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Generate tree shading

Generate tree shading tool is used to generate the shading based on custom shading angle. This tool helps to evaluate the shading and to avoid placing the frames in the shaded location. The shading area is automatically placed in the default restriction zone layer - PVcase Offsets.

Preparation for using the tool

The shading angle can be adjusted in the Layout generation settings window:

Note: the default N/S shading angle value is set to 22°.

The tree has to be a either a round shaped block object or a circle:

Important things to note are: It's recommended to have tree object and height on separate layers;• The software matches the height numbers to the nearest trees that it can find. For the trees that don't have a measurement near them PVcase will simply do an offset.

Using the tree shading tool

With topographic survey

  1. Click on the Generate tree shading tool.  Select the topographical height measurement and tree height measurement. 
  2. A prompt will come up asking whether the tree height is given from sea level (N - no, not a true height) or from the ground level at that point (Y - yes, true height).
  3. Finally select the tree block object.

Without topographic survey

  1. Click on the Generate tree shading tool. Select the tree height measurement. 
  2. Finally select the tree block object.

Important things to note are:

  1. When you select the tree height measurement PVcase will scan the site survey for tree height numbers on the same layer.
  2. You can manually create tree heights by copying custom tree height measurements on top of your DWG tree blocks but you have to place them on the same layer.
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