Terrain and Site Plans

Use the terrain tools to create an accurate site plan as well as accurate topographical data; terrain data can also be imported from an outside source.

Number
Title / Description


75

12:51

Terrain & Site Plan Basics

The basics of creating a terrain perimeter, sloping a lot, road tools, building pad height, terrain modifiers, terrain & retaining walls, setbacks and adding a north pointer.

Video No. 75


49

4:23

Creating a Terrain Perimeter

The Terrain Perimeter is a closed polyline defining the boundary of the terrain that generates in 3D views and of the contour lines that generate in plan view. Select "Create Terrain Perimeter" to add this boundary.

Video No. 49


250

13:23

Adding Terrain Elevation Data

Use the Elevation Point, Line, Spline, or Region tools to add slope to your terrain.

Video No. 250


52

8:38

Terrain Features

With the terrain tools you can add variety and detail to your landscaping projects.

Video No. 52


242

8:46

Trace a Terrain Lot Image to Create a Site Plan or Terrain Perimeter

Save an image of a parcel map or lot, import the image, scale it and trace it to create a Site Plan or Terrain Perimeter

Video No. 242


1056

11:09

Import a Surveyor DWG file for a Site Plan or Terrain Perimeter

Import a Surveyor DWG file, map the layers for the terrain elevation, terrain perimeter and other layers to create a Site Plan or 3D render of the Terrain

Video No. 1056


411

3:03

Terrain Contours Absolute Elevations vs. Sea Level Elevations

Change the values of your elevation data to match sea level by using the Transform / Replicate Object tool.

Video No. 411


412

6:35

Creating Sloped Terrain and Adding Retaining Walls

Use the Elevation tools and Retaining Walls to sculpt your lot.

Video No. 412


51

8:08

Creating a Walkout Basement

Learn how to adjust terrain for a walk out basement in this video.

Video No. 51


1930

10:34

Creating a Site Plan or Plot Plan

Using the quadrant bearing information from a surveyor, we can create a site plan for our project.

Video No. 1930


413

3:24

Creating Terrain Setback Lines

Create a copy of your terrain perimeter and used the concentric resize to create the setback lines for your lot.

Video No. 413


414

5:51

Placing a Plan Footprint on a Site Plan

Show the wall or roof layers on the plot plan by adjusting the display of layers.

Video No. 414


53

2:18

Plant Chooser

Find and learn about plants in Chief Architect with the Plant Chooser tool.

Video No. 53


2424

11:55

Distributing Objects Along a Path or Region

The Distribution Path and Region tools can be used to create a wide variety of landscaping elements.

Video No. 2424


2425

7:43

Converting CAD to Distribution Paths or Regions

The Convert Polyline tool can be used to convert a CAD shape into a distribution region or path.

Video No. 2425


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