Both returning and new student users can click here to get your new Support ID for the next academic year.
With a new academic year also comes the reminder to learn the software early to get a jump start on your projects. We know it can be hard to find the time – that's why we've created some short videos (typically 4 minutes or less) to recap and show what you can do. Here are some starting recommendations to watch while you eat breakfast!
I'm writing this as Jeremiah and I (Amanda) are on the 5 1/2 hour flight back to LAX, and want to start off by saying that LABash 2017 at the University of Maryland was incredible! For those who couldn't attend, LABash is an annual student Landscape Architecture conference held in North America. It features many inspiring keynote speakers and sessions on hot topics in landscape architecture and design.
Many thanks go out to the entire organizing committee who made sure the event ran like clockwork and became the huge success everybody wanted.
Here are my top recommended takeaways from the event:
Go to LABash as many times as you can. This is my 5th, after attending 3 as a student. LABash is a networking event. It can pull you out of your shell, show you things your curriculum won't have time to cover, and teach you how to land your dream job as a landscape architect. If you didn't come this year (or if you did), start making plans with your department to visit Penn State's LABash 2018 right now! See my previous blog post for tips on how to reduce the cost to allow more students to attend.
Get used to networking. Sit at a table with somebody you don't know during the meals and presentations at a conference like LABash. You will need to be able to do this once you're out of school in order to have that chance encounter that lands you a dream job, or the perfect client. Like one speaker this year said, in school you're trying to fit in, but to be successful after, you need to stand out.
This is a great time to be a landscape architect. In his presentation, Jeremiah went through where technology has come from and what's on the horizon. Want to order a survey of your site from a drone company right from CAD? That used to be something you'd only expect in Star Trek, and now it's not that far off! Nearly everybody stressed how important it is to get acquainted with your ASLA or CSLA chapter now, and I agree. Get involved, and get excited about what's to come after you graduate.
If you missed seeing Jeremiah and me present on Saturday, those who did attend can vouch that a lot was learned that afternoon. If you want a recap of my presentation, "Rendering a Plan Without Photoshop," I do happen to have a previously recorded webinar that goes step-by-step through the same techniques I showed off, as well as a few more. Here's a link:
If you attended, you'll remember that I'm not saying "don't use Photoshop"; I'm just saying "don't use Photoshop for 3 days." The link below will bring you to a webinar recording that takes what we went through on Saturday and applies Photoshop to it. This process will take what used to be days down to hours (or minutes, if you get good at it), and result in a plan rendering that is easily editable and uniquely you.
All of this led to an amazing LABash 2017. We hope to see everybody again at LABash 2018 in Pennsylvania State University next spring! Start planning that trip now with your landscape architecture department to make sure your university has the best representation at this important conference.
Mar 23, 2017
Thursday, 23 March 2017Saturday, 25 March 2017America/Los_AngelesLABash - University of Maryland - 2017LABash 2017 is fast approaching, and of course you know that Land F/X will be there! If you haven't already registered, now's the time! The University of Maryland hosted the first LABash I ever attended in my first year of BLA back in 2006, and…University of Maryland, 2144 PLANT SCIENCES BUILDING, 4291 FIELDHOUSE DR., COLLEGE PARK, MD 20742
LABash 2017 is fast approaching, and of course you know that Land F/X will be there! If you haven't already registered, now's the time! The University of Maryland hosted the first LABash I ever attended in my first year of BLA back in 2006, and…
Mar 23, 2017 EventsThursday, 23 March 2017Saturday, 25 March 2017America/Los_AngelesLABash - University of Maryland - 2017LABash 2017 is fast approaching, and of course you know that Land F/X will be there! If you haven't already registered, now's the time! The University of Maryland hosted the first LABash I ever attended in my first year of BLA back in 2006, and…University of Maryland, 2144 PLANT SCIENCES BUILDING, 4291 FIELDHOUSE DR., COLLEGE PARK, MD 20742
Did you know I got my first job after receiving my B.L.A. – a landscape architectural internship – by applying for interviews around my hometown during a February reading week? February is not too soon! This is exactly the time that employers start thinking about new hires for April, May, and June, or for summer internships.
In other words, right now is the time to fine-tune your resume and portfolio.
