Landscape Special Interest Group April (pm) 2016

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Topics Covered:

  • 00:40   Ozbreed Plants website
  • 01:43   download the plants from the website
  • 02:14   two sorts of image file to open, higher resolution and low-resolution
  • 03:29   find the image props in the resource browser
  • 04:20   import the image prop into a current file
  • 04:56   create a hardscape
  • 05:48   edit the elevation of a hardscape
  • 06:12   edit the elevation of an image prop
  • 08:42   image props rotate to viewer
  • 09:45   VBVisual plants
  • 12:37   foliage tool  from the website of Andrea Faccinello
  • 13:35   epodcast on making image props for plants
  • 14:52   creating a 3D form for the groundcover plant
  • 19:53   creating a plant
  •  29:19   exporting a plant to the user library
  • 34:37   creating a hanging basket symbol

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Landscape Special Interest Group April (am) 2016

 

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Topics Covered:

  • 00:30   Worksheet basics
  • 00:51   plant schedules are worksheets
  • 06:43   placing a worksheet from the library
  • 08:30  locating a plant in the Resource Browser
  • 09:10   placing plants
  • 09:30   plant settings
  • 09:35   edit plot definition (data)
  • 11:37   connection of plants to the plant database
  • 12:00   Vectorworks  plants database
  • 21:03   editing the plant schedule (how does it find trees )
  • 38:20   editing the plant report to show accurate heights and spreads
  • 46:19   placing a landscape area

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Landscape Special Interest Group March (am) 2016

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Topics Covered:

  • 00:00   site modelling
  • 03:04   polyline and polygon smoothing
  • 06:59   creating a site model
  • 08:32   rendering options
  • 13:04   default content (plants)
  • 18:49   image prop plants
  • 20:40   VB visual plant objects
  • 24:00   plant default settings
  • 30:11   solar studies
  • 33:58   massing model
  • 40:03   hatches

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Landscape Special Interest Group February (pm) 2016

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Topics Covered:

  • 00:00   using the brick symbol to create a barbecue
  • 01:27   regular polygon tool
  • 03:25   laying out the first course of 22 bricks in a circle
  • 04:30   create a copy of the first course to create the second course of bricks
  • 05:47   duplicate array command to create subsequent brick courses
  • 07:00   automatic working planes
  • 08:29   split tool
  • 18:30   creating the barbecue into a symbol
  • 23:05   creating auto-hybrid
  • 24:04   creating IFC object from barbecue
  • 28:33   select model modifiers on different layers
  • 33:50   extrude along path
  • 39:18   using balustrade symbols from VSS  library
  • 40:51   scaling symbols
  • 43:58   hardscape objects

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Landscape Special Interest Group February (am) 2016

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Topics Covered:

  • 0:00   existing tree tool
  • 06:35   editing the 3-D object for the existing tree tool
  • 16:13   VSS resources – image props
  • 19:02   VBvisual plant
  • 23:51   cannot use VB visual plants tool as part of the existing tree
  • 26:50   where the VB visual plants are stored
  • 34:48   image props
  • 37:41   creating an image prop
  • 57:11   creating sketch image props

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Landscape Special Interest Group January (am) 2015

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Topics covered:

  • 00:00   create a Subdivision surface
  • 02:55  create a new texture (color, transparency, etc.) to add
  • 04:55   create another Subdivision object (for the side netting), rotate and edit it
  • 08.08   mirror/copy the new subdivision(s) and edit
  • 10:05   create a grass texture (new in 2016) for the ground
  • 13:58   use the walk-through tool
  • 15:32   3D text along path
  • 17:19   placing a camera
  • 18:42   lighting
  • 22:55   edit background
  • 23:05   importing light symbols
  • 27:21   use the heliodon tool to create a starry sky
  • 36:20   edit the settings of a light symbol (e.g. colour temperature)
  • 42:49   align / distribute command
  • 43:30   use the mirror tool to place many more lights
  • 45:25   move by points
  • 47:25   tutorial on how to create an up/down light (shell solid tool, push/pull tool, project tool)
  • 51:00  add a diffuser to a light source

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Landscape Special Interest Group December (am) 2015

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Topics Covered:

  • The Shoot Plant Database
  • New databases in Service Select
  •  Plant Definition
  • Plant Tool
  • Duplicate a plant
  • Get plant data
  • Plant Database
  • Select Plant Data
  • Automatic connection between Vectorworks and the Plant Database
  • Classes and sub-classes of plant parts
  • Edit plant
  • Running out of computing power with 8GB of memory when rendering numerous plants
  • Import an image
  • Edit crop with the Circle and the Polyline Tool

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Landscape Special Interest Group December (pm) 2015

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Topics Covered:

