Chief Architect Help Database - Article Number: 646
How to Create a Retaining WallThe information in this article applies to:
- Chief Architect X5
- Chief Architect X4
- Chief Architect X3
- Chief Architect X2
What is the easiest way that I can add a retaining wall to my terrain?
Use the Retaining Wall tool to easily place retaining walls in your terrain. Retaining walls are automatically drawn with footings and a terrain break, which creates a sharp drop in the terrain along the wall.
To create a retaining wall
- Open the plan in which you would like to add a retaining wall.
- To add a retaining wall, your plan must first have a Terrain Perimeter.
If it does not, you can add one quickly and easily by selecting Terrain> Create Terrain Perimeter from the menu.
- Once you have a terrain perimeter, add a retaining wall by selecting Terrain> Walls and Curbs> Straight Retaining Wall .
- When the Straight Retaining Wall tool is active, your cursor will turn into a cross and you can click and drag to create a retaining wall.
- Once the retaining wall has been created, from the menu select Terrain> Build Terrain to apply the changes to your terrain.
- Lastly, to see the retaining wall, from the menu select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview .
In Chief Architect X1, select 3D> Create Render View> Render Full Overview.
By default, a retaining wall's top height is determined by the height of the terrain on either side of it. That is, it's top edge matches the terrain on the high side, and it's bottom height matches the terrain on the low side.
If your terrain has no elevation features and is flat, only the top surface of the retaining wall will be visible. Retaining wall height can be specified independent of the terrain by selecting and editing the wall in 3D views.
To learn how to edit the height of a retaining wall, see Article 652: How do I change the height of a retaining wall?
Last updated on: Feb 07, 2013