A good portfolio shows a range of skills, from technical detail and plan drafting to renderings. Here are a few tips to start you off:
Create a LinkedIn account. This a great first step to networking and makes you look professional if an employer looks you up! Add your fellow students and professors for now, along with any guest speakers whose presentations you've attended. You can also join local ASLA chapter groups or other landscape architecture–related groups. You can even add Land F/X and me if you want!
Create a professional Gmail account. Use your real name or initials, and keep it as short as possible. You can still be clever, as long as it fits with your chosen profession and is memorable. For instance, I once received an email from an applicant whose name was Holly but who used the holly plant's botanical name (Ilex) in her email address.
Limit your resume to two pages max. Also, coordinate your resume theme with your portfolio theme.
Print your portfolio and resume before sending PDFs to employers. Consider that the employer will print out your resume and portfolio before an interview on 8.5 x 11 paper. Test out printing your portfolio in both color and grayscale to make sure it still reads well. It's a great idea to also bring an 11 x 17 version with you to the interview to show fine details. Make sure your prints aren't fuzzy!
Show only your best example of each type of skill an employer is looking for. Let's be honest: Most starting landscape architectural intern jobs will involve a lot of drafting. You'll need to show the absolute best of the skills they want to hire you to do. Only take up one or two pages for each.
Site analysis to concept workflow
Planting plan with callouts and a schedule
Site plan with reference notes to hardscape and furniture
Technical detail drafting
Rendered plans and perspectives
If you don't have all of the above, how about learning it right now? Take a look at the following webinars:
For those students in the Southern Hemisphere who are preparing for hot summer temperatures this time of year, you should also be preparing for your very own summer academic license shut-down! This only applies to schools in Australia and New Zealand, as well as some schools in southern Asia. If you are taking a summer course, please contact me to obtain a summer extension academic license. Otherwise, feel free to introduce your internship companies to the trial, or wait until February to fill out the academic license form again. You'll be able to access your school's new Support ID and reactivate your install at that time.
For all students, November is another crunch time for your final projects. Prepare for it with some very short Power Tip Videos that cover advanced planting plan tricks. They're so short, you could watch them while brushing your teeth. Go ahead and save yourself some time while blowing away all your classmates with your drafting wizardry. Don't forget to tell them where you learned it!
October was a wild month! It was amazing to meet and talk to all the students at the eight Landscape Architecture university departments from the tour this year. We also met many students at the ASLA Expo and received a lot of great feedback.
As a result, in this blog we'll cover some of the in-depth questions asked by students during the presentations:
1. How long is the student license for?
The student license will remain available during the academic year as long as you are a student and using it for academic purposes only. It will shut off during the summer months but turn back on at the start of every academic year with a new Support ID. You can then reactivate your existing installation by filling out the academic license application form again to get the new Support ID. It's fast and easy, and you can keep all your work from the previous year!
2. How often does Land F/X update with new features?
Land F/X will push out updates almost every week! Just check out our Land F/X Version Update History to see for yourself. This includes new tools, existing tool improvements, and bug fixes. At this 2016 University Tour, I showed many tools that were only a few months old! Since the tour, we've released an improvement to our Spot Elevation and Grading tools, as well as our Text with Leader tools. If you haven't already, I suggest setting your Automatic Update Reminders to check every day. Updates take less than 30 seconds when you open AutoCAD and an update is available. Keep in mind that you need to restart AutoCAD after installing an update for it to take effect.
3. How much does Land F/X cost once I graduate?
The regular prices can be found on our purchase page. For recent graduates, we offer a 50% off discount. A recent graduate is considered a past student who registered for the student license while at university and graduated up to one year ago. As you can see, it pays to register for the license! Students starting their own professional business over the summer before graduating also qualify. Then, as a third bonus, students who register during the academic year and go to an internship job between years (before they graduate), and then introduce Land F/X to their internship company with a 30-day trial that then leads to a purchase, will receive one free Land F/X license when they graduate. Just register. You never know when you'll be in one of these situations, and you'll wish you had!
4. What are employers looking for in a résumé and portfolio?
This depends on the company, so it's really smart to include one very best example for each type of skill. Most firms, such as the one where I used to work and review portfolios, are looking for good communication skills. These include CAD drafted plans and details, rendered plans and 3D perspective images, and examples of your design process. A detail of a tree planting, a fence, or other landscape element drafted in AutoCAD is great to include. Land F/X can also help you get the professional look right, with the help of our detail tools.
