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Our online training courses help you hit the ground running to quickly increase your proficiency with our suite of design software. With a range of courses offered for all skill levels, our live, instructor-led online training will boost your confidence to help you present breathtaking landscape designs faster, increase sales and better manage your business.

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After your initial investment, let the experts show you how to get the most out of all the functionality packed into this end-to-end landscape software solution. Increase your productivity from the day your software is implemented to gain a competitive advantage, not just with a full CAD software, but with the training that puts you in front of the competition.

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Certified Instructors

Don’t just buy from the best – learn from the best. Our certified instructors are knowledgeable in both landscape design and business management and can answer your specific questions, and give you real-world scenarios to get you up and running in no time.

meet our training specialists

Beth Edney

Beth Edney - CLD, CIFD

DS|Design & ds|color trainer

Beth is an award-winning Certified Landscape Designer and Floral Designer. With over 30 years’ experience in Horticultural design, her work has been featured in many publications. Beth has built several award-winning gardens at Canada Blooms including the prestigious Judges Choice and People’s choice.

Beth is active in her industry. Serving as chair of the Landscape Designer group of Ontario. During her five-year term, she created the Landscape Designer Conference. Beth has been active on the show committee at Landscape Ontario since 2001. She served as the national representative for certified landscape designers. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Landscape Ontario. She runs Designs By The Yard, design studio on Annette Street in Toronto. The Studio specializing in urban and container gardens as well as Corporate Event Decor in the Toronto area.

Beth has been using DynaScape almost since the inception of the program. Beth shares her passion for Landscape Design and DynaScape by instructing at colleges throughout Ontario and to her peers in the Industry.

Mark C

Mark Carvalho

SketchUp Trainer

Mark Carvalho is a registered Architect in Colorado, and is the president of Cadman, Inc. located in Broomfield, Colorado. Mark has many years of experience in developing design and modeling software. He was one of the founders of AtLast Software, the makers of SketchUp, which was acquired by Google. He was a user interaction designer and was the Windows product manager through SketchUp Version 4.0. He was a principal in Lunar Graphics who developed the Realize Rendering Tool. Mark also designed and programmed the Cadman Architectural Drafting System and the Cadman Layer Manager, both add-on programs for AutoCAD software.

Fabio R

Fabio Roncone

DS|Manage360 Implementation Specialist

Fabio earned his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON. He has more than 15 years of experience in the construction and information technology industries, and has been with DynaScape Software for the past 7 years. Fabio is the lead implementer and trainer for DS|Manage360, his product expertise is unparalleled. From the smallest implementations to the largest of training sessions, Fabio has encountered scenarios over the years that have given him valuable industry intelligence that he’s able to impart on those new client implementations and training sessions. In his spare time, Fabio enjoys playing organized hockey and spending precious moments with his family.

Onsite Learning

Want to learn DS|Design and DS|Color quickly, from your own office? With our onsite customized training solution, you can get two full days worth of training to show your team how these landscape design software solutions are proven time-savers and will increase your business. Patrick DuChene offers this onsite training, so contact DynaScape to find a time that is right to learn from someone who has been using DynaScape for years and has found plenty of success from the software solution.

*Onsite learning has been postponed until further notice*

Training

Duration: 1 Month - 3 classes x 3.5hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $499

 

*10.5 CEU Credits

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

Ever wonder why some landscapes look amazing, and you are drawn to their beauty? Despite a common thought that design is subjective, good design follows common design principles and well-executed designs look good no matter what your design preference may be.

 

Landscape Design Studio is an introduction to the landscape design process. Through lectures and practical exercises, students will learn the Landscape Design Principles. Assignments focus on the application of the design process for residential sites learning how to complete Site Analysis, Functional Diagrams, Concept Plans, Preliminary Plans, and Master Plans.

 

This class is perfect for new Landscape and Garden Designers that would like some formal training in design. It will also give confidence to those in the industry that have not been formally trained.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • Measuring a site
  • Creating site analysis
  • Making functional diagrams
  • Sketching Concept Plans
  • Drafting Preliminary Plans
  • Creating Master Plans
  • Applying Design Principles

 

Three Residential Landscape Projects will be created from inception to Master Plans over the duration of the course. Students are expected to complete assignments each week to be submitted and assessed with constructive notes and feedback. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of the DynaScape program or have drafting skills prior to taking this course. (Students can take the DynaScape Introductory Course concurrently)

 

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of Design Studio 1.

