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Laura Stone

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  1. When applying drop shadows to an existing tree symbol if using document units the shadow comes out square (on a round tree), change to page units (which I don't want to do as the shadow will be huge on viewports at hall scales) and the shadow comes out round again. The shadow appears round in both cases when in edit mode. I've also found the class drop shadow very temperemental, usually I apply it and it immediately reverts.
  2. Hi, yes that's roughly what I do now but it is pretty time consuming. Thanks for looking at it Laura
  3. I want to have styled walls of a fixed height (300mm) below the top of the wall and to be able to move the top of the wall using the reshape tool so that the top slopes but the base remains 300mm below the top. It's possible to set offsets in the components of the wall but I can't find a way to fix the height like this. Does anyone know how to do this?
  4. Hi Tom Thanks for the reply, I've checked and it doesn't seem to be working for me. In fact strangely I have a landscape area style where I can see one instance is changing the DTM and another one isn't. All of the settings for the 3D display are by style, so I'm stumped as to what is causing the different behaviour. The ones that are altering the site model aren't on the Site-DTM-Modifier class, so don't think it's that. Laura
  5. From VW Help: "When a landscape area with components is set to modify a site model, the components below the designated datum component modify the proposed site model and affect the cut and fill calculations. However, the site model contours display across the top of the landscape area normally, indicating the final surface as specified by the datum" Where can you set the landscape area with components to modify the site model? I can't find this anywhere. Laura
  6. 15 years on is there any way this could be automatically incorporated into the parking space tool? A bit like linking text blocks in inDesign perhaps.
  7. My workaround for this in the meantime is to have leader and marker as by instance and for the ones where you really can't get them in the right place switch them off and draw your own leader line.
  8. Hi Jeremy Thanks for this, yes it is in the yellow pretty consistently when I'm working on that drawing. Swap is 4.15. I think I'll live with it as future drawings should be smaller and tidier - this one's gone on for years and just added more and more on. There is also Cineware using a fair bit but assume that is part of VW? Was more keen on lightness than speed for my laptop but something to bear in mind for a new desktop, 32Gb would presumably perform a lot better. Laura
  9. This is particularly bad for planting plans, there are often areas of planting where you literally can't get the tag attachment point on the plant you want becasue of others overlapping. Also seems to default (with multiple attachment points) to a rectangle around the item, rather than the boundary.
  10. Hi Jeremy I'm using VW2022 on a 2020 M1 MacBook Air with 16Gb RAM. I thought my profile had that, but did I post in the wrong section? Thanks Laura
  11. I have a drawing that is pretty large and on the slow side, but noticed that it keeps pausing whilst the green bar at the bottom of the window moves across with the text 'caching graphics...) This is just revising text in a top/plan view viewport, so not anything I would have thought was putting strain on VW. Any ideas how to prevent it doing this? Thanks Laura
  12. I think this is the same issue as I reported here
  13. Just a bump for this one. Unless I've missed something the landscape area tool only gives you a staggered hedge if you draw each section of hedge at 45° and then rotate it into place so a bit of a long workaround and means lots of labels.
  14. Hi Katarina Did you have that recording? Also how to do custom tags - the default ones aren't what I'm after. Thanks Laura
  15. It would be good if the plant tag settings (or at least 'right' and 'left') could be independent of the plant style. I know it's possible to use a separate data tag but if there is a plant tag built in to VW surely it should be more useful.
  16. I would like to be able to set a custom label position for stakes. I prefer to have the labels in the 'corner' of the cross that I'm using as a marker and it's very time consuming to have to change it after inserting each one.
  17. I have used a custom 2D Exiting tree symbol with transparency and a drop shadow so that everything on the drawing beneath doesn't get hidden and the canopy casts a shadow. This works fine for trees with a regular canopy diameter, but when used with the irregular canopy size the transparency and the drop shadow disappear. Is this a bug and can it be fixed?
  18. Would it be possible to have an option to show tree significance categories in accordance with BS 5837 instead of the defaults in VW? At the moment I either have to fill in the significance manually or change the tree survey file to match the VW categories.
  19. Currently there is no facility as far as I can see to bring in the critical root zone diameter from a tree survey. This means that I have to bring it in to 'field 7' and then type it in manually which can be very time-consuming for a project with many existing trees. Can this feature be added?
  20. It would be good it VW could merge the canopies of existing tree objects when they are close together, perhaps by selecting them plus a command. Separate canopies can look messy in some circumstances.
  21. When I update files to VW2022 then add a new grade object, if I don't change global settings it converts all of the existing grade objects in the drawing to % instead of rise over run. In the large file I was working on this is taking so long that it appears that VW has crashed. Similar happens if I change the global setting to rise over run first, it hangs for ages before it will display the cursor to add the grade object. Nearly sent my 800Mb+ file to support before realising that it was actually doing something. Once the grade object has been put in VW acts normally.
  22. Initially it was because I was using only this method and straight geometry 3D polys modifiers. A curbs curve on its own will mean that the area 'contained' by it is not affected, only the line of it, so by converting a 3D poly I could add vertices to make an enclosed shape that would affect the whole area in question. I've just done an experiment where I made a curbs a site modifier and then used gradients attached to each end to close the shape and it worked, so thanks for the suggestion
  23. I am having the same issue, I think it is a bug because the guidance talks about the alpha channel importing when making the image resource. Other clues: In top view, rather than top/plan, the transparency is there When you scroll across the area, or zoom in and out, the transparency momentarily appears.
  24. I was given a tip a while back to use landscape areas and not hardscapes for the hard surfaces (just with the plants switched off) and I do find that it works much better. This was after finding that hardscapes and landscape areas don't play nicely together. So for angular geometry I use grade networks and for curved areas I have the following workaround: Make a wall style called 'kerb' (or 'edging') and use a curved wall on the area you want. Set the top level to the level you want at the one end of the kerb and put into a 3D view. You can now use the reshape tool to move the other end of the kerb up or down to the correct level. Now use the 'extract' tool to extract a nurbs curve along the top edge of the kerb and convert it to a 3D polygon. Close the 3D poly and add any necessary additional vertices. Move the 3D poly into the Site- DTM - Modifier class to grade the site model. I have grades at the top and bottom of kerbs which gives a slope between them but use the wall style to represent the kerb and landscape areas for the hard surfaces each side so the slope is not seen in the modelling, only on the site model which I don't export to IFC.
  25. Using grade networks to model levels on a site at the moment, but living in terror of the day that the FFL of the building gets changed, this happens a lot. It would be very useful to be able to select a number of grade objects and just move them in the z dimension to fit a new FFL. At the moment the process would be very laborious, manually changing the two levels at each end of the grade. I probably have over 200 of them on this particular site. Is this something that could be incorporated?
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