Creating modular industrial buildings for Condor

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Creating modular industrial buildings for Condor

Post by Xavier » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:24 am

Creating modular industrial buildings for Condor


We have already shown how to make buildings specifically dedicated to airports in the airport creation guide.

But in the Condor2 scenery, you can see that there are many industrial areas, usually empty of buildings, and that especially around airports.

In order to populate these industrial areas without weakening the FPS, it is necessary to create buildings with simple shapes and to have few textures to be loaded during the simulation.

To realize this type of building, we will use well-known properties of the UV Map because:
- The maps are repeated to infinity in the squares the UV Map.
- The textures are snapped on the vertices of the object unfolded on the map, and if we adopt a vertical or horizontal development there will be little or no deformation, if we take care to make simple roofs.

It is therefore a matter of creating linear textures that are automatically adapted to industrial buildings having a specific module, corresponding to the width or to the height of the texture.

Preliminary choices

The first choice to make is to determine the horizontal or vertical direction that will be used for the texture. For industrial buildings, since there is rarely vertical development, the horizontal direction is chosen. But if we want to create industrial buildings with important vertical development, like silos, we would probably, but not certainly, choose the vertical direction.

To be as versatile as possible, we have decomposed this modular industrial building into four distinct horizontal stripes.
- The roof with these translucent sky domes.
- The facades on the ground floor, including industrial doors, office doors, windows, which must remain at the right scale.
- Facade cladding connecting the ground floor and the roof of a variable height
- Basements, because the ground is not always flat, especially for large industrial buildings and it is illusory to flatten all industrial areas concerned or the floor of each building.

The roofs will be flat, or with one or double slope.

Then we have to make choices for both the building and the texture and after some tests, we have adopted the following provisions:
- A 5 meters module for building facades and roofs
- A basic texture in 1024 × 1024 pixels, which represents a base length of 30 m × 30 m.
A better choice would have been 900 x 900 pixels or 1200 x 1200 pixels because calculations are less complicated to manage.
- A reference building with a flat roof of 30 x 15 m, height 6 m, basement 5 m, with a hole for the bottom.

Each of the four horizontal stripes occupies a determined space in the texture map:
- The roof occupies half of the texture at the top, i.e. 512 pixels and 15 m wide.
- The ground floor facade, 138 pixels to 4 m high
- The cladding, not detached from the facade and above the facade, 172 pixels to 2 m high will be of variable height. The cladding texture will only be made with vertical patterns.
- The basements occupy part of the space between the roof and the facade. Here too, the height of 5 m can be variable to adapt to the terrain. The texture must be with a united or a vertical pattern.
Other choices are obviously possible.

The 5 m module for facades and roofs allows to create 6 vertical zones, thus 6 possibilities to create an original pattern for these 2 entities. This succession of 6 patterns will therefore be repeated along each side of the building and on the roof, provided that the length and width of the building is a multiple of 5 m.
For the roof the succession of 6 patterns (2 are usually enough) will be repeated along the roof in the desired direction, by forcing the width of the roof to the space allocated to the texture.
When the roof has an inclined plane or gables, it is the band reserved for horizontal cladding that will serve as a container and the vertices will be brought back automatically without rebuilding the UV Map.


In wings3D
From a cube we realize the basic module of 15 x 30 m with a height of 6 m that we put on the ground. Then by extrusion we create foundations of 5 m. Then we divide the space of the facades into a ground floor of 4 m and the cladding area of 2 m. The main edges are hardened, and a hole is created on the bottom.
We get this object


We then carry out a standard UV Map
S/E -> L/G on the Object -> O -> R/D -> UV Mapping -> R/D in Auto UV Segmenting -> Segment by -> Projection -> New R/D in UV Segmenting -> Continue -> Normal Projection.


In the Auto UV window you have to arrange the UV Map with stitching in order to have a linear band for the 4 facades and the basements. The isles are then moved to occupy the planned areas. When scaling, the roof and a side facade must be full width and be moved to the top for the roof and to the bottom for the facade. All isles of textures must be aligned with the left border of the map. Attention must be paid to the accuracy of the scale between the frontage of the ground floor and the roof.

Here's what to get


Then you have to create the textures map by R/D -> Create Textures with the standard options.

The textures map is then rendered external and saved in PNG.

