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Eric Gilbey, PLA

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  1. Hi Steven. Though I very much promote the use of the Landscape Area tool for site planning workflows in Landmark, its very capable counterpart within Architect is the Space Object. Though the Space object has other functions which relate directly to interior planning, it also has the ability to function in 2D planning workflows, inside or outside of the building. This means you can certainly use it for site planning even before the building is conceptualized. You can report the Space Object's name/number/use and many other things to worksheets do conduct your proposed site use reports. Give it a try and let us know what you think. I believe you will enjoy it.
  2. Tom, I have just turned off the glow when I needed both, but perhaps you find the image prop textures to be too dim this way? If the Heliodon is casting light on them, they should look more naturally lit this way, but the ones in the shadow would be dimmer than you prefer perhaps?
  3. The closest thing to a downside of putting a grade limit around the site is only that it might be more accurate for cut and fill if the grade limit is closer to the area being affected. Note in the images below...The first image is without a grade limit, and the proposed grading is not regulated well. The second image shows a grade limit of about 30' from the modifying pad, and the third image shows a grade limit of about 15' from the modifying pad. If the resulting slopes are favorable, the tighter to the modifying work is better for the amount of cut/fill you would propose. Much like it would be on the actual site. If your placement of the grade limit did not cause more proposed grading over the area of the site than you expected, then no need to change.
  4. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected remote work practices in the profession? Some of you may know that I currently co-chair ASLA’s Digital Technology Professional Practice Network (PPN), which has developed a survey to capture the new knowledge and experience that has emerged in the profession over the course of the pandemic in order to help frame the conversation around remote work and to aid firms in developing best practices in the post-pandemic market. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey by Friday, May 28. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Please use this hyperlinked text below, to take you to the survey. Take the Survey If you have issues or questions, you can email the ASLA staff at propractice@asla.org Thank you all. Best regards, Eric
  5. Yes, João is right...the area inside of the hardscape modification does not have anything telling it how to perform, so it is trying to go back to what it was within the confines of that small opening. Placing a pad (offset the opening shape by a few centimeters) and convert that to a site modifier (pad configuration) at the elevation you prefer that planting area surface to be, and it should do what you seek.
  6. Hi Carol. The behavior you are seeing is typical of the 3D display for cut/fill. Instead of displaying the cut/fill coloration on the proposed surface, it actually flattens the shape of the site model, but creates a depression or mound where the cut or fill is calculated, respectively. So, the more cut in an area, the deeper the depression, and the more fill in an area, the higher the mound. I too wish the site model display of cut/fill were displayed with the actual proposed site model surface, so your note reminds me to make the enhancement request to do so. Thank you for bringing this up. Best regards, Eric
  7. Hi @LisaErn. It is great to hear from you and hard to believe its been just over a year since I visited. Regarding your interest in seeing the Landscape Area perform this very common application, I would highly agree. When components were added to the Landscape Area in our most recent version (2021), we had included this requirement, and I believe it is still soon to be achievable. In the meantime, I would suggest that you try using the Slab object, as it will also give you a horizontal layer-based object. The Slab object, however will provide the ability to offset the edges of each component which may be a way of shrinking the horizontal area each layer covers as it extends deeper. This still does not give you a sloped side, so I'm going to ask my colleague @Katarina Ollikainen, who has described a way to 3D model such an application and assign materials to each volume in the 3D modeled solution, with the hopes she can offer a more intuitive solution until the Landscape Area accomplishes this condition. Thank you again, and I look forward to hearing/seeing more from you and others from AJ Landskap. Eric
  8. Hi @Joss Paine. I curious if you have tried either the Hardscape or Roadway (NURBS) tool. Those would be the tools I would suggest over using the wall for this purpose.
