15 Surefire Ways to Boost Productivity

15 Surefire Ways to Boost Productivity

15 Surefire Ways to Boost Productivity

This 3-part webinar series is going to dive deep into some real ways that you can save time through the course of creating a landscape plan for presentation, quickly and easily creating a plant picture catalog, generating takeoffs, having an internal communication system, setting a way to track sales, creating kits for efficient estimating, creating and tracking change orders, using key reports for decision making, and highlighting the great resources available through DynaSCAPE.

5 Design Tools for Increased Productivity

May 11 | 2PM EDT – Quickly create a plant picture catalog, easily create a construction and layout document using our dimensioning tools, generate an accurate plant and material list to Word or Excel, and maximize your use of the figure library for more productive design work.

5 Business Tips for Effective Management

May 16 | 2PM EDT — Utilizing an internal communication system that makes people accountable is key in the busiest time of the year. We’ll take a look a integrating your own or developing a new sales process and integrating it into Manage360. We’ll see how creating and using Kits can save hours of estimating time. We’ll also look at creating and managing Change Orders and how they affect the original contract. Finally, we’ll take a look at the essential reports you need to see on a regular basis.

5 Resources You MUST Know About

May 18 | 2PM EDT — DynaSCAPE has many resources available to our community. In this webinar, we’ll explore the many resources available and get an inside look at our technical support team.

Ultimate Webinar Series for the Serious Landscape Designer

Ultimate Webinar Series for the Serious Landscape Designer

The team at DynaSCAPE Software has partnered with Patrick DuChene of DuChene Design Solutions to bring you a webinar series to help you maximize the Ultimate Landscape Design Software Solutions! In this webinar series, you’ll see how easy it is to transition from drawing by hand to creating stunning landscape design presentations using the leading landscape design software in the industry.

Webinar 1: Get Ready to Start Drafting

When: October 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

A comprehensive overview of what you need to do before sitting down at your computer to start drafting.

Webinar 2: Drafting Made Easy

When: October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

An overview on how DynaSCAPE Design makes it easy for the hand drafter to use a software solution.

Webinar 3: The Details

When: October 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

An overview on how DynaSCAPE Design makes it easy for crews to layout and build the project you have designed.

Webinar 4: The Presentation

When: November 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

An overview on how DynaSCAPE Design has become the market leader by having the best landscape design presentation software in the industry.

Webinar 5: Advanced Presentation Techniques

When: November 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

We’ll take a look at some of the advanced techniques you can employ to take your design presentations to the next level.

Webinar 6: From the Design to the Estimate

When: December 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

A profitable design is critical. Let’s take a look at how DynaSCAPE Design makes this easy by integrating with DynaSCAPE Manage360.

The APLD Conference Experience

The APLD Conference Experience

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I thought I would share my experience of travelling to Santa Fe, NM for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ annual conference. I’ve been going to the APLD conference for four years now with each experience being better than the last, making great connections with landscape designers from all over the United States.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend, boy you’re missing out. Landscape designers from everywhere come to get inspired and network with their peers. The personal fulfillment you receive from attending this conference will refuel your batteries and will have you anticipating the next one.

The basic framework of the annual APLD conference is an optional pre-conference tour, a full day of educational sessions with world class speakers, an awards of excellence gala, two full days of garden tours (handpicked by a local site committee), and a post-conference tour of more gardens.

This year, we were in for a treat, getting to tour through public and private gardens in the Santa Fe, NM area. Some of the gardens were in quiet residential areas, some were in the mountains with elevations of near 10,000 ft! I took quite a few photos of the different gardens we toured and the conference festivities. One thing I did expect more of, and I don’t really know why perhaps it was because I was heading to the desert, but I was expecting to see more cactus in natural areas. There were lots of planted cactus but not very many in natural areas.

A good many of the gardens we saw had quite a bit of very expensive art pieces integrated into the landscape. It was beautiful to see how some of the landscape designers integrated some of the homeowners’ art pieces into their projects.

Check out the photo gallery!

About APLD

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is still dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and to promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.

www.apld.org

Stick to your core values

Stick to your core values

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Sticking to your core values is what makes you great, regardless of what your competition is doing. Far too often we worry about what others are doing and it causes us to veer away from our original plan. Sure, we need to be keenly aware of our surroundings and what is happening around us but my point is don’t let it take you off your course.

DynaSCAPE is laser focused on our core values:

  • An unwavering attention to detail
  • An unrelenting demand for quality
  • Over the top delivery
  • And, superior customer service

In your landscape business, do you have someone that is responsible for quality? Sure, you’d expect everyone in the company to maintain a certain level of quality. But who is your quality driver? Someone that will stand on a table and throw a chair across the room because the expectation is not being met. Someone who so passionate about the highest level of quality that they will make everything else grind to a halt until every effort is made to achieve their quality expectation.

I agree, there’s a risk/reward discussion that must take place when implementing something like this, but if it becomes part of your culture then everyone becomes your driver for quality. They’ll call out other team members when they’ve cut a corner or got lazy for a moment. The result is a reputation in your community that is so admirable and respectable that you’ll be booking work a season or two ahead. The result is a culture within your company that is so attractive to those who don’t work for you that you’ll always have a pile of resumes to draw from. The result is a community who follows what you do and is proud of the work you do.

Be so focused on your core values that you won’t let anyone get in the way of them.

Skills Ontario Technological Competition 2016

Skills Ontario Technological Competition 2016

Landscape horticulture students from all over Ontario showed off their tremendous talents at the Skills Ontario Technological Competition this week in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. Several teams from high schools and colleges in Ontario competed in landscape design and construction projects.

DynaSCAPE was on hand as both Joe Salemi and Mike Tripp are heavily involved in the committee and organization of the landscape design competition.

While the Skills Ontario Technological Competition focuses on all trades, we highlight the young people that have taken a passionate interest in the landscape industry and all that it offers. We’re extremely proud of all of the students that committed their time and energy to compete in the landscape construction and design competitions. They are our future industry professionals, and the future looks very bright!

About Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies. Since 1989, they have accomplished this through a number of initiatives, including Young Women’s Initiatives, our Aboriginal Initiatives, In-School Presentations, our Skills Work!® Summer Camp Programs, Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges, and Ontario Technological Skills Competition: Canada’s largest skilled trades and technology competition. They also offer a number of resources for Ontario’s youth to find, and develop, their passion for the skilled trades and technologies.