  • Utility Menu / Workspace Editor   1:23
  • Customize (context) menus   1:58
  • Create New Plant   3:16
  • Get Plant Data -> Plant Database   3:24
  • Edit Plant (2D Graphics: Classes and Graphic Attributes)   9:07
  • Rotate Tool   12:39
  • Select Similar Tool   14:41
  • Add Surface   14:50
  • 3D Graphics   17:29
  • Export / save the new plant to your library    23:11
  • Create, change and add criteria of reports    29:30
  • Export reports (to be used in any other file)   34:48

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Landmark_SIG_082 Special Interest Group November (am) 2015

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Main topics:

  • Plant Tool
    • Plant Definition
    • Plant Preferences
  • Massing Model
    • Using the K key
  • Editing Plant Definitions
  • Plant database
    • Update From Plant Database
  • Copy From Symbol
  • Create a new plant
    • Plant Tool Preferences
  • Reshape Tool
  • Improvements to the Hardscape Tool
    • Hardscape Object Settings
  • Parking tools

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Landmark_SIG_083 Special Interest Group November (pm) 2015

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This session covered:

Concept of saved views/viewports          0:00

  • settings for layers & classes
  • the navigation palette
  • how to save views and adjust the settings    1:52
  • layer & class visibilities
  • rotate plan
  • access a saved view
  • Note: a saved view is NOT connected to a viewport   4:49
  • switching from a viewport to a layer  6:20
  • how to change the ‘edit viewport’ settings  8:40
  • ‘sheet layers’ have replaced ‘saved views’                                                    11:15
  • use the eyedropper tool to copy settings between viewports                          11:55
  • or copy a viewport and change some settings (e.g. use the Clip Tool)
  • create a new class (watch the options in regard of saved views/viewports)   15:00

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Landmark_SIG_079 Special Interest Group September(pm) 2015

landmark079The main part of this session was around image props. The attendees want to look at the height of the image props, how they were created, and how they can incorporate these into plants. After that they want to look at some 3-D modelling.

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Landmark_SIG_077 Special Interest Group August (am) 2015

Landscape_077_augIn this session we look at site modifiers. We started by looking at a site without any site modifiers at all and we use the technique of drawing simple objects (rectangles) and adding them together to create a polygon. There is a command from the right click (contextual menu) called create objects from shapes. We use this command to turn our polygon into a site modifier.

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Landmark_SIG_076 Special Interest Group July (am) 2015

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In this session we looked at the report from the earlier landscape session, but the users pointed out that the previous report only look for flat objects which is not much use on a sloping site. So the session took the report from the early session in tried to update it so that it would work with objects on a sloping site.

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Landmark_SIG_074 Special Interest Group June (am) 2015

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In the session we looked at site modelling and site modifiers. In particular, we looked at the site model settings to see how to edit the site model labels and crop area using the Reshape tool we looked at a simple site modifier. We used the command Create Objects From Shapes… to convert a simple object into a site modifier (pad).

Using the Offset tool, the pad was copied and converted to a Grade Limits. The pad was set to have a slope and then a polygon was converted to a site modifier and used as the top of a retaining wall. We also looked at creating site model snapshots. Snapshots are very powerful for creating different views of a site model, they update when you update the site model. We also looked at to road tools: the NURBS roadway and the Polygon roadway. These roads can be site modifiers and you can adjust the elevations of the roads to suit the site or to suit the design.

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Landmark_073 Special Interest Group May (pm) 2015

This session looked at creating a custom sheet border (Title Block). We started with a simple custom title block for the sheep border. We looked at the options on the object info palette to edit the border, edit the scale of the title block, edit the text on the title block, and so on.

Then we looked at editing the symbol that controls the title block. There are some parts of the title block symbol that are designed to be static (don’t change) and some parts that are designed to be dynamic (change for each drawing and revision). Care has to be taken when editing or deleting these parts of the symbol. Finally, we added to the title block to remove parts that are not required and we also removed these from the record format and dialog box that controls the text on the title block.

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Landmark_SIG_072 Special Interest Group May (am) 2015

Screenshot 2015-05-23 at 15.33.16In this session we looked at placing a swimming pool in a site model. We have previously looked at creating a swimming pool (SST_1102) but in this session we looked at how to use the swimming pool to form the cutout in the site model. To modify the site model a site modifier is required and the swimming pool can be used to create it. We looked at the concept of site modifiers (pads and grade limits). After the pool, we looked at creating a plant schedule that would report the plants by category. We have done this previously, but it we decided to go over it again, but this time with reference to VW Plants database, because it is important to make sure that the categories you assign to plants are carried though from the Plants Database. We also looked at the problem of duplicating plants and the conflict with the plant name or plant ID. There is still the question of creating existing plants that you do not want to appear in the plant schedule. If you want to see the plant tag, you have to turn on the option (on plant schedule) and if you do not want it in the schedule, you could use a class for existing plants and make sure that the plants on that class are not included.

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