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Tamsin Slatter

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  1. Hi I am sitting next to a student who is trying to create walls by first drawing a polygon and then converting to a wall using Modify/Convert/Objects from Polyline. We choose Right control mode. The walls are created, but they are not neatly joined at the corners. Preferences are set to Auto Join Walls. We have tried to join using the wall join tool. She has SP2 Build 82613. XP machine, with 2GB RAM. However, when trying this on my older system (SP2 Build 82099)it all works perfectly. (Also XP 2GB Ram). Any ideas? Cheers
  2. Oh and the other thing to check. If your hardscape is on a different layer to the model, ensure that the model settings allow it to be updated by objects on all layers.
  3. Hi Jacqueline Yes - you can indeed use information on the drawing (such as contours) and convert them. It depends on how your surveyor set up the file in the first place as to how VW will cope with it. I ask my surveyor for a separate data file as it's quick and easy and the data needs no further work from me to generate the model. Re Hardscape, when setting up your Hardscape preferences, tick the draw 3d box and choose pad or texture bed as the option. Having created your hardscape, you can then use the Send to Surface command to move the Z height to the level of the model. You can then adjust this Z value to the height you want. Select the site model and click on Update in the OIP. To show changes you must have Proposed model selected in either the 2D or 3D view. Good luck!
  4. Hi Jacqueline The site model can only work from specific types of data - 3D loci or 3D polys (there is a full list in the Help). When you import your file, do you have height points with a Z height (just select them and tell me a) what type of object they are and b) do can you see a Z value in the Object Info Palette)? Your level data could also come from a csv file from your surveyor - containing data in X Y and Z format. If you have contour lines, you should be able to convert them to 3D polys - unless they are broken. You can connect them using the Connect/Combine tool. Often the contour lines will be broken because the height label will be sitting within the line.
  5. Andrew I've had a few crashes! But when defining plants, this message always comes up after a while... The pop up appears about 10 times, to which I have to click OK about 10 times. It then finally dismisses the dialogue, but that's the time to save the file as crash is imminent.
  6. Ooh yes - I've had this too - on XP 2008 with SP2. Usually VW doesn't crash immediately and I get to save the file before restarting and all is well... I thought it was memory problems (my baby laptop has only 1GB RAM) but I see you have 4 - so maybe not!
  7. Thanks Peter - will try to filter the 3D polys - great idea and I'm sure that will help.
  8. Thanks Peter Any thoughts on my other post? The one about smoothing? I have a client with a 16 acre site and we are struggling with the model.
  9. Hi Peter Thanks for that - yes the class is set to be visible. The pad is definitely at the correct Z value. So, although the hardscape tool is a hybrid that can have both 2D and 3D attributes you are suggesting that I create a pad and then sit a separate object on top of that? Thanks
  10. Hi Ian Thanks for your response. I have tried a couple of textures various stone and brick ones)and tried all rendering modes. I see what you are saying about the pad. However, what I am seeing is a slope up to the pad, and then the area that should be rendered is hollow - down to the bottom of the model! So it's not even showing a flat surface in the same texture as the model (Nature Turf). By the way - didn't we speak last year? Did you get your lecturer to accept the watermark in the end? I am on a mission about this so please feel free to email me your experiences...
  11. I have a large site, with survey data of some 4000 points (3D polys)covering 16 acres. The site does model, but is very chunky looking. On a smaller model, I can use smoothing to great effect. However, on this model, when employing smoothing and choosing the relevant 3D display i.e. 3D Triangulated Contours, my machine goes very quiet and VW appears to hang. I have tried leaving it for a while - a few cups of tea etc. I even washed the kitchen floor but when I came back, no joy! Is this simply a case that I am asking too much of my little laptop and VW? Or should I leave it longer and perhaps clean the windows as well?! I realise this could be a "how long is a piece of string?" type question, but I would be grateful for any comments from experienced modellers... (It IS great to have a clean kitchen floor though...) VW 2008 SP2 on XP 2GB RAM
  12. I'm creating pads using either hardscape tool or site modifier tool (choosing pad from config field). I have a class set up with texture selected. Class is set to Use at Creation. I place the pad in the class. The 2D attributes are set to Solid Fill. My pads DO update the site model, but they don't render. The site model has a render applied and renders beautifully, but the pad is sitting above the surface showing its red outline, but no render. The pad and fence are both on the same layer as the site model. I have the same problem using the Massing Model tool. I can see the object in wireframe, but no render although the rest of the site model renders. What am I doing wrong?
