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Placing a Hatch

Our generic site hatching tool provides a quick way to place a hatch if you need to create a site area such as much, paving or hardscape, but don't necessarily need to assign it with data (such as per-unit cost). 


Want information on customizing site hatches? Visit our documentation pages on Hatch Patterns and Saving a Hatch.

Place Hatch Overview

Open the Hatch tool:




F/X Site ribbon, Hatch flyout




Graphics toolbar


F/X Graphics menu, Hatch option



or type FX_SiteHatch in the Command line




The Hatch Site dialog box will open.



With Site selected in the list of hatch types, select a hatch to place.



The hatch thumbnail you select will turn white when you select it, as shown to the right.



Click OK to place the selected hatch in your drawing.




The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select polyline or interior point to hatch, [Draw Exclude shrubs Multiple]



Selecting an Existing Boundary

To select an existing polyline, use the pickbox to select a closed polyline area to hatch.



In this example, we'll hatch the kidney bean–shaped closed polyline pictured below. 





The polyline will be hatched with the pattern you selected.



Drawing a Hatch Boundary "On the Fly"

If you haven't yet drawn a polyline boundary for your hatch, you can now do so "on the fly" after selecting your hatch pattern.



When you go to place a hatch, the Command line will prompt you to Select polyline or interior point to hatch, [Draw Exclude shrubs Multiple].



Start drawing your closed polyline. Once you close it, the hatched area will appear within the polyline boundary.


In previous versions, drawing your hatch boundary on the fly would require you to first type D for Draw. We've now built in the ability to simply start drawing your closed polyline. As long as the first point you select isn't an existing polyline, the Draw command will be fired automatically.


This feature works with all our default hatch types, including:


Scaling a Hatch Manually

Hatches not appearing at the scale you want them to be? Even though our software scales hatches automatically, you may want to adjust the scale of a hatch you've placed. You can easily do so by selecting the hatch and adjusting the scale in the Hatch Editor.


Double-click the hatch in your drawing. The Hatch Editor will open.


Change the Scale value to a number that will give you the scale you want. 


A larger number will result in a hatch that's less dense. A smaller number will result in a denser hatch.


In this example, we'll change the scale of a hatch from 12 to 20.




As a result, the hatch in the drawing will have a scale that's less dense. 


You may need to play with the scaling a bit, adding different values until the hatch has the look you want.

Reference Note Hatches

Want to place a hatch for bark, gravel, mulch, or another quantifiable site object? Use an Area/Volume Reference Note to place a hatch. You can then use Reference Notes to calculate quantity and cost.


For more information, see our Area/Volume Reference Notes page.

Excluding Objects from a Site Hatch (The "Multiple" Option)

Reference Note hatches are also helpful when you want to hatch an area but don't want to hatch one or more objects lying within that area. This feature works similarly to the Exclude Shrubs tool, which omits groundcover hatch from shrubs within a planting area. 

This feature will not work with stipple hatches. If you want to exclude interior objects from a hatch, you'll need to make sure that hatch is something other than stipple.


To exclude objects from a site hatch, you'll need to place the hatch as an Area/Volume Reference Note


Open the Reference Notes tool:


F/X Site ribbon, RefNotes flyout



F/X Details ribbon, RefNotes flyout





F/X Graphics pull-down menu


Graphics RefNotes toolbar



Graphics toolbar



or type RefNotes in the Command line





The Reference Notes Manager will open.



To specify your hatch, click New.




The New Reference Note dialog box will open.



Select Area/Volume.

For specific information on Area/Volume Reference notes, see our Area/Volume Reference Notes documentation.




The Hatch Site dialog box will open.



Select a hatch pattern (example: LFX-FILTBD), then click OK.




Back in the New Reference Note dialog box, type a note for your hatch.



Then click OK.




Back in the Reference Notes Manager, select the Area or Volume Reference Note you just created (or any existing Area or Volume Reference Note you want to place).



Click Place to place the hatch in your drawing.




The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select Polyline to hatch, [Multiple].

Don't see the Multiple option at this point? You might be using the Stipple hatch pattern. Stipple hatches don't recognize interior objects, which will prevent you from selecting them. To be able to select and exclude interior objects, you'll need to select a new hatch pattern that isn't Stipple.


Type M for Multiple. The Command line will prompt you to Select outer boundary. Select the polyline surrounding the area you would like to hatch.



The Command line will now prompt you to Select interior boundary, <done>. Use the pickbox to select the boundary of any object you'd like to exclude from the hatch.



Unable to select interior objects? Solution >


Continue selecting the boundaries of objects you'd like to exclude from the hatch.




When you've selected all objects you'd like to exclude from the hatch, press Enter. The area will be hatched, excluding the objects you selected.



Issue: Hatches are appearing as solid rather than patterns


Issue: Hatch preview slides (thumbnails) are incorrect – several slides are identical but have different names


Issue: When placing a site hatch, you are unable to see the Multiple option for excluding interior objects from the hatch, or you are unable to select interior objects to exclude (but you see the Multiple option)


Issue: Unable to see hatches or colorized plants in a 3D model (AutoCAD or Civil 3D)


Issue: When placing a hatch, you received the following error message: Unable to locate target hatch


Issue: AutoCAD crashes when you place a hatch – but only when the Land F/X menus are loaded


Issue: Bad DXF group (10) error when placing hatches


Issue: Colors are displaying incorrectly in Model Space


Issue: While working offline, you are unable to access hatch patterns you've already used. The thumbnail previews in the Hatch dialog box are blank.


Issue: You tried to use our PHATCH tool, but it deleted the existing hatch and left only a hatch where you attempted to place the brush


Issue: You tried to place a Stipple hatch pattern, but the hatch is placing incorrectly outside the polyline area

Last modified on Thursday, 12 November 2020 15:16

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