Software for Landscape & Garden Design

December 21, 2017 rogerhinesdesigns No comments exist

Software for Landscape & Garden Designers

So, a question I get asked a lot is what software do I use.

Well the thing to remember is that design software is a tool and like all tools they have their place. The question which always comes around is what software to use and when.

Concept Development

Personally I always start the design process by hand, sure after iv surveyed the garden I will complete a digital CAD base plan of the site, but after that its back to tracing paper and scribbling. From the trace I will test ideas in a sketchbook and then further test and refine these ideas in a 3D modelling software. If the site levels are all over the place I might even take it upon myself to model the terrain using a software programme to really explore the site and how all of the elements interact with each other.

Personally I always start the design process by hand

Once the concept is set, the client wishes to see the design before commencing to the master plan and construction details. The use of a variety of software solutions such as 3D modelling, 2D CAD, render software and a photo manipulation programme are used to best convey the design intent.

Some projects may even be hand drawn and rendered images, its whatever suits the project.

Master Plan & Construction Detailing

From this point on its software all the way. The master plan and construction details have to be of a high standard and meet industry standards. It makes sense to use a good 2D/3D CAD software for this task. Something we are seeing more of is the use of BIM, but this is a whole new topic in itself.

Personally I use a combination of 3D modelling software which is then backed up with a BIM programme. Your workflow may differ, what I will say is explore all of the options and see what works best for you and also your client.

As we move more in to the world of VR (virtual reality) I would highly recommend getting a frim grasp on some form of 3D software. The industry is moving fast and clients may expect to have the option of immersing themselves within the design before its actually physically built. this is something I personally I’m very interested in exploring and think we will see more of in the future.

I am always looking for new programmes to test out, if you have any that you recommend please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Till next time, be good and have a great Christmas.

Roger Hines

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