  9. @susanhutson You are welcome to email me at landmark@vectorworks.net , and we can schedule the demo. Thank you again. I look forward to talking with you soon. Best regards, Eric
  10. Good morning @susanhutson. Your observation of being able to combine the work you are doing in DynaSCAPE, and other software in Vectorworks Landmark is correct. There have been a number of landscape designers who have moved from DynaSCAPE, Sketch3D/SketchUp, Photoshop, etc. into Vectorworks Landmark for that very same reason. Another benefit you will appreciate is that unlike using DS Design and DS Color to form line drawings and renders, Vectorworks Landmark consolidates this too, as there is no need to move between modules to conduct line drawings and renderings. For animated walkthroughs and flyovers, this is already built into to the Landmark software, as well. For creating movie files (MOV format) of these walkthroughs and flyovers, it is simply accomplished by choosing that output in the same dialog where you set up the walkthrough path. If you are interested in a demo to see more about the features you are seeking (and others you may not have mentioned above), please let me know. We can coordinate a time that works for you. We can also see if we can align you with other designers who have made the move to Vectorworks for the same purpose to hear from them about their experiences and recommendations. Thanks again, Susan. Best regards, Eric
  11. Hello @susanhutson. I was about to ask the same question as Jeff. Can you elaborate? I'm envisioning 3D interactive design, which has been possible in Vectorworks Landmark for some time. Designers typically have been used to designing in plan view, but many have been designing in 3D in recent years. With the Mutliview feature, the ability to work with both 2D and 3D views simultaneously is also possible...so as you place objects in 2D or 3D, you see the result immediately in the other view. More information about what you are seeking is needed to share a better response.
  12. Hi Max, Great question, and I hope I can address all the questions you have presented here. Related to our recent GIS integrations and harvesting vector geometry to do so. Right now, you can bring in such geometry from shapefile formats, which usually contain open and closed polygons and points...these would usually carry data which informs the use of the lines...for instance, contour lines would contain the elevation...building footprints would likely carry the elevation of the building base, and maybe the top of building elevation, and also the building height. This all depends on the source of the GIS information. DXF files can also carry such data, and they can also be georeferenced, so may be a source if SHP files are not available. Lidar files, could be imported as point clouds and meshes, and this can also help to inform a site's terrain, but the geometry needs to be pulled out of the object and converted to elevated 3D points or 3D polygons. We can get more into that directly if that becomes the case. As for vector contour lines from image/map services in our current GeoImage process, harvesting the geometry is not yet there, but something our development team is working on. You will be able to do this, but to get the vector data, I recommend the initial steps I mentioned earlier. Regarding the other methods you mention, they are possible (DXF/DWG and tabular survey input (eastings, northings and elevations). This video describes/shows this process. Please feel free to message me if you need more information on this. Best regards, Eric
  13. @jeff prince When I started at Vectorworks 12 years ago, I tried to assemble the same thing, but as a template file. For the same @bgoff and @mike m oz stated, this was a bad idea. Now, to make a library file of all these available plants is possible, it may not be as practical as if you did this with plant objects which were preconfigured with names, sizes, 3D representations, recommended spacings, etc.. Then, I think you will have something. The challenge for the company to do this is in that we have so many users across the globe that the palette would be changing drastically from one place to another. Even in the US, we see this most distinctly in California where designers from one part of the state to the another have a vastly different plant palette because the regional microclimates require plants with different tolerances and requirements...and most importantly availability. If you are seeking a file that has every object in it without preconfigured anything (not named, not identified with an accurate 3D representation, spacing etc.) that can happen, but less meaningful to the majority of our users...this is the reason we have not assembled this yet.
  14. VB Visual plants have built-in seasonal representations, however they are heavy memory wise so should be used judiciously. You can include an image prop for each season, but as pat says, they should be on separate classes to be able to switch out the seasons in viewport class settings. I’ve not tried this, but theoretically, this should work.
  15. Hello Site Design forum members. Have you been implementing any workflows which integrate with GIS data, imagery and/or geometry? If so, please reach out to us at landmark@vectorworks.net . As many of you know, we have recently joined Esri's partnership program as a Silver Tier Partner. Through this, we have several opportunities to reach other design professionals like you who are looking to improve their site analysis and planning workflows, but less aware of how GIS and related geospatial resources enable them to do that within Vectorworks. We believe that sharing your workflow examples could inspire them to do just that. The recent release of Vectorworks Landmark, Architect and Designer 2020 introduced new GIS integration features, such as Geolocate and Geoimage, which can save a great amount of time in providing georeferencing to a file, or in adding visual context for the planning work you are including as part of your project deliverables. Prior to this year's release, and still certainly available, is the ability to import georeferenced shapefile (SHP) data and georeferenced image files, such as GeoTIFF, TFW, JGW, BPW, etc.. Designers using Vectorworks could not only import those files, but they could modify them in 2D visualizations and in 3D models, allowing them to quickly add context into the projects which they are designing. So, whether you have some examples to share from the workflows we have offered before the 2020 release, or perhaps you have already been putting the 2020 new features to use, please let us know by emailing us by this Friday, October 18, and we will follow up with some communication about the potential of showing off your expertise and improved workflows. Thank you for your time in considering this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards, Eric Eric Gilbey, PLA Product Marketing Manager
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