This article describes how to use a MicroStation CONNECT Report to export the models or cells contained in a DGN library (*.cel) file. It's an explanation of the method used to define a custom Report.


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MicroStation CONNECT introduced Reports. Reports is an analytic tool. It extracts alphanumeric data (DGN or business data) from your DGN file, model, elements or elsewhere. When Item Types are in use, Reports can extract Item instance data attached to your DGN model or elements.

Visit our reports page for more information, and to see other examples of Reports in action. Don't forget to visit MicroStation's Reports help documentation.

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Cells and Models

A MicroStation DGN file contains one or more models. A model may be one of several types and may be 2D or 3D. A MicroStation cell library file contains one or more cells. A cell may be one of several types and may be 2D or 3D …

Define a Cell Library Report

In a few simple steps, we'll define a MicroStation CONNECT Report that will write a CSV or Excel file. It can also be the source of a DGN Table. The file will contain multiple lines of data. Each line will contain the cell name, description and other cell information.

Create a New Report Definition

In this example, we want to export models (cells) present in a DGN file. The Report category is named Design File Reports. The Report definition is named Cells …

Cell Report Definition 1

In the Properties pane on the right, look in the Search Location panel. We've chosen Location Type File and Location Active File.

In the Included Items pane below, We've chosen Item Types Design Model. Because we want to see only models that are designated as cells, we've added Filtered By Can be Placed as Cell=True.

Add Models

This is where the user interface is confusing. We want to report information about models. The Report definition form is asking for a Search Location and Included Items. Leaving Search Location as it is (collect information from the active file), focus on Included Items.

The form seems to be asking you for an Item Type. If you click that option, you are taken to a new form having an option button Include these Item Types. Don't give up! Click that button to find that you can also choose Design Model. Expand that option to see a list that may contain Model.

Report Definition 2

Add Columns to the Report

Right-click the Report definition and choose Add Columns. Here we're adding columns named Cell Name and Cell Description that report the name, description and other details of the DGN model,

Cell Report Definition 3

Your Cell Library Report is ready! Click the Preview Results button …

Cell Report Preview

More Columns

Your Report definition is adaptable. As shown above, you can add a Cell Type column to the Report, and whether the cell is an annotation cell. You can also show the dimensionality of each cell …

Cell Report Preview 2

Export Formats

Send your Cell Library Report to a CSV file …

Name,2D/3D,Description,Model Type,Place as Cell
AreaLabel4,2D,Show model name updating automatically,Design,True
AreaLabel2,2D,area label template for AreaAnnotator,Design,True
AreaLabel1,2D,area label template for AreaAnnotator,Design,True
AreaLabelBig,2D,oversize label for testing,Design,True
AreaLabelSmall,2D,undersize label for testing,Design,True
AreaLabel3,2D,area label template for AreaAnnotator with Hectares,Design,True

 …or to an Excel file …

Cell Library Report Excel

Example DGNLib

Design Library file ReportExamples.dgnLib contains the Report definition described here. It is available, along with a sample CSV file and Excel file. More information here.