5. Can you use manufacturer benches and site furniture in Land F/X?
6. Can you change the color of Land F/X's color symbols?
Yes, you can change the color of any hatch within one Land F/X's preset tree blocks or Plan/Elevation Graphics by using Site Color to click and change it. Watch our Power Tip on how to do that!
7. Can the Land F/X SketchUp Connection plugin transfer changes back to AutoCAD?
Yes it can. If you move, copy, or delete a Land F/X component in SketchUp, you can send the design back to AutoCAD to update it using the Export Design tool in the Land F/X SketchUp toolbar.
8. How would you draw an elevation with Land F/X?
For a simple elevation, draw a line where you want the section to go. Then tick off crossing elements that you want to show on the elevation, such as paving edges, buildings, trees, and fences. Make a copy of all these items off to the side, and rotate them to be horizontal. Draw vertical lines up from the tick marks for the items with known elevation, then connect the dots. You can use Land F/X's Elevation Graphic blocks to quickly show a lot of objects in your section, such as trees, people, cars, and structures.
Do you want your university to be included in the 2017 tour? We're starting to organize that tour right now! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put me in touch with the event organizer in your department! We've worked with professors, department coordinators, and ASLA Student Chapter Presidents with great success over the years to bring students closer to our professional staff to discuss Landscape Architecture, Land F/X, and smart CADD drafting skills.
With October comes the much-anticipated Land F/X University Tour! We're looking forward to another great year, with eight landscape architecture departments confirmed and ready. Is yours on the list?
This year, Amanda Berry will be touring around the USA to show students what the software can really do, and why they should start training with it before entering the workforce. I'm sure our professional users will agree that a solid "Proficient in Land F/X" on a résumé is a welcome sight!
This year's schedule:
Monday, October 3: Kansas State University, 3 p.m., APDesign West facility
Wednesday, October 5: Temple University Ambler Campus, 12:30 p.m., Bright Hall Lounge
Thursday, October 6: West Virginia University, 12:30 p.m., Room 125, National Research Center for Coal and Energy
Friday, October 7: University of Kentucky, 1 p.m., E.S. Good Barn, Second Floor Landscape Architecture Studios
Monday, October 10: University of Oregon, 12 p.m., Lawrence Hall Room 231
Tuesday, October 11: Washington State University, 12 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Room 312
Wednesday, October 12: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2 p.m., Room 180, Paul B. Sogg School of Architecture
Friday, October 14: University of California, Davis, 12 p.m., 142 Hunt Hall
Summer is almost over, and many of our academic users have already started up the 2016–17 academic year.
With that comes a friendly reminder that a new year means a new Support ID. You won't be able to use the Support ID you received last year, or even the one you may have received during the summer for a summer extension academic license.
The fastest way to get your school's new Support ID is to fill out our Academic License Form again, using your official academic email address. You'll immediately be sent instructions on how to get your program back up and running!
Today's tip for new and returning academic users is to set up your automatic update reminders – and to update! We send out regular updates with new tools and other improvements all the time. One of the best ways to make sure you can write "proficient in Land F/X" confidently on your resumé is to ensure you're working with the latest version.
Check out our Checking for Updates Automatically documentation page for steps on how to turn this feature on. I recommend setting it to "Every Day" and "Any User." You'll only get notifications when a new update is available.
Academic licenses may be shut down over the summer for those not taking summer courses, but that doesn't mean you can't use the time to educate yourself on Land F/X and landscape design. Why not take some time to catch up on some short Power Tip videos to get ready? Maybe you didn't realize how many of our brief Power Tip videos showcase time-saving tools that lie outside the realms of planting and irrigation.
Here's a few that will put you at the top of your CAD game next year, or even right now at your internship!
If you're a student or a professor, you've probably noticed that something has changed! Don't worry; this happens every year. The main academic license shuts down each summer, while most students are getting some excellent internship experience.
Depending on your institution's academic calendar, the academic license expires on either May 31 or June 30. For our Australia or New Zealand friends, you're good until November 30.
This time of year also brings up some other important aspects of the academic license that you need to know:
If you're a faculty member, or a student who is taking a summer course, you can access our summer extension academic license. Phone us, email email@example.com, or contact Land F/X support to find out what's needed to gain access.
