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Laura Stone

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  1. I'm trying to import a tree survey (VW 2020 Mac) but can't seem to find anywhere where the RPA (critical zone in VW-speak) can be mapped to.  Can anyone help?  Suppose can be done manually but a bit tedious.


    Also for existing trees it would be good to have a style that can be changed.  At the moment if I decide I want to change the appearance, for instance by making the critical zone in red, I seem only to be able to do this one tree at a time.  Even if I select all of the tree and make changes, they only seem to be applied to one.  





  2. Is there a way to have a tag line marker other than an enormous arrow for plant tag lines?  I have tried setting the attributes to a dot marker before drawing the plants, but this has no effect (VW 2020 Landmark)



  3. Hi Jeff,


    I have found the density under 'rate' in VW2020,  didn't spot it before because it was in with the pricing info.  I have been inputting into worksheets the data I want.  My gripe is that there is way too much data, the vast majority of which I will never need for a given project and this slows down my workflow when setting up a worksheet or adding into in the object info palette.  It would be very useful to be able to limit the data that VW displays in drop down menus etc for a given drawing.


    Hi Unearthed, I've been doing a similar thing - have a worksheet called 'plant numberer' which I usually use to calc numbers for my custom plant records.  I think this is the only time I have shown individual plant outlines, new client, I hope in future they will trust me to get the densities right!  I think if I was going to swap I might use landscape areas instead.  


    The other thing I've noticed is that VW's placing of individual plants is a bit wonky, often off to one side, due to the way the spacing has been programmed, so I am having to move them around to make them a bit more realistic.  Something like this 

    would be great!




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  4. Hi Jeff,


    Thanks for the files


    I know some people will use spacing, but Planning Conditions will almost always require a schedule with planting density (this is the case for the project I'm working on).  I notice your file does include distribution rate, I am currently on VW 2020 and that option is not coming up for me when I  create a report.


    I know some people will want the option of all of those records, but it would be good to be able to edit it for each drawing.  Just finding and picking the fields for a report at the moment involves a crazy amount of scrolling and if I was adding the info into the object info palette it would be even worse.




  5. Started using plant tool just in order to show a particular client spacing graphics and was looking at possibility of using it for plant scheduling.  There are a couple of things that don't work for me at the moment:


    Spacing - even when I have a plant style set to plants per sq m (this is surely the most usual way of expressing it in schedules?) the record available when I create a report will only return the spacing expressed as a distance.


    The number of fields in the records is huge and the vast majority are completely irrelevant for my purposes.  I really only want National Plant Spec data plus number and density.  This makes the whole thing pretty unwieldy when trying to enter data or to create a report as a plant schedule.  I can't seem to find any way of editing and deleting the fields, this would be incredibly useful.


    In the meantime I think I'll just use it to count plants and use my own plant info databases on the surrounding polygons.



  6. I have been constructing an extrude from two concentric arcs to transform into a subdivision object.  I keep having issues with the resulting polylines and polygons not having points evenly spaced along the arcs.  I've been forced to add the 'missing' points myself before extruding but this is pretty time-consuming.  I am using 'low' 2D conversion, but changing this doesn't seem to help and gives me a very complex subdivision object.


    Any ideas why it's happening?


    File attached


  7. Thanks Tony,


    I have found a workaround by dragging a new node and placing it on top of the first, so the contour is still open but works like a closed one.


    Would be good to have contours reflecting reality though.



  8. I am trying to create a cut & fill model where the proposed contours are closed.  

    VW2020 doesn't seem to close contours, when I click the final node on the first one it just creates an open contour.  If I convert a closed shape to a contour it creates an open contour.  Clicking the 'close' button on the OIP has no effect.  


    Any ideas?




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  9. Thanks very much for that, looks like a good workaround


    I do think Nemetschek need to up their game on this one, we have been using the fence/railing tool because it is quick to use and very handy for giving an accurate layout, including post positions, in 2D whilst allowing us to share IFC models with other consultants on BIM projects.  To have a tool that can't produce a normal railing type like the above without lots of workarounds is really poor and I would want it to be able to follow site contours using send to surface or similar. 



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  10. VW 2018 is very reluctant to pick up center/centre points.  I have to zoom right in to pick up a top, bottom, left or right center and it's really slowing me up.


    Is anyone else having this issue?


    It's all set to pick these up in the snapping palette and preferences and didn't have problems in previous versions.



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