In this way we will have the existing site plan on one Layout drawing sheet and a concept plan on another. The advantage of this method is that you have the entire projects CAD data in the one file and when changes are made to say the site boundary or position of existing trees due to a survey update for instance, that change is reflected in the concept and proposed planting plan automatically.
The disadvantage of this method is that the CAD file can become very large and use up valuable computer resources. More importantly, if the file becomes corrupted or is lost, the entire job is gone!
The alternative file management method is to simply save the previous file using a new name and thus having a separate file for each drawing or each stage of the project design.
For the purpose of wider learning, we will use both methods in this course; the first method for the Existing Site Plan plus the Concept Plan that we are about to begin, then we’ll use the alternative method for the Proposed Planting Plan of the following exercise.
With the existing site boundary, features and trees now on your drawing you’re ready to begin a basic concept plan. Focussing on the back yard of this property, let’s insert some new features that delineate the different areas of use. Be sure to select a suitable Style Set for your various feature lines.
This dialog box provides you with a wide array of different plant symbols, and associated with some of those symbols are pre-typed blocks of text. This heading and label text are fully editable.
You are not limited to the symbols provided ‘out of the box’. You can add your own symbols and edit the text in the database as desired. There is a detailed section on how to do that in the LANDWorksCAD Reference Manual so let’s just use what we have for this exercise.
Now we’ll insert some text to describe the type and purpose of our planting choices. Each unique symbol has some text associated with it. The software will automatically use the text that was associated with the symbols you inserted.
You can either insert the text in the Top view or switch to the Layout view before selecting the command.
Inserting text in the same Top view as the plants you inserted means you don’t have to switch between views when working but doesn’t allow you to see the text in the context of the drawing sheet border and title block and you have to be more mindful of the plot scale effect on the text.
There is no hard and fast rule about how you use concept plants for your concept plans, and it is perfectly OK to use Proposed Plants for concept plans too, however only Concept plants have blocks of text associated with them for faster labelling.
You may have noticed when selecting your desired plant symbols that some of them have a colourful image option that you can choose.
If you want only some plants to change then preselect the desired plants in the drawing before selecting the command.
Spend a little time adding more detail to your drawing including planes to represent any paved, lawn or water areas.
Remember that you may need to divide and trim the boundary outlines to insert planes successfully.
Use Transform, Copy-Along for the edging and alter the line weights to add depth to your drawing. You will soon develop a style that is distinctly yours.
If there is a particular style you would like to emulate in some way but don’t quite know how, ask the team at CAD International or your CAD tutor to assist you.
The primary points to consider are:
There are some design tips at the end of this course material to assist you.