If you're in an internship with a firm that doesn't use Land F/X, but you think they should be, talk with your employers and help them sign up for a trial license to show off the time-saving features you've already learned. Any trial set up by a student that leads to a purchase will earn that student one free Land F/X license with a free year of support. That's a great way to jump-start your career with your own professional license after graduation.
If you're a current student or a recent graduate looking to use a professional license for your design venture, or you're a faculty member wanting to use Land F/X in your side business, you qualify for our 50% academic discount at any time of the year.
Take advantage of these academic perks, and make the most of your summer!
Final design project season must be upon us – if the waves of academic license downloads are any indication. Are you a student looking to take your final design to the next dimension? Surprise yourself and your fellow students this semester by picking up the skill of 3D site design in SketchUp.
Here are six SketchUp webinar recordings that will get you prepared to jump into the 3D world!
After a month that included CELA and LABash, we’ve certainly learned a lot and developed some incredible plans for the academic program moving forward!
CELA confirmed for us that the level of research going on in landscape architecture today is truly inspiring. Here at Land F/X, we want to be an avenue for the spread of ideas, as well as a hub of knowledge for the landscape architecture and irrigation design professions. With this, we plan to make more connections with academic researchers and continue featuring cutting-edge design ideas in our free webinars. We can be a portal between research and practice. We have the technology!
Jeremiah and Amanda also attended LABash in Columbus, Ohio, and got fired up for the future of landscape architecture. Many thanks go to the LABash 2016 organizing committee from The Ohio State University for putting on an excellent conference, with several amazing speakers. We’re also looking forward to next year’s LABash at the University of Maryland, and we hope to see you all there too.
During our adventures, we’ve heard tell that several universities have standard custom CTB files that students are required to use on their projects. Are you at one of these schools?
If so, you may not know that you can customize your Preference Set in Land F/X to match the colors used by your university’s CTB file. It’s also very good practice for adapting Land F/X to a company’s existing style settings in the future – which you will likely have to do as a landscape architect! Simply follow the steps on the pages linked below to fix up your settings so any blocks you download are automatically switched over to your university's CTB colors.
If your school does have a CTB file that you need to match, also let us know by submitting a support ticket. We’re looking into creating customized Preference Sets for each school that requests them, starting next fall. This will make it even easier to use Land F/X for your academic work.
After a long winter, we've completed and posted all four of our live academic workflow webinars! If you didn't get a chance to watch them on the days when we presented them, not to worry. We've uploaded and posted all of them for you to watch and follow along. Start with Land F/X 101, and proceed through tutorials on all the basic drafting skills you'll need when communicating your final project in plan form.
We're also excited to be able to meet both students and faculty members at the upcoming CELA and LABash conferences!
Amanda will be attending CELA 2016 in Salt Lake City and Logan, UT, as well as hosting a Lunch and Learn titled "New Tools in Land F/X: Create More Time for Design." In this helpful presentation, she'll go over some of the latest Land F/X tools we've rolled out over the past year, all of which make intuitive drafting a much easier task. She'll also provide tips that will help you avoid letting a great design idea fall flat in the drafting phase, spending more of your time focused on the design. There are still spots available. Contact us if you have any questions.
For LABash 2016, Jeremiah and Amanda will head to Columbus, Ohio, to Raze Expectations for three days! Drop by the booth and pick the brains of the Land F/X CEO and a licensed Landscape Architect on how to pull off your latest project design idea, or perhaps on what the world is like outside the campus. Also make sure to stop by and get your passport stamp for the big prize sponsored by Land F/X: a trip for two to New Orleans for the 2016 ASLA Expo in October. Start making your passport raffle pact with your best studio project partner now!
March's Tip of the Month: Have you been watching our two- to three-minute Power Tip videos? If not, you're missing the gems of knowledge that will make the difference between just showing your design or really showing off your design. These short videos are jam-packed with information that will bring you closer to Land F/X Power User status.
In October, we completed a very successful tour of 9 landscape architecture programs, where we got to meet more than 300 students! Even floods in Texas couldn't stop us as we made an emergency switch to a live webcam presentation in Utah State University's state-of-the-art lecture room. It was great to hear from everybody and get the chance to answer your questions live. Jeremiah couldn't have been more thrilled with the excellent hospitality from each school. We look forward to visiting 9 more universities next year. One of them might be yours!