  13. I'd just like to add that I did the same thing. I actually opened my 2D Plant Symbols file in 2008 and exported the symbols to the new Plant Objects file so I have them all in one place. However, just a thought - are you talking about the plant symbols or Plants you created in 12.5? I had problems in early 2008 in that VW didn't seem to be able to convert my existing plant definitions into 2008 - the symbol sizes were all over the place and they were impossible to edit sensibly. However, upgrade to SP2 fixed the problem and I have been able to upgrade all my plants.
  14. Hi Just had a go at reproducing this and my plants seem to work fine. Can you provide a little more detail on how you are creating the plants? (i.e. Are using the menu item on the Landmark menu and choosing one of the default symbols, or are you first drawing your symbol and then creating your plant?) What other settings do you have for the plant? Do you have a cross or dot selected for the centre of the plant? If it's a dot, I've had problems before 2008 where the dot obliterated the whole plant, regardless of the size I set for it... Let me know. Tamsin
  15. Hi Islandmon - that makes perfect sense. Thanks for your help!
  16. Forgot to add, I am on a PC, with XP and VW2008 SP2
  17. I am struggling with understanding the variable radius pairs... can anyone help? I would like to vary my fillet so that it starts small, gets bigger and then gets small again along an edge. The edge is, say, 2000mm long. I would like 10% of it to be hardly any fillet (say 10mm), 80% say 50mm radius and the remaining 10% back to 10mm. However, after entering the first two pairs of informatio, I can't set the final pair (the set button is greyed out). So my resulting fillet increases along the edge beautifully, but will not decrease towards the end of the edge. Am I missing the point here? Some help would be great. Thanks
  18. Hi I spend a lot of time training people and notice that if you are getting used to drawing accurately, it can be easier to draw out your shape first using the polygon or polyline tool for accuracy. You can then convert to walls using the Modify/Convert/Objects from Polyline command. But personally, I love the wall tool and use it all the time.
  19. You can use ANY symbol to define a plant now. Just drag any of the xfrogs onto the drawing, select them, then on the Landmark menu you can create a new plant. If you want 3d, just double click the plant to get into the symbol editor, choose 3D and drag a 3D plant (maybe from xfrog)onto the 3D locus that's sitting there. You can still use your symbols from v12 if you want to. Just open the file they are in, and export them all to the 2d defaults file that comes with VW2008.
  20. i.e. Any symbol can be turned into a plant - it doesn't have to be in the 2D or 3D symbols files like in the old days.
  21. You should be able to drag any of the xfrog or V12 symbols onto your drawing, then select them and use Landmark / Create New Plant. You can then define your plant as normal. Once created, if you edit the symbol which results in your resource browser, you can choose teh 3D part of the symbol and choose a 3D view from the Xfrog libraries - it should snap to the 3D locus. It's SO MUCH EASIER because you can just draw a symbol on your drawing if you like and then turn it into a plant. Tamsin
  22. There are indeed UK Plants. For help on how to get the UK plant data on the system, email me.
  23. Hi Guys Thanks for responses. Jonathan - I just wanted to look at the Filemaker Pro database, but it wasn't opening. Petri - I understand your frustrations, but the whole thing is still a HUGE LOAD better than it was. And better than hand drawing which is what my clients are used to. Yes filemaker pro is a relational database - whilst VW still has to access data through its text files. But at least it is now easy to create subsets of that data which makes the whole plant selection process much easier. I know the difference between a database and a text file (I spent many years working for Oracle as a database specialist). Anyway, before I get carried away down that route, in case anyone else is looking on the forum for a solution to a similar problem, the system was NOT working "as is". My filemaker pro database was failing to open - that was the problem. When choosing Open VW Plant Database from the Landmark menu, Filemaker Pro should have been starting up, but it wasn't. However, that universal fully tried and tested method of "re-install" fixed the problem and all is now working fine. Cheers T


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