As the weather gets colder, our customers in the original "green" industry -- landscaping, that is -- often spend this time planning for next spring's business rush. Like them, we're thinking about future business, too. Recently, we hosted an interesting meeting with Jim Sipes and Tom Jones, both of whom write for several landscaping publications and are practicing landscape architects. They proposed ways to expand the BIM process to include the site planning and design portions, which is usually handled by the landscape architect. I've noticed over the years that despite the fact that the construction and landscape industries work so closely together, the needs of the landscape designer have not been a high priority in many of the BIM discussions in which I've participated.
By marrying GIS capabilities to a landscape design program, Jim and Tom felt that a big planning need for the market would be met. This planning need is something currently well-fulfilled by Vectorworks Landmark. With geospatial referencing, SHP file support and its industry-leading presentation capabilities, Vectorworks Landmark provides a unique blend of capabilities for urban and land planners, landscape designers and landscape architects. Communicating the complex GIS information in a way readable by the many parties involved in the planning process requires not just having the planning work done, but illustrating it with a variety of graphic effects to make sure everyone knows the intent and performance of each zone. Since much of the information is often government-regulated, it is often freely available in base form as well, particularly in SHP format. You can expect to hear a lot more from us on this segment of the industry.
IN THIS ISSUE
Nemetschek North America releases Service Pack 2 for Vectorworks 2009: "With this service pack we paid particular attention to stair quality, IFC import/export, and the overall user experience," says Mark Farnan, director of software development.
Vectorworks Architect user Jim Kaslik, of Cloud Hidden Designs, LLC, has won the Domes for the World Design Challenge.
Dirtworks, PC, a Vectorworks Landmark firm, was awarded the 2008 Merit Award given by American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) for the Urban Aerie.
Robert Prichett reviews Vectorworks Designer in MacCompanion: "Are you kidding me? If you are in the AEC industry, run, don't walk to get this version of Vectorworks. It puts the competition to shame!"
Updating Vectorworks 2009 Plant Database: In this tech tip, we demonstrate how to add the Monrovia plant databse to Vectorworks 2009.
Moving Objects in Walls: In this video tech tip, we demonstrate how to accurately position objects in walls.
Free Vectorworks 2009 Student Edition Now Available
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