Interview with Wickie Rowland

Interview with Wickie Rowland

 

In a recent interview with Wickie Rowland, APLD of Labrie Associates Design & Build, our own Joe Salemi asks Wickie how she got started as a professional landscape designer, how she stays motived, where she draws her inspiration from, and how she decided to move forward with DynaSCAPE as her landscape design software of choice.

Wickie has recently achieved her certification with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers!

Wickie Rowland has been drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her landscape design work has been featured in KLC School of Design’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 London shows, and she won two bronze medals in the KLC School of Design’s 2013 Alumni competition, designing two gardens for the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. She was the recipient of the APLD Silver Award for the modified rain garden in 2017. On the other side of the competition coin, Wickie has also been a judge of the Boston Flower Show.

Besides using her drawing skills to design gardens, Wickie has written and illustrated two children’s books, Good Morning Strawbery Banke (which won first place in the New England Museum Association’s Publications competition in 2011) and Good Morning, Piscataqua, released in May of 2014.

Interview With Matt Hiner

Interview With Matt Hiner

 

In a recent interview with Matt Hiner of Hiner Landscapes in Colorado Springs, CO, our own Joe Salemi asks Matt how he got into the landscape business, what he has done to surround himself with a great team, and what drew him to DynaSCAPE. Matt referenced a great book, titled “The Great Game of Business” which is a very helpful business coaching system (https://www.greatgame.com).

Elite Award Winner for Innovation from the Association Landscape Contractors of Colorado!

Hiner Landscapes may not have invented 3D design, but they have definitely pioneered a design process that takes full advantage of its capabilities to provide a positive and informative experience. Their ground-breaking efforts earned us The ELITE Award for Innovation from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado last year. Using several software programs together, Hiner is able to create a photo-realistic, animated fly-through video of a design concept. Illustrating the design in a way that 2D cannot. For professional landscape design, consultation and installation, more local homeowners are choosing Hiner Landscapes over any other landscape design/build firm in the area. They are the only firm that works laterally with their clients every step of the way to ensure their landscaping needs are met while upholding their high standards of professionalism and excellence.

Interview with Christian Brown

Interview with Christian Brown

In a recent interview with Christian Brown of Perfect Landscapes, our own Joe Salemi asks Christian how he got into the landscape business, what he has done to surround himself with a great team, and what drew him to DynaSCAPE.

Perfect Landscapes is the leader in custom residential and commercial landscape maintenance, design and installation for Northern Virginia.

They take pride in transforming your outdoor space into a usable, and enjoyable place that you will want to use every day and that will increase the value of your home and appeal of your business. Perfect Landscapes provides their clientele with formidable quality, design and service. The vision of the firm’s qualified professionals is to create new and innovative landscape architecture, while preserving the sanctity of traditional landscapes.

Interview with Patrick DuChene

Interview with Patrick DuChene

In a recent interview with Patrick DuChene of DuChene Design Solutions, our own Joe Salemi asks Patrick how he got into the landscape business, what he has done to surround himself with a great team, and what drew him to DynaSCAPE.

 

Founded by Patrick J. DuChene to provide the best design and 3D modeling services available for the landscape industry.

DuChene Design Solutions, LLC was founded to provide landscape design/build firms with dynamic, cutting edge design presentations and 3D visualizations to increase sales closing rates, improve design presentation, and grow their business. We take great pride in our ability to communicate with the companies with which we work to deliver exactly what is needed to help their business grow, compete and succeed. Beyond our design services, we consult with our clients on strategies for closing sales as well as managing their business for growth and prosperity. The landscape industry is very competitive, and our mission is to equip our clients with a superior product while fostering a profitable working relationship based on respect, trust and communication.
Dipping Your Toe Into 3D Waters

Dipping Your Toe Into 3D Waters

The concept of 3D modelling for landscape design isn’t a new one, but for many it’s a consideration that’s been on the table for many years. What’s the hesitation? Well, there’s many and that’s ok. For others, like any other technology adoption model, the early adopters have embraced 3D landscape design and haven’t looked back. Does that mean they never produce CAD drawings? No, it just means that what is presented to the client is a beautifully imagined and visualized outdoor living space that can speak for itself. The CAD drawings and color renderings go to support the conceptual design process, assist in producing construction documents, and layout/dimension plans for your crews.