 

Recommended References Include:

Residential Landscape Architecture by: Norman Booth/James Hiss

Landscape Graphics by: Grant W. Reid ASLA

 

Duration: 1 Class - 3hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $199

*3 CEU Credits

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

Are you getting paid well for your Design work? Often Designers and Design-Build firms are not compensated well for their design efforts.

 

Landscape Design Practice explores the best practices implemented in a Landscape Design business. Learn work processes including how to integrate client meetings, what drawings to include, and the stages they are implemented. Billing and contracts are always key components to being paid for landscape design work. Learn different approaches to charging for design services.

 

This course is for all designers and Design/Build Firms who would like to charge with confidence and actually get paid for all your work.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • Design Log
  • Design Contracts
  • Client Meetings & Presentations
  • The Psychology of Selling your Designs
  • Different Ways to Get paid
  • Plans and fee schedules

 

Recommended References Include:

Residential Landscape Architecture: by: Norman Booth/James Hiss

Duration: 1 Month - 3 classes x 3.5hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $499

*10.5 CEU Credits

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

Would you like to take your designs to the next level? Would stepping up your design presentations to clients pay dividends? Improving your Design Language can help you convey ideas better and arm you with confidence.

 

Landscape Design Studio 3 reinforces the knowledge of the landscape design process. Through lectures and practical exercises, students exemplify design principles and approaches to problem-solving site challenges. Garden styles and Architecture are studied and considered when designing a full set of Landscape Plans.

 

This class is perfect for experienced Landscape and Garden Designers (or newer Designers that have successfully completed LDS100). It is also for experienced Designers that would like to be inspired or improve an area of their design skills. This course is also ideal for Candidates prepping for provincial or state certifications.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • Measuring a site
  • Creating site analysis
  • Making a functional diagram
  • Sketching Concept Plans
  • Drafting a Preliminary Plan
  • Creating a Master Plan
  • Applying Design Principles
  • Incorporating Styles
  • Grading Plan
  • Layout Plan
  • Construction Detail

 

One challenging Residential Landscape Project will be created from inception to a full set of Landscape Plans over the duration of the course. Students are expected to complete assignments each week to be submitted and assessed with constructive notes and feedback. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of the Dynascape program or have drafting skills prior to taking this course. Students can take the Dynascape Introductory Course concurrently.

 

A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of Design Studio 3.

 

Recommended References Include:

Time-Savers Standards for Landscape Architecture by: Charles Harris & Nicholas Dines
Residential Landscape Architecture: by: Norman Booth/James Hiss
Landscape Graphics by: Grant W. Reid ASLA

 

Duration: 1 class - 1hr
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $99*

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

This course is for absolute beginners to DynaScape. This gives an overall orientation of the program while learning some terminology with the practical application. New users create a title-block while learning some of the frequently used tools in the program.

 

The course also gives the participant the opportunity to become familiar with the zoom learning platform as well as best practices for your desk set up.

 

*This course is offered as a bonus course for the Introductory Course and to anyone that wants to try out a guided experience that is new to DynaScape.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • DynaScape Program Orientation
  • Best electronics - screens, mouse, keyboards
  • Zoom platform
  • Drawing lines
  • Offsetting lines
  • Creating a basic Titleblock

 

Duration: 1 class - 3hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $199

*3 CEU Credits

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

This class is specifically designed for contractors who may not be the principal designer. The class will explore how to make easy revisions on existing drawings. How to take measurements and compile quantity take-offs. Learn all the essential tools to create basic drawings so they can be quoted and presented to clients.

 

This class is recommended for the newer user to DynaScape or someone who would like to improve their proficiency when using the program.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • Dimensioning
  • Labeling
  • Offsetting
  • Copying
  • Converting Drawings into other drawing types

 

Duration: 1 class - 3hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $199

*3 CEU Credits

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

Designers love to create unique spaces with innovative ideas but often fall short on preparing the drawings required to implement them well.

 

This course dives into the technical side of Landscape Plans. Learn how to prepare working drawings including Grading Plans, Layout and Dimensional Plans, and Construction Details and well executed Planting Plans. Best practices will be demonstrated when converting Preliminary Plans into working drawings for accuracy and efficiency.

