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KO3272

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Project splines from top down to drive RC
« on: May 01, 2015, 10:25:30 AM »
Hi,
I'd like to know if it was possible to use Railclone through a conjunction of splines projected on geometry the same way forest pack does.

We are heavily working with large scale terrains of real estate, cities, etc.

We have to build the terrain, roads, and add loads of FPP of trees, street trees, cars, ppl, houses, etc
But for thing like curbs, footpaths, fences, etc, we use railclone.

The great advantage of FPP is that when you build the scene based on the top plan view and drive everything by splines, it then project it on the terrain geometry. It's easy to append changes either on the splines or the terrain, everything is dynamic.

With railclones, we need to use tricks to get the splines on the terrain and this makes it hard to handle once it's done.

Would there be a way to use railclones with the splines to drive the curbs but after that it would be projected on Z axis on to the terrain?
Alternatively, maybe a script that would project the splines as a conform splines onto the terrain, dynamically ?

This is just one obvious example, but this could be used for plenty of other situations.

Does this makes sense?

Cheers

Paul Roberts

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Re: Project splines from top down to drive RC
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 10:48:46 AM »
Hi,

If I understand you correctly you would like to project the base splines used by RailClone onto a surface. If this is the case, then I'm happy to say this is already possible using RailClone's surface feature introduced in version 2.3. To use it you simply add a surface node to the generator's surface input and pick your surface from the scene. You can read more about it in our documentation here.

I hope that helps, please let me know if you need anything further.

Kind regards,

Paul

« Last Edit: May 01, 2015, 11:21:16 AM by Paul Roberts »
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KO3272

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Re: Project splines from top down to drive RC
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 10:53:27 AM »
Oh yeah!
This is awesome, it will help our workflow so much!

Thanks