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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: HORT 40 and 45 strongly recommended; CADD experience or training and knowledge of computer operation strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Export drawings to printers and external files.
  • Produce three-dimensional renderings of designs.
Description -
Advanced use of Vectorworks as a landscape design and drafting tool. Topics covered include structuring of drawings using layers, improving drawing skills using tool commands and shortcuts, importing and rescaling PDFs for basemaps, importing images, creating viewports and sheet layers. Also covered will be customizing tool bars, expanding plant database, and importing/exporting/printing drawings. Introduction to three-dimensional drawing using Vectorworks and related programs.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Create a drawing by importing a base or pdf and adding layers with segregated drawing elements.
  2. Create viewports and sheet layers from existing drawings.
  3. Select software that will produce desired types of landscape drawings.
  4. Import drawings from remote sources.
  5. Export drawings to printers and external files.
  6. Produce three-dimensional renderings of designs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
CADD laboratory with the computer work stations, CADD software (Vectorworks and Sketchup, latest releases), multi-media projection system, access to internet, access to printer, and seating/tables necessary to layout drawings and support study materials

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Drawing setup.
    1. Creating template drawing.
    2. Drawing border and title block.
  2. Drawing using advanced tools and techniques.
    1. Keyboard shortcuts for commands.
    2. Advanced commands.
    3. Landmark tools: stipple, texture, hardscape.
  3. Importing, exporting, printing.
    1. Importing dwg, pdf, jpeg, and similar graphic files.
    2. Preparing drawing for print formats.
    3. Resize pdf to match vectorwork scales
    4. Exporting dwg, pdf file formats.
  4. Customizing software.
    1. Expanding plant database.
    2. Importing plant data.
    3. Custominzing selection.
    4. Customizing toolbars.
    5. Adding photos.
    6. Inserting photos into drawings.
  5. Three-dimensional drawing.
    1. Review software choices for 3D drawings.
    2. Select appropriate software for 3D renderings.
    3. Setup 3D rendering.
    4. Manipulate 3D rendering using software.
    5. Produce final rendered 3D print of design.
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Participation through attendance.
  2. Exercises and projects.
  3. Final project.
Representative Text(s) -
  1. Vectorworks, Vectorworks Fundamentals Training Workbook, 2nd ed., Resolve Software Solutions, Inc. Burnaby, BC, Canada V5C6N5, 2006.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture and Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Read assigned reading activities.
  5. Perform self-guided research
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Preparing drawings using CADD.
    1. Setup drawing sheets
    2. Establish scale and sheet size
    3. Set up workspace with necessary commands and drawing tools
    4. Set up layers and classes
    5. Import base map
    6. Draw design based on classroom exercise
  2. Editing drawings using CADD.
    1. Correct errors
    2. Prepare viewports
    3. Prepare sheet layers for printing
    4. Move symbols and drawing elements from layer to layer
    5. Move symbols and drawing elements from class to class
    6. Edit hatches and textures
  3. Printing drawings using CADD.
    1. Prepare drawing for export to pdf format
    2. Prepare drawing for printing on large format printer
    3. Adjust sheet layers for printing varying versions of drawing
    4. Adjust scales and sheet sizes for printing on small paper printers
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 5 to 10 pages per week from classroom notes and ETUDES site.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Writing assignments include:
    1. preparing class drawing assignments