Guillermo Melantoni

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May 17, 2009


Mat B

thanks for the info, very useful blog!
how did you get the layer drop down into your QAT? ive tried and fiddled with all sorts but cant figure it out

Guillermo Melantoni

thanks! for the layer drop down, just right click on the layer drop down in the Ribbon, and you'll get an option to put it in the QAT.I'll explain some more tips in a couple of posts.

Eirik K

Hi Guillermo.

Thank you for your informative blog.

I have a question:
in architecture terminology and archiCAD (used to work with this) a mesh is often interchangeable with a topographical model. In AutoCAD Architecture 2008 (we had this earlier in our office) we had big problems creating a good topographical model. Now, we switched to 2010, and we thought maybe the Mesh tool would help us to create meshes (topo models). But for now it just seems as if the mesh is a tool to create free form objects, not topography.

Is there a better tool in Autocad 2010 Architecture to create a topographical base for modeling, or is mesh the right place? How would you then go about turning elevated polylines into a mesh?

Would greatly appreciate a little video or a link to tutorial/documentation on the creation of a landscape mesh in ACA 2010.


Guillermo Melantoni

Great question, Eirik. There are some potential uses that we can talk about in following posts. Let me prepare an example with some workarounds about this.

Eirik K

Thanks Guillermo,

that would be great!

Just to give you an idea of how it works for us, we, as many other architects, often receive a dwg file from our surveyors, sometimes with elevated polylines, sometimes we have to elevated the lines ourselves. But when we use drape for instance in ACA we only get a fairly inaccurate model. We have experienced with creating the mesh in Sketchup and importing it in Autocad, and this sort of works. It is a bit disappointing to us that we don't know how to achieve this in ACA and keep the design and documentation process in one program.

Looking forward to your post : )

Have a great day!

Matthew Anderson

Surveyors use Delaunay triangulation to create their surfaces and generate lines of equal elevation, typically shown as contour elevations.

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