MicroStation CONNECT Edition Help

Place Block

Used to place a block (rectangular shape).

You can access this tool from the following:
  • Ribbon: Drawing > Home > Placement > Polygon Tools split button
  • Ribbon: Modeling > Home > Placement > Polygon Tools split button
  • Toolbox: Linear Elements

Method Sets how the block's orientation is determined.
  • Orthogonal — Block is orthogonal to the view in which the first data point is entered.
  • Rotated — Orientation is defined with a data point (step 3 in To Place a Rectangular Shape).
  • Centered - the block is generated with the data point as center (equal on both sides of the data point).
Edge 1 Lets you define the first edge. Fill in the value in the field.
The button lets you assign a new or existing variable to the edge value. You will see any existing variables in the drop-down along with options to create a new variable and a new expression. button indicates that a variable is already assigned to the value.

  • New Variable: Allows you to define a new variable to the edge value.
  • New Expression: Allows you to define a new expression to the edge value.
Note: You can remove a variable association by selecting the Remove Parametric Variables option in the element's reset pop-up (right-click) menu. This option is available for blocks that are placed with variable(s) assigned to the edges during placement. Select the element, right-click and select the below option. The variable(s) is disassociated from the element.

After the variable is removed you can edit the values in the element's Properties.
Edge 2 Lets you define the second edge.
Note: Follow the same steps mentioned in Edge 1 to define a new Variable or Expression to the edge.
Area Active Area — Solid or Hole.
Fill Type Active Fill Type — None (no fill), Opaque (filled with Active Color), or Outlined (filled with Fill Color).
Fill Color Sets the color and optional gradient with which the block is filled.
  • If Fill Type is Opaque, the Active Color is the fill color.
  • If Fill Type is Outlined, the fill color can be different from the Active Color, and the Active Color becomes the outline color.
Note: In 3D, if the second data point is placed at a different depth than the first point, the block is rotated about the x-axis of the view such that the diagonal corner is placed at the second data point. In other words, the first data point defines the depth for one horizontal segment of the block and the second data point defines the depth for the opposite segment.
Note: MicroStation does not have a “Place Square” tool. However, any of these methods can be used to place a square: