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Can anyone teach me how to make terrain that doesn't have strange bumps, troughs, etc all over the place? I've been trying for days.  Everything I do results in a complete mess.

The help webinars make its all look so darned easy, but it just doesn't work they way they show it.

 

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If you are using elevation points as opposed to elevation lines, splines then I am not surprised that you are having difficulties. I never use elevation points, they are hard to see and find to edit them after the fact. The basic datum for terrain is that the software will generate a gradient from one elevation value to the next elevation value. For abrupt changes in terrain you use the "Terrain Break" object to define abrupt changes. Try to keep your terrain as simple as it possible and laid out smoothly from end to end. I realize that the "real world" often does not follow this maxim but most land used for structures does. Having two elevation values too close to one another or vastly different elevation values causes a bizarre world end product, so keep your modulation of the terrain plodding, checking each change to track if it was correct or not. If that change looks weird, then stop, alter that change and then check again until you get the right looking product. Like every thing else, in this software the product you see is what you created, so it it sucks, you made it that way. Find out how to do it right and through trial and error practice you will eventually arrive at personal competence.

 

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I have tried using elevation lines and elevated regions, but the videos said avoid elevation points so I did not use them.

I am tearing my hair out over this. It is ******* driving me witless.

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Here's an example.

I opened a new plan, completely clean.

I created a terrain perimeter.  Changed the material to tiles so that the lines will show any strange shape anomalies.

I created an elevated region and set the elevation to 5m.

I copied the elevated region, and pasted it next to the first region, then moved them together.

I changed the second region to height 4m.

 

As can be seen, a number of irregular anomalies were created.

Look at the tiles on the 3D picture; the disturbances are all over the place.

Look at the join between the two regions; it is not uniform in any way.

Look at the contours at the lower end of the plan. They are skewed towards the right hand corner.

 

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So now the assumption is that a straight retaining wall should tidy up the anomalies.  It does a fair job, provided it is placed with pin-point accuracy along the whole length of the region interface. But there are still anomalies.  

 

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And, if you alter the length of the wall and do not cover the whole interface across the entire terrain, then the anomalies spread all over the terrain. You might think these are too small to matter, but when you add more elevated areas the effect multiplies, and eventually you ca get some really crazy shapes

 

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Now I've added a terrain following wall, and placed a retaining wall at the bottom of the slope between two elevated regions.  Look at the results.image.thumb.png.62cb18be0bbc1e7efb6417ff9d001491.png

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Sorry to say it, but the terrain function is just a pile of wombats doos.  Hours and hours wasted...  This went from a fair model of a stepped hillside to this. Every time the terrain is built, it gets worse.  I'm struggling to keep a polite tongue in my mouth.

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The elevated regions are shown with different hatch patterns.

The side walls are regular terrain walls,  and the horizontal walls are terrain retaining walls.

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Thanks. That's very close to what I am trying to do.  Can you send me that plan and let me look at it?

 

There's one significant difference to the real situation: There is a road along the left hand edge of the terrain, and the road height is about 1m below the height of the terrain on the other side of the wall.  Therefore the wall has its base on the lower side (the road). Would that make a difference?

 

 

10 hours ago, Jo_Ann said:

The elevated regions are shown with different hatch patterns.

The side walls are regular terrain walls,  and the horizontal walls are terrain retaining walls.

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