In our design process, the early schematic phases often involve exploring site plan alternatives, with the clients and design team leaning heavily on the landscape architects to develop and present those concepts. Through the design development and construction documentation phases, team members, including architects and civil engineers, swap design files multiple times to verify and coordinate with each other, as well as to communicate design changes required by new information regarding the client’s program or the existing conditions. Using case studies, landscape architect Stephen Schrader will show how to set up drawing files to streamline updating civil site plans and architectural plans, how to employ smart tools for site planning and detailed project design development, and how to set up worksheets to extract data from smart objects to prepare cost estimates and determine compliance with green codes and LEED credits.
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1. Set up a drawing file prepared for updating civil site plans and architectural floor plans.
2. Use smart tools to speed up the transition from presentation drawings into working drawings (and back).
3. Apply database, reporting, and spreadsheet functions in worksheets to derive site data from the geometry and smart objects in a CAD drawing to create construction cost estimates, demonstrate code/LEED credit compliance, simplify calculation tasks, and reduce errors.
4. Learn to work with a variety of drawing file sharing needs across the design team while preserving data generated in the landscape architectural design.
Stephen Schrader, Associate Landscape Architect at Holcombe Norton Patners, Inc.