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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2011, 03:56:30 PM »
Here is the stuff I have. I am still trying to find the actual code, but I'm not having any luck.

Thanks Keith; I'll be able to look it over later this / next week.

Greatly appreciated - Cheers! :beer:
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2011, 09:22:24 PM »
I'll be able to look it over later this / next week.

I might not get the chance to even take a look at this... It appears that my job is in jeopardy (unexpectedly).


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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2011, 12:04:55 AM »
ouch .. that sucks
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2011, 03:50:53 PM »
Sorry to hear that and hang in there.
Hope it all works out for the best.
 

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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2011, 07:38:14 PM »
Thanks guys. :beer:

I wish I could say that it is just one of those things, the economy, downsizing, etc. but it's not.

I've felt for some months now that there's something afoot. That suspicion was realized when my former boss was laid off, and there began a solid push for a unified CAD platform shift to Microstation from a dual platform group.

I'm asked to start working in Microstation late October, and just last week was unexpectedly taken off of the project due to my lack of production. Never mind that since starting to work with Microstation I've received less than a day's worth of training... 5 mins here, 30 mins there. I was given a web URL for some State training PDF's and left with the statement "the PDF's are your friend."

No training plan was developed let alone implemented, and the same person appointed responsible for our training was also responsible for assessing my proficiency. Not once was I pulled to the side so to speak for my proficiency. This same guy passed on additional tasks to me because he "didn't want to get in trouble for tasking [his] wife" whom also works under him from home part-time and is very adept at Microstation (8-10 yrs)... Conflict of interest much?

I'm beginning to suspect that this guy was getting in trouble for the submittal potentially being late (he's the Sr. Designer for this project), and hasn't been keeping the Project Manager aware of our real status. Then when light is shined on reality as a result of my emailing them both stating that "I need help" that a serious look was given to the project and I am the fall-guy for his CYA action plan.

I have five years of flawless reviews, and several unsolicited laudatory statements. Some that went all the way up the chain, two of which came from this same guy is burning me now. Well if I'm lauded for my proficiency with AutoCAD, and I work with Microstation for the first time I've ever opened the program, and only worked with it for a month or so (I did work on some other AutoCAD projects in there too), the what's different? It ain't me.

Sure there's a learning curve to consider on my part, but if you give me little training, and never. Other to pull me aside for corrective discussion / action, then how is it that I am responsible for this failure? Rhetorically speaking.  *Shrug*

Aside from an attempt to defend / redeem myself come Monday (we're having a meeting to clear the air from the horses mouth), I clearly need to find another group to work with, or even a new employer altogether. My last review was +/-10 days ago, and it was flawless. I'm not sure what else to do at this point.

Anyone have any suggestions? I already work for the largest firm in my area, so I'm open to relocation for the right fit.

** Edit - I should have mentioned that I live in SW Florida currently.

I'm at a loss here, and still don't know what to make of this... Whatever concerns they have of me have not yet been communicated to me. My supervisor asked me some questions and was visibly bothered by the "conflicting information" so I'm planning to go through all of my email, and IMs to disapprove what I can. See how it plays out from there. What else can I do at this point.
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2011, 08:35:16 AM »
Anyone have any suggestions?
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But in all seriousness... I hope things work out for you.  It's definitely a "slightly" uncomfortable situation to be in.  It's sort of like when daddy smacks mommy at the dinner table.  Well, maybe not EXACTLY like that....
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2011, 09:46:53 AM »
But in all seriousness... I hope things work out for you.  It's definitely a "slightly" uncomfortable situation to be in.

Thanks, Matt.

I did the only thing I felt that I could do at this point; I went through all of the communications I have (i.e., IM, Email, etc.), and I printed them, highlighting critical bits like when I was tasked with something, the feedback received when I provided my weekly status updates (i.e., copied my file(s) to them), and was able to show that at no time was anything derogatory mentioned to me about my productivity. I also went through the design files, and created a spreadsheet of time worked on each, in addition to a breakdown of the time billed to the job (i.e., how much time for travel, training (or the lack thereof), and billable time).

I brought the 2" binder's worth of documentation into my boss this morning, and explained that I am confused, I do not even understand what it is that I am being accused of, or by whom, and that here's the details of what I have (the printouts), but then I noted that I pulled out what I felt were the critical bits, and that more can be provided at his request. I made it clear (as the documentation validates) that all of my activities went through the Sr. Designer as instructed by the Project Manager. My inefficiency in Microstation is not due to negligence, but a lack of training and experience - I have six years of AutoCAD. I explained that at this point I am at a loss for what I could have done to jeopardize my job security - but would like to readily address and and all concerns.

Now I wait to see what comes from all of this.  :?
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2011, 02:23:18 PM »
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2011, 02:25:50 PM »
Oh! And we just got an email (my Fiance and I) today during lunch that our short sale offer was accepted today; we have a mandatory 30 day close... Looks like I'm moving over the holidays!  :lmao:
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2011, 02:57:30 PM »
Since this thread is almost fully derailed ...

So sorry to hear of your shďtuation -- I genuinely hope the new year brings much better opportunities for you to use and develep your many skills, and all due acknowlement by your employer(s).

But if I could be completely candid -- I think you're being too candid -- might reconsider what you're publishing to the world.

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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2011, 02:59:01 PM »
might reconsider what you're publishing to the world.
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2011, 04:05:47 PM »
Since this thread is almost fully derailed ...

So sorry to hear of your shďtuation -- I genuinely hope the new year brings much better opportunities for you to use and develep your many skills, and all due acknowlement by your employer(s).

But if I could be completely candid -- I think you're being too candid -- might reconsider what you're publishing to the world.

/conscience clear

Thanks, Mike... Dually noted.
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2011, 05:43:10 PM »
Wouldn't you know it .. the software I was porting to Microstation some years ago that never got traction because of lack of interest has suddenly gotten alot of interest ... I might be digging up this old bit of code and porting it after all ...
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2011, 07:52:53 AM »
In an attempt to put this cart back on track...
  • There is a book on MicroStation VBA that has a number of examples of the type you are looking for.
  • There are other ways to customize MicroStation. One is called Action Strings which are very much like an AutoCAD menu macro.
  • On the Ask Inga Wiki pages of the Bentley Forums are many example MVBA's that can be studied and modified.
  • There is also a book called MicroStation for AutoCAD users and an abridged PDF version is available online that was used as a handout at some type of user event.
  • Also, on Eat Your CAD, there is an AutoCAD DGNLIB that can be loaded that ads a Draw and Modify toolbar to MicroStation's task menus.
In closing, I have come from the other direction - learned the original mainframe IGDS before MicroStation but now can use both AutoCAD and MicroStation. Which do I prefer? MicroStation. But there are some features of AutoCAD that are better than MicroStation. However, there reverse is also true. Thankfully, their interfaces are becoming more and more alike over time.
MicroStation also supports keying in a number of AutoCAD commands. Type DWG followed by an AutoCAD command and see what happens. Actually, DW is all you must type, as when typing in commands, MicroStation auto-completes them as soon as it sees a match in its command lists. There is also a shortcut key \ or / - I can never remember which that can be used instead of DWG, but I have not had good success with it - so I stick to DWG.
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Re: Microstation VBA
« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2011, 07:56:46 AM »
Thanks for your response, caddcop.

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