Forest

1. Insert a forest

Fig. 1. Areas to fill with forests

Fig. 1. Areas to fill with forests

(Download the Bamboo_Park_Tutorial_5.3.3dm file in order to start the tutorial from this chapter.)

In this chapter we will cover the areas indicated in Fig. 1 with plants arranged in forests. Make sure the Layer Guidelines > Vegetation is on.

  1. Run the _laForest command laForest. The Forest insert dialog will open. (Fig. 2)
  2. From the Plant's tab click on the Browse button to open the Plant database and select the Aesculus hippocastanum. Click the Select button to close the plant database.
  3. Define the plant parameters for the forest: Approximate height: 10m.
  4. From the Forest's tab we can find the forest parameters. Choose the following parameters and click te OK button to close the dialog:
    1. Array Spacing: Triangular (equilateral)
    2. Array distance: 7,80m.
  5. Select the boundary curve corresponding to the area 1. (Fig. 1). Alternatively we can pick one of the options in the command line to draw the boundary limits of the forest while we are inserting it.



Fig. 2. Forest insert dialog

Fig. 2. Forest insert dialog

Repeat the process and create new forests in the areas 2, 3, 4 and 5. Choose the following parameters for each forest:

    Forest in Area 2:

  1. Plant species Aucuba japónica
  2. Plant Height: 2m
  3. Distance array: 5m
  4. Spacing: Square.
    Forest in Area 3:

  1. Plant species Acacia dealbata
  2. Plant Height: 5m
  3. Number of units: 30
  4. Minimum distance: 4m
  5. Render: Spring



Fig. 3. Image of the forests created (Rendered display mode)

Fig. 3. Image of the forests created in Rendered display mode

    Forests in Areas 4 and 5:

  1. Plant species Acacia dealbata
  2. Plant Height: 5m
  3. Number of units: 4
  4. Minimum distance: 4m
  5. Render: Spring

We can set the Natural variation for all forests to 25%.


2. Edit a forest

Fig. 4. Redistribute option in the Lands Edit panel

Fig. 4. Redistribute option in the Lands Edit panel

Once the forest has been created we can change their parameters from the Lands Edit Panel laEditPanel.

Under the Plant's tab, there is the Natural variation option that when enabled it sets a random height variation to plant species in the forest.

For those forests that have been inserted using a random distribution (forests in areas 3, 4 and 5), it is possible to change that distribution from the Edit area of the Edit panel. (Fig. 4)