 

All levels of designers are welcome. Having a basic skill set with the DynaScape program is required for this course.

 

Topics covered in the course:

  • Dimensioning and editing the existing default settings
  • Grading Plan
  • Construction Detail of a Landscape Feature
  • Planting Plan

 

Recommended References Include:

Time-Savers Standards for Landscape Architecture by: Charles Harris & Nicholas Dines

Duration: 10.5 hrs (3 x 3.5hrs)
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $695

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

This class is perfect for the new user who wants to get up and running quickly with DynaScape. Attend this instructor-led, web-based training from the convenience of your home or office. This training consists of three sessions of 3.5hrs each, for a total of 10.5 hours of training on DynaScape Design v6.

 

Attendees will be provided with a workbook (PDF) consisting of exercises that are to be completed after each session. Each exercise is based on the concepts learned in each session. Workbook exercises must be completed and submitted to the instructor in order to receive your DynaScape certificate of completion.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Rules and guidelines to learning DynaScape
  • Overview of DynaScape Design and an overview of toolboxes
  • Basic Draw tools – lines, polylines, squares and circles, text tools
  • Basic Editing Tools – moving, copying and offsetting
  • Learning the Basic Trim Tools
  • Editing layers
  • Review layers, prototypes and scale in more depth
  • Overview of Constraints and Inference
  • Overview of the tables – layers, weights, styles, color & modes
  • More Draw tools – the building outline tool, the polyline tool in depth, hatch patterns
  • More Edit tools – trim and join, measure and revise
  • About libraries, library figures and title blocks
  • More Draw Tools – the polyline tool in more depth and measuring tools
  • More Edit Tools – other trim tools and the rotate tools
  • The Softscape Label Panel
  • The Plant List Editor – adding plants, sizes and prices
  • Material Lists and Plant Picture Catalog
  • Adding Raster Images to the drawing
  • Tracing a Lot Plan from a Raster image (if time allows)


During each topic there will be time to practice what is learned.

 

Duration: 3.5hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $245

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

This 3.5 hour course is for users who have a good understanding of the basic concepts of DS|Design and wish to get to the next level of proficiency. Topics include drawing and global settings, drawing and editing tips and tricks, trim tools, line weights and layers, raster image tip and tricks, dimensioning and tracing lot plans. A guide is provided with this course.

 

This course is not recommended for brand new users due to the speed at which the topics are covered.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Understanding Drawing Page settings
  • Mastering the Polyline tools – tips & tricks
  • The little-known Built-in tools
  • Understanding Line Weights – improving your drawing’s readability
  • The Building Outline Tool Tips & Tricks
  • Making use of the Trim tools – 4 of the most common
  • Offsetting Figures for hedges, walls etc.
  • Understanding and editing Global Settings for labels
  • Revising Entity Attributes and editing object properties
  • Looking at Layers in depth
  • Tracing a lot plan made easy
  • Mastering raster images
  • Creating Dimension drawings
  • An Intermediate Drawing & Editing Guide is provided to all attendees

 

Duration: 3.5hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $245

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

This course is for users who are comfortable with the basic and intermediate topics and want to upgrade their skills. This is not recommended for brand new users due to the speed at which the topics are covered.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Advanced tips for drawing base plan
    • Tracing an angled lot plan
    • Using Bearings and DMS
    • Aligning objects to another line
    • Working with AutoCAD files
  • Advanced Trim tools – understanding the 6 main trim tools
  • Advanced Hatching techniques
  • Using modes to create other drawings
    • Dimension plan
    • Lighting plan
  • Using those little-known tools to save time
    • Offsetting by location
    • Grouping to a subfigure
    • Creating an N-sided polygon
    • Rotate by angle
    • Cartesian arrays
  • Advanced Measuring tools
    • Area and Cumulative Area
    • Length and Cumulative Length

 

An Advanced Drawing & Editing Guide is provided to all attendees.

 

At the end of each topic there will be time to practice what is learned.