We also finished off the tour with our first recorded student workflow live webinar. Land F/X 101 covered every tool a student might need in preparing an example healing garden design. We covered all the steps along the way to creating a professional plan, from starting off a CAD drawing correctly through preparing a 3D model. If you want to be as prepared as possible for the professional world, Land F/X 101 and the other upcoming webinars are must-see training tools. Impress your potential employers by showing off your AutoCAD skills.
We then followed up with a well-attended Land F/X 201 session, where we went through the process of using our Concept Graphics tools for the inventory and analysis drawing on a new campus plaza redesign. This webinar also shows how to jump back and forth between your laptop and a computer lab installation. You can also watch the recording for this webinar right now!
January's Tip of the month: Have you heard about our new Site Color tools? You can limit your time with post-production in PhotoShop by placing color fills, plan graphics of people, and color rendered trees right into AutoCAD using Land F/X. Learn more about these tools by checking out Power Tip Videos and documentation pages linked below:
Land F/X CEO Jeremiah Farmer is very excited to be starting his 9x9 University Tour. Between October 13 and 23, Jeremiah will be visiting 9 universities across the country to talk about Land F/X and how to be smarter drafters. Students will be able to ask questions and get answers straight from the source.
The tour dates and locations for 2015 are:
Tuesday, October 13: Iowa State University - 11:30 a.m. in Room 416
Wednesday, October 14: Ball State University - 11:30 a.m. in AB 202
Thursday, October 15: Texas A&M University - 12:30 p.m. in Studio A300
Friday, October 16: Louisiana State University - 12:00 p.m. in Room 307
Monday October 19: Purdue University - 10:30 a.m. in HORT 222
Tuesday, October 20: University of Florida - 12:45 p.m. in Room 322
Wednesday, October 21: University of Georgia - 5:00 p.m. in JSB 125
Thursday, October 22: Texas Tech University - 2:00 p.m. in Room 114
Friday, October 23: Utah State University - 12:00 p.m. in the Jury Room
Are you a student or faculty member?
Come join us for a live webinar event on October 28, 2015, at 6 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. EDT.
We'll go over the basic tools you'll need to know in order to start using Land F/X. This academic project–oriented planting plan workflow will include information on how to start your project, configure the best settings for success, and transport your project and drawings between your laptop and a computer lab installation. We'll also include a Q&A session where you can get answers straight from the Land F/X team on how to solve your drafting issues! This will be the start of a four-part series that will get you on the right track to spend more of your studio time designing than drafting, as well as learn the skills required to put "proficiency in Land F/X" confidently on your resume.
Each session will cover the necessary tools to follow the workflow for a typical type of project that a student will potentially need to complete.
It’s the start of a new academic year for most of our academic license users, and that also means everything is starting fresh on our end. All old Support IDs have been wiped and replaced with a brand new Support ID.
If you open Land F/X and get a message that your license is expired, go ahead and fill out our Land F/X Academic License form again, using your official academic email.
You can also use this form if you’re trying to use Land F/X for the first time.
After filling out the form correctly, you’ll receive an email from us with instructions on how to reset your Support ID and how to install Land F/X. This email will also include a few links to get you started with our vast library of resources. Binge watch a few videos to start drafting your projects faster using Land F/X tools, and spend your time refining your design and ideas – not manually labeling and counting plants.
If you’re new to Land F/X, don’t forget that you need AutoCAD installed on your computer first, and it can’t be an LT version. Students can look into the student version of AutoCAD on Autodesk’s website.
This month’s must-watch videos are: The Sheet Setup Webinars!
Watch both videos, regardless of which units you normally draft in. The CAD technique most students and professionals struggle with is setting up their drawing properly for the correct scale on a layout page. Follow these webinars to learn a professional and quick method to set up your AutoCAD templates. Each webinar follows a slightly different workflow, giving you many different tools to make it infinitely easier to print your project to scale.
Hello, academic users! My name is Amanda Berry, and I’ll be your Academic License Support Guru.
