Placing a Hatch
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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

 

F/X Site ribbon, Hatch flyout

 

 

Graphics toolbar

 

Graphics toolbar

F/X Site menu

 

F/X Site menu, Hatch option

 

 

or type FX_SiteHatch in the Command line

 

 

 

The Hatch 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.

Hatch dialog box, overview

 

 

 

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.

 

Closed polyline to hatch, example

 

 

 

The polyline will be hatched with the pattern you selected.

 

Hartch placed

 

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.

 

Hatch placed

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.

 

Scaling a hatch manually

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.

Hatch scale changed

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 Site ribbon, RefNotes flyout

 

 

F/X Details ribbon, RefNotes flyout

 

F/X Details ribbon, RefNotes flyout

 

 

 

F/X Site menu

 

F/X Site pull-down menu

 

Graphics RefNotes toolbar

Graphics RefNotes toolbar

 

 

Graphics toolbar

Graphics toolbar

 

 

or type RefNotes in the Command line

 

 

 

 

The Reference Notes Manager will open.

 

 

To specify your hatch, click New.

Reference Notes Manager, New button

 

 

 

New Reference Note dialog box

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 dialog box will open.

 

 

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

Hatch dialog box

 

 

 

New Reference Note dialog box, Note field

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.

Reference Notes Manager, Place button

 

 

 

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.

 

Select outer boundary

 

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.

 

Select boundary to exclude

 

Cannot process multiple boundaries because the outer polyline includes loops.

 

Seeing this error message when trying to use the Multiple option while placing a hatch?

 

Here's what to do.

Cannot process multiple boundaries error message

 

 

 

Not seeing an error message but still unable to select interior objects? Here's what to do.

 

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

 

Continue selecting boundaries to exclude

 

 

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.

 

Objects exclused from hatch

Assigning a Real-World Scale to a Placed Hatch Pattern

You might want a hatch that shows pavers, wood planks, or other objects to appear at a scale where the hatch components show at the same measurements in your drawing as they would on the site itself. For example, you might have a hatch depicting 8-inch pavers, and you want the pavers to actually measure 8 inches in your drawing. If so, here's what to do.

Troubleshooting

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

 

Issue: Your hatches are showing up incorrectly, or as random lines or solid colors

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 May 2022 14:25
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