Chief Architect Plan Review with Chief Experts - Designers Show #124

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In this engaging episode of the Designers Show, join Chief Experts John and Robin as they delve into the nuances of terrain modeling using Chief Architect software. From basic elevation adjustments to complex terrain integrations, this episode is a treasure trove of insights and practical advice for architects and designers.


  • John Schrader
  • Renee Rabbitt
  • Robin Fisher



  • 00:00-02:00: Introduction

    • Welcoming remarks and personal updates.
    • Overview of the episode’s focus on terrain modeling.
  • 02:01-20:00: Terrain Modeling Demonstration

    • Step-by-step guide on importing and adjusting terrain data.
    • Detailed discussion on setting terrain perimeters and elevation lines for architectural designs.
  • 20:01-35:00: Advanced Terrain Techniques

    • Practical examples of manipulating terrain for specific architectural features.
    • Techniques for creating realistic driveways, pool areas, and retaining walls.
  • 35:01-45:00: Q&A and Problem Solving

    • Interactive session addressing viewer questions.
    • Solutions to common and complex terrain modeling challenges.
  • 45:01-end: Closing Remarks

    • Recap of the key strategies in terrain modeling.
    • Teaser for future episodes and concluding thoughts.

Key Learnings:

  • Understand the fundamentals of terrain modeling in Chief Architect.
  • Learn how to effectively integrate terrain with building designs.
  • Discover advanced techniques for creating realistic and functional terrain features.

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