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I remembered that there was a thread about the problems of converting
AutoCad to Microstation. I recently evaluated a copy of Integraph Imagineer
2.0 and found that it can be used as a common platform for the coordination
of Autocad and Microstation drawings.
the first part has to do with Imagineer's relationship to both AutoCad and
Microstation. The second part of this post has to do with placing
MicroStation or AutoCAD information inot a drawing sheet. Also note that
Imagineer supports AutoCad Paper and Model Space.
This may be the answer that you have been looking for:

Here are some instructions taken from the Help files of Imagineer:

Imagineer Technical recognizes the formats of other drawing software, such
as MicroStation and AutoCAD, and allows you to move information created by
those applications into Imagineer Technical. You can then locate and
establish relationships between the new information and elements on the
drawing sheet.
Opening AutoCAD and MicroStation Documents
Before you bring an AutoCAD or MicroStation document into Imagineer
Technical, you can change options for opening or inserting the document with
the Options command on the Tools menu. The options appear on the Foreign
Data tab of the Options dialog box.

On the Foreign Data tab, you can access one of several dialog boxes to
specify which template to attach to an AutoCAD or MicroStation document that
you import into Imagineer Technical.
You can then use the following methods to move AutoCAD (.DWG or .DXF) or
MicroStation (.DGN) documents into Imagineer Technical:

Cutting and pasting.
	Dragging and dropping.
	Inserting the information as an object.
	Opening the document directly.

Cutting and Pasting
You can select the information in the AutoCAD or MicroStation document and
then cut or copy the information and paste it into Imagineer Technical with
the Paste or Paste Special command.
Dragging and Dropping
You can select the information in the AutoCAD or MicroStation document and
then drag and drop it into Imagineer Technical. In the Windows Explorer,
select the AutoCAD or MicroStation document and then drag and drop it into
Imagineer Technical. The document will be embedded in the drawing by
default. Right before you drop the document, you can embed the document in
Imagineer Technical by pressing the CTRL key. If you press CTRL + SHIFT, the
document is linked. When you drop the document, handles appear that allow
you to scale the object. The foreign document is placed into Imagineer
Technical and behaves much like a symbol, allowing you to click to place it
or move it around.

Note  You can set placement options by clicking the Options command on the
Tools menu. Then, you can set the options you want on the Reference File tab
of the Options dialog box.

Inserting as an Object
Inside Imagineer Technical, you can insert the entire foreign document with
the Object command on the Insert menu. On the Object dialog box, you can set
the option to link or embed the document. After you insert the object,
Imagineer Technical places a SmartFrame border around the object, allowing
you to crop it without altering the scale of the object. The geometry of the
inserted document is recognized; you can use the relationship indicators to
draw or create relationships between the geometry of the inserted object and
other elements in the Imagineer Technical document. You can edit the
inserted object by double-clicking it.

Note The Object command inserts any OLE 2.0 enabled object, such as a Word
or .AVI document, or CAD document, such as .DWG. The inserted object can
then be edited by double-clicking it.

Embedding or Linking AutoCAD or MicroStation Documents
Depending on how you move the foreign information, you can choose to link or
embed the foreign document in Imagineer Technical.
When you link information from a .DGN or .DWG document to Imagineer
Technical, the information is displayed in the .IGR document. When you
change the original source document, the information in Imagineer Technical
automatically updates. You can locate and establish relationships between
elements in the Imagineer Technical document and elements in the linked
object.

Note If you establish relationships between elements in the Imagineer
Technical document and a linked object, the relationships will be removed if
you change the position of elements in the source document and then update
the link in Imagineer Technical.

You can also embed MicroStation or AutoCAD documents in an Imagineer
Technical document. Embedding copies information and stores the information
in Imagineer Technical. If you change the copied information, the original
information does not change.
Opening AutoCAD or MicroStation Documents Directly
You can also use the Open command on the File menu to translate and open
documents. You should not open a foreign document with the Open command,
make changes, and then save the document back out to its original format.
This process is not recommend because of the potential loss of element
fidelity.

Using MicroStation Fonts and Styles in an Imagineer Technical Document
If you want to make line styles from MicroStation resource files available
in an Imagineer Technical document, you can reference the styles with style
resource documents. You can reference a MicroStation .RSC file from the
active template or document by clicking the Styles Resources button on the
Styles dialog box.
When you attach an .RSC file from the current document or template, the
styles in the resource document are added to the Style dropdown list on the
active document's ribbon bar.

If you attach a MicroStation .RSC file as a line style resource, the styles
are not copied into the active document. The line styles remain in the .RSC
file. If you send the drawing document to others, you should send a copy of
the .RSC file along with the drawing.
Fonts
Imagineer Technical supports the system TrueType fonts delivered with
Windows and supplies additional ANSI and ISO TrueType? engineering fonts.
Imagineer Technical also supports MicroStation fonts. When you open a .DWG
or .DGN document, Imagineer Technical provides a default mapping to
determine which TrueType font will be assigned to which AutoCAD font. You
can make changes to this mapping to define your own mapping. You can change
the mapping with the Options command on the Tools menu. On the File
Locations tab, you can set the paths to the font resources by
double-clicking on Fonts 1, 2, and 3.

