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Demo – AutoCAD Planting Plans & Schedules I


You will use AutoCAD to prepare a technically-proficient planting plan and planting schedule. We will integrate several important objectives at once, including clear technical communication, a robust plant schedule that meets professional standards, and the continued development of planting design ideas and palettes (“design” continues until the project is fully established on-site!). The following video playlists will assist you throughout the course, but specifically, they will assist you in creating your first construction document related to planting design and plant schedule. Note: to be successful it will be imperative for you to integrate and refine your command of layer and sheet organization, line weights, and line types.

Figure 1: Example planting plan.

AutoCAD 01: Units and options

In this series of videos, you will learn how to set up a basic AutoCAD drawing for your garden construction documentation. Before watching this series of videos please review the National CAD standards lecture. Specific skills include:

  • Introduction to AutoCAD and drawing units
  • Edit and manage options
  • Layers, line types, and line weights
  • Work with templates

If you are struggling with the above concepts, need additional support in basic AutoCAD skills, or want to advance your skills further please use the following resources:

AutoCAD 02: External references

In this series of videos, you will learn how and when to use external reference drawings in your workflow, also known as xrefs. Specific skills include:

  • Work with XREFs
  • Clip XREFs
  • Edit XREFs
  • Referencing hand drawings
  • Edit XREFs in place

AutoCAD 03: Drawing objects

In this series of videos, you will learn how to draw basic line, polylines, and polygons in AutoCAD. Specific skills include:

  • Lines and polylines
  • Rectangles and polygons
  • Points and donuts
  • Object snapping
  • Revision cloud
  • Bpoly

AutoCAD 04: Modifying objects

In this series of videos, you will learn how to use a number of commands to modify objects in AutoCAD. Specific skills include:

  • Selecting objects
  • Move and copy
  • Rotate and scale
  • Create and use arrays
  • Offset and mirror
  • Trim and extend
  • Break and join
  • Fillet