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Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:04:14 PM | Would like shadows to appear from above cut plane

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Hi,I have my ground level floorplan however i would like the shadows to be shown from above the cut plane. They are currently only showing from the top of where the cut plane is about 1500mm) I would like to have a floor plan which demonstrates the lighting effects at different times of the day.Is there a way to do this? To have a ground level floorplan but with shadows from the roof above.Thank you very much in advance. Hopefully everything is clarified.Kind regards, Adam


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Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:07:15 PM | Would like shadows to appear from above cut plane

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My 1st thought was photoshoping multiple images of the same plan views, but it might be possible to take a 3D view - use a section box to get the plan cut at the right height, then export the 3D model in a format of your choice . do the same with the roof above - bring them back into a Revit file.

After all of that labor intensive cropping, exporting and importing, I still don't know how you could have a plan view and cast shadows from objects above the plan cut plane.

If you use SketchUp, you could export any 3D view as a dwg file, import it into SketchUp (would require the Pro version) and nest section boxex in components or groups.

You still have the same problem - how to get object above the cut plane to cast shadows - but not block the view of what's below.

The only effect that it seems reasonable to create in a single model would be an axonometric / isometric view - but then the shadows disorient the viewer instead of reinforcing their read of the spaces and volumes.

I don't know if anyone else has a real solution...



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Wed, May 2, 2012 at 1:07:17 PM | Would like shadows to appear from above cut plane

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Hopefully someone else can shed more light on your question

Edited on: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:08:44 AM



Edited on: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:09:16 AM

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Wed, May 2, 2012 at 6:22:44 PM | Would like shadows to appear from above cut plane

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Thanks very much for the reply Polar.

 

I ended up taking the 'ground' floorplan - exporting image

Then the 'site' floorplan and hiding a bunch of stuff from the site floorplan. - export image

Photoshop together and remove any parts not required. It showed generally what was happening.

However, i think there should be an option to prevent doing something like this. If a firm does not have graphics software then it could be a real pain.

 

Thanks again Polar for the reply.


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