Modern students studying landscape design are required to use computer aided design programs. We are pleased that many of the top universities teaching this field are using our software as the benchmark for landscape architecture design. Here you will find news and information about specific Universities that are using our Land F/X software in their Landscape Architechture classes.
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Fanshawe Guest Lecture Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, October 08 2013
Land F/X recently completed a guest lecture Lunch and Learn presentation with Fanshawe College, and it was very successful. One student, Jacqueline Viscardi, quoted, "I was able to attend the presentation, and I thought it was great. It's always daunting to learn something new, but I found it quite easy to pick up." Cory Blaquiere with Hilton Landmarks in Waterloo, Ontario, gave a wonderful follow up training session with the students over the weekend, increasing their exposure to the program, and giving them really hands-on help with learning the essentials. Cory "sat down with the students for the day and walked them through setting up Land F/X in AutoCAD and SketchUp, setting up a project, developing a planting plan and finally, walking them through the SketchUp connection." With this training, students will use what they learned with Land F/X to design two different projects in their study abroad Italy program, and back home in Canada.
Eli Paddle, the professor for the class, CADD-7004, was also very excited about the guest lecture and training on Land F/X. Eli mentioned that the class "is one of our advanced CAD courses, however, it is unusual in that it is offered over three days to our third year students who are about to depart on our Italy semester abroad on Oct. 16th. They will spend 8 weeks traveling from the Verbania in the northern lakes region of Italy, to Bologna, Florence, Rome, and then to Barcelona, Spain. The students take five classes on the trip, studying landscape architecture and garden design. In the landscape design studio class the students will be using Land F/X as they resolve the design for two sites; the first is a 19th century villa in Verbania which requires the students to design for an Italian client in the Italian context, using the local plant materials. The second Land F/X design project is a local Canadian site that is very much a 'villa rustica' in the form of a characteristic turn of the century yellow brick Victorian house and horse farm that will require the students to translate that which they learn in Italy into a design that makes sense in the student's home environment. The first project will focus on microclimactic planting design and the second project will focus upon microclimactic design for human comfort. Land F/X will be used for site inventory and analysis, conceptual design, planting design, export to SketchUp and the production of the final masterplan for each project. The SketchUp plugin will be used to deliver the design to SketchUp where the students will utilize their visualization skills to produce a model that will be rendered in Twilight Render for the final images. The final product of each project will be shown in a gallery show at the college in January." Land F/X and Fanshawe will be in touch to highlight some of the projects students will complete using Land F/X.
Mississippi State University Lunch and Learn
Monday, September 09 2013
Working with Professor Taze Fulford, and ASLA representative Sara Lamb, Land F/X scheduled a Pizza Party Lunch and Learn with students from Mississippi State University on September 5th. We introduced Land F/X, how to make CAD work for students in this industry, and the seamless import/export of projects into 3D Google Sketch Up.
The presentation was very well received, with Sara Lamb even stating, "We were really impressed when we started to wrap our minds around the power of the program, and were really interested with the planting tool demonstration. I really loved having half the time dedicated to using Land F/X with Sketch Up, so I was hooked right there in the beginning. Everyone enjoyed it, we talked about it afterwards, and folks were overall really pleased. Thank you again for the Lunch and Learn presentation. I was thinking we could maybe do another webinar in the future."
More positive feedback came from student Clark Comish who mentioned, "I love the product! It makes working in both AutoCAD and in Sketch Up easier to use. I recommend it to all the lower and upper classmen as an amazing tool. Thank you for the talk, it was both fun and informative." Thank you, Mississippi State, and we look forward to conducting more Pizza Party presentations with you.
Students Love Land F/X
Monday, June 17 2013
Land F/X has great outreach from professors and students around the world, and Utah State University is no different. With the great help from Bo Yang and Phil Waite, Land F/X has made its way across students' laptops, and into their heart. But don't take our word for it.
Kendall Hancey, a current student at USU had this to say, "I am currently a student at USU and was able to receive the free version of Land F/X. I've used this software for almost two months now and I love it. I find the software very useful, particularly in creating irrigation and plant layouts. F/X has been a big time-saver for me and I want to hold on to it even after graduating. Thanks Land F/X!"
Auburn University Lunch and Learn
Monday, June 17 2013
Land F/X conducted the first Lunch and Learn with Auburn University’s Master Program and presented to students preparing for their summer semester. Students mentioned that many potential employers advertise Land F/X as a requirement for a job, so they wanted to know more about the program. Dave presented a general overview of the software, and Papa John’s supplied the pizza. All in all, it was a great success.
Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor at Auburn, had this to say: “We really enjoyed the Lunch and Learn presentation and the pizza. Dave did a great job! I went online to the site Dave directed us to and I'm impressed with all the "how-to" videos. As for the additional training, we will poll the students to see what interest there is. I may require it for the five grad students who work for me. Many thanks again!”
