Interactive Workshops June 2018 – Site Modifiers

Modifying sites is a fundamental part of landscape and architectural design. It is one of the most common questions that I get asked about site modeling. We will look at the details of site modifying, starting with the basic concept of site modifying.

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Vectorworks Tips 455 – Controlling the Elevation of a Massing Model

You can control the elevation of a massing model by setting the Z value in the Object Info palette. You can also use the Send to Surface command.

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When you use Send to Surface command, Vectorworks will send the insertion point of your massing model to sit on the site model. The insertion point of your massing model is generally the corner of the polygon that you started first.

So, depending on where you started your massing model, your building will end up at different elevations. You might see a blue dot on your massing model when you select it in a Top/Plan view. Moving this blue dot has no effect on the Send to Surface command.

Landscape Special Interest Group April 2018 AM

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In this session, we reviewed the primary site modifiers—Contour, Pad, Grade Limits, and Pad with Retaining Edge—discussed changing the User Origin and working with external reference points, showed how to place fences on the surface of a site model, and turned a sketch into an Image Prop for a conceptual presentation.

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Architect Special Interest Group May 2017 (pm)

Architect Special Interest Group May 2017_PM

In this session, we looked at three main topics. We looked at how to create a car park area that slopes in two directions, we looked at creating a building project that does not use stories, and we looked at how to control the graphics of wall components.

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Landscape Special Interest Group April (pm) 2017

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In this session, we looked at retaining walls again. We used a site modifier in contour mode to create a straight retaining wall. We then adjusted the grade limits to change the retaining wall into a battered slope between the two levels of the garden, adding rocks, steps, and a landscape area with plants to go around the rocks.

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Architect Special Interest Group April 2017 (pm)

Architect Special Interest Group April 2017_PM

In this session, we looked at capping the end of a wall, and we looked at roading on a site model. We spent most of the time looking at roading, how to set the road in relation to a site model and how to make changes to the end of a Roadway object so that it matches the opening of a garage.

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Architect Special Interest Group February 2017 (pm)

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In this session we looked at site modifies on a particular we looked at site modify conflicts. There are different reasons why site modifies might conflict with each other and we created examples where we could look at these problems and what the result was on the site model. In general terms if you have a site modify conflict you will not get an accurate site model. While this might not look too bad, it may cause errors in your cut and fill calculations.

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Vectorworks Tip 424 – Where To Put Site Modifiers

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Many uses believe that the only place that you should store site modifiers is on the same layer as the site model. While this works very well, it is not the only place that you can locate your site modifiers. The site model settings dialog box allows you to choose where site modifiers can be located. They can be on the same layer as the site model, on any layer, on visible layers, or you can select which layers you want to put your site modifiers on.