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Scott Lebsack

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  1. @line-weight Brilliant observation, I long considered this an issue, but hadn't applied the "style" metaphor, but this absolutely makes sense. I was always hung up on wanting to set a style without locking down the alignment, or creating too many with each alignment covered. I'd thought about InDesign font familes, but it all seemed too complex, your approach is quite elegant.
  2. @BJRobinson to be more precise, I wouldn't invest any time in the built-in catalog or database. Plant styles are easy to use (and reuse) resources, that are able to contain a complete list of data for your plants. Once you have the data in the Plant Style for each plant, catalog data becomes redundant - as long as your plant style resources are easy to find and reuse. The data contained in Plant Styles is also available to worksheets in Vectorworks without additional work.
  3. There is a dedicated tool in the basic palette, too.
  4. There is no reason to create a catalog, you already have plants styles with the data you want, I would place the file within your workgroup folder so it is easily available to pull from and export to, if you add or change anything.
  5. The use of landscape areas for "hardscapes" is something I picked up from our Marketing and training folks. The Landscape Area tool has some features that would be helpful for hardscapes, it is able to "excavate" a surface model to provide a more accurate cut/fill volume, my understanding is that this is necessary for BIM workflows. It also allows a user to grade the site model directly to finish grades, and have the "hardscapes" match the grades, rather than trying to grade the site model and hardscape separately and keep them consistent as a design evolves, or use hardscapes to grade a site model. It's nice to have hardscapes separate from the grading of the site model. In general I try to keep items by style if they effect material takeoffs - volumes/thickness/types anything annotative can by by instance. That way if I change the physical characteristics of my style everything updates. I do the same with plants, if it should be a different line in the schedule it should be a different style. I haven't completed any production work in the past 8 mo., but while I was in a design office I was convinced attributes by class was the only way to work - in content development with Vectorworks, we never use class attributes, I would have to go back to production to try it by instance to know...
  6. @Jeremy Best The program is unable to create/calculate a "Looped Main" (US term) at this point. This also effects pressure loss calculations which are reduced in a looped main install. Our current workflow to approximate a looped main as closely as possible, is to create a closed polygon. at the midway point (opposite the point of connection), remove a very small section of that edge so that your user has a small opening opposite of the point of connection. Once this is done, they can right-click select Create Object from Shape>Irrigation Pipe from object, then connect the other network elements to this mainline. I think that is as much help as I'm able to offer now.
  7. The "Origin" is tough, and something I still have problems with on occasion, but when a file begins behaving oddly, that is one of the first items to check. I'm sure there a folks on this forum who have a better grasp of the subject, but here's a good resource to get started.
  8. Good suggestions, If possible, it would be great to have it not block the rest of the program, so you can view or copy text from the file or resource manager to match/confirm naming as well.
  9. @Pat Stanford Thanks for the detailed response.
  10. Quick guess - you need to edit your titleblock style and duplicate a text field in the symbol and link it to the custom field you just created in the manger?
  11. The problem with the file I worked with was that the stakes used to create it were very far from the origin, and that the site model was located near the origin. To change it, I use the recreate from source data edit option, grouped your stakes and set the center of the group at 0,0 this relocated the origin of the site model source data close to the origin, I then deleted the crop and regenerated the site model and adjusted it's final location to match the original. There are a few things you can do regarding the origin. You can use GIS to set/get the origin, or the origin tool, if the project you are working on is not referenced in some other system. @Tony Kostreski is better with GIS, you may be able to find a webinar from him that explains this well?
  12. I believe your site model is causing the problem, and probably a lot of others in your file. it seemed really slow working on it previously? All your drawing elements appear to be located near the origin, but notice the coordinates of your site model insertion point (image). If I delete the site model everything seems fine. So, I edited your site model data and moved the points creating your site model closer to the origin, then deleted the crop, and moved the site model insertion point to 0,0, this got it close to the original site model location. I drew a couple of lines before making changes that allowed me to line it up with the original location (before changing the site model data). Once that was done. I made sure to assign all the texture beds to the site model (image) and updated. That resulted in the landscape areas behaving as expected. I think this all comes down to working too far from the origin, as so many things do, even if you weren't aware. I think this will fix many issues you may have been having difficulty with Also, I would set all your landscape styles by style (little arrow) instead of by instance (two horizontal slider icon) unless you have some very specific reason not to, name being the exception. I've attached the file if you want to copy the site model out of it, and see the changes I made to the landscape area. próba4.vwx
  13. It's somewhat complex, but here's an answer for your pipe question. Have you figured out jumps?
  14. Make sure the landscape areas have a solid fill in the attributes palette?
  15. The hardscape tool is older. It works well for simple pads and pads with a single slope. Once you're beyond that, the Landscape Area is newer and works better. I have heard someone mention that the tool could be called "Surface Area" tool because it does so well defining an area on a site model surface regardless of what that area is defining. I believe it also is very good at reporting data in worksheets, and will actually "excavate" the site model so your cut/fill numbers will be more accurate as well. Good Luck!
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