Creating a Flattened Site Plan

This tool creates a small terrain grid on top of the existing terrain that will modify the terrain in and around the selected areas. This tool can be used to flatten out a site and also to plan for the transition back to the surrounding terrain using slopes or benching and terracing.

Select the area feature(s) with the Digitizer tool then right-click to Advanced Feature Creation > Calculate Flattened Site Plan Grid from Selected Area(s). This option is also available in the 3D viewer Digitizer context menu.

When selected the Setup Site Flatten Parameters dialog (pictured below) appears, allowing you to setup the site flattening operation.


Height to Flatten Selected Area(s) To

Specify the height at which to flatten the areas using the Fixed Height to Flatten To option.

Calculate Flatten Height That Equalizes Cut and Fill Volumes will determine a break-even height at which approximately equal amount of terrain will need to be cut versus filled across the site. This is useful in estimating real-world build site materials so little or no material will not to be brought in or hauled out.

Choose Flatten to Area Heights if the selected areas already contain appropriate elevation values. This option allows flattening to non-level surfaces.

For trenches, ski slopes, ditches and other angled paths, see Move/Reshape Feature >Adjust Elevations to a Single Slope to create a line matching a slope. Then use the buffer tool to create an area that will also match the slope.

Slope or Bench and Terrace

To slope the edges beyond the site to gradually align with the terrain use the Allowed Cut Slope around Edges and Allowed Fill Slope around Edges values. The slope values can be entered in ratio (x:1), percent or degree format. Select the appropriate slope value format option from the dropdown menu.

To set up benching and terracing, specify values other than 0 for the Bench Width and Bench Vertical Spacing.


The images below show the 3D viewer before and then after performing a flattening operation on a hillside:


The images below shows the 3D viewer after an operation to flatten a site high above the terrain surface, mainly to illustrate how the terracing works. Note how the new surface matches up with the original terrain surface: