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  1. Many thanks, Tom. Struggling to get them to understand what I mean so I'll try this. They've supplied the contours with Z values so I can't understand why they can't do the spot level heights too.
  2. Anyone out there know what's the best thing to do with this survey to make a site model? I received a survey with spot levels as 2d info and contours with z values. The contours are broken by the text and there are overlapping polys etc. I have asked for the z values for the spot heights but the surveyor doesn't seem able to provide these. Is the only way to create stakes and manually insert the values, or should I use the contours ( which have 3D levels) and manually join them up? Any advice for the best / quickest thing to do?
  3. Hi Jeff, this is really helpful, also the link, thank you. Hadn't thought of making separate models but will try this, it seems logical ( now you've told me about it)! Attached is a screenshot of what I'm trying to do - house / terrace, retaining wall with returned steps, another terrace, then another below that. Also screenshot of the top view plan in case it's of interest to someone! Thanks again for your help.
  4. I'm new to site modelling but have been able to create a site model and add site modifying pads and massing of buildings to test levels which is great. I want to create 3 separate adjoining terraces within the model with retaining walls and steps between. At the moment I have a forest of "overlapping site modifier" warning triangles and the contours are doing weird things between. Is there a sequence to doing this - do I put in walls first and then pads for example, or the other way around? Haven't been able to find an answer to this on the films I've watched. Does anyone have a solid process for doing this? Thanks in advance 🙂
  5. Thanks all for your replies. It was a question because I've spent quite a lot of time designing my own resources so giving them to others will obviously result in them being used elsewhere but I suppose that's the rub if you're self employed. 🙂
  6. I have created a library of symbols/ resources of my own. As I'm self employed / freelance, I have to share drawings but don't really want to share my symbols with everyone else. Is there a way to share drawings but not give access to the symbols? I don't know if this can be done but thought I'd ask in case someone knows the answer or has a similar experience!
  7. Benson / Jeff Thanks so much - you were right, the unified view had somehow got unchecked. Working perfectly now :)) The texture bed is also showing up when I changed the render mode. There's a lot to learn but being able to ask questions like this on this forum is invaluable, so thanks again!
  8. Can someone help? Just venturing into the world of 3D modelling. Have successfully modelled a site , added a building and some simple site modifiers. All of a sudden, when I change from 2D to 3D view, it looks like the attached. It was working before and still looks ok in 2d . I've gone through site model settings etc and preferences which are set to open GL. Anyone know why this is happening? Question 2 - I'm trying to add a texture bed which I've done but it isn't showing up. I've done the pad so that the contours are reshaped and then added a texture bed using the same shape, put it at the correct height but still no joy. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? Any advice gratefully received!
  9. I have made some forays into making a site model using various webinars and you tube tutorials but as a landscape designer, want to 1. Create site model from topographical information 2. Apply a 2D landscape plan to this. It all seems rather complicated compared to sketch up and different tutorials sometimes overlap or have slightly different approaches. Is there a definitive guide for landscape designers from topo to finished 3D design in written form? I know there's one about stand alone 3D object modelling but at the moment I'm trying to work out how that fits together with a site model. Some of the sites I have to design are large and not small gardens although I suppose the principles are the same. Anyone have any advice?
  10. Does anyone know why my drawing isn't showing some of the class attributes referenced from the source drawing? For instance, I've adjusted opacity and colour for paving but the adjustment won't show in my drawing no matter how many times I update the reference.
  11. Thanks very much both. I work freelance for a practice where everyone except me works on ACAD. It's quite a challenge to coordinate things so it sounds as if importing and exporting as classes is the best idea. I can then presumably coordinate their layer protocols with my classes ( line weights, titles and colours). I used to work in ACAD so have found this quite frustrating and have nearly given in and got a copy of CAD but can't really afford it, so if I can make this work, all the better for everyone!
  12. I'm trying to draw 2D contours which involve elliptical shapes. Can't trim to the ellipses at all. This is going to be impossible to draw unless I can do this - can anyone help?
  13. Hi Nina, No I haven't tried this. How do I access this tab? Many thanks.
  14. Does anyone know why a CAD drawing with multiple layers imports into VWX on one layer? Is this something to do with the way the dwg has been exported or the way the dwg has been imported? It means that I cannot separate layers so the drawing is almost impossible to work with.
  15. Thanks so much Tony, I'll try this and let you know how I get on! Tamsin, thanks also, this is very useful and I'll have a go. I did have Service select last year but I think it's expired. Many Thanks, this is really helpful .
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