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Rebuilding Terrain

Reference Number: KB-00592 Last Updated: 11-05-2013 02:39 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Lite

QUESTION


I have made a number of changes to the terrain in my plan, but the changes don't seem to apply. Why don't the changes that I made show in my plan?


ANSWER


In Chief Architect, you can add elevation data to a plan and then direct the program to generate contour lines and 3D terrain based on that data. The program does not generate these contour lines and terrain automatically, however, in order for changes that you make to the terrain to take effect, you must tell it to do so.


To build or rebuild terrain

  1. On Floor 1 of your plan, select Terrain> Create Terrain Perimeter  from the menu.

    • Before terrain elevation data, terrain features, or terrain modifiers can be created, a terrain perimeter must be present.

    • If Create Terrain Perimeter is not available, a terrain perimeter has already been created.


  2. Using the Terrain Elevation Tools  and Terrain Modifier Tools , make any needed changes to your terrain.

    • You can also import terrain elevation data from text or ­dxf/­dwg files.


  3. Select Terrain> Build Terrain   from the menu. Your terrain will be updated in both 2D and 3D views.

 

You can also specify that terrain be rebuilt whenever you create a 3D view by selecting 3D> 3D View Defaults from the menu and checking the box beside Auto Rebuild Terrain in the General Options.

  • In X4 and prior select 3D> 3D Settings.