The series of ‘how to’ tutorial movies posted here are designed to help designers learn to use gCADPlus landscape design software by developing a real job. We conclude with the printing of the professional landscape CAD plan shown below.
These tutorials are for gCADPlus users working in the metric environment. If you are working in the USA where feet is your base measure, please visit the gCADPlus USA site.
Draw the footprint of a building
Lesson 1: We will assume that you have visited the site that’s ready to be landscaped and have made a simple ‘mud map’ with dimensions of important features including the footprint of the house. The first step is to plot the footprint of a house. So if you have not already done so, start gCADPlus and use File > New and select the template Lesson 1 -AspenStone
When drawing the footprint of the house, the ‘mud map’ distances used are 6000 units [mm ] across, 3000 units up, 7000 units across, 3000 units down, 8000 units across and an arbitrary length for the last segment. This movie shows how to draw the footprint of a house. When finished, make sure that you save the completed drawing as you will need it for Lesson 2.
When entering values 0,0 for the first point, do not try and type in the command area at the bottom of the screen. Just click in the black screen, type zero from the top row of the keyboard, a comma, a zero and hit enter. Then pull away to the right. You should see the line drawn in red.
Although you may see dimensions in the movie, you see that we erase those. We will leave a discussion of applying dimensions till later.
If you would like some feedback after you have completed this first task, save your drawing and send a copy of it as an attachment to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us something about you and your learning experience while carrying out this exercise.
Locate existing trees on site
Locate back and side boundaries
Design a retaining wall
Create entertaining areas, water feature and vegetable plot
Create raised adult entertaining zone
Cut steps in raised entertaining area
Place arrow to indicate direction
Create and place some stepping stones
Improve the stepping stone symbol
Shift the location of a vegetable plot, mirror text
Using grid an snap to help setup hard paving in a service zone
Indicate paving for the service area
Indicate a paved area by hatching a complex shape
Start placing landscape symbols
Improve the appearance of landscape symbols
Add some text notations
Attach a plant list ready for the generation of a plant schedule
Add a new floating viewport to display a plant schedule on an A2 sheet.
Update a plant schedule because the design has changed
Develop a design for a water feature
This movie shows how to use a special gCADPlus tool to stamp a value for a lawn area. We then use the linear dimensioning tool to apply dimensions some steps. The design is for a site in the metric environment where the base unit is millimeters. The dimension style used automatically expresses the final value in an appropriate number of decimal places.
Add a scale bar
Print the finished design
Click the image below to see the final PDF version of the design.