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  1. A few years back I was using slope analysis and could use the same answer. At the time, I merely used the eyedropper tool to select similar colored polys and then wrote down the answer for each area.
  2. I got my first notice for renewal of service select, which means I probably get the VW 2023 download in a month or so. My problem is that I am semi to fully retired in the design biz, having taken a full time position elsewhere but am allowed to continue a few projects that were initiated before starting my new position. The question as it relates to VW is whether there are enough new features in Landmark to make it worth upgrading one more year? The roadmap section didn't appear to give too much away, although, "site modifier improvements" are included and would be what I would be most interested in, but there isn't much detail. I'm not even sure this is the best forum to put this in, but thought I would give it a try with all the landscape gurus here. Thanks in advance.
  3. A bit late to help, I fear, but I have excluded interior areas from a site model by drawing a very narrow (1' or less, so it isn't visible to the naked eye) from the edge of the site model to somewhere in the area to be excluded and combined those surfaces. The active site model boundary goes right around the area and calculates just fine.
  4. Jeff P, I think so. The client mentioned that firms he talked to that use ACAD also get the same problem with mesh generated slope models. He didn't say what program they transferred it over to to get the more solid looking areas he was looking for.
  5. Thanks. I am using the max number of categories, and there is a limit to how close the hues should be to represent the slope differences. I tried a few more settings, and in a way, using the 3D grid color slopes method works better with bigger squares rather than smaller ones, but in irregular site shapes tends to not render the partial squares at the edges. Seems like there should be a fix for that, as well.
  6. I think you could get a contour over cut and fill look by copying your site model, using the contour only setting, and then laying it back over the red/blue cut and fill version. If that second model messes up the ability to generate the cut/fill quantities, then ungroup it to polygons, smooth, and lay it directly over the cut fill map. And, I wonder if a third model of a grid of 3D loci could represent that grid of elevations. Agree, the shaded bits might work better. I wonder if they could adapt the six category slope analysis model categories to at least get cuts from 0-2, 2-5, etc.? All in all, yes, that site model tool could use some upgrading for big earthwork projects. I know one LA who exports it to another program to do his cut and fill models, but I would prefer to stay in VW.
  7. I am doing a slope analysis project, but in whatever mode I use, 2D triangle, 2D contours with colored slopes, 3D grid, etc. the client is objecting to the pixilated nature of the slope areas. He says some programs have a feature that cleans up various color areas into one color for graphic clarity, using some kind of blur effect. The VW graphics look like those hurricane maps with a lot of swirling that is hard to look at. Also, I have having loads of trouble with the preformatted slope analysis report. I seem to have it narrowed down to the fact that there can be only one site model in a drawing for it to report accurately. Anyone else experience this? (I had actually be overlaying site models to get all the graphic and info I needed, and even making sure the criteria for the report was by "on site model layer only" in the graphic settings, and also in the report criteria, the reports seem to pick up every site model and / or crash the program. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
  8. I am doing a slope analysis project, but in whatever mode I use, 2D triangle, 2D contours with colored slopes, 3D grid, etc. the client is objecting to the pixilated nature of the slope areas. He says some programs have a feature that cleans up various color areas into one color for graphic clarity, using some kind of blur effect. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
  9. Alan, thanks for that. A few of those resources look like they might have promise and I will look into those.
  10. Alan, Yes, that is what I am doing. I just need to convince the potential client that 7 variations is enough. We asked VW if it was possible to change those number of categories of slope, but apparently, that is pretty well buried in old code, and not easy to change. I will keep looking into Marionette and Data Viz, but obviously, the easiest is to just stay in VW basic functions, and perhaps convince them that 7 categories is enough!
  11. These are golf green "heat maps." Their intent (although I have never, as a golfer, figured out just how the book tells me how hard to hit the putt!) is to help both golfers and also greenskeepers in putting the hole locations in an area golfers could be expected to reasonably make a putt, with anywhere from 3-4% being the absolute maximum, and 1.5% the minimum for drainage). So, then, the map needs to show <1.5%, 1.75, 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75, 3, 3.5, 3.75, 4, and then areas of steeper slopes (in some kind of deep, warm, red!) for slopes from >5%, >10, >15%, >20%, etc. With a little tweaking I might get them to accept fewer, but not only 7.
  12. Jeff, I need to overlay slope analysis models to get the number of classifications I want. I figure if the lower slope model has the over 5% slope clear (I tried white) or very opaque white, I can put it over the other site model where the slope analysis will be from 5.1% up. I have tried one opaque site model over the other, but it doesn't work. I suppose I could trim the site model on top, leaving no color. Is there a way like Photoshop where we can remove color from an object? Thanks in advance.
  13. Related to my overlapping site models, my client has asked for more slope categories than VW's standard 6 (7 if you count the "in excess of" category. They actually want about 12. My idea was to copy the reduced area site model and do one slope analysis from 0-5%, leaving the excess white, and the next model with various colors from 5%+. However, even with low opacity it doesn't work with the bottom layer colors dulled out. It occurs that if a white color could be given very low opacity in the color palate manager, maybe that would work? But, I don't see anything in the help guides that suggests such a nearly "no fill" color can be produced. Any other ideas?
  14. bcd, Thanks, and I have done that in the past, but Bryan's method works as well. It seems my problem was closing VW and reopening it, and then everything seems to work as expected.
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