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Element Templates

Screenshot of the Element Template dropdownThe FLH Element Template Library defines the default element appearance and behavior of elements used for specific purposes in DGN files.  Using the element template designed for a specific task will select the proper level, color, weight, type, text and dimension style, as well as other element attributes.  When using a feature definition, an element template is already included so does not have to be chosen specifically.  Choose an element template when doing non civil element drafting.

Choose an element template from the dropdown menu.  Turning on the Element Template Association lock will store the element template on the element so that when changes are made to the template the element will reflect those changes.  If not turned on then the element will be drawn with the appearance from the element template, but will not remember the template.  Normally turn the lock on.

Drafting Element Templates

Use the templates found in the Annotation > General folder for drafting of plan set details:

Element TemplateFunctionAppearance
GraphicsUse for miscellaneous detail line workElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Details.  Normal text justified left-top.
Plan notes FeetUse for miscellaneous detail annotationElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified left-top using dimension style Feet.
Plan notes Feet-InchUse for miscellaneous detail annotation with architectural dimensioningElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified left-top using dimension style Feet-Inch.
Plan notes MetricUse for miscellaneous detail annotation with Metric dimensioningElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified left-top using dimension style Metric.
Plan notes AreaUse for labeling with tilde arrow to indicate a large area.Elements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified left-top using dimension style Area.
Plan notes DottedUse for labeling with dot for an arrow to indicate a small region.Elements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified left-top using dimension style Dot.
Numbered noteUsed for numbered notesElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  Normal text justified right-top.
Note headingUsed for Notes heading textElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.01' [0.12"] text justified left-top.
Table headingUsed for table headings and outlines drawn in MicroStationElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Tables.  Normal text justified center-center. (Use Subheading Element Template for table name text.)
Table itemUsed for left justified table entries and vertical linesElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Tables.  Normal text justified left-top with increased line spacing.
Table item centerUsed for center justified table entries and vertical linesElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Tables.  Normal text justified center-top with increased line spacing.
Table thin linesUsed for internal horizontal table linesElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Tables, except weight set to zero.
SubheadingUsed for minor headings in the plan sheetElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.008' [0.096"] text justified center-center.
HeadingUsed for major headings in the plan sheet and Begin Project labelsElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.01' [0.12"] bold text justified center-center using dimension style Limits/Section.
Agency (Vert)Used for agency name on title sheetsElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.02' [0.24"] text justified center-center, Times New Roman font.
Project Name (Vert)Used for project name on title sheetsElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.02' [0.24"] bold text justified center-center.
Small (Vert)Used for minimum sized text on Sheet Borders and other minor small textElements drawn ByLevel on level D_Dimensions.  0.005' [0.06"] bold text justified left-top.
Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2022