Property Line – There have been many requests to make the Property Line more flexible. Vectorworks have been listening and they have improved the Property Line to make it much more flexible. You can set the units on the segments, choose which segments are annotated, etc.
In this session we looked at a couple of main topics. First we looked at the concept and Vectorworks of mesh smoothing and then we looked at drawing a property line. When you draw a property line you have to remember that the surveyor uses a different coordinate system than Vectorworks.
Creating The Site Plan – When the site information is imported and checked for accuracy, we can draw the existing site outline and existing house outline. To draw the existing site, you can use the Property Line tool. There are two main modes for using this tool, and since we have an image with the site boundary on it, we can use the second mode, the Polyline Mode.
Vectorworks, like all CAD programs, uses 0° for the angle of a line that is horizontal (X direction) and uses 90° for a vertical line (Y direction) surveys on the other hand start measuring the angles from North (which is 0°), through East. So a survey angle that is 200° would be shown in Vectorworks as an angle of -110°.
Drawing Simple Site Plans – The Property Line tool makes quick work of simple site plans. If the Sites do not have curves use this method.
In this session we looked at getting started with the project, based on information that had been measured on-site. In the situation the information was not imported from a survey, it was actually measured by the people in the office when they visited the site. The methods of measuring were a theodolite and a tape measure. This is enough information to give the heights in the setting out from known points on the site.
In this meeting we continued our series on getting started with Vectorworks Landmark. An important part of creating a landscape plan is creating plants. In Vectorworks 2013, the plant preferences have been changed. There are now two dialogue boxes that control plant settings. The new settings with the two dialogue boxes allows for more flexible plant placement.
If you have a property line, you can change the font size, the font type, and so on by using the text menu. But it’s quicker to use a text style. With a properly constructed text style, you can drag-and-drop the text style onto your property line to create consistent text with the other parts of your drawing.
This is the movie from the first session Landmark Special Interest Group, August 2012. We are looking at starting a project from the beginning, looking at how to get started.