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Tony Kostreski

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  1. Tony Kostreski

    Landmark and site modeling

    @Kevin K I know this does not solve your issue exactly but figured I'd throw this out there anyways...If you use 3D Extruded Contours for the Site Model 3D Display Mode, the Clip Cube will treat it as a true solid (same with section viewports). When the Site Model 3D Display Style is set to Mesh, the Clip Cube reads the Site Model as a TIN element, and not a solid—I wish this were not the case. Thank you for your comment and I'll also raise your concern internally.
  2. Tony Kostreski

    Site model texture pixelated

    Yes, I would select "Recreate from source data", copy the source data, exit site model, and paste the source data in the right location (near the internal origin) outside of the site model. Then you can go ahead and "Create Site model" with the pasted source data and delete the old site model. (I hope this makes sense). How you created the site model from stake objects sounds correct. You can also create site models from 3D loci and 3d polygons. The x/y coordinates being high is typical when working with survey information and unless you don't have to send back out to say a civil engineer, I would keep the actual user origin. If you do not have to send the drawing back out for coordination purposes you can center the User Origin on the Internal Origin understanding the drawing will no longer be coordinated properly. One workflow would be to place a 2D locus point at the proper User Origin and only move the User Origin back to this 2D locus point when exporting DWG files.
  3. Tony Kostreski

    Site model texture pixelated

    Make sure the site model is created after the internal origin and user origin is set. If the site model was created beforehand it will retain the source data as being far away from the internal origin and thus have texture and geometry that is pixelated.
  4. Tony Kostreski

    Site model texture pixelated

    Hi @drelARCH, This tends to happen when you create a site model far away from the Internal Origin (not to be confused with the User Origin which dictates the x and y coordinates). Go to Tools>Origin>Locate Internal Origin to see if you are far. To fix the blurred/pixelated textures, you would need to work closer to the Internal Origin. To adjust a textures scale, mapping, or rotation on a surface you can use Attribute Mapping found in the Basic Tool palette. To understand origins a little better fast forward to 15:37 in this webinar recently posted Enhance Site File Collaboration with Georeferencing. Hope this helps! Tony
  5. Tony Kostreski

    Adding Landscape Areas

    Hi @lisagravy, Try the modify dropdown menu. If it does not appear when right clicking (I believe you need to right click the upper most object), you can always add it by editing your workspace which can be found in the Landmark dropdown menu. Hope this helps!
  6. Tony Kostreski

    Landscape area challenges

    Hi @J. Wallace, Out of curiousity, I wanted to see if this was related to design layer scales—it seems like it is. The larger your Layer Scale is set (i.e. 1"=50'-0"), the less definition you get. See attached image for example of 3 different layer scales of the same landscape area with the same border style settings. I'm curious if this is new to 2019 and if so I can report a bug but in the meantime, I hope this helps! -Tony
  7. Tony Kostreski

    Domestic sloped site. Best Workflow for 3D?

    Hi @NoemiM-- If you have the ability to get 3D surveys, the best thing to do (in my opinion) is to start by creating a site model. 3D loci (points) and 3D polygons can both be used as source data to Create Site Model. This command can be found under the Landmark dropdown menu>Create Site Model>Site Model From Source Data...Plants will automatically recognize the Site Model and land on the surface of the site model when drawing in top/plan view. For all other objects, you can use the Send to Surface command. You can either right-click the desired object>send to the surface or go to the Landmark dropdown menu>send to surface. NOTE: 2D objects (i.e. rectangles and polylines) when sent to the surface will convert to a 3D Polygon. This is useful when you start getting into site modifiers—another topic. I would refer back to the Getting Started Guides and watch the Site Model videos. Please keep the dialog going. I'm curious to hear about other workflows.
  8. Tony Kostreski

    Getting Hard Landscape Levels Right

    Hi @Pan.Gad, In regard to Hardscape Objects, check the "Main Slab Components" or the "Slab Style" in the Object Info Palette (OIP) and make sure you're settings are set to "Top of Component" (see images attached ). If Main Slab Components is greyed out in the OIP, select the Slab Style > "Edit Slab Style" and make the necessary changes the "Datum". I agree that the default should always be Top of Component since that's what we use for reference when designing. As far as the Stair Object goes, I agree that you should be able to input top of stairs (TS) and bottom of stairs (BS). Hope this helps! Best, Tony
  9. Tony Kostreski

    Massed plantings lose interior line work

    Hi @KarynT, I'm curious to know what it is you are trying to accomplish. Can you elaborate? The purpose of plant massing checkbox is to remove interior linework though you can keep tick marks if desired. If your goal is to have a thicker line that encompasses the plant grouping but interior linework remains I would suggest unchecking plant massing and setting the 2D attributes of the plant object to a thicker line. I recommend setting this by class...one set for trees and another for shrubs/perennials. Just make sure that under Visualization in the Object Info Palette that you have the appropriate Mass Outline selected (i.e. Tight Outline). Hope this helps! -Tony
  10. Tony Kostreski

    Data tag for existing trees

    @J. Wallace Glad you found a resource! I've still gone ahead and attached a quick sample of how to create a custom Data Tag for Existing Tree objects. Hope this helps anyone. Data Tag_Existing Tree Sample.vwx
  11. Tony Kostreski

    Planting figure showing different direction--how to fix

    @Sally yang Is your Plant Rotation set to Random? You can disable it in the Object Info Palette. See image. Best, Tony
  12. Hi @jmccain8, From the looks of your plan, you may be able to use the 2D Polygon Tool with "Inner Boundary Mode" selected (see attached image)—it looks like a paint bucket and it will fill in the void spaces you are requesting. You just want to make sure there are no gaps in your linework otherwise it won't work. I would suggest turning off the plants and drawing a temporary quick polyline on either side of your irregular stone pavers before using the tool. Hope this helps! Tony
  13. Tony Kostreski

    Planting schedule add more rows of plants based on its category

    @Sally yang Glad to hear! An easier way may be to use another worksheet (find attached). You can copy and paste this worksheet into your active drawing. All of the plants will appear since the "criteria" is set to "Plant Record" is "present". There is a column for Category. You can type the appropriate category in the respective cell and it will push that data into the plant object itself. Once complete, Recalculate the other worksheet 😉 Plant List - Category.vwx
  14. Tony Kostreski

    Planting schedule add more rows of plants based on its category

    Hi @Sally yang, The easiest way IMO would be the following: Select an existing row with a database header (it will have a diamond all the way on the left) and make a copy of it. If the diamonds aren't showing up, select the dropdown menu View and make sure there is a "check" next to Database Headers. After you make a copy of this row, right-click and select Edit Criteria (see image). When the Criteria dialog box opens up you can type the desired plant (i.e. Orchid) in the far right entry for the field value. Hope this helps! Tony
  15. Tony Kostreski

    Videos of the foliage tool in action?

    Hi @Christiaan- There are no videos that I am aware of but I did use it when creating The Power of 3D Modeling webinar. Attached are the same foliage objects used in that webinar. It includes a pergola with draped plants and vines on a wall using a couple of different configurations. Pergola—I used 2-3 foliage objects with configuration mode set to Area - Grid and changed the "z" elevation. Vines on the wall—I used several foliage objects with different heights and set the configuration mode to Linear. These look good in 3D but I turn them off whenever in Top/Plan view. I hope this helps! -Tony Foliage Sample.vwx


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