I am your first point of contact for any questions you might have about Land F/X. I’ll also be organizing any upcoming university tour presentations and our LABash visit. I’ll also be managing any licensing inquiries. On top of all that, I host live webinars on a variety of topics for all users, record Power Tip videos, test (and break) the software updates before they get to you, and answer many other support questions from users.
I’m also a trained and licensed Landscape Architect, as well as a Certified Green Roof Professional. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2009, I worked as a Landscape Architect for 6 years around Toronto before coming here to work for Land F/X in California. I’ve been using the software since 2009.
With all that background, you can look forward to a few new training features coming out over the next few years. First, we’re beefing up our metric documentation. You may have already noticed a few metric webinars and Power Tips. You can expect metric versions of our standard details soon!
Second, I’m aware of how difficult it can be to find training resources for Landscape Architects and Technicians, so we’re planning to do something about that. Over the next year or so, we’ll be adding training videos for Land F/X and AutoCAD that will cover all tools, as well as best practices. It’s going to be an exciting few years ahead with a lot of great development in both our software and training resources!
I’m looking forward to meeting each of you, whether it’s through the tickets, in webinars, or at presentations.
It’s that time of year again. Bright sun, warm days, and maybe an adventure or two! For the most part, this also means that universities and colleges with landscape design courses are either on break or hosting a very limited class schedule.
Hopefully you’re now hard at work in an internship, or some other opportunity, over the summer. You may have even noticed that your academic license is now expired. This is normal, and happens every year. However, if you need to use Land F/X as a student, you have a few options depending on your status:
Working in an Internship
· You’re enrolled in 2016 courses for September, and you’re working in an internship for the summer but want to train on Land F/X outside of work.
· You’re not working in the landscape industry, but you want to train on Land F/X to prepare for a future class.
In either case, you’re best suited for a regular 30-day trial of our software. Academic licenses can’t be used outside of actual coursework (and no, coursework does not include training for an internship or for a future class). To ensure a speedy approval, sign up for a trial here and mention in the comments why you need the trial.
If you’re working in an internship and apply for a trial to train, remember that personal trials cannot be used in your internship office. You’ll need to use that office’s paid licenses, or, if they don’t have a license, apply for the trial through the office. We offer a special deal for student interns who introduce Land F/X to the offices where they work between classes: If the office ends up purchasing after the trial, we’ll credit you with a personal free license and a year of support after you graduate!
Taking Summer Classes
· You’re taking a course during the summer, and have realized that your license has expired.
Have no fear; we offer individual extensions for those actively taking classes during the summer! Click the Technical Support button in your installation, and give details on your course. Give the name of the course, the instructor’s name, and a link to a course description that can confirm it’s running through the summer. I’ll get back to you if I need more information to get you up and running!
· You graduated in the spring.
Welcome to life after school! This is the end of your academic license support, but you still have options. See the Working in an Internship section above if you’re trying to train for a new job. If you’re starting your own landscape business, you can still apply for a 30-day trial before purchasing. We offer great discounts to newly graduated users.
Be sure you are prepared for all your classes by downloading your Land F/X Academic license.
Land F/X offers a free license for all Students and Professors. The Academic license is solely for learning, teaching, research, or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional, or any other for-profit purpose (this includes any ground or maintenance work for the University). Being apart of the Land F/X Academic community, you have access to free weekly live webinars, online training, and Land F/X forums.
To join the Land F/X Academic Community, you must be one of the following:
Faculty Member - An individual who is an employee working for an educational institution which has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students.
Student - An individual enrolled at an educational institution, which has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students.
The Labash student conference is always a special treat for us, to interact with future landscape architects. A good number of students showed up for the Land F/X learning lab, and we had a great time going through the key features of the software — a big thank you to the IT department of the university to getting Land F/X installed on all the computers there. Also a big thank you to the students who took the time to say hello and learn a bit about the software, it’s helped us to determine which schools we should visit during our university sweep in the fall.
So a big thank you to those from UC Davis, University of Iowa, University of South Dakota, and University of Maryland, just to name a few!
Recently, Land F/X was invited to present to the Cal Poly ASLA Student Chapter. Thirty students lead by Kalyn Crosier, ASLA Student President for the 2013-14 Academic Year, joined me in the Landscape Architecture department for an overview of the Land F/X Planting tools and SketchUp Connection. It is always fun being in a bright space, full of creativity and young minds. One of the best things about presenting to a group of our future leaders, is their ability to quickly understand technology. Before too long, they were flying through the Land F/X SketchUp plugin's planting and concept lines features.