Think of it in terms that you’re adding to your skill set rather than replacing one for another. Layering on your skills as they relate to landscape design software solutions can take time and a will to grow and continuously improve. The most common question we get is “how does it all work and how do I get started?”. I’ve broken it down, step-by-step on what the process is to go from CAD plan to 3D model ready to be presented to your client.

There are a few things to consider as you think about dipping your toe into the 3D waters:

  1. Having the right hardware to support 3D modeling (powerful processor, enough RAM, solid state hard drive, and very importantly having a dedicated graphics card).
  2. Choosing the right software solution to support the finished presentation you’re looking for. Here at DynaSCAPE, we chose to integrate with SketchUp because we believe it is the best-in-class 3D software solution regardless of what industry you’re in. It just so happens SketchUp is awesome for landscape design!
  3. Invest the right amount of time and effort into learning how the software works. The right amount of time is going to vary from person to person and that’s ok. Most people have a decent understanding of how they learn best. Are videos helpful or do you need someone beside you to show you how it works? The right amount of time is going to depending on lots but what to take away from this is that you should carve out dedicated learning time to figure out how it works.
  4. Build a portfolio of models that you have created and use those to show your potential clients of what you’re now capable of doing. Use your learning time to build that portfolio which will help you get paid work.
  5. Creating a business model for the 3D services you now offer. Charging a premium design fee for your 3D services is what most landscape designers are doing now. Build a business model for yourself that will help you recoup the investment you made in acquiring your new 3D modeling skills and will be a continual revenue generator for you.

Here’s how it works (if you’re using DynaSCAPE’s Design software)

Step 1:

Export

From DS|Design choose ‘Export to SketchUp format’

Step 2:

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Open your design in SketchUp.

Step 3:

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Run the DynaSCAPE CAD Cleanup tool to prepare it for modeling.

Step 4:

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Begin modeling the house and hardscape elements.

Step 5:

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Add material textures.

Step 6:

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Replace 2D symbols with 3D models.

Step 7:

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Finish model and create scenes from various angles.

Step 8: Prepare a presentation for your client by:

  • Exporting them as images and  printing them out or emailing them to a client or
  • Creating a  walk through video or
  • Rendering the model with one of the many rendering programs to create photorealistic images of your finished design.

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The Choice For Landscape Design Professionals

The Choice For Landscape Design Professionals

The market for landscape design solutions has grown immensely over the years, but thousands of professional landscape designers continue to choose DynaSCAPE Design as their solution of choice. The spectrum within the market place is full, from entry level app like solutions to sophisticated CAD-to-3D systems to choose from can often make it a difficult decision on what direction to go with for your landscape company.

The reasons that initially attract landscape design professionals to DynaSCAPE are vast and many, but what’s important are the reasons they continue to use our solutions through years and decades are what we think you should know about!

 

Here are the top 5 reasons landscape design professionals use DynaSCAPE’s landscape design software solutions

  1. Measurement and takeoff tools – Cluster figures, group them into massings and auto-count them for label quantities. Instantly calculate areas that would be time-consuming to calculate by hand. Handles unusual shapes with ease. Includes easy, quick tools for placing linear and radius dimensions on the drawing. 
  2. Creating layout and dimension plans for crews – Quickly create and print a dimension plan for on-site layout without having to redraw. Improve communication of your landscape design ideas with the crews on site. No more time wasted measuring plans by hand. Many landscape designers are also showing key areas in their design in color.
  3. Easily create plant catalogs – Create full color plant picture catalogues in minutes. Plants from your material list are matched up with images and cultural information. Plant picture catalogues are produced as Adobe PDF documents for easy printing. Option to use your own images.
  4. Connection to DynaSCAPE Color for beautiful color rendered plans – This is an advanced tool that lets you add an entire spectrum of subtle colorings, textures, opacities and shadings to any DynaSCAPE design with just a few series of mouse-clicks.  Like DynaSCAPE Design itself, Color again raises the bar on landscape design drawing excellence, injecting a new level of professionalism and a new dimension of detail to your designs that must be seen to be fully appreciated.
  5. Integration with SketchUp for best-in-class 3D modelling –  DynaSCAPE users will benefit from a our export feature that will prepare and then convert your DS|Design drawings directly to SketchUp format (.skp), allowing you to open them directly in SketchUp.

We have also worked hard to develop solid relationships with high schools, colleges, and universities through North America where DynaSCAPE Design is taught in well over 100 of them and included as part of the curriculum. The result is a trained and qualified person ready to hit the ground running.