Vectorworks CAD software is transforming the way garden designers can work with their clients. I have recently won a job working with a local hotel to review their existing gardens and grounds – around 15 acres in total so quite a sizeable project!
Following some initial meetings the first step is to determine what planting is already in the garden and to add them to a plan, creating a report to then use to discuss with the hotel manager how we want to go forward.
Now a few years ago this would have been a daunting task involving surveying the site and then determining the plants, back to the drawing board to carefully draw in each of the plants and log them in a spreadsheet to create a report.
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Luckily help is at hand for at least one of these programmes. Now in its third edition, ‘Residential Garden Design with Vectorworks Landmark’ by Tamsin Slatter, gives garden designers a clear, descriptive and illustrated guide to getting started with Vectorworks 2011.
Unlike the dreaded software manual, which covers every single aspect of Vectorworks whether you are a garden designer or landscape architect or an interior designer or architect, where some things will be relevant to you and others simply aren’t. Tamsin’s knowledge of both the market leading software and of garden design means that she is able to steer us towards the important, relevant aspects of the software and create a form of work-flow that can be referred to again and again.
Now we don’t need to be daunted by software manuals that are reminiscent of lengthy literary works. I would love to see this book shipping with the software so that everyone can benefit and would also welcome similar style books and accompanying exercises tackling more complex aspects of the software such as 3-D terrain modelling and perhaps some of the wonderful plug-ins that are now available for Vectorworks 2011.
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