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Laura Stone

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  1. Have this issue in a different scenario, 2D symbols from VW 2016 containing arcs when imported keep flipping over. 


    Assume when the bug fix is done it will address this?


    In the meantime the 179.9° trick does seem to resolve it for my cricket outfields

  2. We really need to have hardscape objects with component buildup that fit to undulating contours - something like a texture bed with 3D projection beneath. Even better if the 3D component acts as a site modifier allowing true cut and fill to be calculated.

    I've just been watching Design Software Solutions' webinar and I can see that hardscape works fine if you have a very simple and straightforwardly sloped area to deal with.

    Unfortunately that's rarely the case in real life, for instance usually if fitting to existing levels at the edge of a site or an existing building the slopes are going to be in many different directions and frequently undulating. Hardscapes such as tarmac and block paving do not have to slope to even gradients and frequently don't.

    I'm being asked by clients whether I can provide BIM information on landscape buildups for some of my projects now and am having to tell them that I can only give them existing and proposed site models.

  3. I'm trying to work out what it is that allows a site model to export to IFC. I have made a simple file that exported correctly, but when I copy and paste the the site model into a new VW file nothing will induce it to export.

    I've enclosed the files as zips - it is cone new that won't export anything useful.

    Any ideas where I'm going wrong?

    Just experimenting, I actually want to export a much much bigger site model.

  4. Thanks all,

    First I tried doing the loft surface for my base shape (the original one was a curve extracted from a cone with the top lopped off). No joy.

    Then I removed the base from my array objects (they were solid additions). That did the trick with a few adjustments.

    Also tried the double hex but found it more difficult to control.

    So in conclusion must use extrudes and not solid additions.


  5. I'm trying to get a surface array to work on a 3D surface and instead of scaling and distorting the array objects as I think it is supposed to VW 2015 is overlapping them.

    The file is too big to add so I've included a pdf

  6. OK, I've used this technique on a new set of drawings, but when I updated the reference (Architect's drawing) the viewports have a whole load of vital information missing e.g. windows and doors!

    On looking into it it the windows and doors are on new layers that the Architect has created but for some reason these new layers are not available in the viewport to switch on, despite updating the reference. Am I missing something or is this a bug?


  7. Landscape walls are incredibly clunky at the moment. I'm trying to model an existing site and would like to use walls as kerbs (the road tool is useless for this). The survey of course has the top and bottom kerb level in the same place so not possible to model 'as is'.

    Is there not a way that a variant of landscape wall tool can be made that starts at the surface of the site model and has a certain elevation above it, with a choice of the top sloped or stepped, and in all other respects acts just like the existing retaining wall tool?

    Also would want it to be applied to the existing site model so that it wouldn't appear in a cut/fill exercise.

  8. When I use a texture bed on a site model the orientation of the texture when rendered seems completely random which looks terrible for some kinds of paving.

    Anyone know if there's a way of controlling the orientation, preferably by individual texture bed?


  9. We've encountered a problem in VW 2011 where if an object with data is in a viewport on a design layer any numbers in the data are doubled. This doesn't happen if the viewport is on a sheet layer.

    I can't think of a reason why I'd want the data to be doubled, but even if there are people out there who'd want that as a feature there really should be an option to include or not include the data in the object info palette.

  10. We use a system of symbols with record formats to make co-ordinate tables for setting out. This worked fine in VW12, but we're having problems in VW2008 to do with references within the formulae. We use excel to make the list of numbers and then copy them in to the first column. As an aside it would be nice if the worksheets had an excel-like feature where you can add the first couple of numbers then select and drag to get the rest.

    We then have a formula in each of the next two columns that references the X-centre and Y-centre of the symbols with the record given in the first column. In VW12 we could do that using e.g. =XCENTER((('Co-ord'.'Ref'=A2))) but this doesn't seem to work any more for new worksheets (bizarrely old worksheets still update OK).

    See the enclosed drawing with three symbols with records, the first two rows contain the formula and a reference to the cell containing the record number - this has not worked. The last row has the record number entered manually and does work - however with some of our drawings having 600 co-ordinate references I'm not too keen to have to revise each record manually.

    Anyone have any ideas?? :)

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