In this session, we covered using the Railing/Fence tool, working with fence symbols, adding a Master Snap Point to symbols, employing the Send to Surface command with symbols, and modifying fence symbols more easily with the Move by Points tool, as well as setting up detail tools and a detail tool palette.
00:07 We started by looking at the Railing/Fence tool. One challenge with this tool is that it doesn’t work with the Send to Surface command—that would make it a really handy tool! I most often use this tool in Polyline Mode for flat surfaces and 3D Line Mode for clicking on the corners of stairs or vertices of site terrain. We went through the steps for modifying the object style into a specific fencing style. The array of options might be somewhat overwhelming at first, but seeing the effect of your selections in the preview box is very helpful for getting the look that you want. Another challenge is creating a back rail—we ended up searching the Vectorworks libraries for a fence that more closely matched the look we wanted. We found that the fence we liked was not actually a fence object, but a symbol. We ended up revising the 3D component of the symbol and using that for our project.
24:29 When adding the 2D component of a symbol, you have the possibility of adding snap points. On our fence section, we turned the opposite end from the Insertion Point into a Master Snap Point. This facilitated quickly linking sections of fencing together along the site boundary. Although it was laborious to place each fence symbol—even with the Master Snap Points—we could use the Send to Surface command: The symbols were stepped down the site model, matching the changes in elevation. The fence object worked better on a steep slope. We showed how to modify the fence symbol, including whether to use Move Mode or Distribute Mode when employing the Move by Points tool. We finished by saving the new fence symbols to our library.
44:03 At the end of the session, we went over how to color in materials in a detail to make them stand out to the contractor. We also reviewed how to make detail tools—building wrap, concrete, flashing, gib, RAB, rebar, and various kinds of timber—which automatically pick the proper tool and assign drawn shapes to a specific class, giving them the proper line weights, hatching and colors. Once set up, the tools can be used over and over—making details much easier to create!
Landscape May 2019