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  1. Thanks again folks, I did play some more with the Pad with Retaining Edge and it also works great. It took a while to figure out how to use it.... Now that I understand how the tool works, it seems the better tool for the job I needed rather than using the Grade Limit modifier. - Dylan
  2. Thanks Neil, I'll get a hold of them and see if we can work this out.
  3. Hi @Neil Barman, I finally got time in the office to work on this again. This time I'm using VW 2022. It's weird, I try importing the .ecw files directly into VW but they're still grayed out and not recognized as image files. When I do get them imported, I use the same setting as you posted but they definitely don't geolocate the file properly so same issues as before. To see where the file is located, I drop in a geo-image and it centres me on Rideau Hall in Ottawa (the default). I have tried this in a non geo-located working file and a new blank file. Doesn't make a difference. I don't know what's going on and why your VW recognizes .ecw's as image files but mine doesn't. I have a feeling that's at the root of the problem here. If it doesn't recognize the file as an image, it's probably not looking for or doesn't know where the location data is. If you have any ideas, I'm certainly open to them! Thanks Neil and have a great day, - Dylan
  4. Oh Pat! Thank you! The 1mm works beautifully.
  5. Good afternoon folks, I've been banging my head agains the screen for 2 hours now trying to cut out a basement from a site model. I've got a 3D polygon in the outline of the basement footprint set to the proper elevation. If I convert it to a Pad site modifier, the ground slopes into it. I need the edges of the cut to be vertical. I've played around with a Grade Limit 3D poly to the same shape as the basement footprint but it's not really doing anything. Does anyone have a method of cutting a basement out of a site model? This file is in VW 2021. Thanks folks. - Dylan
  6. Good morning folks, I have a weird thing happening in my published PDF sets. I got an email from one of the consultant asking me if I could remove the blue overlay from the two sheets I'd sent them. I've attached screen shots that they sent me and shots of what I see. The blue we see in the consultant screen shot are the space objects extending beyond the crop rectangle on the SLVP. On the design layers, they are that blue colour. The really odd thing is that they extend beyond the boundaries of the page and display as such. Usually when there is an export glitch, it stops at the edge of the page. I have three Data Visualizations running applied to the viewports. One to change the appearance of the spaces to indicate which type of flooring to use. The second changes the rest of the spaces grey or white depending on wether they're in the scope of the project. And the third is to change the overall appearance of the walls and other objects by class. The two DVs applied for the spaces each alter the visual characteristics based on which Zone the space is included in. Flooring (Type 1 and Type 2) for the first DV and Scope (In Scope, Outside of Scope). Any ideas what's going on here? If you need any other info, let me know and I'll try and get it posted here. Thanks, -Dylan
  7. Hi @Pat Stanford, I found a solution for this that resides solely in Data Visualization with one exception. First, each wall is in either WALL-NEW, WALL-EXST classes and there are two component class groups depending on whether the wall is NEW or EXST. For new walls the component group is COMP-XXXX and for existing walls it's COMPE-XXXX. The existing classes are simple, one for structure, one for inner finish and one for outer finish. Really, these classes don't need to be used if that level of detail isn't needed. The wall style can be blank and the entire wall is in the WALL-EXST class. Same goes for the roofs and slabs. I have two DVs. One for simple plans/sections and one for detail plans/sections. Both DVs are "Objects using Function" > "Class". In the Simple DV, all NEW wall / slab / roof components classes have their fill and pen set to white and the EXST are all set to a % of grey. The outline of the walls then defaults to the WALL-NEW or -EXST class for pen colour and thickness displaying the plan without any components even though the component classes are visible in the VP properties. For the Detail DV, the difference is that the pen override is set to "Retain Original" but I have the foreground set to black. Activating the Viewport-Detailed DV then shows all the details in the new walls but "hides" them in the existing walls. The Data Visualizations work both in plan and section VPs (which was fantastic) and they ignore any attributes imposed by materials assigned to the components (another win!). The only time I can't get this to work is in our demolition plans. We note walls/doors/windows to be demo'd by a dashed line and because the wall components use the COMPE class, they turn grey in the Simple DV. If I override the WALL-DEMO class attributes in the DV, I see all the components as dashed lines which gets too cluttered so for Demo plans, I turn off all the component classes. Not a huge issue as there's far less dimensioning and annotating in those drawings. This seems to be working well for me at the moment, I'm