Geographics: Installing a Local Project


The case occurred in a project where the central base was Oracle, but to do cadastral maintenance at the level of municipalities or public exhibitions required the basis of features in order to edit maps while offline.

How it was made

Only for those who love knowing how it was smoked, here I explain, because in a couple of years, this project may be migrated to Bentley Map and none of this will be useful, except for some 8 types that will know how to match the rhythm of the public necessity and private ingenuity.

An Access file was created, starting with the Oracle project, which had the 10 basic tables of one Geographics project, including its contents and storing it with the name generica.mdb. The tables are as follows:

  • category
  • feature
  • maps
  • mscatalog
  • Ugcategory
  • ugcommand
  • ugfeature
  • Ugjoin_cat
  • Ugmap
  • Ugtable_cat

Then the Geographics user configuration file was edited Msgeo.ucf that had basic aspects for the connection to that base. This implied adding the following lines between the connection parameters:

MS_GEOPROJNAME = local_project
MS_GEODBLOGIN = local_project

In principle, what was expected was that users who did not master the guts of a project very well would avoid headaches to connect. After explaining it several times on the board, by phone, by mail, messenger, I have no choice but to write it here since I see that it is the last place for where they are asking for it.

If you want step by step, without passing 850 words, do not come out less than 15 steps ... and as they say when they send the reports ... ay va!

1 Stage: Requirements

It is necessary that the user has at least these 5 inputs to proceed with the installation in 15 steps:

  • The installer of Microstation V8.5
  • The Microstation installer Geographics V8.5
  • A seed file with the particular configuration of the called project seed2d.dgn
  • A user configuration file called Msgeo.ucf
  • The database called Generica.mdb

2 Stage: Installing the Programs

1 Install Microstation

2. Install Geographics (Must be in this order)

3. Copy and replace the seed file at the address:

C: \ Program Files \ Bentley \ Workspace \ System \ seed \ seed2d.dgn

4. Copy the user file at this address:

C: \ Program Files \ Bentley \ Workspace \ Users \ msgeo.ucf

5. Copy the generic base to this address:

C: \ Generica.mdb

You have to be careful, if the Windows is in English, it will be C: Program FilesBentley ... And preferably you have to install the program on disk C, even if you have more than one hard disk.

Step 3: Creating the ODBC Connection

6. As we have established that the connection will be via ODBC, we will configure it in an extended 6 step (I am using Windows XP)

-Start> control panel> administrative tools> data sources (ODBC)

-In the panel that appears, select the tab "User DSN" and choose "add"> microsoft Driver mdb> finish

-Choose as the data source name, local_project and select the "create" button

- Then indicate where to create the database, directly in C and call it project_local.mdb, leave the panel, saying accept twice.

To verify that it has remained as requested, when selecting the origin created and the button "configure" should look like this:

microstation geographics local project

4 Stage: Creating the Project in Geographics

7. Enter Geographics

8. From the top menu select

Project> wizard> next> create project

microstation geographics local project

9. Configure the characteristics as the graph appears. It is not necessary to change the seed file path.

Then select:

create> next> verify, register mapid> cancel

With this, a directory has been created where are all the folders used by the Geographics project, and the necessary tables in the base called project_local.mdb. Obviously without features or categories. To check:

10. Close Geographics

11. Open Geographics, it should automatically open the project. (If not, there is something wrong with step 9 or we have not copied the ucf file as step 4 says)

12. If everything went in order

Utilities> Feature manager

The project should be raised, but without features or categories more than the dummy that comes by default.

11. Close Geographics

5: Replace the database

Now what we occupy is to deceive Microstation, removing the blank database, for this:

12. Delete database C: local_project.mdb

13. To the database C: Generica.mdb change the name so that it is of the form C: local_project.mdb

14. Enter Geographics

The base should run automatically, otherwise the name of the file has been incorrectly assigned in step 13

15. If everything works fine, when going to Utilities> Feature manager, the categories and attributes of the database should be raised.

microstation geographics local project

The one of clicking

Man, next time they should even have me totopostes from the border. And so you can see my faith and mania for tortilla chips, here you can download:

The database Generica.mdb

The seed file seed2d.dgn

The file Msgeo.ucf


Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. He became famous the friend of La Paz, because to know if the seed2d is correct, you right click on the properties should say that the author is jnunez.

  2. you have to send this link to the email of the implementers who always renounce because they can not install the program completely.

  3. interesting I was looking for to execute and have the results ok !.

  4. Thank you oh, I was always urging me to get entangled, go through the valley of comayagua to pick up the totopostes

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