Setup

Landscape elements can be organised according to their type and preference for presentation. Separate lists can be created representing different item categories (trees, shrubs, finishes etc.). There are three list types which quantify items in different ways.

  • In an ‘Individual’ list, a single plant species is assigned to a polyline area, hatch or symbol. The area object will represent a single species with the quantity calculated according to the spacing (or number of items in the case of a symbol).
  • In a ‘Mix’ list, the ratio or percentage between each item is specified and quantities calculated for a given area according to spacing. A seed mix for revegetation can also be specified.
  • A ‘Finish’ list can be used to represent works which typically make up a surface treatment / general arrangement drawing. These are quantified according to their area (hatch or boundary), length (polyline) or number of items (symbol).

Workflow

Lists for a new project can be quickly set up by importing from a project drawing file or using an included library file. An Excel spreadsheet can also be used as a source. (see video)

Existing drawing objects are assigned to a list item by labelling an existing polyline area or hatch. Alternatively, the program can create boundaries and label them in one operation.

Various graphic styles can be specified and changed to update the drawing.
Preset label formats can be used or custom formats defined. (see video)
Changes to defining elements (such as label format, key name, spacing, layer, symbol type etc.) will update associated labels, boundaries and blocks in the drawing.

Schedule

Different parts of the drawing can be scheduled, defined with a window or polyline. A schedule can be customised with any arrangement of columns and include areas, rates and symbol references or swatches for a legend.
Schedules can be configured to merge all lists together or generate separately. Schedule settings are named to allow selection and regeneration after drawing changes.

Key Tasks

PlantManager aims to streamline design and documentation tasks including:

  • Plant selection and palette creation
  • Assignment of symbols and graphic elements
  • Labeling plants and scheduling
  • Editing and updating landscape elements as part of project development and refinement
  • Auditing PlantManager drawing data for consistent and accurate output

Features

  • Rates can be included for cost estimates
  • Plant libraries can be edited
  • Searchable Australian plant database
  • Wide variety of tree and plant symbols including an outline symbol with customisable hatch and solid fills
  • Drawing audit functions

PlantManager is available for the following CAD platforms:

  • AutoCAD 2010 - 2021
  • BricsCAD V17 - V21 - requires BricsCAD Pro