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  1. jeff prince

    Datum point

    @BGD Your presumption is incorrect about the elevation tag I posted being limited to hardscape objects, it reports the insertion point z value of of all kinds of things 🙂 That being said, it would be nice if Vectorworks had a proper and easy to use spot elevation tool to indicate the absolute top of whatever object it touches, including extrudes and other modeled geometry. You can get there using math expressions, but I don't trust Vectorworks enough to stake my professional reputation on its outputs in this regard. I really have to laugh at these marketing promises that developing projects and using BIM saves time and reduces errors when you see how poorly these critical dimensioning tools work in the real world, especially in a dynamic workflow were things are changing. Here's an example of how to use math to get the absolute elevation of the top of some walls. The wall is 3' tall relative to the adjacent hardscape, but I set the tag to report the height as a sum of the insertion Z and overall wall height. The tags will update if the wall height is changed or if the wall is moved in elevation. Note, this is not how I typically describe a top of wall and just provide this as an example of math in data tag. I wonder if logic operations could be placed in a tag definition to handle IF/THEN situations when encountering objects of different types... All of this being said, I think it is wise to redo all spot elevations if there have been significant changes to a site model... you just can't trust the software to do the right thing if you are the one on the hook financially for any errors or omissions 😞 more tags with math.vwx
  2. jeff prince

    Datum point

    @BGD Perhaps using a datatag would be more suitable in that case. See attached file and datatag style for inspiration. If you change the elevation of the hardscapes, the tag updates automatically. elevation tag.vwx
  3. I just installed Archicad and began running through one of their tutorials. At one point, the instructor proudly says "Archicad was designed by architects, for architects"... I promptly closed the software and uninstalled it before any further damage was done 🙂
  4. Here’s a fun exercise for you.... Open a new document, create two design layers Set the wall height of one to 2 m and the other to 20 m, name appropriately Select the wall tool and change change the settings on the “insertion options” tab to top bound = layer wall height and bottom bound to layer elevation as you have shown in your example. Leave this wall as ‘unstyled’. Now make your 2m design layer active and draw a wall using the unstylish wall. It will be set to 2m tall based on the wall tool preferences. Move that wall to the 20m design layer and it will increase in height to 20m. Now, select that wall and change it from unstylish to one of the VWX wall styles (not the story bound ones). The wall will drop down to the height associated with that wall style breaking it’s relationship with the design layer wall height. Similarly, discretely entering wall heights in the OIP will break the relatiopnship with the design layer wall height because in each case, you are specifying more detail that takes precedence over the design layer wall height. The relationship with the design layer wall height can be restored by selecting the offending wall and changing it’s Top Bound back to Layer Wall Height (it changes once you apply a style), but oddly it will keep the discrete height you gave it, do some Vectorworks magic math, and come up with entirely new wall heights that are not related to the wall style or design layer height. Truly good stuff indeed. Make sense?
  5. @jcaia a wall style can be configured to have a height, which takes precedence over your design layer settings.
  6. jeff prince

    Datum point

    @BGD Stake tool does the trick if your model is positioned in Z correctly. Configure the stake tool properties, set the elevation value to 0 before you start. Switch to Top View, not Top Plan. Drop your stakes where you need them, they will not be visible in TOP VIEW, but you need to snap to the 3D geometry, hence the use of TOP VIEW. Switch to TOP Plan view and you get the results depicted below.
  7. jeff prince

