Enter data with bearings and distances in Microstation

I get the following question:

Hi Greetings, I would like to know how to draw a polygon from directions and distances in MicroStation, and if you can use the Excel Sheet that you provided for AutoCad

Well, in an earlier post we explained How to do it with AutoCAD and an Excel table that facilitates it to be entered in Excel and only copied to AutoCAD.

In case of Microstation, the case is different. In this case I will explain how to enter a polygonal by directions and distances;

1. The format of angular units

image By default comes decimal angles from the east, but if we want to enter a polygon as shown in the drawing

To define the angular format you have to do

Settings / design file / coordinate readout

And here in the "angles" section set the "Bearing" format, with degrees, minutes, seconds format (DD MM SS). Then it is done OK. Mind you, these are properties of the drawing, not a general configuration of Microstation.

2. Delete the "save last angle"

This is a fairly common error, and if it is not configured when creating a line, the system considers the last line as the base angle, as if we were to work for deflections and it is necessary to be right-clicking each line segment .

To avoid the problem, when activating the line command, you have to remove the option "Rotate AccuDraw to segments" as it appears in the following graph.


3. Activating the AccuDraw

Once you start inserting lines, the "Place smart lines" panel appears on the first point. To activate the "AccuDraw" panel, press the "Toggle AccuDraw" button, if no imageBeing available is activated by right-clicking on that zone and selecting an option to display it.

As you can see, there appears the panel to enter the distance and angle in "Bearing" format. imageOnce entered the data must be entered, and so on until the polygon is completed.

3. Switch between Rectangular and Polar

To change between this option and the one of XY coordinates, the shortcut letters are used:

It means that once the AccuDraw is activated, the blue zone is clicked and any of the "X" or "Y" keys are pressed, the panel changes immediately to be able to enter coordinates.

image To move to distance form, angle any of the "A" or "D" keys is pressed.

4 With Excel?

I do not think it's that difficult, you should only make a table in Excel that converts a box of bearings and distances to xy coordinates, then import it with Microstation as a txt file ... In the next post we will do it.

One Reply to "Enter data with directions and distances in Microstation"

  1. Thanks Geofumadas, with this explanation helps me a lot in my work you are the best and I want this page is always well updated ...... thanks

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