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Scott Lebsack

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  1. There is a dedicated tool in the basic palette, too.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. @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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. @Pat Stanford Thanks for the detailed response.
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. It's somewhat complex, but here's an answer for your pipe question. Have you figured out jumps?
  12. Make sure the landscape areas have a solid fill in the attributes palette?
  13. 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!
  14. Part of what is causing the issue is that your hardscape elevation is 0, since it is a modifier, when it doesn't have a point placed along the edge it is returning the site model to zero, resulting in the jagged interpolation. Additionally, we have had better luck grading the surface using site modifiers (similar to the grading network you created for your hardscape, except for the site) and using the landscape area to place pavement rather than the aligned hardscape. First image is setting the hardscape elevation to 109 and subtracting 109 from all your points... Still not great. Here is a shot grading the surface model - I used your elevation to create pads on the site model and used the landscape area to create the paving. I will attach this file for you to look at. I hope this is useful? próba2_Landscape Area.vwx
  15. What does your existing surface model look like? is it possible the share the file to look at. Are your modifiers isolated on their own layer? It looks like you may have some modifier conflicts that are causing the site model to behave erratically. Are you certain there are no extraneous modifiers that are crossing or touching the grade limits, or overlapping each other?
  16. Do you have a grade limit on your site model? I believe you were on the right course using the hardscapes. If you use it in aligned hardscape mode, you should be able to add modifiers to your hardscape similar to what you are showing across your site now. These two items should get you a good start.
  17. You can set your plant spread by instance within the style settings (see video) this will make adjusting spreads easy. Please be aware, our recommendation is that spread be set by style to avoid, oversizing/undersizing plants which can result in quantities higher or lower that what is actually required to fill the space shown. Additionally this can result in extra lines on a plant schedule, depending on setup, and the inability to easily change the spread for all the plants of a single style within a file. I hope this helps? 22 04-11 Plant Spread Response.mp4
  18. As a former SketchUp and AutoCAD user, I can tell you that when I began the transition to Vectorworks Landmark in 2018 - I thought I would still be using SketchUp to create 3D models for import into Vectorworks. That hasn't been the case. I have not opened SketchUp since transitioning. I'm able to model everything I need using Vectorworks modeling tools. The tools are also more robust than what I last remember from SketchUp, including solid modeling and subdivision modeling which provide a lot of flexibility to create the elements you will need. Good Luck!
  19. I'm not aware of any solutions. One inelegant workaround I've used, is to break the solid,horizontal line segment into multiple pieces; using modify>drafting aids>Line into segments. I used between 30 and 70 segments per inch. this should make the corner clipping a little less noticeable. Good Luck.
  20. Your vector graphic of the seal must be on the same "layer" as the titleblock. It is not possible for it to be on a different layer and in the same symbol. You will need to edit the layout of the titleblock and place it, best practice is to place it on a independent class, so that you can control whether or not it is visible/prints. Let me know if you need more detail.
  21. I can't tell from the screenshot, is there a filter hiding them?
  22. In my experience that note generally continues on along the lines of "written dimensions supersede scaled dimensions" 3D models and animations are great for the design and selling. But 50-70% of the work I did in the office was documenting the design. Professors and Principals stressed hierarchy of notes, dimensions, lines. Even with a perfect model, a designer will have to provide insight on what aspects of the design are most important, and where there is flexibility to absorb the imperfections of the real world and construction processes.
  23. Related article... https://blog.vectorworks.net/how-to-transition-from-2d-vr-visualization?_hsmi=199338168&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--KQWSBVV6xR7bnBD-ib71CLoVnm0CyG-uyGjbOzlwaj3lraOwE2IC0eSN5MksLpZut8hDVBpuRmvi2v9tkp7bUvuXOmw
  24. I can't speak to Apples 5K iMac monitors, as I'm a MS user. But I have had WQHD (1440P) and multiple 4K monitors over the last several years. My initial 4K monitor was 32" LG. When using Vectorworks intensive menu system it really was "too big". Getting to the far corners of the display became a chore and items at the corners were just not in my field of vision. I currently have 3 Dell P2721Qs on my desk and couldn't be happier. 2 in landscape and one vertically oriented for Slack and email. 27" seems to be a sweet spot for 4K (at least for me), I have fairly good eyesight, but even at about 24" from where I sit, I have to run the interface at 125% scale through the operating system to keep things easily legible. The panels appear flawless. Additionally, each monitor is capable of operating as a USB-C hub, this works very well with laptops, I'm able to leave my USB accessories plugged into the 4 type A ports on each monitor and simply run a single USB-C port to the laptop. In this case I have all three USB-C cables running to my Dell laptop and they keep it charged, without the need for an AC adapter. This simplified the connection process when taking the laptop on the road, I leave the laptop charger in my bag, and keeps the desk relatively clear of cables.
  25. A pull-down of existing symbol names with search would be excellent, often I'm looking to create a variation on an existing name. It would be great to select from the pulldown and begin editing.
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