This article describes how to use a MicroStation CONNECT Report to export DGN area feature  metrics and other information using MicroStation CONNECT. We show how to obtain a Report of reference attachments. The information presented here is an informal guide to Reports. Its intended audience includes MicroStation administrators, MicroStation advanced users and MicroStation developers.

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Reference Report

The instructions that follow guide you through the process of defining and using a MicroStation CONNECT Report. In this example, the report provides a list of information about current referenced models. Here's a screenshot of the end result …

Report Preview dialog

Reports DGNLib

We've created a MicroStation design library (DGNLib) that includes the definition of the reference report. You can use our DGNLib simply by downloading it and dropping it into your ..\Standards\dgnlib folder.



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.

Define a Report

First, open MicroStation's Reports dialog. Use the Reports icon in the Analyze tab of MicroStation's command ribbon. The Reports dialog opens …

Reports Dialog

The screenshot above shows the Reports dialog with two report categories already defined (AreaAnnotator and VendorCatalogReports). Those categories take no further part in this discussion.

Create a Report Definition

Create a new definition: let's call it Reference Reports. Click the New report definition button …

Create Report Definition

That creates a new definition node named Untitled. It has a child report node also named Untitled. Click in each Untitled label to enable editing. Give the nodes a meaningful name: in this example we are creating a report about reference attachments …

Report References Dialog

Define a Search Location

Click the Reference Report 01 button …

Report Search Location

The dialog morphs to show the Search Location options. We have several options about what we want to retrieve, but for now use the default: search in the active model.

Select Items

Click the button to the right of Item Types (it currently contains (None)). The Include These Item Types dialog appears …

Include Item Types

It's a rather empty dialog. Click the Select an Item Type button to see a list of potential data sources …

Select an Item Type

Open the node labelled Dgn Models. Select References …

Select Model References

Click OK to accept your choice. The Included Items panel now shows Item Types References …

Include Model References

Select Columns

Click the Columns node. Right-click to pop the Select Columns to Add dialog …

Select Columns to Add dialog

Open the References node. Choose a few items to populate your report. In this example I've chosen the reference Logical Name, File Name, Model and Description …

Selected Columns

Generate Report

Finally, you're ready to generate a report of reference attachment. Click the Preview results icon …

Preview results icon

The Report tool generates a preview of your report about model references …

Report Preview dialog

Now you know how to create a Report about reference attachments in MicroStation CONNECT.


We've encapsulated all the above steps into a MicroStation CONNECT design library (DGNLib). You can download this library and drop it into your ..\Standards\Dgnlib folder. Provided that your workset includes that folder, you will see the report when you open MicroStation's Reports dialog as described previously.

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.


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