Adding a Retaining Wall
Usually, Retaining walls are used on steeply sloped lots
and terraces to provide support and prevent erosion, but landscape retaining
walls can also be used as freestanding partitions. Retaining wall designs can be
created in many different shapes and styles because in Realtime Landscaping
Architect, retaining walls support curves, variable heights, stepped or curved,
terrain cutting, optional caps, and independent cap material selection.
To add a retaining wall:
Click the Add Retaining Wall button, which is found at the top of the
screen under the Building tab.
Draw the outline of the Retaining Wall by clicking the left mouse button to add
points. Press the Backspace key to remove the last point added, and press
the Esc key to cancel. If you would like to input the distance and angle
manually, place at least one point and then press the Enter key.
To finish drawing the Retaining Wall, right-click to place the last point.
The design below shows an example Retaining Wall.
Adjusting the Shape of a Retaining Wall
The height of a Retaining Wall can be modified at each
point, which allows you to add Retaining Walls that slope up or taper down.
To modify the wall height:
Click the Retaining Wall in your design to select it.
Click the Edit points button found in the properties to enable point editing
Click the point on your Retaining Wall that you would like to adjust. Additional
points can be added if needed.
Modify the Height property to raise or lower the selected portion of the
Retaining Wall. Alternately, hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard, click
and hold the left mouse button over the point you wish to adjust, and then raise
or lower the mouse.
When finished, click the Edit points button to disable point
The picture below shows an example of a retaining wall that
was tapered at both ends using the steps above.
Creating Stepped Retaining Walls
To create a stepped retaining wall, click the
Stepped option. You can then adjust the height of each segment using the
Using the Cut Terrain Feature
One of Realtime Landscaping Architect’s powerful features
is its ability to support retaining walls that cut into the terrain
realistically. This feature is useful when creating landscape designs with
To cut into the terrain:
Click a Retaining Wall that has been added to your design.
Select Edit, Terrain Sculpting Order, and Bring to
Top to ensure that the cutting effect of the Retaining Wall is applied on
top of any other topology changes.
Click the Cut terrain property to enable terrain cutting.
If you find that the Retaining Wall is cutting the terrain in the wrong
direction, click the Reverse cut direction property.
To change the cut distance, use the Cut distance property.
To change the cutting angles, click Edit Cut Angles and adjust the blue
handles at the start and end points. When finished, click Edit Cut Angles
again to resume normal editing.
Retaining walls can be used to create terraces on sloping
To create terraces:
Add a Slope to your landscape design using the Slope tool. For details
see Sculpting the Terrain.
Create one Retaining Wall to cut the lowest terrace level, and configure the
Retaining Wall to cut the terrain following the steps above.
Set the Height property of the
Retaining Wall to the desired height of the first terrace level. Alternately,
use the Auto wall height property to calculate the Retaining Wall height
automatically based on the surrounding terrain.
Add another Retaining Wall for the next terrace level and set the
Elevation property to approximately a few feet, depending on your
Repeat these steps for each terrace level.
The picture below
shows an example of two Retaining Walls that have been used to create a flower
the Auto Wall Height option, which is located to the right of the screen when a
Retaining Wall is selected, to automatically calculate the Retaining Wall height
based on the surrounding terrain.
Retaining Walls can be added in both the Plan view and the Perspective
view, but are usually easiest to add in the Plan
the grid snap feature can make adding an accurate Retaining Wall very easy. See
Snap Settings for more details.
you simply need a small wall to use as edging, you should consider using the Edging object instead.
you find that your Retaining Wall is not cutting the terrain like you expected
it to, the reason might be that the terrain sculpting objects were added after
the Retaining Wall. See Controlling the Terrain Sculpting
Order for more information.
Sculpting the Terrain