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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. 3 hours ago, Pat Stanford said:

    You can use the Fundamental workspace even if you have a Design series license, so it is not unusual that it would work for you.


    I am certain the VW will give you an upgrade price if you want to go back to Architect as an adder to the Fundamentals you already have.

    Correct - switching to the Fundamentals workspace when you have an Architect licence will still give you access to Architect functionality - it is the serial number that determines this, not the functionality. I can assure you that this functionality has not been removed from Fundamentals.

  2. Rotate Plan is Design Series functionality and has never been available in Vectorworks Fundamentals. Here is the article in Vectorworks Help that describes the functionality. The D beside the heading denotes this as a Design Series (Designer, Architect, Landmark or Spotlight) capability.

    http://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/index.htm#t=VW2020_Guide%2FViews%2FRotating_the_plan.htm&rhsearch=rotate plan&rhsyns=

    If you now have Vectorworks Fundamentals only, but can see the tool, it may be that you have migrated your user folder and workspaces from an earlier version, but the tool will not work in Fundamentals. I'm afraid it has never been part of the Fundamentals package.

    This architect in Vectorworks Help lists all commands and tools and their availability in the different design series products:


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  3. If you don't specifically need the GIS stuff, this should be fine. Just make sure that you have the same user coordinates over the internal origin, across all the project files.

    But... if you are interested in looking at the opportunities that the GIS options offer, please let me know and we can schedule some time in the diary to take a look.

  4. HI
    Yes - in 2020, the template files are georeferenced by default. In a Georeferenced file, the Easting and Northing reports the coordinates from the geographic coordinate system, rather than the equirectangular X and Y cartesian coordinates. But, there are two options you can take to resolve this:


    1. Retain the georeferencing (in UK files, the default is EPSG 27700 - British National Grid), and align the User Coordinate System: Tools > Origin > User Origin - and choose the option Set User Origin to Match the Georeferencing Coordinate System.
    2. If you don't want the georeferencing at all, choose File > Document Settings > Georeferencing, and uncheck the first checkbox.

    All the best

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  5. In 2020, the Easting and Northing values are reported from whichever GIS coordinate system is active in the file (new in 2020).
    But it's easy to resolve. If you are not using GIS, go to File > Document Settings > Georeferencing and uncheck the very first option at the top of the dialogue. The Stake will now display Easting and Northing the same as X and Y.

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  6. Genius @Pat Stanford! Thanks for resolving this. I had a go at it, and got as far as reporting on all the fields available in the Wide Flange record, but didn't explore the idea of the Custom Size to get the data into the relevant fields. Thanks so much for your help.

  7. Instead of putting the dimensions on the Design Layer, put them in the annotation section of the viewport. 

    Double-click on geometry on the viewport, and choose Annotations.

    Add the dimensions - they will be sized as you want.


    If you put dimensions and any text on the design layer, it is a scalable item, just like the other geometry. Using the annotations space enables you to ensure consistency, and also manage which annotations are relevant to which viewport.

  8. The Stakes are independent objects, so will not disappear when you are looking at the proposed model. However, if you have set them to be Existing, this simply means that they contain levels that should set the level for the Existing site. So, any elevation changes will not be included in the cut and fill calculation.


    You should always enclose site modifiers (Stakes or other) within a Grade Limit. You don't need one for each stake - just draw a single grade limit that encloses the whole site, and set this also to relate to the Existing site. The Grade Limit is a mode of the Site Modifiers tool. All modifiers should be enclosed within a Grade Limit, but they can all be enclosed by the same grade limit.


    You might find the following free training on Vectorworks University useful. The Site Design course includes a section on Site Modelling.

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  9. Hi Steve

    Yes, if the Plant is based on a polyline (in other words, you converted it with Poly-vertex mode active in the Plant tool, then you have two options:

    1. Double-click the plant and choose to edit the Path - this actually activates the Reshape tool, and you can then reshape the polyline as you wish. When you exit this edit mode (but orange button, top-right of the edit window), the Plant will regenerate.
    2. Simply click the Reshape tool, and then click on the Plant. Reshape as desired. The Plant will regenerate.
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