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  1. jeff prince

    3D plants - how to get more

    You can always make your own plants with image props or converting sketchup (or other 3D formats) models to VW. I pretty much have to make all mine to suit my aesthetic preferences and to make up for the general lack of quality desert plants in every software package.
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    Domestic sloped site. Best Workflow for 3D?

    I wouldn’t adjust the survey, it is indicative of the existing condition. What you do is add proposed countours to the VW site model made from the survey. This then gives you cut and fill. The guides will clarify this. Good luck, it’s easy when you follow the guide.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    Thanks. I think the mesh leaves a lot to be desired compared to my other projects, but it was useful and fast.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    Thanks. Yes, I’ve used the VW cloud services in the past. Unfortunately, it doesn’t not produce acceptable results compared to other software solutions using the same set of photos. For the residential job, I used VW Cloud and Maps Made Easy with the same photo set. VW Cloud couldn’t produce a usable result. Maps Made Easy did a good job given the quality of the photos due to time of day and wind/temperature issues. It was 105 degrees when I shot the house, which is at the operating limit of the drone. My ipad and iPhone both overheated while flying the drone and taking ground based photography. The drone itself started having temperature issues too along with the problems associated with flying in high temperature air 😞. For the Marina, I used AutoDesk Recap to create the model, which did a fantastic job on producing an accurate mesh, especially considering it was flown 90m altitude on a rainy day. Both of these examples are from worst case scenario flights. I suspect the softwares are only going to improve moving forward and hope for more automated processing that can determine the difference between architectural features and classify them accordingly. Hopefully VW Cloud will realize how useful this process is on developing projects and up their game so we can do better work faster 🙂
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    Yes, I used the drone generated mesh to create a 2D plan view (which it did great on) and for 3D feature levels (which on this project left a lot to be desired). On the marina project, the levels were within 100 mm as compared to a survey, so good enough for initial conceptual work seeing as the survey was not finished until after the design was done 🙂. The current level of drone photo reconstruction I am using does not built the BIM model...yet. I’m guessing that within 5 years the technology will have matured enough to do this to a certain degree. High contrast architectural features can be processed with a reasonable level of accuracy, but low contrast images in the same color families are real challenging as in this residential example. Vegetation is really problematic, especially on a day with a little breeze due to the plant movement. White architecture is really difficult if the lighting isn’t good. For the high accuracy stuff, I’ve used a Faro laser scanner. Unfortunately, that equipment is cost prohibitive to use on small projects where the level of detail is unnecessary. Digital surveys are nice, but there is equipment, data collection, processing time and costs that make it impractical on projects like residential landscapes. On the commercial job, I can sub out scanning or surveying, with a survey being necessary for the civil engineering and property legal definition. For the quick and dirty site analysis, the drone photography has proven to be the fastest and least expensive method of getting basic usable data for conceptual design. For the residential project, I had 30 minutes of drone time and 15 minutes of site photography to collect enough information to then build the existing conditions in about 2 hours. So say 4 hours total with the end results including a drone mesh, a 2D geotiff, and manual modeling of the existing conditions in VW. Had I measured everything, I probably would have been doing about 4 hours of site work given the angles of the features and such with the end result being a 2D drawing and a bunch of ground based photos.
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    Thanks for making computer work fun again!

    Applying this technique to a residential remodel project. Aerial Survey -> existing 3D context -> new design. It's quick, it's dirty, but it works. First time I haven't created an as-built manually. Now if only VW cloud services could produce the model from the aerial photography instead of having to use a 3rd party... Here are a couple of animated GIFs showing the progress from: 3D aerial based mesh to 2D ortho photo to modeling existing conditions to a quick redesign of the pool deck, etc.It's amazing how fast this workflow is. Like I said, it's dirty, but it works. I took some context photos from the ground for visual measuring and correcting the predicted aerial errors on this complex site.
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    CAD block Suburban

    @creatrix I just downloaded this one as sketchup 2016 and it imports perfectly. https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/c79ed5b2-6bc7-4806-9151-87c378d30061/suburban
  8. jeff prince

    VIEW TEMPLATES IN VECTORWORKS

    @malonso here's a quick visual example of what has been said. I made this a while back to communicate what class overrides do.
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    convert vectorworks to sketchup

    @barkest Nice work, great to see you helping out!
  10. Is there a place to view the classes offered at past design summits? Reason for asking... I’m curious to see what they are like in an event setting and how in depth they go to determine if I want to go.
  11. jeff prince

    Best Bang for the buck Imac vs Imac Pro

    @martinfdc Good advice!
  12. jeff prince

    How to draft a 3D swimming pool

    Nicely done! This thread has become a master class on modeling pools thanks to your video.
  13. jeff prince

    How to draft a 3D swimming pool

    @Benson Shaw Thank you so much for breaking your steps down! This has helped immensely! I did another unrefined test to learn your method and made it a little more complicated with a third level rotated at 45 degrees to the main axis. Worked like a charm. I owe you many beverages of your choice! And thanks to @Mason2152 for getting this conversation started, I've learned a bunch thanks to it! Exciting times!
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    Best Bang for the buck Imac vs Imac Pro

    I've been pretty happy with my macbook pro, but I miss my 27" iMac from a gig I just left, hence my desire to get myself a desktop. I just ran the Cinebench R20 test on my macbook pro and it scored 1346. I don't know if that's good or not since the scores do not seem to correlate to the thread here on the R15 test, but I've been happy with the performance...until I started playing with TwinMotion.
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    Best Bang for the buck Imac vs Imac Pro

    Yes, and this seems to echo Jim's hardware thread. This article favors the 3.0/10 like @zoomer and supports the argument by saying the RAM could be upgraded in the future. https://9to5mac.com/2017/12/15/opinion-10-core-imac-pro-sans-upgrades-best-bang-for-the-buck/ @Hans-Olav thanks for your comment. Based on your experience and the benchmarks, it seems like a wash unless you're rendering all the time. These seem like the choices now... $3850 iMac 3.6/8, 32 GB RAM, Vega 48/8GB, 512 SSD with a predicted replacement in 3 years $6350 iMac Pro 3.0/10, 32 GB RAM, Vega 64/16GB, 1 TB SSD with a predicted RAM upgrade in 2 years and replacement in 5-6 years. I imagine the Pro would see a few more years of lifespan, but it's all a guessing game to me. I hate shopping for computers on a budget.

 

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