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  1. You can print the PDF help sections, at least I have in the past, to take and learn on the road. In the end, I think the best way is to learn by doing, hopefully with someone more experienced at your side to guide you. Perhaps your local user group? Or, one of the many trainers who will come to your office (or at least used to) or you can go to VW courses at HQ and periodically elsewhere, too.
  2. LOL, and I find it is often hard to change out the north arrow style, for some reason, it defaults back to one I used somewhere along the way. Not sure if there is a fix for that? In any case, if there were a stylistic north arrow hall of fame, cataloging typical north arrows by decade, this list could be included. If anyone knows, are there any new stylistic N Arrow trends? In golf, I see a lot of folks going back to the 1920's style north arrows.
  3. You can change the stacking order in the organization palette, no? I have also found it helpful to list layers either alphabetically, where possible, and change the names of layers 1-9 to 01, 02, 03, etc. which keeps layer 10 from being after layer 1, for instance.
  4. Can't wait to see how the push pull works on 3D polygons. Hate to have to go back to 2D bezier modes on free form grading. Would also love being able to push pull a group of flowing polygons to stretch out one side of a designed mound/earthform/hill.
  5. The ultimate shortcut, no? After that, in a few years, maybe we can draw, say, polylines simply be moving our eyes. Seems like that US Air Force technology is now old enough to be filtering down to everyday use.....and a lot more useful than Tang! (for those of you old enough to remember and get that joke.....)
  6. As a golf course architect, I need all custom classes, LOL. While not familiar with all the classes you mention, I find that my "proposed" layers and classes ought to be first and existing layers and classes (which don't get changed as often after you set up the base map) ought to show up near the bottom of the list. It saves some scrolling for me, anyway. Visually, the construction items (drainage, contouring) show up on top of contours, existing features, etc. naturally, as well, which works for my kind of work. I use letters first, not numbers and find names that allow me to be alliterative, i.e., while being in the correct (for me) order. Then, drainage classes always start with 'D". A 10" drain pipe is D-10, for example, and go in the appropriate layers, rather than putting everything in "Design Layer 1". A bit more work, but easier to avoid mistakes and get quantities, control the drawing look, etc. A- Activate Project (including prelim staking, etc) B- Brushing and Clearing C- Contouring (Grading) D- Drainage E - Engineering and Environmental F - Features G - Grassing H - Hardscape I - Irrigation K - 3d Contours/polys M - Site Model X - Existing (XS for ex site, XG for ex golf, etc) Z - Aerials and imports. Call be crazy, but we debate putting all those separate layers as well. It's a little complicated, but does allow working in "Show Other" layers, without worry that I am picking up a clearing line when I am working on drainage, etc. To simplify and reduce file size, we actually have templates for concept drawings only, and only use the full template once we get to construction drawings, importing classes as we need to. Probably not for everyone, but thought I would share.
  7. Thanks, Pat. Will tee this one up later today!
  8. Agree on the worksheet function, but am I the only one who likes to set classes to show or gray others, hit select all just to take a quick look that some drain pipe class (say 6" or whatever) just looks like they are all right? Old school yes, but I never quite trust all the automation. But, yes, eventually getting them into a bid form this works great.
  9. If you use viewports to place your drawings on sheet layers, you can edit the viewport to scale up lines and hatches specifically to that scale. It's under advanced properties at the bottom when you click to open a viewport. I have some standard viewports because we go back and forth from 100, 200 and 30 scales. I have used the line weight scale factor but haven't yet fiddled with the hatch settings.
  10. Pat, I probably wasn't as clear as I should have been. Can you work in feet on the drawing, but use the dual dimensions of yards in a worksheet? Forgot to mention the scorecard is a worksheet......
  11. I asked this question a few weeks ago. No answer, and I haven't found a way to do it. On things like our drainage plans, which could be lines from point to point, we just remember to add a third point, even if on a straight line, and draw them as polygons. It is also possible to compose 2 (or more) intersecting lines after drawing them and it converts them to a polygon where the perimeter is the length. If you have multiple combined lines they will all compose/connect only to themselves, and it will show as 4 (or whatever) polygons with a total measurement, if all are selected. While a bit time consuming, if you did it often, a simple script and shortcut key to run it would speed it up. Best I got! I hope others have better!
  12. I know I knew this at one time but can't for the life of me find the answer on VW help, so I thought I would try here...... In my golf course work, I usually work in feet for construction measurements, but would prefer the scorecard report in yards, without my having to create a formula of "Record/3". I recall reading somewhere (Jonathan P maybe?) that worksheets could be set to different units than the drawing. Can that (still) be done? Thanks if advance for pointing out the obvious on a Monday morning.....
  13. Yes, that does take a long time to do anything and freezes up. We do a lot of similar grading. It appears you simplified polys which is good. You can try to simplify more, especially since the smoothness of the site model shouldn't be apparent or important below water. Someone once told me that contour lines with tens of vertices are better than hundreds, which should be the max. If any contour counts in the thousands of vertices it will take forever to calculate, so keep simplifying until you get the count as low as possible and still achieve the look you want. Looks like most of yours have in the tens to low hundreds, so I think Bryan is right - try only the top and bottom contours, which should probably give you what you want.
  14. Pat, Is there a way to measure multiple lines in a selection? Seems I can only measure one at a time.


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