sure there will be issues later (there always are!) Below is are the screenshots of what I've been describing. What it looks like on a design layer without any Data Visualization. The simple DV applied. All component classes turned on. With the Detailed DV applied. Same Viewport, nothing else changed besides the DV selection. The setting for the Simple DV The settings for the Detailed DV. Simple DV in section. Hard to see at this scale but this is the Detailed DV in section. Last one. These are the Section VP settings. The only class override we have in the VP properties is the ELEV-04FINE, it's set to 50% grey. For some reason, if we change it in the DV, it doesn't work. The cut fill derived from the component class overrides and pen colour is sorted with ELEV-01CUT which, for some reason does work if overridden in the DV... Go figure. I hope this makes sense, feel free to reach out with any questions. Have a great day folks, -Dylan
  8. Hi Neil, Thanks for that response! The project I'm working on is in 2021 not 2022 (it was started in early 2019). I'll try and replicate your process in of pulling in the ECW file without geolocating the file in 2021 and see how that works. I have 2022 installed on the computer so I can play around with the process there as well. ECW is an odd format. I've been importing them into QGIS and then exporting JPGs or PDFs to then bring into VW or Sketchup as the project requires. I never thought I could import them directly into VW until I did some forum searching and digging into the help files. The city of Winnipeg just updated their aerial imagery wicth is really nice. For quickly modelling in the surrounding buildings it's really nice to have! I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks again Neil! - Dylan
  9. Good afternoon folks, I'm banging my head against the computer here trying to get ECW files from my local municipality (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to import, scale and position properly in a geofenced file. I've setup a clean (new) file and geolocated it according to the system the city uses ( NDA83 / UTM zone 14N) which I pulled from the ECW files in QGIS. The Geoimage tool in VW works great but the city ECW files are far superior. The ECW images import through the Import Image route but they're not recognized as images (I have to choose all files under options) and they show up at the wrong scale and not located properly. If I import two of them they stack one on the other. The ECW files have a world file (.EWW). I've made sure the document units match the units in the ECW file. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? If you're curious where to find the City of Winnipeg ECW files, they can be found HERE. Thanks for any help / advice. - Dylan
  10. Good afternoon folks, I have a weird thing showing up to all my doors and windows. There are these thick black lines at the sides of the window / door symbols. I never noticed it before because I had my data visualization set to make the existing walls 80% black. We changed the graphic representation and went for a 50% black and now these show up at every door and every window. They appear to be "under" the window / door symbols. The "Draw wall lines" is turned off and the lintel and threshold classes are set to an invisible class. I've also looked into the wall type to see if there's something class wise going on there but everything is set to colour by class which has been modified with data visualization. Any ideas what they are and how to turn them off? Thanks folks! - Dylan
  11. Thanks @AlanW! I didn't see your reply until now. Got to check my notification settings... I've never done any marionette work before so this might be a steep learning curve but I like the potential. Thanks for digging out the file! - Dylan
  12. Thank you @Wes Gardner! That did the trick. It's been something that's always bugged me in the past. I would draw a polyline around the stringers in annotation to hide them but I figured there's probably a better way. I wound up experimenting with different angle settings and 50 degrees work perfectly. Again, thanks Wes, I always appreciate your insight. - Dylan
  13. Good afternoon folks, Doesn't anyone know why there are these vertical lines are showing? Any how to get rid of them? Thanks folks! - Dylan
  14. I hadn't thought of that method. It should be easy with one or two little calculations and be much faster than what I've been doing. Thanks for the outside the box thinking Pat!
  15. Good afternoon folks, I'm wondering if this is possible. I'm creating a door schedule and to do so, I place copies of all the doors on their own DL and space them out with 36" between them. I then make an elevation VP and use that in conjunction with a worksheet to create the schedules. My question is, is there a way to space them out by 36" without having to do it one by one? The Align>Spacing command doesn't work as it adjusts the spacing from to even it out. If all the doors were the same width, a quick calculation would tell me that the string of doors would be X" + Y spaces of 36" and I could put the first and last door to those dimensions and hit the Align>Spacing. But doors are not all the same width, especially in renovations.... Any ideas? Thanks! - Dylan
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