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yvongonthier
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Window wells
SoftPlan Version:
2014

Is there an easy way to have the window wells cut the ground?

Bill Wimberley
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Hole in ground

You would have to use an actual property polygon for the ground plane rather than the Auto Horizon. Then draw a polygon around the window well, you could use one of the Misc polygons. Give this polygon an offset and depth to match the well and make sure it is set to "Cuts Ground".

 

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yvongonthier
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Property polygon

Thanks Bill

The only thing is that the window wells that are one the foundation plan don't appear on the site plan even if I overlay the foundation plan when in the site plan but at least I can see the window locations. I drew another window well on the site plan to have a template to draw the property polygon. I tried to create a symbol with the property polygon so I could just insert it in other and future plans and I could create the other standard sizes we use but you can't seem to create a symbol with a property polygon. Any ideas?

Thanks

Bill Wimberley
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3D Site?

Do you create 3D site plans showing the window wells? If not then you could just create 2D symbols for your site plan window wells.

If you want to create a reusable polygon for your site plan go ahead and draw the polygon. Then explode it one time. You can then create your symbol. After inserting the symbol explode the symbol. This will give you the polygon edges. Then use Edit⇒Block Form Polygon(s) to turn it back into a polygon that you could then use to cut the hole in the ground.

yvongonthier
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Window wells

Yes I use it in 3D. Thanks, I'll give it a try. smiley

JimJ
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Window Wells

I use a symbol that I made for window wells.  I place them on the foundation plan and then just use "Copy to SoftPlan Clipboard" and them paste them on the site plan using "Hold Position".  I then use the method Bill describes in reply #2. and place a gravel texture on it.  Or dead leaves, Or a soccer ball.  smiley