    Mike S63

    @Mike 63S have you tried simply changing the file extension to .dwg?
  8. @_c_ Yes, I don't understand why he is having difficulty. Fortunately, another member here volunteered to import my files into Archicad and see what happens.
  9. He is able to import the 2D dwg and will use that as the basis of creating his Archicad model. Seems like an exceptional waste of time to do so, but that is his business. I never have such drama when importing Revit or Sketchup from my architectural clients. I just create a new document to quarantine the architect's work, import the architect's work, and reference this quarantine file into my work. This keeps things pretty orderly and protects my work from any kind of corruption. At worst, I end up having to do a little housekeeping and delete objects I don't need. It usually take longer for VWX to import the Revit file than it does for me to put it to use.
  10. @zoomer I have no idea as I’ve never used or had a client on Archicad. I don’t recall having issues with importing the same kind of content into Revit, but that was a few years ago last I tried.
  11. So, I finally heard back from the Architect on Archicad about the results of importing the work I sent him in IFC and C4D. He says “Nothing was really USABLE in the sense that it would be better for me to RE-CREATE hardscape using native ArchiCAD tools that I can measure and extract BIM info from….” I’m kinda shocked by that. Everything I sent him was created using Vectorworks Object such as Walls, Hardscapes, Roofs, Doors, Windows, etc. He has decided to trace 2D DWGs of the landscape. I’m sitting here wondering if Vectorworks to ArchiCAD requires secret sauce or if the ArchiCAD user lacks the knowledge on how to import files correctly Wish he would have had a zoom meeting with me during the import so I could see what happened 😞.
  12. @c.s ask the person doing the clash detection what type of object they need for their software. You will probably want to conduct a test before deploying a solution. In the past, I have modeled the rootball, requisite planting pit, and rootzone barriers as a solid objects on their own classes. You can actually add the rootball and planting pit models to your 3D plant object, they export to IFC with the rootball intact, to make adding them quick...this should satisfy the requirement. You will have to move the plants down in Z after adding the rootballs since the insertion point is relative to the bottom of the object. Note, using a cylindrical rootball will result in a crazy number of polygons compared to using simpler shapes such as extruded rectangles or polygons.
  13. @ericjhberg I customize Vectorworks plant databases, among other things, for firms and designers if you guys need any help 🙂
  14. @ericjhberg Filemaker Pro will allow you to do whatever you want to the Vectorworks plant database... Add fields of data, create custom layouts for printing plant sheets, change the way images look and their quantity, etc.. All of this is then available when browsing plants from Vectorwork's provided Filemaker Runtime reading your database file (.USR) Doesn't really solve the OP's question, but it is a way to manage the data. In this example, I created a set of WUCOLS regions as fields. Each region field can then take on the value from a dropdown. You can then search for plants for a particular region that have the desired water use classification.
  15. @Todd Vectorworks University has a bunch of content to get you started and gets into some advanced topics such as site modeling. As @Art V said, there are some old book floating around, but the problem with using them is the program has changed significantly in terms of look and toolsets. Best investment you can make is to join Archoncad / Jonathan Pickup's website. The tutorials there are very good.
  16. @ericjhberg LEED and WUCOLS are turning landscape architects into accountants 😞
  17. @alfresco what version did you save that in, it's not opening in Vectorwork 2020...
  18. @AG74 Interesting question. I don't know the answer, so I am eager to see what advice you get. One workflow if you don't get a solution... Place your plants on a unique design layer. Copy your viewport exactly ontop of the original. Turn off the plant design layer in the viewport you want to see sketchy, change viewport background render to a sketch style. In the other viewport, turn off all design layers except the plants and don't use a sketch style. Hopefully there is a better way than copying viewports, but it will work if pressed for a solution.
  19. @line-weight well said. The recent stacked wall thread is an excellent example of withering on the vine.
  20. @John Brooks If that bothers you, you are in for a world disappointment 😞
  21. @CipesDesign A nice reminder this morning... The process for editing a roof that I cut a hole in. I hadn't done it in a year or so, couldn't remember the trick right click...nada Menus and help...nada Edit Group, success. Why isn't this brilliant workflow shown in those slick marketing videos? I can't imagine why they want to downplay this as most architect's I know love bashing their head against a well made interior partition. This feature alone could get Vectorworks a ton of business 🙂
  22. @CipesDesign that wasn't a rant, it was a fair and honest assessment 🙂


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