Doing this with AutoCAD has another logic, and maybe that's why some people trying to do it with Microstation have difficulties. On the one hand, because there is not much help in how it is done and then the way to do it is not just like AutoCAD does.
For this, we are going to do an exercise, although I suggest that some basic principles of Microstation be deepened in case they have never been used.
The model map and the sheet
The model is the workspace, which is 1: 1, where it is drawn. The example I am showing is a cadastral map and the view that is expanding is an approach of a thematic indicator, all built on the model.
The sheet, (sheet) is what in AutoCAD is called Layout, and is equivalent to a box that is associated with the paper size we expect to print. This is the one with the scale, because the model will always be 1: 1
The intention is to create an exit map, which has an outer box, the background map, the indicator on the far right, and a left approach in a quarter circle, as shown in this example:
In the old way, those who do not know how to use this functionality make blocks, copy, scale, cut, and do things to create everything from the model. The disadvantage is that if you are going to make a modification to the original map, nothing that was done is useful.
How to build the Layout
To build this, you use the functionality known as models dialog, or model box, which is next to the command references. If it is not visible, it is done with a right button and activated, such as Raster manager.
In this picture, it is very similar to the one of references, because the logic that has it is just that, to call maps, the same or other external ones, to define it scale, to create a figure of court and to place them in a frame of impression.
The first thing is to create the sheet, this is done with the new button and configure aspects such as: Type of sheet, if it is in 2 or 3 dimensions, model name, scale of the annotations, scale of the line style,
How to build the arrangement
Here the tools work as if you were working on the model, rectangles, lines, shapes, texts. Everything is the same, in versions from 8.9 known as Microstation XM transparencies are supported.
The construction is simple: A rectangle in the background, a quarter of a circle, two small rectangles. Then with the tool to create regions holes are made by difference.
You can also give background color to objects, play with transparency and priority to see which ones go in front or behind.
Similar, this can create canopies for project information, scale, sheet number, coordinate grid, logos, etc.
Embed maps on objects
The maps are loaded as references in the model box, as many times as you expect to call them in the objects. Each of them has a logical name and a scale that is based on the print sheet. This allows to call 2 / 3D approaches in different scales within the same sheet, and below it provides some characteristics of style and scale of texts, visibility of the raster or 3D properties for PDF.
This map falls somewhere, so we make a copy of the figure we hope to cut out and place it right on the map. In case we do not like the size, we give right button and adjust properties by changing the scale. Then to make the cut we use the scissors icon and we touch the figure.
Then the trimmed object with everything and figure can be moved to the map, it is as shown in the following image.
The rest is just try, try, make mistakes and keep practicing until you find the skill. Call reference, define scale, choose clipping object, trim, locate on the map. The following result shows the example layout already assembled.
In the case of a grid of cadastral maps, it would not be necessary to split the final maps for printing, but the customized modules would be built on sheets with the respective name and with quadrants containing the area of interest in the background. In case of particular numbers for that map as the neighbor block number, they could be drawn in the layout to keep the topology on the model.