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  1. I'm on Mac and I don't think translation software will handle the model. Plus I can't bare to learn another BIM software! If there's no handy tips from other's with past experience of this I'll have to suffer it. I resigned my self to just ungroup the meshes of the areas that directly interact with our areas of the design and change those to white. Not ideal but much better than trying to make their whole model neat to look at. Thanks, Jack
  2. Hi All, has anyone found a reason for, or a solution to why Revit models import many grouped mesh objects with a black fill? Screen shot attached. I can't afford to spend another few hours trying to convert the meshes to have a white fill. It already took 3 hours to import the model to VW. Thanks, Jack
  3. Great thank you.. I hadn't realised I ungrouped it!
  4. Hi All, Has anyone got an idea why a hardscape might lose its vertex control points. I've attached a file to help. I'm unable to edit the shape of it. Thanks, Jack Problem Hardscape.vwx
  5. Hi All, after much pain and suffering trying to find out how to do it I thought I would share how I align my VWs models with lead consultant's (Architect's) Revit model. This assumes the following: You are not lead consultant so you haven't created the shared project coordinates yourself. You are not lead consultant so you are contractually obliged by your client to align your model with the lead not the other way round You are not the BIM coordinator and have received a useless Revit centric BEP. You understand the difference between User Origin and Internal Origin in VW. You understand the importance of modelling close to the Internal Origin to avoid glitches You are doing this before you start modelling. While the steps are the same for after you've modelled, changing the Internal Origin is not advised unless you are being held at gun point by the client. All your sheet layer viewports will be messed up and need reworking. Key message: you need to change the coordinate of your Internal Origin to match the Internal Origin of Revit (which should also be the shared project coordinate). Forget User Origin for now. Steps: 1. Ask the lead consultant (or whoever has set the shared project coordinates) for the Northing and Easting coordinate (relative to British National Grid or your local system) for the Revit Internal Origin. Revit does not recognise your VW User Origin so changing the User Origin won't help align models. 2. Firstly make sure your Vectorworks Document is set to your local coordinate system: File> Document Settings>Georeferencing>tick 'adjust origin and orientation of georeferenced data to match document coordinates' (not sure if necessary). in this window check 'Use an EPSG code or CRS name' Click Lookup and find EPSG 27700 / CRS name: OSB 1936 / British National Grid (or your local system). I had to Google this. Close Document Georeferencing window. This makes sure you are in the correct overall system for Northing and Easting coords (if in the UK). 3. If you now go to your Geolocate tools and select 'Geolocate' while looking near your Internal Origin VW will download and display a satellite image of the world at your Internal Origin. For me this was default right next to the Greenwich Observatory in London. You want your project site to appear here instead in exactly the right location to the mm so... 4. De-select the Geolocate tool (this step was just to demonstrate the location of your Internal Origin in VW relative to the real world). 5. Draw a circle anywhere and type into its centre point properties the Northing and Easting of the Revit Internal Origin. 6. Select the Geolocate tool again and click on the centre of the circle. You get a warning that this changes the Internal Origin of VW but accept it anyway. 7. Now your Internal Origin is the same as the Revit Internal Origin and should be in the 'real' site location. Assuming the Revit user knows what they are doing. 8. Select the Geolocate tool again and hover over the Internal Origin - it should download the satellite image of the real location which should be your site. This step is just to check everything has worked and is not necessary. 9. Head to Tools>Origin>User Origin> check 'Set User Origin to Match the Georeferencing coordinate system'. This just makes sure your User Origin is reset and providing you real coordinates if you have been moving it in the past. 10. Celebrate. 11. if the Revit using lead consultant has also rotated their Internal Origin I am pretty sure you can do so too by heading back into File> Document Settings>Georeferencing and changing the angle to true north here. Edit: the Geolocate tool has a setting option to rotate the Internal Origin. I don't know if it is possible to also change the Z height of the VW Internal Origin but it is less important. Revit seems to struggle with moving IFC models into position manually in the X Y plane but moving it in the Z axis is a relatively simple task and the Revit using lead consultant shouldn't break a sweat over it. I only share my model as IFCs to Revit as you get control over what to export. It is important to make sure your User Origin is set to Northing and Easting 0,0. This ensures you get proper coordinates from your model and you import references in the correct position but also for file sharing across multiple softwares. While Revit only recognises Internal Origin, Autocad and Navisworks seem to use your User Origin when importing. Hope that saves some of you your sanity. Jack
  6. Hi All, I am having a problem with site models. When created the site model with a landscape area overlayed works perfectly. The landscape area build up components consist of 50 mulch, 300mm topsoil and variable subsoil. Amazingly the subsoil layer tapers with the site model which I've not managed before and is perfect for roof landscapes where the bottom of the soil is level but top is often mounded (screen shot attached). Unfortunately if I click the check box in properties to 'show plants in 3D' the soil component levels appear to go erratic or corrupted. If I uncheck the box to not show plants in 3D it doesn't return to previous. It stays corrupted (second screen shot). Any ideas or has anyone else had this experience? Thanks, Jack
  7. Thank you Jeff. I'll give it a go
  8. Thank you Christiaan, I'll take a look at that tutorial. So far every time I've attempted to touch the line modifiers it really messes up the hatch but that's my ignorance.