Student Design Contest
Sunday, June 16 2013
Design a 3-D tree in SketchUp for use in rendering Landscape Architecture Plans and win a 3-D printer!
We are after the veritable holy grail of 3D graphics -- we want a tree that looks realistic and natural, yet has a small file size and processing impact. What this means, is we cannot render every pine needle, we must simplify its structure, in new and brilliant ways. By utilizing transparent textures, repetitive branch and leaf components, and so on, a realistic looking tree can have a file size of under 200kb, and be comprised of fewer than 2,000 total edges.
SketchUp & Land F/X at Fanshawe College
Monday, May 20 2013
In Eli Paddle’s class at Fanshawe College, students are working on individual projects that are mostly urban design projects, and they are just preparing site inventory and analysis, conceptual design, and then will be moving into detailed design later in the semester. Dave presented a guest lecture to introduce Land F/X, because the class wanted to integrate a seamless workflow between CAD and SketchUp, and Land F/X was the correct fit to fill that gap. Land F/X also helped the students learn how to expediently and accurately fill out a planting plan and schedule. Professor Paddle later commented, “The session was great and the class is excited to start using the application.” Thank you, Fanshawe.
Guest Lecture at University of Washington
Monday, May 20 2013
We recently conducted a guest lecture for University of Washington’s LARC 433 – construction documentation class with Professor Ben Spencer. The students at UW are excited to begin using Land F/X in their projects, and Dave has even agreed to translate the current office standard pen file the class is working on so it would work with the Land F/X colors. Professor Spencer later commented, “The presentation was great! We’ll let you know about future presentations.” Many classes around the nation that are using CAD for their student projects are now beginning to incorporate Land F/X for the easy features in planting plans, plant schedules, creating plant mixes and hatch patterns, and more. We are always available to do a guest lecture at your school, and pizza is always provided, so let us know.
West Virginia University's Lunch and Learn
Thursday, April 04 2013
Dave presented to West Virginia University for Kathy Wittner's Planting Design class on April 4th. Pizza was provided, as per our Lunch and Learn format, and the students got a personalized introduction to the software to begin their next planting project. If your university is interested in a Lunch and Learn, please contact Katie.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Onsite Lecture
Wednesday, April 03 2013
Our CEO Dave Farmer recently conducted two on-site lectures for our neighborhood Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, in a CAD class as well as irrigation. We have great response from Cal Poly students, and are always willing to do a lecture for any university that is interested. Feedback is positive and the students learn a great deal on how to make CAD easy.
Teaching Land F/X
Tuesday, April 02 2013
Spring is upon us and many universities are incorporating Land F/X into their curricula. Recently, we have had many students from Bob Grist's class at University of Florida and Phil Waite's class from Utah State University downloading the program to use in class projects. We make learning and teaching Land F/X easy, with little overhead for the professor. Included for free as academic resources for all supporting universities is the Land F/X software, unlimited technical support, training and documentation, Lunch and Learns, web-based lecture series, and academic guides. Contact Katie for more information on how to incorporate Land F/X at your school.
Monday, October 22 2012
Jeremiah is finally back from his university sweep covering Texas A&M, Ohio State, University of Georgia, Kansas State, Purdue, LSU, West Virginia, Ball State, and University of Guelph (let us know if we went to your alumni school!). He was very excited to meet all the students and faculty, and show them what Land F/X is capable of. Perhaps his favorite overheard quote was from a student at the University of Guelph, "When I think of all the thousands of hours I wasted with AutoCAD, I wish I had known about Land F/X!"
Image above: Ball State University
9 Universities in 9 Days
Monday, October 15 2012
We are halfway through our whirlwind trip to show off Land F/X to nine different universities. Last week was Texas A&M, Ohio State, University of Georgia, Kansas State, and Purdue. This week will be Louisiana State, West Virginia, Ball State, and University of Guelph. Jeremiah's one-hour presentation starts with some photos of some hallmark projects done with Land F/X, and then shows a brief overview of some of the tools that can assist students. So far the students have been very appreciative, vocal, some even taking the time to personally thank us for doing what we do, helping Landscape Architects.
Nine Universities in 9 Days
Monday, October 08 2012
Land F/X is very excited to start our University Sweep of 2012! Jeremiah will be traveling to nine universities in nine days. He started his trip off at Texas A&M with a packed house. Jeremiah is now off to the airport to visit Ohio State tomorrow. Following will be the University of Georgia (Hosting school of LAbash 2013), Kansas State University, and wrapping the week up at Purdue. We are excited to get to meet the future Landscape Architects and be able to show them what our software can do.