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  1. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Modifying site model to wrap around retaining walls and stairs

    Another thought I had was two alternative options...a 3D polygon in the Site-DTM-Modifier class which traces the edges of the stair system entirely. This could act as the “retaining edge” though not having the bottom pad to make it retaining if you did want it not dig to the bottom of each stone or gabion basket, you could also trace the bottoms as one 3D polygon in the same class. The other alternatives was to place site-modifying stakes with the desired elevation entered for each position where you want the grade to meet the stair material or gabion basket face.
  2. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Modifying site model to wrap around retaining walls and stairs

    Bernard, I would highly recommend the pad with retaining edge feature as an option in the site modifier list. You can find the description of how this works in the online user help page. I would recommend using the "footprint" of the separate step portions and let the retaining edge become the modifier that helps wrap the steps where you want the terrain to conform to the shape of the steps. You can reshape the handles of the retaining edge to make the grade connection to the steps exactly where you want. Each pad with retaining edge modifier can then report its own cut/fill if you want that too.
  3. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Drawing Setup

    Hans, Sure thing...the link his here. https://www.vectorworks.net/inspiration/industry-webinars/optimize-your-dwg-file-exchanges-for-site-design Also, the rest of the webinars on that page may be of interest too...so let me know what you think. Best regards, Eric
  4. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Drawing Setup

    Hi Hans, Welcome to the Vectorworks community! Regarding your setup of an initial file. All of the file formats you describe (except SID) are able to be brought into Vectorworks. We just aired a presentation yesterday by a fellow landscape architect, Robert Anderson, on importing and managing DWG files. This will help with some of those questions you may have about using DWG files. Though we do not import SID files, you can bring in georeferenced image files such as GeoTIFF, JGW, BPW, TFW, etc.. If the aerail imagery you import is not georeferenced, you can bring them in and modify their scale to the appropriate size and begin working over top. Those background files (DWG and image files) should be put in a Design Layer of their own for quick turning on and off when you want to see them and dont. Many of these layer and class usage aspects are covered in the Getting Started Guides on our webpage and YouTube. We typically cover the file set-up in our online Landmark trainings (Quick Start Seminar or Landmark Virtual Training part 1. The latter has not been scheduled yet, but expected to start in January. Once these have been established, we can let you know. Best regards, Eric
  5. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Irrigation Tools...So Slow!

    Eric, Not sure if you have shared this file with Vlado and/or tech support, but it would be good to have the file to either solve the issue in the file, or file a performance bug to solve this for future large projects.
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    You do not need to use duplicate along a path. The plant object has its own "along path" configuration, which you can set in the Object Information Palette (OIP) or in its plant settings when the plant grouping is selected. It seems to be set to horizontal now, but can be set to along path or randomly rotated. You want it set to along path to achieve the look you are seeking.
  7. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Site Model Output

    @lisagIf you choose the 3D polygon representation of the site model, then export the file to DWG, it will export the 3D contours as 3D polygons in DWG format.
  8. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Site Model Area / Resolution Limitations

    OK...so it sounds like you are at the threshold of "either/or". Unless @techsupporthas a different suggestion. I'm not sure what else to suggest than simplification or removing every other minor interval contours, since the site model will interpolate them anyways. Perhaps the distance set in simplification could be as small as you can see a noticeable easing of articulation (ever so subtle) maybe the overlapping contours might not be as prolific and you can amend and convert to see if you have success? Using imperial, I've noticed that if 1 foot used as my distance is simplifying too drastically, I might try 3 inches (1/4 of the original simplification)...still get simplification but not as drastic. In metric terms, perhaps its by 10 or 20 cm? Don't know what the level of detail is...but in the effort you are attempting, it does not sound like you are left with too many choices in balancing the geometry/performance. Perhaps tech support may have other suggestions?
  9. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Site Model Area / Resolution Limitations

    Hi Lisa, Though my first reaction was to simplify polygons, which you prefer not to do, I'm thinking of the Survey Input option to change 3D Polys to 3D Loci...wondering if the use of just points, and not processing the vertices and lines, would make enough of a difference in how it processes the 3D geometry. Regards, Eric
  10. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Offset Irrigation Pipe

    @ericjhbergI apologize that the notification for Landmark conversations was broken, and I did not realize this until I noticed my notifications alert had your mention in this. After reading through the chain, here, I'd also say your original statement didn't seem so much a question as much as a statement of how you manager the multiple pipe layout in runs. Because each pipe now carries the size/flow data, it would need to be a bit more finessed, since the length of pipe (especially with a 1-2' offset here and there) could throw off the flow numbers. I'm going to share your issue with our development team and see what we can do to account for multiple pipes in a run, while graphically not losing the integrity of the irrigation layout. Eric...or anyone else, if you have specific recommendations for how this should look and act, please share them with me, directly in this discussion, to keep the topic going.
  11. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    getting hardscapes to follow Site Model surface

    Tamsin, hopefully Craig will correct me if I'm wrong, but from the title of his post and the descriptions he's making, I didn't think the pad modifier was it since it wouldn't have followed the surface...it would have changed the surface, and since it wouldn't slope, that usually is not preferred.
  12. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    getting hardscapes to follow Site Model surface

    Craig,Then the settings should not be set as a slab, but should be set as a texture bed modifier. This will not modify the terrain, but it will then map the texture to the terrain. In order for the same area to be regraded, you will have to have a site modifier in the same place "telling" it how to regrade the proposed site model. The the hardscape set to be a texture bed modifier will be shown in the rendered site model, following the proposed terrain.
  13. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    getting hardscapes to follow Site Model surface

    Craig, A few things may be worth checking...in the hardscape settings, does the hardscape have a class set for the main area? In the show 3D, does it reflect by class, or is another texture picked? If it is by class, does the class have the texture picked in the other "tab" (i.e. Walls, Roofs, Other). In the Site model, is it set to show the proposed site model in 3D? Do you have it set to allow only modifiers for the same layer as the site model? (if so, is the hardscape on the same layer?) the other choices would have made it more apt to show, if they were visible.
  14. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Can't see anything after importing shapefile

    Jessyca, Once you have imported the SHP files, do a fit to objects and see what it shows. Sometimes when the files come in, they are at a far different scale than you might already be in that you may need to "back-up" to see what all mat have been brought in.
  15. Eric Gilbey, PLA

    Tree display options

    It looks as though you did not place the plants in a group, rather placed them individually. Choose the modes that follow the single plant mode and the massing should occur and the shadows will too. You do not have to check the mass plants in the definition...but the enable 2D plant rendering does need to be checked in the object information palette.


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