Looking forward to spending more time with the Cal Poly students and appreciate the opportunity to present. Thanks again!
Our new CEO and the mastermind behind Land F/X, Jeremiah Farmer, is kicking off our 5x5 University Tour today at the University of Oregon. Follow the action on Facebook and Twitter as he visits five universities in five days! Will you be in the area? Here is the schedule:
Monday, October 14 - University of Oregon
Location: Lawrence Hall Room 231
Time: 12:00p - 1:00p
Tuesday, October 15 - Washington State
Location: Daggy Room 232
Time: 12:00p - 1:00p
Wednesday, October 16 - University of Idaho
Location: Art & Architecture Building, Room 307
Time: 12:30p - 1:30p
Thursday, October 17 - Utah State
Location: Alumni Jury, Room FAV-221
Time: 1:00p - 2:00p
Friday, October 18 - Colorado State
Location: B Wing, Room 104
Time: 12:00p - 1:00p
University of Oregon, Washington State, University of Idaho, Utah State, and Colorado State... here we come!
Land F/X recently completed an online guest lecture presentation with Fanshawe College, in preparation for their 8 week, study abroad tour. Jacqueline Viscardi, a third year student said, "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."
The students were treated to a follow up training session over the weekend with Cory Blaquiere of Hilton Landmarks in Waterloo, Ontario giving them more hands-on help with learning the essentials to Land F/X. "I sat down with the students for the day and walked them through each step of installing Land F/X in AutoCAD and SketchUp, starting a project, developing a planting plan and walking them through the SketchUp Connection," says Blaquiere. Students apply what they learned with Land F/X to design two different projects in their study abroad program in Italy, and back home in Canada.
Eli Paddle, professor and program coordinator at Fanshawe College, was excited about the guest lecture and training on Land F/X. The class is, "an intensive course offered over three days to our third year students who are preparing for our Italy semester abroad in October," says Paddle. They will spend 8 weeks traveling from Verbania, in the northern lakes region of Italy, to Bologna, Florence, Rome, and then to Barcelona, Spain.
Land F/X will be used for site inventory and analysis, conceptual design, planting design, export to SketchUp and the final masterplan documentation for each project. The Land F/X SketchUp Plugin will also be utlized 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.
Learn more about Fanshawe College here: https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-courses/full-time-programs/dls4-intro
Congratulations to Sarah Davids for winning the 2013 Student 3-D Design Contest! She gets to take home a brand new 3-D printer and some major street cred on the Iowa State University campus. Thank you to everyone that entered the contest. We had several contenders that we will be posting to the site in the coming days. Be sure to follow us to Twitter and Facebook to stay tuned.
Ms. Davids' Ginkgo model exceeded all of our design criteria and looks great. The file size was 104kb, which makes it easy for users to download on demand, it has a nice asymmetry and most importantly, done with a minimum of overhead in SketchUp -- barely 2,000 edges, and under 500 faces. The leaf structures are very cleanly constructed, and convey a great sense of foliage, as well. Consider the tens of thousands of leaves on an actual tree of this size, the millions of edges and faces, and you start to realize the incredible effort in simplifying that down to something that looks fantastic, yet still allows a user to move about in the SketchUp model. An incredible, incredible effort. Take a look for yourself by downloading the model below.
Land F/X reaches out to professors and students around the world, and Utah State University has a special place in our hearts. With the help from Utah State University professors, Bo Yang and Phil Waite, Land F/X has made its way into the curriculum of their Landscape Architecture program and onto the laptops of their students.
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!"
Learn more about Landscape Architecture at USU, here: http://laep.usu.edu/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
It's always a pleasure to visit NC State, as not only is Gene Bressler a wonderfully nice person, he's seen Land F/X at every ASLA Expo, and has watched as the software has grown and expanded immensely over the years.
I was very impressed by their lecture series, which brings a great number of professionals in to give various talks to the students. And they still turned up in droves for Land F/X and pizza!
Many of the students are already interning for firms, and were exciting about showing the software to their company.
Students and faculty watch as Gene introduces Land F/X.
University of Maryland is another one of those gorgeous east-coast campuses with collegiate-looking brick buildings.
