Import from shp maps to Microstation

Let's see the case:

I have an ArcView layer that contains the jurisdictions of the villages of an area in shape format, and I want to import it into Microstation Geographics. Let's see how to do it:


Import vectors

It is necessary for this to open a project in Microstation Geographics, in this case I have one connected to an Access base through ODBC.

image Select "File / import / shp, mif, e00 ..." and a control panel is displayed, where the file to be imported is selected using "file / select import file".

Not only can data be imported in .shp format but also from Mapinfo (.mif) and old-style Arcinfo (format .E00).

Import from arcview

Once the format has been selected, the attribute that the imported vectors to be imported will receive must be chosen, so the attribute is chosen for boundary and centroid as the case may be. You must also choose the type of data. point, line, or area and the source and destination unit format.

If you do not want to import the database import is extremely fast, you can also choose only one zone by means of a fence.

image Another option available is the possibility that the import performs topological cleaning so that it does not bring me shapes but linestrings with the dirty nodes ... a good alternative if we remember that ArcView did not handle topology so the data used to be dirty product of the maintenance to the chilazo.

Geographics 2

Import data

You must select the option "import attribute table", then indicate what name the table will have in the Access database and what columns we want to import. In some cases I have seen that named .dbf files that contain spaces or weird characters cause problem.

In case of many data to be imported you can select a tile step, such that when indicating rows and columns the system will perform the process under a spatial index and can improve the performance of the equipment.

Import from arcview

image Once the data is imported, the centroids and shapes are linked to the database, such that when consulting them with the "data review" button, the existing attribute table is lifted. To activate this icon do "tools / geographics / geographics"

Import from arcview

imageLabel the data

Once the data has been imported, the information can be extracted from the Access database by "Database / anotation", which raises a panel in which the query builder can be opened, choose the table and column from where we want to bring the text.

Additionally you can choose the text format, type of element (cell, text, point), offset and if you want to concatenate data.

Any data extracted to the map is brought the link, so that you can do "data review" of this.

And ready gentlemen,





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. And a manual where I explain in detail this of exporting I import, the truth would be very useful to me.
    "Knowledge does not take up space"

  2. Thank you very much for solving the doubt is working well, if I have doubts I will write you
    hahaha I think it's a luxury to work the shp in microstation without having to go through the perfect arcmap, again thank you very much

  3. That is not done when you import it. You must import them as they come, once inside the tematizas by property.

    To thematically, you use:
    File / map manager, create a new template
    Then right click on the layer, and choose symbology, and here you choose the type of thematic symbology, with type of line, thickness, color or level.

    Once themed you can make selection by attribute to do what you want with the layers.

  4. good, look I work with Bentley PowerMap V8i and I go “File / import / gis data types...” the “interoperability” window opens
    I give "import" with the right button and I give "new import" charge the "shp"

    here all good, what I would like to do is finish importing the drawing to microstation with levels (layers) according to information from a column of the shp

    I spelled it a little better:
    in the shp I have 2000 polygons which have 3 data (surface, type of crop and environmental value)
    Once I try to import these polygons I would like them to be according to type of crop by levels.
    Because when I import it, it puts everything on the same level.

    greetings and thanks

  5. and this, can it be done in normal microstation?
    I have a few .shp with their .shx and .dbf and I would literally like to label them.

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