How do you add symbols into Maps in MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3)?


Start MicroStation, and open the design file:
GeoBorder from the BDR folder within the courses data set. We’re going to go ahead and place
cells representing the North arrow and the key map. From the Element menu, let’s go
ahead and select Cells to open the Cell Library Dialogue box. To attach a cell library from
the cell library dialogue, we select File, Attach file, and browse to the folder location
that contains the Cell Library. Typically a cell library is going to have a file extension
of .CEL. Let’s go ahead and select Geospatial.CEL and click open to load the content of that
cell library. From here, let’s go ahead and select North, or the North Arrow as the active
cell that we wish to work with. From there, you can set it for placement, proceed to the
drawing tools, and select the Place Active Cell command. You can also just double click
on that within the cell library to effectively do the same thing. You’ll then see you have
the North Arrow attached to your cursor. In the tool settings for the cell command, you’ll
see that we have the title of the cell, angles, scale factors, and a number of other settings
available to govern how the cell is going to be placed. We’re going to go ahead and
set this with an exaggeration factor of 2 on the cell scale. Verifying that annotation
scale is enabled, and selecting True Scale to correct for any unit differences between
the cell itself and the MicroStation model that you’re placing that cell within. Then
navigate to the upper right-hand corner of the sheet layout area and place a data point
or left mouse click to assign the cell at that location. We can then see what that cell
looks like relative to the sheet layout. Locate the section in the upper right hand corner
of the title block. This is where we’re going to place our Key Map. In the cell library,
go ahead and select the Key Map cell, double clicking to make it active, and activate the
cell placement tool. Go ahead and set the cell scale back to a scale of 1, and now you’ll
see the size of that relative to the title block. The Key Map is actually drawn at full
size, so a scale factor of 1 is going to be very, very large compared to the actual sheet
layout which is true size as well- 24″ by 36″. Let’s change that cell scale in here.
Set that to .000001. From there, if you move your cursor out into the view window, you
can now see that cell attached to your cursor. Place that in the center of the Key Map section
within the title block. Once you’re done, you can go ahead and close the cell library,
returning to element selection, and fit the design to the view window. From there I’m
going to do a Save Settings to store the zoom level, and now we’ve placed our cells within
the title block. Open the design file Florida Master Map from
the DGN folder within the course’s data set. Attach the cell library Geospatial.CEL. Proceed
to the element menu, select Cells to open the Cell Library dialogue box. From here,
File, Attach file, browse to the folder, and then select the file itself. Go ahead select
Geospatial.CEL, click open, and once you have the cell list displayed, let’s go ahead and
select the Bar Scale. Double click that to not only make that the active cell for placement,
but to also activate the Place Active Cell tool. Then from there we’ll want to make sure
that the active scale is set to 1, that Annotation Scale is enabled so that the cell will automatically
be resized to match the intended scale of the sheet, and that true scale is turned on.
From there we can place that in the lower left-hand corner of the sheet layout. Right-click
when you’re done, and your net result should look something similar to this.

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