MicroStation Field is used to show element, model, or file properties. You can show any properties that your objects have. The common use of field is in title block. Field will automatically show when the file is plotted, who save it, file name, et cetera.
You don’t need to manually edit your fields value. Some fields are automatically updated. But if they don’t, you can update your fields by keying-in ‘field update select’ to update selected fields or ‘field update all’ to update all fields.
Let’s try this tool directly using the ‘field.dgn’. This file is provided in the early tutorial. This is a simple drawing that showing rooms concept. We are going to show the rooms area using fields.
Activate place text tool, type “Area =” (without quote). We can add field by right clicking in word processor, and select insert field from context menu.
MicroStation will ask you what field type you want to insert. Select ‘element properties’.
Select any rectangle in the drawing. MicroStation will open a dialog box. All the rectangle properties are here. Select ‘area’ field in geometry category. Make sure you see the area value at the bottom of this dialog. Click OK.
Create more fields to show the rest of room areas. Try to show another field too. Perimeter is another common value to be shown in this conceptual design.
Modifying the objects
Try to modify the rectangle size. Activate modify element from MicroStation navigation toolbar.
Move your pointer, snap to a midpoint or endpoint of a rectangle, click data point. Move your pointer and click another data point to accept the modification.
You should see the rectangle modified. And… the field value updated!
Other Text Tools
These are some more text tools that you might will use frequently. I’m not going to write about it in details. You can try it by yourself, while I’ll try to figure how I can put it in some exercises later.
Match Text Attributes
We need to change the value in tool settings regularly. When we place text, sometimes we want to match all the values to existing text in our drawing. This is the right tool for it. Activate it, and select a text in your drawing to match it’s attributes.
Change Text Attributes
This one is for changing existing text attributes.
Copy Increment Text
I love this tool. You can copy text that contain numeric numbers and create incremental copies.
If you copy text that contain numeric and letters, then the possibilities would be:
1 : the result will be: 1,2,3,4,…
1A: the result will be 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A,…
5D1: the result will be 5D1, 5D2, 5D3, 5D4,…