Join Josh Modglin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating trees, part of InfraWorks 360 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] To finish our conceptual design, what we're going to do is we're going to add some landscaping. We're going to add some trees into this design. Now as we do so, we again are in our Highway 129 model in our Build, manage, and analyze infrastructure model menu and in the Create conceptual design features submenu. We have the proposal layout, CreateTrees_Start, as our starting point. We're going to create a new layout proposal by saying, Add, and choose to CreateTrees_Exercise.
Now, once we finish each one of these exercises, what we are doing is we're renaming that layout proposal by creating a new one and saying Create exercise end. That gives you a good endpoint showing what the exercise should look like when we're done. And what we're going to do, we're going to create two different types of tree features. A row of trees, and a row of trees is more of a linear grouping of trees. And so, we're going to select, let's see, we'll just choose this type of tree.
We can always change the style after the fact. And we're just going to wrap the parking lot here. When you're done, double-click and there's your trees. Those are pretty big. We'll change those in a minute. We'll change to something, maybe T02-V02. And again, we'll just, some frontage trees.
That's a little bit more accurate. Now, we have these rows of trees. Let's go ahead and change this. Now, when I hit Escape, notice of course, I'm in Edit. You still have that same slidebar. The slidebar simply increases the density of the amount of trees added along that linear path. And so, you can slide it up, add more trees, or slide it down, of course, and have less. Let's go ahead and select this line of trees here. And I'm just going to select all of them holding the Control key down.
And because I have all of them selected, the slidebar for the density or the amount of trees comes up. But we can change the style here for all the trees. And we'll set them to something a little bit easier to work with, T02-V02. Now, those are smaller trees. But at any point, you can grab this arrow and it will make the entire grouping of trees larger. Now notice, the sizes are a bit randomized.
And that's good for us. That's the software as well when we use the row of trees. Now what's the difference between row of trees and the stand of trees? Well, a stand of trees is a polygonal shape. So a row of trees, we're drawing some type of linear path, whereas a stand of trees, we have to establish a polygonal area. So we're going to place a stand of trees on this corner here, this southeastern corner of the building. And we'll use the same type of trees. But we could do all kinds of different types of landscaping.
So T02-V02, and we're just going to create this stand of trees over here. And double-click when you're done. You have that stand of trees. And hit Escape. And of course, the progress bar comes up because we want a lot more trees there. That's possibly too many. So again, we make these little adjustments and can get everything in place. So, we can see how we can add trees. And when we say trees, did you notice? It's not just trees.
It's all kinds of plants. So we have grass. We have palm trees, even a base with leaves, that square tree base that you'd find in an urban setting. You have hedges, palm trees, even a potted fern. So you have all kinds of different 3D model types of plants. And again, we can import data. Remember the data import setup that we have? And we can import our own types of 3D model trees and get them placed where we'd like.
We're going to talk a little bit more about styles and setting those up as well so that we have different types of trees available to us, depending upon where we're located in the next exercise. While we've created a very good conceptual design, it will be enough for us to present to our client and give them an idea and say, "Is this roughly what we have in mind? "Are we all on the same page?" And we haven't spent any time in Civil 3D, no time in CAD. All of this was just collected using Model Builder and just GIS. It's enough though, and it's very visual so the client can really understand where we're coming from.
And how much time did we spend? A couple minutes once we've learned enough about Infoworks, that we can put a very good, clean design together still in conceptual mode, still a lot to figure out, but enough for us to all have buy-in that this is the direction we want to go with our design.
- What is InfraWorks?
- Model Builder and Model Explorer
- Navigation tools
- Creating roads, buildings, land areas, and city furniture
- Using query tools
- Terrain and feature themes
- Working with styles
- Adding decorations
- Designing roads, bridges, and drainage
- Creating a storyboard