In Photoshop or a 2 D drawing software
Creating basic textures
Open the texture map and with vertical guides delimit the 6 zones of patterns and with horizontal guides the stripes attributed to the roof, the basements, the cladding and the ground floor facade. And create closed rectangular paths around each strip so that they can be filled with appropriate textures.


It only remains to create the patterns of roofs and facades to get something harmonious

Finally, we have created quickly 6 different textures which here are examples.


We applied this texture on the base model

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It is then easy to transform this object into a C3D Condor 2 object.

But the most important thing is the versatility of this object:

Without any modification of the texture map, we can increase or decrease the height of the cladding, change the slope of the roof, create a double slope roof in Wings 3D and create as many instances of the same parallelepiped building.


But, on the same basis, without changing the texture map, we can increase the width and length of the building by respecting the module of 5 m. However, for each new dimension, width or length, we must adapt the UV Map following the same principles and create a new textures map that will be ultimately identical to the original map.

for example, here is a building of 120 x 60 m

Textures map/UV Map:

The building in Wings 3D:

In Object Editor, when the building is larger than the base size, only the base texture will be displayed for the initial dimensions. Do not worry because it will be correctly displayed in Condor 2.


and in Condor 2


Autour de Gruyères

Autour d'Aoste


Autour de Masera Avio Super


This type of object is simple to make and extremely versatile once the limits are clearly explained and fixed. Hundreds of buildings of different sizes can be made and declined on request with as much texture as we can create.
The textures maps in Condor 2 have been decreased to 512x512 pixels.
There is still room in the UV map to create an additional floor at the right scale, by decreasing the space occupied by the stripes for cladding and basements that theoretically can be limited to 10 pixels wide.

Of course it is possible to adapt this type of creation to buildings and houses, cottages etc., so that the Condor 2 sceneries, will always be more realistic.
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Re: Creating modular industrial buildings for Condor

Post by wickid » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:00 pm

Great idea Xavier. Keep in mind what Uros posted here: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=18629&p=160863#p160863

It may be better to group all those buildings together and use a single texture for performance reasons. Look for example how the towns are made in the default slovenia scenery.
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Re: Creating modular industrial buildings for Condor

Post by Xavier » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:54 pm

Hi wickid,
Thank you for your comments, but it opens a big discussion on the drawing of buildings, cities, industrial zones, mountain hamlets in the Condor2 scenries. I had already read this topic carefully about optimizing objects.

To be very clear with everyone, the answers of Uros, OXO and Jbr can be summed up in a few words:

The call and the drawing of each texture remain the most important fraction of time that is consumed to build an image. Or, if you prefer, the number of calls to get an image is the most important parameter to get a high FPS level with the same PC configuration (Uc and graphics card).

So, the following rules must be followed:

1/Group your same objects in a Scene Object for each texture to create large Scene objects.
2/We must group together different small objects with different textures in a single Scene Object and in a single texture.
3/The size of the texture in pixels should be as small as possible in DDS or PNG format, without alpha channels.
4/Transparent objects must be grouped into an object with a translucent texture for a Landscape Object.

I have already highlighted these ideas in the booklet "Condor 2 Airports - Construction Guide- With Wings 3D".

But the "city blocks" of Slovenia2 that are Landscape Objects do not really follow these basic rules.
If you open one of these "city blocks" in the Object Editor, you will find that there are many calls for the same texture and that the ground needs to be flattened. Scale is also another problem, these city blocks have houses and buildings far too big.



As I use the Open Street Map data embedded in my sceneries, I have a detailed map of each building in Landscape Editor. So I have access for each building to its coordinates (x, y, z) and its orientation and dimensions, which allows me to merge these different industrial buildings in Wings 3D and create a Scene object with a single texture or a Landscape object with multiple textures.
But I have an unresolved question about the size of the area in which I can group all the identical objects in the same Scene Object or Landscape Object. As I know, that the objects are loaded in the simulation at a distance of 4/5 km from the glider, I have to understand which is the most optimized area to regroup the same types of objects. Obviously, I find that an area of 750 x 750 m (maximum city block) could be a bit too short or too big when you can easily position your objects in altitude and in direction.
Here are some objects that can be grouped in the scenery:



Experiments and FPS measurements should give an answer!
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