I also enjoyed the layout of their Landscape Architecture program, with four adjacent rooms housing each year's studio space for the students. They have a great grasp on technology there, and like many universities are starting with Sketchup early in the students' second year.
We had a perfect room for the presentation, which led to a good number of questions and discussions about the software.
Professor David Myers joins the students for pizza and Land F/X.
The farthest stop on this trip was to SUNY-ESF in Syracuse. Another strikingly beautiful campus with gorgeous buildings. A good number of students and a couple faculty were able to show up for the presentation -- yet due to a mix-up with the pizza ordering, this was the only presentation of the bunch that didn't include pizza. I promised to make it up to the students, so they can look forward to a giant pizza party Land F/X training event, hopefully booked in the giant atrium theater within the historic Marshall Hall. But they were impressed with the software, and mentioned they can't wait to try it out.
I know I'm not allowed to pick favorites, but suffice it to say that I liked Cornell a lot.
It's a very beautiful campus, and the Landscape Architecture department is nicely laid out within the striking Kennedy Hall -- the administrative and faculty offices surround the common entry area, with classrooms flanking the hallway leading to the gorgeous studio space. All five years of students have a permanently assigned studio area, with Freshmen at one end, progressing to the fifth-year students at the far end.
The students asked some excellent questions, and showed a great interest in using Land F/X to its full potential.
Much thanks to Kris Flahive for helping to schedule and promote the event.
The studio space within Kennedy Hall.
Everybody starts filing in, driven by the Pizza Party flyers placed throughout the building.
The students kept coming in -- we ended up filling every chair, with some faculty members standing in the back.
Last stop for this week was Penn State.
The student organizers did a superb job of preparing for the event, and announced it in all the classes, resulting in pretty much the entire program showing up (Thank you Julie and Johanna!).
I even got to stick around and catch a football game.
Almost the entire program was about to make it to the presentation.
That's Penn State about to score yet another touchdown.
The students and instructors at Chatham University were glad to see me again.
Many of them had seen the presentation last year, and were quite impressed at all the new features and capabilities we have added. Afterwards I was able to help configure the settings for the lab installation of Land F/X.
Three days into my university visits, it was off to Purdue!
A good number of the freshmen class was able to attend, and were quite excited to see some of the tools that will be saving them countless hours.
A year to the day after last visiting Ball State, this year's presentation was even in the same room.
Many of the students have already been using Land F/X, and had some excellent questions.
Ball State hopes to send at least one professor to our instructor training in Georgia this year, while the students were excited about our new $1,000 design contest.
Next stop on my university tour was Kansas State University.
KSU is transitioning to a 5-year program, and has a great handle on the technological tools available. I was impressed with their Pods, where students have a permanent workstation, with high-end computers packed with software.
Beginning next semester, KSU will be utilizing Land F/X in the majority of their tech module classes.
Texas A&M started off our whirlwind tour of universities this year. The majority of the teaching staff was able to attend the presentation, and they are just as excited as the students about using Land F/X in their classes beginning next semester.
Excited students and teachers heading back for more pizza after the presentation.
Yet more pizza parties, this time at Cal Poly Pomona and UC Davis. As always, the students were amazed at what Land F/X can do. The students at UC Davis gave up their Friday night to attend, and ended the presentation with a robust round of applause.
Have we forgotten your university? Want pizza, Land F/X presentation, and free software? Then you better contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last week, we were lucky enough to be able to visit both North Carolina State Raleigh, and North Carolina A & T University. The students were very receptive, and appreciated the amazing time savings that Land F/X offers in the creation of construction documents. Want us to come to your university for an on-site presentation? Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Last week we were fortunate to be able to visit both Ball State and Purdue University. The majority of the students in the Landscape Architecture program showed up for the presentations. With free pizza, free Land F/X software, and our SketchUp Connection features, they were understandably blown away. If you'd like us to visit your university, just drop us a line (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-219-2365).
At Ball State, we were able to schedule a noon-time pizza party presentation. Many of the students installed the software during the presentation.
Then at Purdue, we had a lengthy presentation during Matthew Kirkwood's Grading and Drainage construction document class. Pictured is the lab, during which we helped all the students get the software installed on their laptops. Afterwards, we held a pizza party with one last presentation.