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I have been using SW for about 8 years but before that I used MicroStation.
I still have MicroStation for the legacy data but do not use it anymore for design.
I believe there is proprietary software out there for converting DGN to SolidWorks but I have never used it.
So far, all the CAD data that has been converted from our MicroStation seat has been done via MicroStations own export facilities into 'ParaSolid' (.x_t) files.
Your contractor will be able to supply the converted files to in this format.
As ParaSolid files they are dimensionally correct but will lack edit-ability.
Although they can be converted inside SolidWorks with some degree of success by using the 'import diagnostics' and 'feature recognition' tools.
I hope this was of use.
You responce was very helpful. We we able to see succesful results with a step file. However, I was hoping a straight .dgn file could be interpreted.
I have never use the feature recognition tool. I will have to learn this functionality.
Justin, if you have AutoCAD 2008 or later, then you can open a DGN directly. Additionally, Microstation is very good at writing DWG files-which solidworks can import. In either case, you're not going to get features (even assuming the microstation user used the small subset of parametric commands available to him to create his geometry)