Duration: 1.5hrs
Instructor: Beth Edney
Price: $125

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

Learn the ins and outs of DynaScape Color in our 90-minute training session.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Drawing setup
    • Tips & best practices
    • Techniques for creating closed areas

 

  • The coloring process
    • Styles and swatches
    • Navigation tools
    • Understanding the layering order
    • Shadows and settings
    • Soldier courses
    • Figures that require multiple colors

Duration: 3hrs
Instructor: Mark Carvalho
Price: $250

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

SketchUp Basics #1 introduces participants to SketchUp basic tools and modeling. Attendees will learn to model basic forms and structures including a simple building, planter and similar landscape objects. The course includes premade tutorials, models and Basics manual for Basics #1. In addition, participants are given access to 1000’s of pre-made SketchUp models, called components, useful for their own modeling projects. The reviewed tools and concepts set the foundation for SketchUp Basics #2. The DynaScape to SketchUp conversion method is demonstrated providing participants an understanding of the complete process that starts with Basics #1.

 

Class size is limited to 5 participants to maximize the learning processes. Participants are given access to an online video of the class for review.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Navigating 3D space
  • Selection tool concepts
  • Drawing tools
  • Modification tools
  • Introduction to Components (organizing, using, editing)
  • Introduction to layers
  • Review of DynaScape to SketchUp
  • Q & A

 

Participants will need the Pro Version of SketchUp 8. It can be downloaded at:

https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup

 

Duration: 3hrs
Instructor: Mark Carvalho
Price: $250

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

SketchUp Basics #2 follows up on the concepts and tools taught in SketchUp Basics #1. Participants will use SketchUp tools and methods to construct a basic site plan consisting of a site, building, planting areas, lawn, walks and paths, a pool and patio. The webinar will instruct users on how to insert and arrange 3D component models representing various site amenities like furnishings, fencing, walls, steps and vegetation. The class is required for the next webinar in the series: DynaScape to SketchUp.

 

Class size is limited to 5 participants to maximize the learning processes. Participants are given access to an online video of the class for review.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Creating a 3D SketchUp site model
  • Modeling walls, steps and other site objects into the site plan
  • Inserting and arranging site detail like furnishings, boulders and other important site elements
  • Working with 3D Vegetation
  • Exporting model images
  • Review of DynaScape to SketchUp
  • Q & A

 

Prerequisite:

Participants are required to take SketchUp Basics #1 or provide proof of basic SketchUp proficiency.

 

Participants will also need the Pro Version of SketchUp. It can be downloaded at:
https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup

 

Duration: 3.5hrs

Instructor: Mark Carvalho

Price: $275

 

Click here to view the schedule and enroll in this course.

 

The most efficient way to model a site plan in SketchUp is to import a design from DynaScape Design. Participants will learn to prepare and then export their DynaScape site plan into SketchUp. Once in SketchUp, using a powerful custom tool called a Ruby Script, the imported line work is quickly converted into SketchUp surfaces. These surfaces are then extruded and given form creating the 3D site plan. DynaScape symbols, representing vegetation, boulders and site amenities are part of the conversion processes. These symbols can be quickly converted into SketchUp 3D components completing the site plan.

 

Participants are given a step-by-step guide for use after the class. The guide provides all the steps and actions reviewed in the class. Participants are given access to an online video of the class for review.

 

Topics covered in this course:

  • Preparing the DynaScape file for conversion
  • Converting the DynaScape file to SketchUp
  • Modeling the DynaScape linework in SketchUp
  • Extruding the site plan and making it 3D
  • Converting imported DynaScape symbols into 3D SketchUp components (like vegetation and furnishings)
  • Q & A

 

Prerequisite:

The DS|Sketch3D CAD Cleanup plugin is required for this course. You need to purchase a subscription to DS|Sketch3D in order to download it.

 

Participants will need the Pro Version of SketchUp 8. It can be downloaded at:

https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup

 

Duration: per request - min. 1hr (2hrs recommended)
Instructor: Mark Carvalho
Price: $125/hour

 

The fastest and most efficient way to learn SketchUp and related advanced modeling methods is by direct learning with Mark Carvalho. The single participant receives a focused training class directed at their skill level and needs. Prior to the session, the participant and Mark correspond to determine the participants SketchUp goals. Mark fashions the class based on the correspondences.

 

Assured to provide results, Mark can review a wide range of topics related to SketchUp beyond basics, and DynaScape to SketchUp conversion. These include (but not limited too) animation, object modeling, graphic rendering and visualization and leveraging SketchUp models for the design build/construction process.

 

Prerequisite:

Participants do not need to have any SketchUp experience to enroll in this course.

 

Participants will need the Free (or Pro) Version of SketchUp. It can be downloaded at:
https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup

 

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