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  1. Michal Zarzecki

    Best way to draw curbs and SWalks?

    Guys, has there been a renewed Wish tread on that? I agree that this is far from ideal. I can understand architectural software can lack such tool, but for civils and landscape architects this is a must! Another one is to be able to 'drape' slabs over the site model. Simple planar surfaces don't exist in reality. I do my models with Grade Tool, which is fine, but then in IFC one cannot tell what is what. Perhaps we should team up and lobby for that to be taken on board?
  2. Michal Zarzecki

    advice on creating new plants

    @NoemiM , Thank you so much for sharing your workflow with me/ us here. It seems that VW does require a separate style for each plant. Your workflow seems reasonable to me and I have a feeling I would end up with something similar. In my previous practice, where we used another software, I used to create an array of squares with the associated specification of planting areas (i.e. wither individual species or mixes) and tree/shrub symbols which effectively was my swatch pallet. I would then use the 'Copy Specification' command to populate the planting areas and specimen plants in my project. It was like a blitzkrieg. Different soft, different methodologies. I would prefer it to be more flexible, but hey-ho! Working out a good and efficient workflow is essential with these tasks, therefore your option is a much appreciated time-saving tip.
  3. Michal Zarzecki

    advice on creating new plants

    Hi guys, It seem that my question is a bit a derivative of what this tread is about. Nevertheless, let me shoot it. I am pretty new to VW. We only recently purchased the 2019 version. What I was trying to do is to define typical styles for, let's say, standard nursery stock trees, multi-stems, herbaceous etc. I thought I would need one style per each, so it presents the label and so on as we are used to it in the office. But, it seems to me that I need to create individual styles to each species and plant characteristics I am proposing in the given project. Is that really so, or I have missed something? In an example, I have a few standards (like 12-14 cm girth) in my project, as well as multi-stem feature trees and a mixed herbaceous layer. I created the styles, but when I apply a style to a tree it can only be of a species that goes with that style. Can I do it generic and then just change/ specify the species? Can you help or point me to the right discussion?
  4. Michal Zarzecki

    Existing trees not sending to site model surface

    I seem to have similar problem. The Existing Tree Objects are not automatically produced on the Model surface. Send to Surface doesn't work either. Plugin Rest - any better. Do I really need to go one by one and identify on what spot level they need to sit? 😩 Productivity 0, I'm afraid.
  5. Hi All, Have you ever come across a behaviour like that? The retaining edge of my pad zig-zags like that and deforms the surface badly. This increases the mesh density. I don't know how to rectify it. I tried the Reshape tool, but these edges don't have vertices at each kink (as you can see). Any thoughts?
  6. Thanks for your response, @JMR. I must admit I am not sure what you mean by this. Is it a particular facility in VW or it's literally someone else working on the file that I have referenced in?
  7. I may have a similar issue. My DWG drawing Reference disappears after updating. I am using VW 2019.
  8. Michal Zarzecki

    Grade Object at transition between Existing and Proposed Site Model

    Hi Ben, Yes it is. I haven't used the Sculpting Tool. I actually managed to take some shots of another anomaly we don't understand and which render our reliance on VW just impossible (at least now). Basically what happens is that the values shown by the Grade Object changes after we update the model. When I insert the GO to show the levels from the model, rather than to modify it, it seems fine - the levels at each end roughly correspond to these shown by the Stakes. But once I hit Update on the model - these values change to I don't know what. See some screenshot below. They are from a scrapbook file we are using so sorry if it looks 'busy'. Any ideas on why this is happening? Both the Stakes and the Grade Object use the Existing model values.
  9. Hi all, I have searched through the existing topics and haven't found the relevant one to my 'problem'. First, I think I may be a bit confused what is considered 'Existing' and 'Proposed' model. I think that 'Proposed' is everything that VW had to modify on the interface with the existing model created from stakes or loci. So if we set the 2D view to Existing + Proposed, we will see both contours and flow arrows. Please do correct me if I am wrong. Now, I am drawing a Grade which is working in the 'analytical mode' to show me the gradients based on the model elevation(s). The confusion starts when I am to set if it should apply to Existing or Proposed Model. I have this situation when one end of my grade is within the Proposed/ modified area, whilst the other is within the existing. The Grade shows the incorrect elevation at its ends basically. So it either shows the existing values or proposed. Is there something I am missing or a setting to change? I will try to create some shots when I am back to the 'design board'. I hope that in the meantime someone will express their views or share their experience with the matter. Regards
  10. Michal Zarzecki

    The use of stake objects as site modifiers

    Hi J. I seem to have a similar issue. We have had VW for a short while now, but we are using it to create a site model based on our previously designed levels. Also to see if they work with the water flow. It appears that stakes produce localised depressions and peaks, rather than having a wider effect on the site model. In your case, if you are creating a pond, then a series of contours or pads - one per each depth, e.g. every 250 mm. They should modify the site model to faithfully shape the bowl of your pond. I think you should also have a Grade Limit object of the shape of your pond to containg the modifications within it. I am writing that from top of my head, but when having some time I will see if I didn't miss any step. I hope this helps.
  11. Michal Zarzecki

