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Tony Kostreski

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  1. Hi @Landartma, I would suggest creating custom record formats—they're great! Check out this webinar (Hardscape & Data Tags) and fastforward to 42:03. I talk about how to create custom records, attach them to ANY object, and later can be pulled into Data Tags and/or Worksheets (at the end). Please let me know if you have any questions still after seeing it. Best, Tony
  2. @DBrown @rDesign @jeff prince I too agree for the need of stacked walls. I'd love to hear what requirements you envision so I can bring them up internally, if you're willing to share. As a fellow landscape architect, here are some of my quick thoughts to start the conversation: Unlimited Layers (ability to offset each) Define Footers Define Wall Caps (by profile including complex shapes that involve multiple objects such as the case with brick caps) & Wall Cap Ends Define Batter Thank you, Tony
  3. HEY @jeff prince, Have you tried using "Extrude Along Path"? I find it useful for creating specific profiles and paths, both of which can be edited at anytime. See attached file and let me know if you have questions. Start from the top and work your way down. I've included two options for getting the bullnose effect. And for Extrude Along Path objects you can pull LF into worksheets if that helps. Landscape Walls-Process.vwx
  4. Hi @Ned Daugherty, Looking good! I recommend using the GIS Stake tool if that's not what you were using. At the very bottom of the Object Info Palette, there is a button for Set Geolocation. I would confirm layer scale is set to the same as the survey import and also make sure the Georeferenced is "checked" in the design layer settings. Vectorworks 2020 Help: Importing Survey Data. If you're willing, I'd be happy to take a look at the survey file and also discuss internally to see how we can come up with a solution.
  5. Hi @BGD, This is where Design Layers come in handy—they are stackable and keep objects in place (in top/plan) so there is not need to "send to back/front". There are a number of techniques I've seen and it all depends on your preferred output. In the most simplistic form, try this:
  6. If you're using the Plant tool it will automatically recognize the terrain surface. For all other objects (including VB Visual Plants) use the Send to Surface command. Depending on your workspace it's either AEC>Terrain>Send to surface or Landmark>Send to Surface.
  7. Hi @BGD-- Please let me know if this answers your question: Edit Plant Style>Visualization>3D Graphics>Copy from Symbol>Find desired 3D image prop photorealistic.
  8. Hi @jmccain8, That actually sounds like a great wish but not that I know of. If you really need just the negative space the only workaround I can think of is to select the Plant objects, duplicate them (so you don't lose the originals), and then run the command Modify>Convert>Convert to Group. You should be able to use Inner Boundary Mode with groups. Delete duplicate plant objects (groups) once finished. Here's my test. Let me know if that helps for now. I can put in a Vectorworks Enhancement to work with Plug-in Objects.
  9. Hi @Benson Shaw Use the command Modify by Record found under Tools>Records>Modify by Record. Select the appropriate Record and Record Field and under Modify select Elevate 2D Polys. Modify by Record with shapefiles are a lot of fun! Another great example is extruding all buildings to their known height automatically 😉 or, EVEN BETTER, using this Marionette script, 2D to Massing Models, that converts them to Massing Models while maintaining their floor usage. Best wishes, Tony
  10. @Laura Stone -- I agree and will bring this up internally again. For now, try using "pad" when you want a closed "contour". Don't forget to always use a "grade limit" as well! 😉
  11. Hi @jpccrodrigues, I think this is a great wish. For the time being try ungrouping the landscape area -- this is a nice trick if you want the individual plant objects in 2D but NOTE you will lose the ability to adjust the overall shape of the landscape area as they will now be "x" number of plant objects instead. Afterward, you can select similar plants and change the plant grouping so they act as one object when placing labels. Hope this helps, for now! Tony
  12. Thank you, @KarynT! That means a lot. Yes, It would be a "save as..." and then "IFC file". This also retains all data associated to any object in the data tab of the object info palette. IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is just a non-proprietary or open file format that allows for the exchange of 3d geometry and data. I just find it works best when exchanging between various software programs 😉
  13. @KarynT Have you tried importing an IFC file from Archicad? It works really well and might help with the issues you are having.
  14. Hi @plantkind, Check out this webinar on The Power of 3D Modeling. In it, I used a small urban residential project I did when I was still practicing. I'm happy to discuss further with you if you'd like 😊. A good follow-up webinar is Save Time with Hardscapes & Data Tags. For minimizing toolsets check this The Basics: Tool Palettes and Workspaces. The Vectorworks University in general is a great resource. For plant libraries, you can import your own CSV file. Simply place this .csv or .txt file in the plant database folder. Easiest way to find this is open up the plant database in Vectorworks and select "Explore". Best wishes, Tony
  15. I've done similar with multiview—one perspective view and one elevation (ortho mode) using nudge command 😉. Screen recording of just one screen.
  16. @Markvl Yes, using the grade limits mode for the site modifier is what you would want to use. You can also select the pad modifier and select the command "Create Grade Limits from Modifier" and specify a specific slope or distance 😉
  17. A big benefit you gain from this workflow is you can take advantage of the Geoimage tool which let's you view satellite imagery/streetmaps directly in the software and the site model (in Vectorworks 2020) allows you to show Geoimage texture on the surface.
  18. Yes, though to properly georeference you will FIRST want to set up Document Georeferencing—this can be found under File>Document Settings>Georeferencing. Select the appropriate coordinate reference system (CRS) used to generate the drawing you are importing—the civil engineer/surveyor should be able to provide this to you or you can search relative area under "EPSG/CRS Lookup..." though I do recommend getting the exact coordinate system used. Have "Adjust origin..." unchecked when setting this up. Afterwards, import the DWG importing with the method you described "This file contains georerefernced geometry". Make sure you use the following settings And lastly, make sure your design layers are Georeferenced.
  19. Hi @Anna Guzman-- Are you by any chance working far from the internal origin? I've seen this happen when working far from internal...you can check by going to Tools>Origin>Locate internal origin. If so, I would suggest working closer to the internal origin. In Vectorworks 2020 there is a new Geolocate tool that easily does this for. To maintain proper x,y coordinates you can then go to Tools>Origin>User Origin and select the last option "Set User Origin to match the Georeferencing coordinate system" I would also suggest creating the site model and massing models AFTER you perform the step above, otherwise they will remember their source data location. Hope this helps!
  20. Hi @antonf26, It is a known bug, unfortunately. However, there is a patch for you to use that will fix your drawing. Please download the appropriate zip for your OS, and the file ‘Help Scripts.vwx’ from here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aC6XT2nePxrfNFYWLoIBjsvVvrT6w85B?usp=sharing Then unzip and replace the file from your Vectorworks 2020 installation with the file from the zip. The file ‘Help Scripts.vwx’ contains two help scripts that you must run inside your VWX files to fix them. The best way to do that, is to import the entire ‘Tools’ folder into your VWX file. Run the script ‘Adjust Plant Record’ which will fix the issue. And then you can run ‘Reset for Plant Record’ to reset all appropriate objects to pick up the change from the first script. Note, this operation might be slow, if you have another way to resetting, or you want to do it manually, you can skip the second script and just do it manually. Let me know if you have issues with this.
  21. 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?
  22. @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!
  23. @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.
  24. 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.


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