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In order for PVcase to sucessfully evaluate terrain data it has to work with clearly distinguished objects that indicate topographical height information.
Some of the topographical surveys have many different indicators clustered together on the same layer which can cause errors in terrain recognition.
Before generating a layout it is best to create a Topography mesh by selecting terrain data that will be used for layout generation. To investigate the mesh and PVcase's estimation of the terrain - use the 3DORBIT command of AutoCAD.
Height measurement topography
Let's review an example terrain survey which has some issues. As you can see in the example below, once the mesh is generated, some steep and unrealistic undulations are indicated and must be regarded as false.
As I check these areas I can identify issues that can cause such extremities. Here are some of the sample ones that usually come up:
Comma, instead of a dot, is used as a decimal separator in some height measurements.
Solution: Manually change by hand or use the FIND command to change the decimal comma into a dot.
Tree height measurements are on the same layer as terrain height measurements. (see image below).
Solution: Manually change the layer of tree height measurements.
Other topographical or documentation indications are on the same layer as terrain height measurements (see image below).
Solution: Manually put the indicative numbers on another layer.
After these issues are resolved we can generate the Topography mesh again and evaluate the results.
Contour line topography
Another common issue with contour line topographical surveys is that some of contour lines are missing elevation data and in result rendering whole topography unusable. If terrain mesh shows extremities or even the selection of topography cannot be done (example below), then contour lines needs to be fixed.
Once again, best option is to assess the topography in 3D view by isolating topography and rotating in with 3DORBIT function. Most of the time some contour lines will be visually seen as faulty.
Simply placing these polylines on another layer or giving elevation data to it will fix the issue.
🛈 For more information on what types of terrain surveys are currently compatible with the software, please read this article: