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Knowing where your building will be constructed is essential as it shows you the impact it will have on its surroundings and vice versa. Enscape's latest software release, version 3.3, includes the Site Context feature which lets you add real-world context to your design scenes by utilizing OpenStreetMap data.
The Site Context feature is a site model of an area where a building is placed. It includes low poly buildings, streets, and topography which can be imported into your project to facilitate architectural visualization. Once imported, the site context model will only appear in your Enscape viewport and not in your chosen CAD software.
Here's an overview of how you can add context to your design scene.
Adding Site Context
To open the site context feature, click on the linked button in the Enscape Viewport Toolbar or press the shortcut key [O]. The Site Context panel will open to the left of the Enscape Viewport. Select the Add Site Context button located in the side panel. A window will open once you've clicked on the button. It will have the following information:
You can change the default location set by your host CAD application by searching for the street name, city, postal code, or coordinates of your preferred location. Select your desired location by pressing [Enter].
Importing Site Context
The area and position of the model can be defined once the location has been established. A default area of 1000m x 1000m is set. The following options are available when defining the site area:
The orange pin icon in the map indicates where your CAD model will be placed in the Site Context model once imported. The location of the CAD model can be translated or rotated by dragging the pin or hovering on the circular arrow symbol. The position of the site model can be updated once imported. In the lower-left corner of the map viewport, you will find the following buttons:
|TIP: The minimum size of an area is 100m x 100m. The maximum is 9999m x 9999m. Setting an area greater than 5000m x 5000m will prompt a warning.|
Site Context Data
Located at the base of the Site Context panel are the data options which can be toggled on and off to control the visibility of Buildings and Landmarks, Streets and Sidewalks, and Topography.
The Buildings and Landmarks and Streets and Sidewalks options can be toggled off completely or individually from the menu. You can also do this by right-clicking on elements directly in the Enscape Viewport and clicking on Hide Selection.
Map Data Options
Clicking on the Hamburger menu icon next to Map Data will provide a menu with the following options:
|TIP: The CAD model's lowest point will be used as the base touchpoint with the Site Context geometry. So, if you find your CAD model floating above the Site Context model, you can either move the whole Site Context model vertically using the translate tool or check and adjust the CAD model for possible extruding geometry (for example, sub-surface geometry elements).|
Enscape Assets and Custom Assets can be placed on the Site Context model. Surfaces in the Site Context model that can accommodate asset placement are topography, streets, and the tops of buildings.
|TIP: The topography needs to be visible to place assets on it. To do this, ensure it's toggled. Selecting topography to place assets on via the bucket tool will consider the whole Site Context model which can result in potential performance impacts.|
For a full summary of how to get the best out of the Site Context feature, visit the Enscape Knowledge Base.
Get Started with Enscape
Enscape plugs into Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Archicad, and Vectorworks. Update to the latest Enscape 3.3 version to enjoy the new features or sign up for a free 14-day trial if you haven’t already experienced it yourself.