Landscape Exercise 01 – Existing Site Sketch

Landscape Exercise 01 – Existing Site Sketch

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Reproduce this site plan. It is typical of a site sketch, normally drawn by hand on site to capture important aspects of the site in readiness for a proposed design. Read the notes before you begin.

Original hand drawn site sketch drawn on graph paper looked like the image below. However, it is typically faster and easier to do your site sketch directly on your computer or tablet device. You can either use LANDWorksCAD itself or a dedicated site sketch application.


  1. Use the correct Style Sets for the entities you’re inserting.
  2. If a Style Set you want does not exist, create a new one or edit an existing one.
  3. There is no need to draw the house as this is the same house plan you drew and saved previously. Just insert it, explode it and delete the bits you don’t need. You may need to use the Arrange command to re-arrange the walls to the back to make the openings visible.
  4. Insert the existing trees as circles; just approximate their diameter for now, but do be accurate in locating their centres on the site. Hint: You may need to insert two intersecting arcs or circles to locate one of the trees accurately.
  5. There is no need to place dimensions on your drawing, however placement accuracy will be checked when your project is marked or assessed.
  6. For convenience, start with an A3 size 1:200 template (Template_A3_200.cad)
  7. Rename the Layout view from Layout 01 to ‘Existing Site Plan Layout
  8. Be sure to save your plan as My Site Plan 01. It should look like this…




Down the left side of your screen you should see a separate menu relating specifically to the LANDWorksCAD tools. If you can’t see this menu, try loading it by selecting Tools, Load Application, Landworks from the dropdown menu. If you still can’t see it then contact

Here is a list of the general functions. LANDWorksCAD is available in a Pro (2D and 3D) and LT (2D only) version. The 3D commands do not function in the LT version.

Pro LT
Used to insert and label plants at a concept stage of the design.
Used to insert, label and list plants that already exist on site.
Used to insert, label and list plants that are proposed for the design.
Used to change how the plants look on the plan.
Used to extract quantities, lengths and areas.
Used to lay a reference grid over the design.
Used to create and edit 3D terrain. Digital terrain models (DTM).
Used to generate contour lines from the DTM
Used to generate 3D or elevation plants on the DTM.


Used to insert the Sun, for generating accurate shadows on a DTM.
Tells you the current version of LANDWorksCAD tools.


Refer to the LANDWorksCAD Reference Manual for detailed explanations of each command.

The Plant Database

LANDWorksCAD is supplied with an extensive plant database of thousands of plants allowing you to quickly and easily select the plants you want for your design.  You can edit the database and add or delete plants, thus allowing you to easily set up plants that are specific to you and your needs. The database contains plants from all over the globe. You will need to be selective in choosing plants that are appropriate in your area.

The following points give you some introductory information about the database.

The database:

  • is a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet with no complex formulas
  • is called xls(it must be called this)
  • is edited by you within LANDWorksCAD or may be edited in Excel if desired.
  • has some columns and rows that must not be altered


For detailed instructions on how to work with the database, refer to the Appendices at the end of the LANDWorksCAD Reference Manual.

Editing the database is not covered in this course material It is covered in the manual.