Architect or LandmarkSending objects to the surface

Command

Workspace: Path

Send to Surface

Architect: AEC > Terrain

Landmark: Landmark

Trees, parking areas, retaining walls, site retaining modifiers, irrigation, foliage objects, and other site objects may need to be placed on the surface of the site model, on landscape areas, or on hardscapes. For this purpose, use the Send to Surface command.

Plant objects are automatically sent to the surface of the site model, and this command simply resets them to the site model surface. Plants cannot be sent to the surface of a hardscape or landscape area.

This command is also effective for stakes, 3D loci, 3D polygons, 3D primitives, extrudes, sweeps, meshes, slabs, light objects, walls, and symbols with a 3D component. If a 2D polyline or 2D polygon is selected, it will first be converted into its 3D equivalent before being sent to the surface.

This command also works for Extrude Along Path objects; you can fit the 3D portion of the path object to the surface.

To send an object to the surface:

Make the layer with the surface object the active layer.

Move the object to the desired location on the surface of the site model, landscape area, or hardscape. The object needs to be on a visible design layer.

Select the command.

Alternatively, right-click on the object and select the context command (Landmark required).

If the object is a retaining wall, pad with retaining edge site modifier, or Extrude Along Path object, do one of the following:

If the object is a retaining wall or pad with retaining edge site modifier, the Send to Surface dialog box opens. Select the method of sending the object to the surface.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.

Parameter

Description

Elevate the retaining edge

Sets the existing vertices of the retaining edge or retaining wall left/right edge to the surface elevation

Fit the retaining edge

Fits the retaining edge or retaining wall left/right edge to the surface, modifying existing vertices and/or adding new vertices

Elevate the pad

Sets the elevation of the retaining edge pad or retaining wall pad to the surface elevation; the edges remain unchanged

If the object is an Extrude Along Path object, the Send Extrude Along Path to Surface dialog box opens. Select the method of sending the object to the surface.

Click to show/hide the parameters.Click to show/hide the parameters.

Parameter

Description

Elevate the object

Elevates the object to meet the surface elevation; path vertices remain unchanged

Fit the path

Fits the path of object to the surface, modifying existing vertices and/or adding new vertices

The Choose Surface dialog box opens. Select the surface to use for the operation.

The correct Z value is given to the object’s insertion point, bottom-most point, or specified portion, placing the object on the surface.

 

Creating a site model from source data

Site model properties

Extrude along path

Creating hardscape objects

Creating landscape areas

 

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