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Peter W Flint

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  1. If anyone has a few moments to spare, I could use some help understanding how fence objects render in OpenGL. The screenshot below is two different fences from separate projects.

     

    One is rendering properly, but I've learned through trying to troubleshoot the other one that its a happy accident, not my super-duper VW skillz. The other is devoted to wireframe and will not be convinced to try anything else.

     

    Both objects pulled in some extraneous classes when I pasted them into a test drawing, but when I deleted those classes and reassigned to the fence class nothing happened. I suspect the issue is in the nooks and crannies of components, objects, class and style assignments, but I can't figure it out.

     

    Test drawing attached below.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Peter

     

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    VWfrm_fenceTest.vwx

  2. Do you mean change the size for labels for text objects in the new classes? Or the font size for the navigation palette? 

     

    The first can be done by using text styles at the bottom left of the class graphic settings...changing txt size in the palettes themselves is probably a system-level change. There are 8-10 default text styles, but you can create a custom one and save it in the RM.

     

    you can set up subclasses with a dash (class-subclass). I think it lets you go four levels deep. A lot of BIM objects will have subclass settings to turn things like tags and material visibilities on and off.

     

    After spending grad school trying to create my own super-duper ultra-perfect drawing organization, I've surrendered just importing the stock plug-in objects and tweaking the organization as necessary. The biggest gotcha I've run into are the self-populating classes that come with BIM objects, so using the default VW organization has been easier for getting to know the program's logic. 1702659142_ScreenShot2022-02-02at11_00_28AM.thumb.png.4c70ca00b7a3d0bb7c099c56fc1ab4de.png

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  3. @tomtomtom Before you get too deep in the Plant Database, a note from me pestering @Tamsin Slatter with questions at the Design Summit: It's my understanding that the VW Database a la Filemaker that ships with the software is a legacy from previous versions and it's future with VW is unknown. I was encouraged to use the Plant Catalog, which I'm currently experimenting with by creating separate drawings for each supplier I use, but I'm also unclear on the best practices for managing plant data and other data in general. I agree it would be nice to have more guidance in this area.

     

    Cheers

  4. On 11/26/2021 at 1:46 AM, Eamonn said:

    Thanks guys, 

     

    I'm in over my head but will slowly go through all that was mentioned here over the coming months.

    You’ve found the double-edge of the VW forum, lots of folks are real enthusiastic about their workflows and processes, and don’t mind sharing. It can feel overwhelming but still the best resource in the CAD market in my opinion. 
     

    Good luck!

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  5.  

    17 minutes ago, Tom W. said:

    Often I'll do it in a new blank file alongside the project file though e.g. when I am creating new resources which are variations of existing ones.

    I just got a tip this weekend for using a “dump” file, which may be the same method working in the opposite direction. It’s used for resources that are created in a project file on the fly while racing toward the deadline. Then you put those hastily made resources in the “dump” drawing to be cleaned up and exported into a standards folder or similar resource drawing. 
     

    So combining the two could look like:

     

    Resource Manager/standards->blank file-> project file->dump file->Resource Manager/standards,

     

    tweaking each object style as necessary to maintain consistency. 

     

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  6. @Eamonn if you’re still a relatively new user I recommend the above two workflows. I’m currently in the middle of creating my own template files and find the process excruciatingly tedious. 
     

    Play with a few different ways of organizing in different drawings then import per @Tom W.’s suggestion, but focus on drawing tools and techniques. You can really get into the weeds with organization and data management. 
     

    PWF

  7. This sounds to me like a bug or part of the learning curve. Classes and layers should be saved any time the drawing is saved. 
     

    Aside from saving from the File menu or keyboard shortcut, have you set up Autosave in VW preferences (Cmnd/Ctrl + ,)? You may have the class in a backup drawing somewhere in your machine. 
     

    PWF

  8. I am trying to streamline the documentation process for designed plant communities for both installation and visualizing with clients (along with my own forgetfulness).

     

    I have a resource drawing that I keep for plant objects with records attached that describes the varying interest season-to-season. I am experimenting with pulling these object styles for use with landscape areas, then using data visualization to show floral, foliage interest for a given season. This works with individual plants but not plants nested inside a landscape area style. 

     

    Do landscape area styles retain records for plant styles attached to them? If so, should they show up in a data visualization with the records attached? 

     

    I will try to clean up a test drawing and post on Monday.

     

    Cheers

     

    PWF

  9. Getting my feet wet finally with Marionette. Whoa. Powerful. But while listening to some of the long-winded explanations in the VW University content, I couldn't help but think...

     

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    Thanks to everyone who gets my summer-boredom inspired wit. 

     

    PWF

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  10. Just browsing through the Site Design section this morning looking for strategies in creating site models for small residential parcels, when I remembered the residential model from the Intermediate Concepts course, which sped up my workflow considerably for creating accurate models of a clients home. 
     

    I’m wondering if we could get a similar tutorial for site design. The basic Landmark introduction is just a curated set of videos introducing each tool, but there’s no demonstration of how each 3D element interacts with the other once placed on the site model. 
     

