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Ed Wachter

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  1. Andy, Thanks for the comments. I am aware of the Show Other Objects in Editing Modes setting; I use it all the time. I wasn't having problems with the "other" objects. It was the outline of the object itself that was disappearing. My co-workers and I also have some objects disappear while editing groups (objects with the group) so it may not specifically be a problem with the hardscapes. Perhaps it's related to our computers all being about 6 years old. I'll post again if I learn more but I am not currently working on a project that uses hardscapes. Thanks Ed
  2. Thanks Benson & Tom. So far, I'm resolving this by ignoring the modifier conflict warnings. In my current project it appears that separating an aligned slab from the other objects (by even 1mm) prevents that slab from aligning with those objects. I'm using 3D polys, other hardscape objects and a roadway poly to control the shape of a twisted driveway. Tom - Thanks for mentioning the cut volume calcs. Yes, I see that the hardscapes do not offer an option for "Apply to existing" or "proposed". But I'll keep using the hardscapes unless the calcs become critical. I like to avoid static modifiers that need to be adjusted or recreated as the design changes. When I get to the point where I need cut & fill volumes then I'll try Benson's strategy of extracting the bottom surfaces to use as modifiers. Benson - it seems like there's a lot to unpack in your "Some things I try to keep in mind". I don't understand the first two items but it seems like I might benefit if I did. Maybe they merit another separate discussion. Thank you! Ed
  3. I'm new to hardscape objects. It appears that two hardscape objects must be adjacent if they are to align to each other vertically. Since they act as site modifiers they also create many modifier conflicts. The warning flags say "Pads intersect" just like regular site modifier pads when they touch in plan view. Should I ignore these warnings? Is there a way to avoid them? Thank you! Ed
  4. Thanks. I appreciate that perspective. Yes, it believe I have experienced some of these issues. I assume "container" refers to groups or other objects that we must click into to get inside th editing mode. I do not know what JIRA reports are. Ed
  5. As I posted in the General forum, as a work-around I'm using 3D polygons, outside the hardscape object, to shape the surface. If I learn more about the disappearing hardscape outline I'll post about it here. Ed
  6. Thanks Tom and Zoomer. I'm familiar with the "Show other objects in editing modes" setting; I use it all the time. It's not the other objects that are disappearing - it's the objects within the group or the outline of the hardscape I'm editing. For now, I'm using 3D polygons outside the hardscape to shape the surface of the hardscape and site model. I'll post again here if I learn more, but I've been struggling with disappearing objects within groups for months or more. I just started using hardscapes last week. Thanks Ed
  7. I frequently have objects disappear while editing inside of groups and also when attempting to edit surface modifiers of hardscape objects. Is anyone else experiencing this? Could it be my hardware (iMac from 2015)? Thanks Ed
  8. I'm new to aligned hardscape objects. I'm currently having two problems: Whenever I enter the Edit Surface Modifiers mode the hardscape outline disappears. This may be not be a hardscape problem as I often have objects disappear in other editing spaces e.g. inside groups. Also, I can only get the borders of the objects to render. The rest of the object appears only in wireframe. I have a Main Texture selected but it only appears on the border. Please help if you can. Thanks Ed
  9. Okay. I moved the model vertically to correct. As I recall, several years ago VW displayed an X, Y & Z locations for a site model in the OIP and then the Z value got removed. I thought it was no longer possible to move a site vertically. It's all better now! Thank you! Ed
  10. Hmmm. Those loci are snapped to the corners of the site model. They appear to be coincident with the corners of the model. Here's what I'm seeing and why I'm confused. Ed
  11. Jeff, Thank you! File attached. Inside the source data I have a corner marker at each corner with elevations rounded off to the nearest foot. Those elevations are 117', 113', 87' and 92'. When I check the elevations on the site model they're all about 3' lower. I appreciate you taking a look! Ed Site model elevation discrepancies v2020.vwx
  12. Hi. I've just created a site model in VW2021. I used 3D polys as the source data. These include some contour lines and corner markers. These polys all have my desired elevations. However, all the elevations on the resulting set model are about 3' (35.741") lower than the elevations assigned to the source polys. Can you think of anything that would cause this discrepancy? I can send to the file if it helps. Thanks Ed
  13. They all disappeared except the one where the stringer joins the landing framing. In this case that's good enough that I won't bother modeling it from scratch. Thanks again. Ed
  14. Oh, yes; changing the crease angle did remove the lines. Thank you! I agree that the stair geometry is often unacceptable. I often use the stair tool to model the treads only; then model stringers and railing manually. Ed Ed
  15. Please see attached image to see unwanted lines that appear on stair stringers in hidden line render. Is there a way to use Hidden Line without getting these lines? Thanks. Happy new year! Ed
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