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Eric Gilbey, PLA

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  1. @Tom W. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I did not see the prior comment until you called me out for this, so I appreciate your follow-up.

    I will bring this to our development team's attention to see about fixing this issue.

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  2. 11 minutes ago, Tom W. said:

     

    Hi @Eric Gilbey, PLA the problem I've found with turning off the Glow completely is that because the Image Props have crossed planes you often find you get one plane casting a shadow on the other. See the trees in the background in this image. They have a dark stripe running up the middle caused by the crossed planes:

     

    There doesn't seem to be a way to disable Crossed Planes for Plant Image Props: if you edit the image prop it has no effect on the plant instance; if you Group the image prop whilst you edit it then the instance will display without crossed planes but it will lose its PIO scalability in the process i.e. it will display at the Image Prop size + can't be scaled via the style/OIP.

     

    So I'm wondering: given you have said you work with plants with no glow, does that mean you have found a way to disable crossed planes?

     

     

    Hi @Tom W. There is a way to disable the cross planed image prop...if you right click on the plant in your resource manager, or in the plan, you have options to edit the plant style...choose the "Edit 3D Component". This will give you the image prop, which you can select. Once selected, the OIP will display the options, and it is here where you can disable the "crossed plane" option.

    See the image attached here.

     

    Hope this helps...let me know if otherwise.

     

    Best regards,

    Eric

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  3. @hollister design Studio Hi Bruce.

    This message happens when you have the linkage between the plant and the plant catalog activated. I'm not sure if you are still using Landmark 2021, so I am going to show this response with 2021...if you are doing this in 2022, it should be the same.

     

    In the Landmark Pull-down menu at the top of the screen, you will notice an option at the bottom of that menu that reads "Choose Plant Data Source".

    If you click on that last option, it will open a dialog box that gives you an option to turn on/off that updating action. (see image attached) 

     

    This option is likely defaulted to be on so that designers who want changes they make to the plant data to go into its record in the plant catalog. If you are not using the plant catalog, then you should disable this checkbox...if you are using it and want your changes to update that catalog record, then keeping it checked would be best.

     

    Now...as far as why its triggering that response...if you have changed any of the data it would recognized from the original record for that plant, it will say it can't find that plant (record). For instance, you may have decided to pick a variety of Rosemary that is different than the record chosen in the plant catalog...if you change or add a variety/hybrid name, it won't recognize that plant record...you can add it in (recommended if you are actively using that plant regularly), or you can say 'no'.

     

    I think if you want to update the plant catalog with multiple plants at once, you can disable the check box in that dialog mentioned above...then when you are ready to do a full sweep update to the plant catalog, then use the same Landmark pull-down menu and choose "Update Plant Data". This will take all of the plants in the file and update the plant records in the catalog. Be careful...if you choose the next option, it will take the data from the catalog and update the plants in the project file with what was on the catalog records. This last option may be preferred if you think the plant information from your symbol library is not as current as changes you made to the catalog.

     

    Hope this helps....let me know if otherwise.

     

    Best regards,

    Eric

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  4. 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. 

  5. 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?

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  6. 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.

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  7.  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

  8. 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.

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  9. 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

  10. 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

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  11. 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

     

     

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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  14. @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.

  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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  16. Hello Architect 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

  17. Hello fellow 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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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

  20. 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

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