     development project. This will be done as a multi-page PDF file from the Sheet Index using Print Organizer.

Calling all administrators, you don’t want to miss this session where we take a deep dive into configuring the drawing seed files that make creating Plan, Profile, and Cross Section sheets a breeze for your production teams. A little detail work up front provides your production team a select and go solution to match your standards.

    Under the Hood - Setting up Sheets - Part 1                                                                                                             21:05

    Calling all administrators, you don’t want to miss this session where we take a deep dive into configuring the     drawing seed files that make creating Plan, Profile, and Cross Section sheets a breeze for your production teams. A     little detail work up front provides your production team a select and go solution to matching your standards.

    Under the Hood - Setting up Sheets - Part 2                                                                                                             22:41

    Calling all administrators, you don’t want to miss this session where we take a deep dive into configuring the     drawing seed files that make creating Plan, Profile, and Cross Section sheets a breeze for your production teams. A     little detail work up front provides your production team a select and go solution to matching your standards.

Calling all administrators, you don’t want to miss this session where we open the hood and learn how to setup annotation for plan, profile, and cross section views. Setup the software once and all of your team will be sure to produce drawings that match your standards.

    Under the Hood: Configuring Annotation in ORD - Part 1                                                                                  18:06

    Learn how to setup annotation for plan, profile, and cross section views. Setup the software once and all of your     team will be sure to produce drawings that match your standards.

    Under the Hood: Configuring Annotation in ORD - Part 2                                                                                  16:43

    Learn how to setup annotation for plan, profile, and cross section views. Setup the software once and all of your     team will be sure to produce drawings that match your standards.

Learn about the details, tips, and tricks to setup the drawing seeds used by the new OpenRoads Designer cross section and plan sheet tools.

    Drawing Model File Creation                                                                                                                                          04:12

    Learn how to setup a new Drawing Model seed file that will be used by the Drawing Production tools.

    Sheet Model File Creation                                                                                                                                               03:17

    Learn how to setup a new Sheet Model seed file that will be used by the Drawing Production tools.

    Adding Config Variables                                                                                                                                                   01:56

    Learn which configuration variables need to be defined for the Drawing and Sheet Models seed files.

    Preparing the Sheet Border                                                                                                                                            03:54

    Learn how to setup the sheet border that will be used by the Drawing Production tools.

    Preparing the Cross Section Start Seed                                                                                                                      04:58

    Learn how to create a seed file that will later be used to create Drawing Seeds for creating Cross Section sheets.

    Preparing the Plan Profile Start Seed                                                                                                                         05:13

    Learn how to create a seed file that will later be used to create Drawing Seeds for creating Profile sheets.

    Creating a Drawing Seed for a Plan only Sheet                                                                                                       07:28

    Learn how to setup a Drawing Seed for a Plan sheet.

    Creating the Plan-Plan Sheet Seed Definition File                                                                                                 07:45

    Learn how to setup a Drawing Seed for a Plan-Plan or Double Plan sheet.

    Creating the Profile Sheet Seed Definition File                                                                                                       06:25

    Learn how to setup a Drawing Seed for a Profile sheet.

    Creating the Plan and Profile Sheet Seed Definition File                                                                                    08:18

    Learn how to setup a Drawing Seed for a Plan-Plan or Double Plan sheet.

    Creating the Cross Section Sheet Seed Definition File                                                                                         08:57

    Learn how to setup a Drawing Seed for a Cross Section sheet.

In this course, you will learn many details, tips, and tricks to setup definitions for the new OpenRoads Designer annotation tools.

    Horizontal Annotation                                                                                                                                                     04:22

    Learn how to annotate horizontal geometry.

    Vertical Annotation                                                                                                                                                           01:48

    Learn how to annotate vertical geometry.

    Cross Section Annotation                                                                                                                                               02:06

    Learn how to annotate cross sections.

    Creating a Text Favorite                                                                                                                                                   04:27

    Learn how to create and use a text favorite that includes Text Fields.

    Setting up the Place Label Tool                                                                                                                                     04:56

    Learn how to create a cell that includes Text Fields and why you should consider using cells for labels instead of Text     Favorites.

    Creating an Annotation Definition                                                                                                                              04:45

    Learn how to use the Annotation Manager to create Annotation Definitions.

    Exporting and Importing                                                                                                                                                 01:52

    Learn how to export and import Annotation Definitions.

    Exploring the Annotation Manager                                                                                                                            05:50

    Learn about each of the properties that are defined for an Annotation.

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