    Getting Hard Landscape Levels Right

    @Tony Kostreski Thanks for replying to this one. I have tried various properties of Hardscape objects, including slabs (Datum top and bottom), pad modifiers etc. It seems that something is not working properly. I made a simple trial. I created a simple flat Site Model and created a few Hardscape objects with elevation set to be slightly higher than the model itself. Then I tried different combinations of Slab settings. When Slab Datum was set to bottom (Slab thickness remained positive) nothing changed, i.e. the elevation in properties indicated to be at bottom of slab. Nothing seemed to change when I set Datum to top. OK, the thickness of slab changed automatically to negative value. I considered that bizarre. But, when I changed slab thickness manually to negative value - Eureka! The Hardscape object dropped - the elevation became the top of slab. I just can't understand why it didn't react this way when I set the Datum to top in the first attempt. It must be a bug. Perhaps someone else can review that behaviour?
  12. 1. Hardscape Object 'Levels' I am not sure how about others, but I feel very confused about elevation property of hard landscape elements (Hardscape objects, Steps etc.) in VW Landmark. I mean, I think I understand the concept - it is a vertical value over the Design Layer. However, the interpretation is very confusing and counterproductive. An example: If I have a Hardscape object set to be 3D slab in my site design with an elevation of say 10,000, it means that the bottom of the slab is at this elevation. Technically, everything is logical and terminology consistent. Now when I assign a slope to my Hardscape, I will get properties to show what is the elevation at the start and at the end of the slab. But how does this information help me understand and design the levels, since I am not interested what the bottom of hard landscape surface is - I am interested in the top surface! If I understand the tool right, I always need to take into account the slab thickness when thinking about the level on top of the Hardscape object's surface. This is an extra maths I need to do which is hardly helping me in my work - it's actually to the contrary. I may have a wrong understanding, but I always thought that computers and software should help us with productivity. So, when working with a digital tool with powerful site modelling features, I would really appreciate it being helpful. I appreciate all the work which has been done to the Hardscape tool, but could at least the Finished Surface Level (or something along these lines) be added to the properties tab? This really needs to be a term used in the industry, not some developer's lingo developed for the sake of the software. 2. Stairs 'Levels' Stairs is yet another helpful tool in creating parametric objects. Again, rather than performing maths here with setting up height, can Finished Surface Levels be added here? When setting up the Stairs, under General Tab, the general geometry parameters include Height, which can be set up by value or layer elevation. Why not by top and bottom lovels? For example: I have to design steps to the existing building, where new doors have been made. I have an FFL given as well as surface level of paving around the building. It would be very helpful if I could start creating stairs in VW by typing in these values. The rest should be calculated by the software itself. Also, an optional tag with Top of Steps and Bottom of Steps would be much appreciated. As in the first part of the question, VW adds to the confusion around spot levels here. Rather than Elevation property, we only have a Z Value, which practically seems to be elevation. What would be more practical for landscape professionals, is the bottom of steps level property, which should tie the stairs with the finished surface level of Hardscape objects. I hope the above description of my issues makes sense. I am really curious if this is only my impression or other users also have hard time with getting these right. Regards, G
  13. Michal Zarzecki

    Railing Fence Tool - Corner Posts

    I have just used the tool for the first time and feel really disappointed - again 😥. I can't understand that there had to be maths behind rotating them posts, but apparently they [VW] can't update the tool to give the user the flexibility and choice. Similarly, I found the post positioning tool extremely unintuitive. Seems that I will have to model that from scratch. I second that. Tried to create a bin store with metal frame inside the enclosure. I couldn't find a way to offset the timber slats from the frame. Now I can understand why - there is no such option. It seems that there should be separate tabs for panelling and frame. Then once could specify the number etc. of horizontal or otherwise frame bars and separately what is attached to them. I haven't even got there yet, but I wonder what I will come across when trying to specify the gates 😱
  14. I second the wish. It was quite surprising to me that there is not proper hedge tool in VW Landmark. I would envisage such tool to create a hedgerow with number of rows set by the user. One should be able to specify planting in staggered arrangement as well, as this is the typical planting method. Ideally one could specify the profile of a hedge for better representation of the design intent, such as tapering or box shape. I wonder if such hedge could also work similarly to the Wall tool, i.e. where hight could be modified along the hedge. Native, mixed species hedgerows are very often specified in the countryside, so this should be an obvious option for such Hedge Tool. Sometimes, this is actually explicitly conditioned by local authorities. There should be no need for a workaround to achieve such a basic task undertaken by landscape professionals. I hope that will be picked up by the developers.

 

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