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Aerial Site Plan


Hi all,


I am wanting a create a Site Plan with Shadows on an Aerial Photo mapped over terrain. The only issue is that you cannot get textures within 3D documents (prior to 25?) or scale axonometric views... 




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Bit of a long winded process, but you can do the below which may help:


Place the photo onto a floor plan


Open the 3D View, go to the View Menu > 3D View Options > 3D Styles, set the 3D Engine from OpenGL to Vectorial Hatching and close the dialog


Navigate to the View Menu > 3D View Options > 3D Projections click the parallel projections button and set your camera to a top down view, set the sun to the desired position and click OK


With the marquee tool draw around the model and then press CTRL+C a dialog will appear asking what you want to copy, in my case I selected just shadows (Edges and Polygons) also ensure that it's set to scaled drawing at the top: Screenshot 2021-12-15 at 16.14.17.png


Go back to floorplan and paste it (CTRL+V) and the shadows will appear something like this:

Screenshot 2021-12-15 at 16.16.14.png


The elements that are pasted are fills which you can modify the colour of if you wish.

This is the first reason that would be relevant to me that I could see justifying an upgrade unfortunately one item versus the amount of work you might not quantify when you crunch the numbers

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