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Adding Buildings

Warning
The functionality described in this article is not available in the Community SDK edition.
You should upgrade to Engineering / Sim SDK edition to use it.

Sandworm allows the procedural generation of buildings based on shapes stored in the vector data sources.

Procedural Generation Assets contain additional building materials to add a variety to the city view. You can use your own materials as long as they are created following the rules.

Setting the Building Object#

Notice
Currently, Sandworm allows using only offline vector data sources for the generation.
  1. Create the object: in the Objects panel, click + for Buildings.

  2. In the Parameters tab, add a source: click the Add Source(s) button, select Assets and set the path to the sw_georeferenced/vector/buildings.shp file.

    As the source is added, we can click the Preview button below to see the road data preview on the map.

  3. Add a filter if you want to pick specific data from the source.

    Open the Attributes Table (the button) to look through all available data and set any filter you want. If you add no filters, all buildings will be generated.

  4. In fact, we can already generate the buildings with Auto settings. However, if you do that, you'll notice several skyscrapers not typical for such towns. This is due to the data provided in the floor column of the Attributes table: some values are irrelevant. Filters also can't help in this case as the data is in the string format.

    To solve this problem, let's switch to the Manual mode and set the Floor Number parameter to Random:

    In this case Sandworm will disregard any floor number values from the data source and generate buildings with a random number of floors from 1 to 5 as set in Floor Number Range.

  5. Click the Create Building Object button.

Generated Buildings#

The generated buildings will look as follows:

Generated buildings

What Else#

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