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By Lizara
#262086
I'm trying to create a site contour.

- I've placed a DWG of a site contour as a worksheet.
- I made that Worksheet to Show As Trace Reference.
- On the Ground Floor, I drew a rectangular mesh following the boundary of the site.
- I selected the newly drawn mesh, activated the Mesh tool and made sure the Geometry Method was set to Polygonal.
- I held spacebar to activate the Magic Wand and clicked on one of the contour lines of the Trace Reference.
- A window to Add New Points appears and I click OK.
- No new nodes appear and nothing happens.

What am I doing wrong?[/list]
#262091
The technique doesn't work on Trace Reference. The DWG file has to be in the same view where you're creating your site contours using Mesh Tool.
#262094
It should work as you describe.
It is obviously not recognising the lines in the DWG for you to use the magic wand.
Watch the cursor carefully as you pass over the line - it will change as you touch the line.
If it doesn't then it is not recognising the line.

You can draw some simple spline lines over the contours an use those to magic wand onto the mesh.
This can be better as it give you more control of the number of nodes in the contour.
A DWG can be many thousands of lines for the contour which will equate to just as many nodes when you magic wand.
If the lines are not continuous then the magic wand will not work either.
With a spline you can control the curve and the settings used in the magic wand to determine the number of nodes in your new contour.

Barry.
#262095
Aissa Llanto wrote:The technique doesn't work on Trace Reference. The DWG file has to be in the same view where you're creating your site contours using Mesh Tool.


I haven't tried it with a DWG as the trace but certainly works with lines, splines or other elements in a trace.

Barry.
#262098
Barry Kelly wrote:
Aissa Llanto wrote:The technique doesn't work on Trace Reference. The DWG file has to be in the same view where you're creating your site contours using Mesh Tool.


I haven't tried it with a DWG as the trace but certainly works with lines, splines or other elements in a trace.

Barry.


I just tried and it does work.
But not if you place the DWG with the 'Drawing' tool.
If you do that you have to explode it.

Barry.
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By Lizara
#262102
Thank you for your replies.

1. I've tried putting the DWG in the same view and it still does not work :cry:
2. The cursor does change when I pass over the line. It still doesn't do anything :?

I'm currently tracing over the DWG with the Polyline Tool which is quite tedious as there are so many lines :lol: But yeah, the Magic Wand recognises the Polyline.

Is there a way I can convert my DWG into these types of lines straight away?
Attachments
Contour.JPG
The many contour lines
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By Lizara
#262103
I've found the answer to my own question!

I right-clicked the DWG that was placed on the Ground Floor, clicked Explode into Current View and then deleted the actual DWG.

Now all those lines are selectable! :D
#262104
How did you place the DWG.
I simply merged it into the plan and it worked fine.
If placed with the 'Drawing' tool or maybe as an XREF it won't.
Should work though if you explode it.

Can you select a contour on its own?
Is that what you were showing in that last image or was that a spline you added.

If they are all separate lines you could try the 'consolidate line' tool but they would all need to touch or overlap to consolidate to a single line.

Can you share the DWG?
Also what version of Archicad are you using?

Barry.
#262106
Barry Kelly wrote:How did you place the DWG.
I simply merged it into the plan and it worked fine.
If placed with the 'Drawing' tool or maybe as an XREF it won't.
Should work though if you explode it.

Can you select a contour on its own?
Is that what you were showing in that last image or was that a spline you added.

If they are all separate lines you could try the 'consolidate line' tool but they would all need to touch or overlap to consolidate to a single line.

Can you share the DWG?
Also what version of Archicad are you using?

Barry.


Yep, you have to use Merge...and yes, you also have to consolidate. Quite tedious exercise if the surveyors file is in DWG format.
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By Lizara
#262107
I placed the DWG using the Drawing Tool.
Yes, I can select each contour line on its own.
In the last image, I was only showing the many contour lines there were :P And that was the Polyline I started to draw.

The Explode into Current View option really helped. I can continue on with my work now :)
Using ArchiCAD 20 on Windows 10