Line Types
Imagineer Technical provides ten different line types. The software also
supports MicroStation line types. When you open or save a .DWG
 or .DGN document, a default linestyle mapping automatically determines
which Imagineer Technical line type is assigned to which foreign line type.
You can change the way the lines are mapped with the Options command on the
Tools menu. On the Foreign Data tab, you can click the appropriate Options
button.

Line Widths
Imagineer Technical provides a default set of line widths that correspond to
standard metric pencil leads: .13, .18, .25, .35, .5, .7, 1.0, 1.4, and 2.0.
When you open or save an AutoCAD document with the Save As command, a
mapping determines what Imagineer Technical weight goes with what color in
the foreign document; you can also define the threshold used to determine
when polylines with width must be created. When you open a MicroStation
document, a default mapping determines which Imagineer Technical line width
will be assigned to go with which MicroStation weight. You can make changes
to any of the default mappings to define your own mapping with the Options
command on the Tools menu. On the Foreign Data tab, you can click the
appropriate Options button.

Colors
AutoCAD documents have a fixed number of colors (8, 16, or 256 depending on
the version). Since Imagineer Technical uses true color, the color table of
the prototype document is used as the basis of the translation. Each color
is matched to the closest available AutoCAD color.
MicroStation maintains a fixed number of colors in a color table for each
document. Since Imagineer Technical uses true color, the color table of the
seed file is used as the basis of the translation. The default color table
provided with Imagineer Technical defines the first 16 colors as standard
and fills in the rest of the colors as they are needed. If the color table
is full, then each color is matched to the closest MicroStation color. All
colors in MicroStation are translated to true RGB values in Imagineer
Technical.

Layers
Within an Imagineer Technical document, there are an unlimited number of
layers per sheet. When translating foreign files into Imagineer Technical,
the layers in AutoCAD or levels in MicroStation keep the same names. A layer
mapping table is provided on the MicroStation Export Options dialog box, due
to MicroStation's limit of 63 levels.
Cells or Blocks
When translating in a .DGN or .DWG document, the default is to translate
cells or blocks into symbols. You can change this default with the Options
command on the Tools menu so that cells or blocks are embedded. This
translates cells and blocks into embedded symbols in Imagineer Technical.

Saving Imagineer Technical as MicroStation or AutoCAD Documents
You can save an Imagineer Technical document as an AutoCAD or MicroStation
document. Before you do this, you can adjust the translation options with
the Options command on the Tools menu. On the Foreign Data tab, you can
click the appropriate Options button.
When you save an Imagineer Technical document as a .DGN, .DWG, or .DXF
document, the active sheet is saved. On the Options dialog box, you can map
Imagineer Technical layers to MicroStation levels (1
?63). All the remaining layers are placed on the last layer or level of the
foreign document. The layer names are preserved, whether importing or
exporting MicroStation documents.

You do not have to map layers for AutoCAD documents; the layer names are
imported or exported as named in the native document. If an Imagineer
Technical layer has not been mapped, it is automatically placed on the next
available layer or level in the foreign document until the last level or
layer has been encountered.
Symbols in Imagineer Technical are saved as shared cells in MicroStation
(.DGN) documents. Symbols are saved as blocks in AutoCAD (.DWG) documents.

Items Not Supported During Translations
Tags and attributes are supported in that they are brought in as text during
the import or export of foreign data. The following items are not supported:

Attached raster images
	Linked or embedded objects (reference files)

Elements Not Supported During Translations
The following elements are not supported:

MicroStation:

Nested reference files beyond one level
	OLE links for exporting to foreign documents

AutoCAD:

Xline, Ray, and Mline


Place AutoCAD or MicroStation Information onto the Drawing Sheet
To place AutoCAD or MicroStation information onto the drawing sheet, you
must first open Imagineer Technical and open the document that you want. You
should set options for bringing the AutoCAD or MicroStation information into
the document with the Options command on the Tools menu. The options are on
the Foreign Data tab.
To Drag and Drop a Document

1	Open the Windows Explorer and select the AutoCAD or MicroStation document
that you want.
2	Drag and drop the document onto the drawing sheet in Imagineer Technical.

To Insert a Document

On the Insert menu, click the Object command and select the AutoCAD or
MicroStation document that you want.

To Drag and Drop Selected Elements

1	Open the AutoCAD or MicroStation document and select the elements that you
want.
2	Drag and drop the selected elements onto the drawing sheet in Imagineer
Technical.

Note If you press CTRL while you drag a document, the symbol is embedded. If
you press CTRL + SHIFT, the document is linked.

To Copy and Paste Selected Elements

1	Open the AutoCAD or MicroStation document and select the elements that you
want.
2	Copy the selected information.
3	In Imagineer Technical, on the Edit menu, click the Paste, Paste Special,
or Copy command to copy the selected elements onto the drawing sheet.

Tips

You can also open a MicroStation or AutoCAD document directly with the Open
command on the File menu.
	Once you place the MicroStation or AutoCAD information on the drawing
sheet, you can locate elements and establish relationships between the new
information and elements that you place using Imagineer Technical.