The Evolve KnowledgeSmart training handouts cover all the essential tools necessary for efficient draughting in each of KnowledgeSmart’s key areas. The handouts provide guidance on the basic settings for each tool along with hints and tips on how to use the tools more effectively, ensuring that you understand exactly what is needed to improve your skills and efficiency using MicroStation. There is something here for all levels of experience.
Increasing productivity in what is deemed the most basic function can reap rewards. We demonstrate drawing various linear elements with specific attributes using ranges of settings. We demonstrate how to draw efficiently, using AccuDraw and all its in-built functionality. Through the use of the default shortcuts we position, offset and draw with greater accuracy. On top of this we manipulate these elements once they are drawn, by either changing their settings or geometry.
The nature of references files and all their associated attachment settings are clearly explained to dispel confusion and error. Once attached we manipulate the references – location, scale, appearance – to achieve your desired output. Then we delve into printing to make sure we print what we see – or what we don’t see, as the case may be!
Location location location – we cover the 3 L’s of reference files, so that you work in the right coordinate system at the right angle and the right view rotation every time. We’ll cover the more advanced AccuDraw tools particularly the ones relating to ACSs and introduce you to the ‘ACS’ dialogue box and how the ‘Drawing Scale’ manager works.
Visual style is still important in drawing presentation. Facilitation of a better reading comprehension whilst maintaining company style is achievable with an understanding of the various text tools available. Creation, change and manipulation of new and existing styles is covered here.
Dimensions – done once and forgetten about? Never! The constant revisiting of spatial elements demands the constant editing of dimensions – quite often someone else’s dimensions. We show you how to place and edit dimension styles so that you don’t have to resort to copying, matching or dropping.
Reuse of information is imperative and through Cells and Groups we learn when to use them, how to tell them apart and how to create them. We demonstrate how to store, edit, and manipulate cells and show their difference to the reuse of information via a reference.
All those settings that you never delve into but have a profound effect on your drawing. We show them here: colour tables, working units, locks and view attributes, and not forgetting your personal preferences – it can be the innocuous tick box that can make your day.
Bylevel vs Overrides, perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of level management. We make it clear for you by showing the different settings and their effect within the level display and level manager dialogs, including filters and controlling reference levels.
One of the most important aspects to cover is how to deliver the printed output as intended. Know your print attributes from your print styles and get the best out of your rasters.