I am attempting to bring in Microstation data (.DGN) into a working ArcMap file. Every time I attempt to drop the data in the map I get the following error message... (Error could not open the specified file)

The original files were .DGN, I had a friend convert them to .DWG and have received the same error. I have also attempted to use the {CAD to Geodatabase} tool on both file extension types and, once again, get the same error message when I try to add the data to the map.

Any suggestions?

  • Depending on the version of Microstation used, you can export directly from a .dgn to a .shp, for use in ArcGIS. – cl3 Apr 11 '16 at 14:25
  • We do not have a version of Microstation that allows for .shp export, wish we did. – Wetland Delineator Apr 11 '16 at 14:53

I'm pretty sure you have to use the add data button.


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    I was about to yell at you.... but instead I'm thanking you. Cant believe I didn't try that. you da man hhermann – Wetland Delineator Apr 11 '16 at 17:19
  • Ahhh hahaha! That's too funny. I tried the same thing with an Excel document one time. That's how I figured it out. Lol! And I'm a female GIS'r. So no da man. Haha! :) – hherrmann Apr 13 '16 at 12:57

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