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Making water vectors with multiple elevation files

I am currently only capable of turning NHD shapefiles (NHD Area and NHD Waterbody layers) into water vectors. I was fine with the default P3D/FSX streamline, but lines sit on top of polygons so I had to find a way to turn the NHD Flowline data into a four-meter-wide poly. The water shapes look much better in the sim, but I haven't been able to get the shorelines to happen yet -- I'm sure I'll get somewhere by revisiting your always helpful posts, which I have to do often. Plus, the water texture probably isn't nearly as good as it should be, since I am using the Legacy No Flatten GUID as I can't figure out where to point ScenProc to find embedded "Z" elevation data for vectors.

Here is what I would like to do regarding water (and what I have so far is available to the FS community as freeware on my website):

1.) Turn streamlines into polys
2.) Import waterbodies and streams into sim
3.) Add shorelines to all
4.) Use non-legacy water GUID
5.) Eventually change waterclass for different types of waterbodies

Step 1 is pretty easy, I just figured out a way to do number 2 (but there may be much better ways), 3-4 I am stuck on and 5 has a lot of higher-priority stuff ahead of it. I hope I made a little more sense, and thank you!

Hi Chris:

Perhaps a review of the info in this prior thread discussing SBuilderX options, might still be helpful to consider as an alternative to the more complex QGIS workflows ? :scratchch


BTW: See my EDIT in the above linked post, to point out an easily overlooked SBuilderX.ini file parameter value described by SBuilderX author Luis Sa' in a post on the "Closed Line" function. :pushpin:

Also, note that the possibility for a reverse work-flow in SBuilderX to convert 'Closed Lines' to Polygons is alluded to here: :idea:


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Thanks Gary! With trying to accomplish so much at once, I forgot that I had good information on water vectors buried in my post about smooth and accurate roads. Like I said, I go back and re-read your posts because the things that I originally couldn't understand or get to work make a lot more sense the next time around.
Hi Chris:

I figured you were rather busy, so I thought it might help to post an occasional reminder. :)

It is also sometimes good to go where the spirit moves you in the moment to learn new things when the mind is ready, and to prevent burnout on a particular task that one has been laboring on intensively. :idea:

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I thought it might help post an occasional reminder.
I just hope you don't think I just see long and complicated responses and think, "That's too much work; I just want someone to do it for me." Learning so many things at once plus managing a toddler and working full-time boggles the mind occasionally. And I greatly appreciate people like yourself taking time to show me the ropes!