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Tony Kostreski

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  1. Hi @willofmaine, What version of 2020 are you using? I noticed this in 2020 when it first came out but the issue has been resolved in SP1 I believe. Have you tried updating to the latest version?
  2. @steve d. just to confirm--your grade limit (limits of disturbance) is surrounding all site modifiers? It might help to see the file if you are willing to post it—even if it's simplified. If the roadway also has a grade limit try turning that one off as it might be conflicting with the other but hard to tell from an image. Good luck!
  3. @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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. @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
  13. @Sally yang Is your Plant Rotation set to Random? You can disable it in the Object Info Palette. See image. Best, Tony
  14. 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
  15. @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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Try using landscape area tool found in the tool sets. Under the drop down menu in the resource selector (found in the top tab next to “landscape area:”), select object styles>landscape area>gardens. There are preconfigured styles like purple perennial mix, white/silver mix. Select one of these and draw a shape. In 3D you will see the mix. Under the object info palette see how these are organized by different distribution rates. These are great to start with and adjust to your needs. Hope this helps! - Tony
  19. Hi @J. Wallace, I agree that site modeling could be improved upon to be more intuitive. If you haven't tried this already, create a simple 3D polygon or NURBS object and place it on the Site-DTM-Modifier class. It will be recognized as a site modifier object and gives you similar controls to the retaining wall site modifier. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have further questions. -Tony
  20. Glad to hear. I agree that the roadway tool palette is currently limited and deserves some love – please suggest this on our wishlist channel 😉 In the meantime, have you tried using Roadway (NURBS) using the following process discussed on Vectorworks 2019 Help? I've found better success when sending this Roadway type to the surface and redistributing the stations as needed.
  21. Hi J, Objects like the roadway, hardscape, and massing model offer the ability to modify the site. The red lines are site modifiers for that object. Simply turn off the class "Site-DTM-Modifier" when you don't want to see them. Hope this helps! -Tony
  22. @Wesley Burrows Hey Wesley, I haven't used Braceworks but out of curiosity, have you tried using the following settings under Vectorworks Preferences which allow you to see other objects while in editing modes?
  23. @MAnderson10 Glad to hear you are getting started with 3D. A quick tip is using Send to Surface command which you can read more about in the following link Vectorworks 2017 Help: Send to Surface. I see you are using VW 2017 but the command has stayed the same. Depending on your workspace use one of the following: ● Architect workspace: AEC > Terrain > Send to Surface ● Landmark workspace: Landmark > Send to Surface (in landmark, you can also select the desired object, right click>send to surface) The Existing Tree and Plant tool will automatically recognize the site model and place the objects on the surface of the model. For other objects, use the send to surface command. Hope this helps to get you started!
  24. Hi Sophie, Absolutely! Landscape areas can be saved into styles through the Object Info Palette. The saved style can be found in the resource manager for your active file but you can certainly save this to a workgroup library that's shared with your team members. You can also make use of the preconfigured landscape area styles found in the Resource Manager by importing, duplicating, and making edits to them. If you are in Vectorworks Landmark 2019, I suggest starting to use the Data Tags as they are more powerful and you can tag all landscape areas at the same time. This method will automatically tag the middle of the landscape area as you suggested.


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