Batch Convert DGN to DWG using Microstation

This tip requires that you (or someone else) has Microstation. To be honest, the only thing that I know how to do in Microstation is open a DGN file (Microstation file) and either  do a “Save as” > .DWG or use the batch processor that is within Microstation to convert a bunch of DGNs into DWG files.

Side Note: I wish that AutoCAD had some sort of batch utility that was built into the program like Microstation has. Notice in the screen shot below there is both a “Batch Converter” and a “Batch process”… (hint hint Autodesk)

  • Go to the “Utilities” menu and select “Batch Converter”

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Refer to the picture below to set the following:

  • What files are to be processed.
  • What file type you want the DGN to be convert to (in this case – “DWG”)
  • What folder the .DWG files should go into.

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When the dialog box named “Save As DWG/DXF Options” opens – there are some Microstation settings that you will need to configure in order to get the desired results of your .DWG files – Like how Microstation handles references and attachments. And I think I remember someone saying that Microstation can have multiple Model Spaces…

Refer to the below Screen shot and adjust as you find necessary.

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Once the settings have been set, you can save these settings for future use if this will be an on-going process for a project.

Click the top button and then the bottom “Convert” button and watch it chug away…

Note: if you don’t get the desired results in the DWG files, you may need to adjust the settings in the above dialog. It might take some trial and error…

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I hope this helps or is at least a starting point for some of you.

~Greg

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