Landscape productivity tips

The movies grouped here assume that you have been working with gCADPlus (or some other CAD software) for some time and wish to improve productivity.

Tip #1

Drafting Tips #1 We discuss the need to be aware of the status of various switches – osnap, polar tracking etc. while working on landscape plans.

Tip #2

Drafting Tips #1 We develop a series of paths on a 45 degree angle. The importance of precision movement using osnaps such as the midpoint snap are discussed.

Tip #3

Drafting Tips #3 We emphasize the importance of drawing full size when developing a CAD plan for a site. We use the measure tool to estimate the distance from a boundary to the footprint of a house and scale accordingly. Once our model reflects the real world measurements, we insert a block of a vehicle and show that there is enough space to fit two cars into the designated parking area.

Tip #4

Drafting Tips #4 How to change drafting style from lineweight ‘byentity’ to lineweight ‘bylayer’.

Tip #5

Drafting Tips #4 Just as lineweight of an entity can be set implicitly or BYLAYER, so too can linetype patterns. Here we change the linetype scale of a closed polyline so a hidden line shows. We then hatch the zone making sure that the correct layer is active.

Tip #6

Drafting Tips #6 We show how to clean up a ‘messy’ polyline imported from AutoCAD. We add point data and snap to the points in order to create a new polyline. The align dimension tool is then used to add dimensions to assist a construction team lay out the design.

Tip #7

Drafting Tips #7 It is best to adopt a light touch when applying hatching to zones in a landscape drawing. Too much hatching can overwhelm the design. We apply a grass pattern and a brick pattern to indicate the type of surface covering. The advantage of setting a border for a polyline shape is discussed.

Tip #8

Drafting Tips #8 Users new to CAD drafting often find managing lineweights tricky. Here we show the importance of the LWT switch in the status line, the value of controlling lineweight by layer settings and the need to take output sheet size into consideration.

Tip #9

Drafting Tips #9 The importance of managing layers. Using Draw Insert raster to provide images of species used in a design.

Tip #10

Drafting Tips #10 We show some of the many ways that a symbol denoting a species can be labeled in landscape CAD plans. A discussion on the various types of plant schedules that can be drawn in gCADPlus follows.

Tip #11

Drafting Tips #11 We take a base plan in gCADPlus and write a DXF file ready for importation into SketchUp. A 3D SketchUp model is then constructed using this base data.

Tip #12

Drafting Tips #12 We show how to use the same symbol over and over but assign different plant species to each instance of the symbol.

Tip #13

Drafting Tips #13 We show one method for handling CAD survey in the gCADPlus environment.

Tip # 14

Drafting Tips #14 Managing paving in gCADPlus landscape drawings.

Tip #15

Drafting Tips #14 We show how a company that specializes in assisting clients to create highly productive urban food gardens uses gCADPlus. They use templates that are well stocked with symbols (blocks) of raised garden beds, aquaponics assemblies, and chicken runs to quickly produce a design. Care is taken to incorporate several layouts with title blocks and logos such that the design is ready to print in double-quick time.