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What is in the MicroStation PowerDraft Student Training Guide?

Who Should use this book?

What software version is it for?

How to read this book

Microstation PowerDraft Concepts

System Overview

Positioning the cursor




Reference Drawing


View Control


Real World Coordinates


Design Plance

Global Origin

Handle Point

Coordinate Entry

Going on from here

Lesson 1 : File Navigation

File extension

File Save/Workfile

To load a file

New design file

Lesson 2: First things first

MicroStation PowerDraft Menus

MicroStation PowerDraft Settings



Coordinate Readout

Status Bar

Lesson 3: Beginning to draw

Microstation PowerDraft Main Tool box

Task Navigation

Controlling the view

The reset button

Drawing elements

Continuous draw mode

Tool settings

Searching for a needed tool

Input focus

Changing Things

Lesson 4: Manipulating elements

Lesson 5: Modifying elements

Modify tool box

Lesson 6: Changing element attributes

Exercise 1: Schematic

Text styles


Menu Survey

File Menu

Edit Menu

Element Menu

Settings Menu


AccuSnap Settings

Tools menu

Utilities Menu

Workspace Menu

Window Menu

Help Menu


Input of Precise Geometric Data

Lesson 7: Key in of coordinate data

Using key-in commands

The XY = Key-In command

The DX = And DL= Key-in Commands

The DI = Key-In Command

Key-in of Coordinate Data using AccuDraw

Exercise 2: Steeped-Shaft


Working with Groups

Lesson 8: Fences

Fence Tool Box

Three most common fence tools

Lesson 9: Element selection tool

Exercise 3: Sprinkler Protector


File Navigation


Master-Sub Working Units and Grids

Main and Task Navigator Tool Boxes

Panning and View Control in Middle of a Command




Tool Settings Window

Command and Prompt

Manipulating and Modifying Element

Input Focus

Positional Mapping


Company Standard Seed File

Using Levels

Lesson 10: Levels

Level Manager Dialog Box

Level Display Dialog Box

Lesson 11: Moving elements among levels

Lesson 12: Level locks

Using Multi-lines

Lesson 13: Multi-line set-up

Lesson 14: Placing Multi-lines

Lesson 15: Cleaning up multi-line joints

Exercise 4: Floor Plan


Lesson 16: Text Settings


Text Justification

Text size and Spacing

Lesson 17: Placing text

Place text tools

Lesson 18: Editing text

Exercise 5: Notes on Floor Plan


Lesson 19: Cell library creation

Lesson 20: Cell library attachment

Lesson 21: creating cells

lesson 22: placing cells





Cells tools box

Cell Selector

Exercise 6: Add symbols to the Floor Plan

Patterning and Crosshatching

Patterning tool box

Lesson 23: Hatch Area tool

Lesson 24: Crosshatch area tool

Lesson 25: Pattern area tool

Delete pattern tool

Hatching around text

Exercise 7: Hatch walls


Annotation scale

Dimension element

Dimension styles

Dimensioning tool box

Lesson 26: Placing

Linear dimensioning tool

Linear dimension tool box

Lesson 27: Placing Angular Dimensions

Angular dimensioning tool

Lesson 28: Placing radial dimensions

Dimension diameter tool

Miscellaneous Dimensions tools box

Exercise 8: Dimensionning

Comprehensive Eexercise

Exercise 9: City tract map

Houses and Details for the City Tract Map

Adding Text to the City Tract

Printing your Drawing

Defining what to Print



Printer and Paper Size

Print Scale and Position

Print Dialog Box Icons



Maximize Print Size

Print Attributes

Update From View


Printing From Windows

Summary of 2D and Moving On

Selected Advances 2D Topics

Differences between MicroStation PowerDraft and AutoCAD

3D Concepts

Basic 3D Concepts

The right hand rule

Eight standard views

Screen Axis Vs. Model Axis

The Right Hand Rule for Angles

View Volume

Active Depth

Lesson 29 – Understanding 3D Concepts

Precise 3D Input

AccuDraw in 3D

Exercise 10: 3D Model of a Kite

Lesson 30: Projecting 2D into 3D Models

Exercise 11: 2D shapes converted to 3D

Creating and Manipulating Solid Models

Lesson 31: Basic Approach

Lesson 32: Joining primitives to make more complex solids

Exercise 12: Creating an L bracket by the Union of Two Slabs

Lesson 33: More On Features

Modeling Summary

Modeling Hints

Reference files and Drawing Composition

Lesson 34: Reference files

Design Reference

Details Sheets

Title Block and Borders

Self Referencing

Reference Raster

Raster Reference Files

Lesson 35: Drawing composition from 3D Models

Creating sheet models

Rendering and Animation


Ray Tracing and Radiosity

Animation in MicroStation PowerDraft

Creating a Flythrough

Animation Producer


Shortcut 2D Key-In Commands