In this exercise, you add a toposurface and a building pad to the building site. You add points at different elevations to create the terrain and create a building pad based on the foundation walls of the building.
- Create a toposurface by defining points at different elevations.
- Create a building pad based on the footprint of the foundation walls.
- Use a section box to frame the 3D view including the terrain.
- Specify a grass material for the terrain for a realistic 3D view.
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Add Building Pad
- Click Site tabModel Site panel (Building Pad).
- Click Modify | Create Pad Boundary tabDraw panel (Pick Lines).
- Select the foundation walls.
Note Use the ViewCube to reorient the view so you can pick all of the foundation walls.
- On the Modify panel, click (Trim/Extend to Corner), and select the lines to close the building pad boundary.
- On the Mode panel, Click (Finish Edit Mode).
- Orient the 3D view so it is displayed from the top/right angle, and click outside of the building and terrain to select the 3D view itself.
- On the Properties palette, under Extents, select Section Box.
- Select the section box in the drawing area, and drag the controls to size the box as shown.
- With the section box still selected, right-click, and click Hide in ViewElements to hide the section box.
- Select the terrain, and on the Properties palette, for Material, click the browse button.
- In the Materials Browser:
- In the search field, type grass and press Enter.
- In the search results, double-click Grass to add it to the project. It displays in the top pane of the browser under In Document Materials.
- In the top pane, click Grass, and click OK to assign grass to the selected element.
- On the View Control Bar, click Visual Style: Hidden LineShaded to view the materials.
Part 4: Creating a Floor