Frustrated With Your Systems

Frustrated With Your Systems

Frustrated Landscape Contractor

May 2017 — The landscape season is in full boom mode all over North America. You’ve planned for this. You spent the latter part of last year and the early part of this year getting ready for it. What you have planned for is here upon you and your team, working the plan and striving to achieve the goals you put in place.

We’ve been fielding lots of phone calls and emails from landscape professionals like you that are in full operation of their season but have found quickly that there are some significant pain points with the design and business systems that they have in place. Some of the common pains we have heard about are:

  • Leads are falling through the cracks
  • It takes too long to do take offs from the design so the estimator can do their work
  • Working from a generic estimating system that their shoe-horning for landscape construction jobs and maintenance services
  • Estimating based on a gut feeling or experience
  • Not any real systems in place
  • Many software applications in place that don’t speak to each other contributing to disjointed operations
  • No mechanism in place to track actual costs of doing the job

This is really where DynaSCAPE comes in. We have been helping these landscape professionals by expediting the setup of their systems, getting them enrolled in our training sessions, and outfitting them the software solutions that are right for them. Alleviating frustrations in the way you manage your back office everyday is a core strength of our implementation and training specialists. It’s at the foundational level that our software solutions are based on.

Our team here at DynaSCAPE is ready to assist you in working through some of the most difficult time of the year to help you run a efficient, effective, and profitable operation.

If any of this sounds remotely familiar, let us know. The DynaSCAPE team is ready to help!

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The APLD Conference Experience

The APLD Conference Experience

2016APLDConf

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

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.

NLAE Conference Comes to Toronto

NLAE Conference Comes to Toronto

1NLAEEvery year all of the Executive Directors of many of the state and provincial landscape industry trade associations meet and discuss common issues. This year, the group is meeting in Toronto, Ontario Canada and started their first day by hearing from the leading edge of technology companies in the landscape industry.

I was asked to give a brief presentation on what DynaSCAPE is all about and how we are involved with associations and can help contribute to their mission. The networking reception following the afternoon session was incredible, fostering so much discussion about how DynaSCAPE can get involved in assisting state and provincial landscape trade associations generate revenue by holding workshops, offering additional value to membership by offering a discount on the purchase of DynaSCAPE’s software and many other opportunities.

NLAE website

Nursery Landscape Association Executives website

We’re in the business of helping the landscape industry, which is the exact same business as the trade associations. We’re all serving a common mission.

DynaSCAPE is a proud member of:

Bright Future for Landscape Industry

Bright Future for Landscape Industry

National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Mississippi State University sees over 750 students from 62 schools!

Mississippi State University team members

If there ever was any indication on what the future professionals look like this is it. The National Collegiate Landscape Competition took place March 16-19 in Starkville, MS at Mississippi State University.

The energy level was through the roof and every student on hand gave up their spring break to compete in this industry event. Their commitment and dedication to getting the absolute most out of their experience in Starkville was ultra apparent. The night before the competition students were camped out in lobbies of all of area hotels cramming in as much information as they could so they would be at the top of their game for the next day.

We noticed a few students with their laptops open practicing how to use the various tools inside of DynaSCAPE Design. A Colorado State student was up into the wee hours sketching out their planned design, searching for plant and material photos, and understanding how some of the more advanced tools worked. While we weren’t allowed to help her we did offer some encouragement and caffeine.

Michigan State University wins top honors

Michigan State University wins top honors

It was Michigan State University that took the top overall team, but it was Anna Cordiner (pictured above) at Colorado State University that won the best overall performance!

The DynaSCAPE team was on hand and very involved by hosting a 3-hour workshop, sponsoring the Computer Aided Landscape Design Competition, and sitting on the organizing committee of the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

 

 

 

 

DynaSCAPE workshop

DynaSCAPE workshop

 

Largest Industry Recruiting Event!

DynaSCAPE at the Career Fair

DynaSCAPE at the Career Fair

In addition to the 28 competitive landscape events, we participated in the largest industry recruiting event all year long. The Career Fair brings some of the biggest landscape companies in the country to recruit the best and brightest young industry professionals. Several students were able to line up interviews at the Career Fair and some were even hired upon their graduation! Some of the big landscape companies were there like BrightView, Land Care, and Mariani Landscape Group interviewing students and handing out swag. If you’re looking to hire young professionals, you’ll definitely want to come next year to Provo, UT at Brigham Young University to catch the next wave.

 

 

 

 

 

The Competition!

Computer Aided Landscape Competition

Computer Aided Landscape Competition

The Computer Aided Landscape Design competition was held March 18 with 31 students. The scope of the project they were tasked with was given to them at an event brief the day before so they had lots of time to prepare. The competitors are given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete the entire project. Students are provided with a full description of what is expected and given lots of access to training materials and recorded webinars.

The winner of this event was a last minute entry who had no previous experience with DynaSCAPE Design. His great coach and instructor at the Cuyohoga Community College in Ohio spent all night with Bryce Axelrod to help get him up to speed. Not only did he place first in the Computer Aided Landscape Design competition, he received the highest score we’ve ever handed out! Congratulations to Bryce Axelrod of Cuyohoga Community College on such a great achievement. Bryce has earned himself his own copy of DynaSCAPE Design, Color, and Sketch3D as well as a one year lab license for the landscape design program at his school. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Jim Funai, Joe Salemi, Bryce Axelrod, Anthony Angelotta

Jim Funai (Tri-C Instructor), Joe Salemi (DynaSCAPE Software), Bryce Axelrod (Tri-C student), Anthony Angelotta (Tri-C coach)

Computer Aided Landscape Design Competition Top 3

  1. Bryce Axelrod – Cuyohoga Community College (View drawing)
  2. Nick Crump – California Polytechnical Institute (San Louis Obispo) (View drawing)
  3. Anthony Fede – Cincinnati State University (View drawing)

 

Next year!

Brigham Young University (Provo)
Provo, UT
March 15-18, 2017
http://landscape.byu.edu/