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DGN Import

I tried a few times to import some of my old Microstation Files.
(Microstation XM from about 2007 ?)
That does not work for me here. Bricscad only says :
)

:
_import
Cannot import file: Z:\PROJEKT\MAF_POOL_2\MICROSTATION\Pool12.dgn (Failed to create DGN importer.
)

No matter which file.
Has anybody else been successful ?

Comments

  • Hi Michael

    Can you create a support request with your file?

    Best regards

    Mathieu

  • Currently I am on a Parallels VM only,
    I will do when I have a real Windows and Hardware.

    But you think DGN Import normally that will work ?

  • No, I have the same problem on Windows 10 and was about to ask the question here if someone else has the issue too before filing a support request.

    In the meantime you can use the ODA viewer (not the converter) to open DGN files and then resave as DWG files.
    Going to file a support request for the DGN import failing.

  • I also did some tests with DGN files that failed. Using Windows 10.

  • Thanks a lot for all feedback !

    I still have my old Microstation and normally saved a DWG version
    for each old DGN Project, so no hurry from my side.
    But I think it is a nice addition when it works from Bricscad too.
    Some clients forget to export DWG and send DGN instead.
    And much nicer if there is no more need to fire up a Parallels VM
    Windows just for that.

    I think Nemetschek Allplan was one of the few Apps that should
    be able to read DGN. At the time I tried it was only possible for the
    older Versions - before they changed their file format in the
    late 90ies (For one time !)

  • The funny thing is that earlier this year I asked if DGN import was going to be implemented in the near future and the response from the local distributor was that this was not likely as there is no high demand for this but this could change if demand/requests increases. So it was a nice suprise to see DGN import being implemented. Hopefully they can fix the issue soon.

  • In the meantime you can use the ODA viewer (not the converter) to open DGN files and then resave as DWG files.

    ODA Viewer and Converter crash for me on macOS all the time.
    But will try on Windows again.

    Yes, DGN support is a very nice addition.
    Many industries here use Microstation.

  • edited December 2018

    Someone fixed a -3 download package and fixed the DGN import.
    Thanks a lot for that !
    It seems to import any of my files now.

    What is not so nice is that all my "Smart Solids"
    (I don't use much else than Smart Solids in my work
    seem to come in as Blocks
    (from Pseudo Cells (?) which I only knew as from "unnamed groups" from DWG imports)
    and inside the Blocks are just Faces, no Solids at all.

    Is there any chance to convert Smart Solids to Solids in the future
    or are there license or technical restrictions that this can't happen at all ?

  • DGN Importer starts now with newest Installer V3

  • edited December 2018

    What is not so nice is that all my "Smart Solids"
    (I don't use much else than Smart Solids in my work)
    seem to come in as Blocks
    (from Pseudo Cells (?) which I only knew as from "unnamed groups" from DWG imports)
    and inside the Blocks are just Faces, no Solids at all.

    Hmmh,
    for a moment I thought - how silly I am*,
    when I looked through "Export Settings" and found that I could simply activate
    that Microstation Smart Solids will be imported as "Solids" instead of Meshes or
    Faces ...
    (* I could have lived well with that feeling)

    Of course I tried that promising Setting.
    But unfortunately that didn't change anything concerning the quality of my
    Smart Solids imports ....

    BTW,
    I also exported a test file by the ancient Microstation "v7" DGN Format.
    That worked in Nemetschek Allplan in that past,
    but also didn't change anything in Bricscad Import (?)

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