    I would be interested in seeing how the development team has envisioned the creation of a proposed site model that includes pads, grade limits, slabs, hardscapes, landscape areas,  additional grading, etc. from 2D graphics, in much the same way that the Intermediate Concepts video shows how one can generate slabs, walls and roofs from a simple building footprint. Other content could include resolving basic site modifier conflicts, the uses of stakes vs. contours, site modifiers vs. surface modifiers, strategies for publication, etc. 

     

    Is anyone else using Landmark interested in this?

     

    Cheers

  11. You might try slightly adjusting the site model crop (R click "Edit Site Model Crop") to solve both issues. You can use the Reshape tool, draw a new shape, or copy and paste the parcel boundary into the edit window. Are the contours based on stakes from a survey file or from another source of vector data (ie a DWG or SHP file)? I tend to import contour lines from a GIS source and create my source data from that, but I've seen other folks do it with stake objects. Either way, VW will interpret them as 3D polygons, like slices of cardboard, which is why you're getting that wrap-around on your drawing boundary. You could try extrapolating the source just past the boundary edge, then use the property line to clip the visible data. The contour labels seem to be a source of frustration for a lot of users, bringing the crop in slightly to eliminate the crowding of labels at the edges is the only real effective strategy I've seen. I play with the contour labelling in the site model settings menu to clean things up when I'm presenting to a client, but it can be a real headache for a construction document.

     

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  12. @unearthed I have a degree in landscape architecture but recently quit my job and have begun taking the self-employed route with small residential site design. I have some ambitions with working at a larger scale but I'm not set up just yet to take on those types of projects. In general I use QGIS to populate base maps with infrastructure, cadastral and environmental data, and from there I run an environmental analysis at the neighborhood scale and export too and parcel data as .dxf for use in VW. I've fussed around with LASTools but I work on Mac and updated to OS 14 recently and have run into some trouble with interoperability between WinE and OS 14, so that's on hold. I'm curious to see if I can translate LiDar into point clouds that VW can read for illustrative purposes. 

     

    Anyway, I'm always interested in tips and discoveries other users are making in the course of their work. Thanks for your input!

     

    PWF

     

     

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  13. I’ve run into this issue before. Based on what I’m seeing (I’m typing off my phone and can’t download the drawing) it looks like you may not have it on the appropriate layer, either the site model layer itself or on a layer above it in the stacking order. Are you just trying to create a texture bed or landscape area with texture? For the former I generally use the “create objects from shapes” command and create a site modifier texture bed. The 3D option to display a landscape area as a texture bed is a new feature I haven’t explored yet but I understand it’s intent to be to give some contextual information for the material being used within the landscape area (like mulch or topsoil). The plant material should also display alongside the texture. 

  14. @unearthed I’ve been using QGIS for a couple years and have been very happy with it for the same reasons you explain above. I’ve just started integrating it into my VW workflow primarily as a way to quickly generate base data from which to create a model and begin designing. 
     

    I’m wondering if you have any tips for inter operability between QGIS and VW? Currently I export GIS data as a Dxf file and then tweak it to fit my drawing but always looking for better efficiencies for working between the two. 
     

    Cheers

  15. On 11/8/2013 at 4:51 PM, Dillon said:

    I was confused by the above posts, so to clarify for others.

    I am trying out 2014. There is a new command in Modify by Record to "Elevate 2D Polys" that does exactly what Ray requested at the top of this thread... If you have a 2D poly from a shp file with 2D polys that have elevation data, you can automatically turn them into 3D polys with the right elevations. That in turn can be transformed into a SiteModel (DTM).

    As with all shp file stuff in VW, there is some fiddling to get all the units correct. In the file I tried out, I had to change the document units to meters. Then in the command I applied a multiplier of 1000 to the meter elevations to get the right result. I've noticed before (with both shp files and 3DS files) that VW seems to insist that imported files are in millimeters.

    Dillon

     

    What progress has there been in the years since this thread was last updated? I'm having a similar issue in VW 2019 with a shapefile with Z-values in feet. VW is translating those as decimal inches. I'm sure theres an issue of scale, I'm still a new user, just seeing if theres a quicker fix than me spending an afternoon chasing it down.

  16. I'm using a student version of VW 2019 and playing with the Create Section Viewport command to cut some sections in a site design. The site model is several acres wide and I only need to view a small slice, but no matter how short I draw my section line, VW seems to want to create a section of the entire site along the vector of that one segment. I'm able to work around this using Edit Crop once the section is rendered, but I'm wondering if I'm missing something in the initial set-up to help speed up the drawing time, or is this is how all you folks in the office plan your coffee breaks?

  17. I've also come to mistrust the efficiency of graphic conversion software. Fortunately, copying and pasting in place inside edit mode has proved sufficient for my needs at the moment. Thanks MichaelK for the suggestion.

     

    Long days and pleasant nights.

     

    PWF

  18. Same category, different issue. I imported a hand-drawn grading plan with the intent to use it as a reference for editing contours, similar to attaching an XREF in Autodesk. But when I enter Edit Proposed Contour mode the raster image disappears. Thought anyone?

     

    PWF

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