  9. Hello all, are there any good hatch file download resources online in 2022? On googling I'm not being presented by hundreds of resources websites like I would with autocad. I have looked at the hatch tool and other than basic scale and colour changes I find it too mind boggling to use. Many thanks, Jack
  10. Or a practical solution offered would help recover it?
  11. Hi Tom, Thanks for your speedy reply. I've just tried that and it didn't solve the problem. Sounded promising though. Weirdly I made a new section through the same landscape area and this new section doesn't show the hatch fills. Makes me think it might be something up with the landscape area. Even though it shows in the other viewport. Thanks
  12. Hi All, Problem: two different section viewports through the same landscape area. The hatch fill for the landscape area isn't showing in one of the viewports. Both viewports have identical properties, layers and class settings. Randomly happened when I was updating annotations on the affected viewport. Screen shot attached. Any ideas of how to fix?
  13. We are used to 2D drawing in AutoCAD where 0,0 is British National Grid 0,0 and as a landscape architect we draw in real space, where the topo imports, then move the architect's building from 0,0 (where it's normally drawn) to the real space location. However in BIM this doesn't work as everything needs to be the same across different practices and softwares and modelling far from the Internal Origin creates problems. Hence wanting to know how to set up a drawing where the internal origin is somewhere else and the same for all (the shared project coordinates). The energy expended to get an answer is utterly disheartening and torturous. I feel like I'm being trolled by unhelpful lectures.
  14. 🤦‍♂️ But HOW do you set up a new drawing to do what you say. You're not explaining anything I don't already know. We have existing projects where the 'horse has bolted' but we also have new projects coming up where we want to avoid retro-correcting models. As I said many times I am not disputing the need for correct document set-up.....BUT HOW!? That's what I'm on the forum for. I can't find a step by step guide on the internet. I have all the information needed from the BIM coordinator and lead consultant. HOW do I use it in VW?
  15. Shorter, you are often eager to post your thoughts on the wider principles of BIM coordination which in the right forum is very useful. However on all my threads where you do comment you don't actually offer the answer to the question. No-one is disputing the need for a robust BEP and BIM process however all my posts have been asking for is HOW to change/set the drawing internal origin in VW so I can align to the shared coordinates provided in the BEP we have received from the client BIM coordinator. The BIM coordinator doesn't use VW so they cannot help me. The question was very basic and the answer was relatively simple - using the geolocate tool or use the lat long coords in document set-up. Very hard to extract the answer from the internet though.
  16. For play mounds where the control of gradients is less onerous, this is perfect. I will be upgrading! Finally I can put this issue to rest. Thanks all
  17. Hi All, I am returning to using the Nurbs Tools for this. Can anyone tell me how I made the above smooth dome shape? From memory it involved me having the path drawn then using a tool where I drew a curve and it automatically swept/span/ arrayed around the path to make the surface. Thanks
  18. It would be great if I'm wrong but I'm almost certain my model exports to Revit as lifeless meshes rather than clever components and families. I think VW gives a warning that it all just gets exported as grouped meshes. Importing Revit as VW native objects seemed to half work. lots of missing parts and janky geometry. Probably works great on simpler files but the Revit files we receive are so massive that I don't have a week to spend on the import. The only practical solution for big files is import as meshes. Unfortunately I don't have Revit so I can't check what my exports look like. I just send the architects the file and enjoy a moment of schadenfreude - revenge for years of cleaning furniture out of architects files received in the past! That or I send an IFC and only mildly upset said Revit user.
  19. No problem - my response wasn't to your question. It's good to share knowledge when it is very frustrating to be lost in new software. My contribution might be the blind leading the blind though.
  20. No problem. As you can tell I'm not an experience VW user but I am learning the hard way. The short answer is export 2D DWGs for hassle free coordination across a wide variety of softwares. When 3D information is requested use IFC. In the IFC export you have lots of control over which layers to include in the export and other controls. The Revit export is very basic. There is no control. It exports everything on all design layers so the recipient will get any 2d design layer info, keys legends, references, 'dirty' design layer info. Hope that helps a bit. I've had Revit users complain that it is difficult to snap to IFC models but for the most part they don't need to. I use 2D for the majority coordination and other consultant's 3D models provide context in section viewports. Import Revit in VW is painful if it's a big project. We have to import massive developments with all the architects info in there. Takes an hour or 2 to convert to meshes but once done its smooth enough. I've not imported IFCs other than for checking my exports.
  21. Well this thread ballooned. In reponse to @Jeff Prince and @Shorter: there is a BEP, there is a big external design team (mostly using Revit - no VW users) and demanding BIM coordinators, clash detection workshops etc.... However, my question was: how do I change the Internal Origin in VW so I can align it to the shared project coordinates given to me. Simple as that. I have received all the info I need from the other consultants but I am asking how to use that information within VW. The BEP is not software specific (well it's biased to Revit). I can't go and ask an external consultant who doesn't use VW how to use my own software. The online videos often describe something unhelpful or non-specific or simply say you CAN do something but not HOW to do it, so I come to the forum for advice. Mostly it's a great help! But there is always the risk of contributors straying off onto arguments of principle or wider subjects rather than sticking to the nuts and bolts of how to do something in the software. There is no point posting saying someone is doing something wrong without a suggestion of the correct way. That's called 'gatekeeping the knowledge'. My question was simple: How do I change the Internal Origin of the file. The answer I lucked upon by playing with the Geolocate tool.
  22. I think I've sorted it. In new file just import their georeferenced drawing with their Revit Internal Origin identified. Select Geo-reference tool click their Internal Origin point so the Internal Origins are aligned. Adjust the User Origin to compensate and maintain real world coords.
  23. Its imported as meshes. Often grouped
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