Daniel Tal
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Goustan BODIN Apr 22, 2014.

Rendering with SketchUp Webinar
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Tal Aug 31, 2012.


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Landscape Architect, Project Manager
Colorado State Universtiy - BS in LA, 1998
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SketchUp and AutoCAD

If you use SketchUp and AutoCAD in your practice, chances are you have imported one of your AutoCAD files into SketchUp or visa versa. SketchUp was developed by two former AutoDesk employees and it makes sense that these programs are directly compatible.

In fact, they share many congruent elements. Layers in AutoCAD will import directly into SketchUp. If you have a large CAD layer list, as many projects do, and then open the layers menu in SketchUp (windows  layers) after import,… Continue

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

SketchUp, Scope and Budget

In my previous blog, I wrote about SketchUp and Landscape Architecture. Today's blog focuses on how SketchUp is an econmical tool for landscape architects.

Design professions have changed a great deal with the advent and use of computers. From hand drafting we now have CAD drafting. Hand rendering has been replaced with Photoshop illustratives. Instead of pen and marker perspectives, we use… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

SketchUp and Landscape Architecture

I will always remember the first time I saw SketchUp. A colleague brought a promotional video to the office by a company called @Last Software. The short video demonstrated how to create a simple square, extrude it into 3D and add a roof to make a house. Then, just like that, the video added windows and doors and some funky looking trees around the little 3D home.

It took me all of 10 minutes to download SketchUp version 3 (we are now on version 7) and run through the accompanying… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — 23 Comments

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At 6:03pm on August 1, 2012, Sarah B Andrews said…

Oh no, I haven't updated my location in my profile.  I sadly have left Denver to pursue a job down here in South Florida.  My heart is still in Colorado though.

At 12:23pm on November 11, 2010, Greg Tietjen said…
Boy .. You sure are a hard man to track down. How's life been treating you. Drop a note when you get a chance.
At 10:10pm on October 27, 2010, Morgan Robert Barnicoat said…
Sorry to bother you. Any thoughts on why the materials would change when reloading a component into a SU model? I'm actually working through your book right now and am having trouble getting my buildings to reload correctly in CH.10. They don't retain the same materials as applied in their own file, and modifying them in the flatwork base file seems limited for some reason....
At 11:01am on January 21, 2010, Rico Flor said…
Well then, elate on! I expect the book to be well thumbed and dog-eared by the end of the year. You might as well do Book 2 with hard covers! Cheers!
At 10:23am on January 21, 2010, Rico Flor said…
Hey Dan!

Have I told you that I immensely enjoy your book? If not, well, I immensely enjoy your book! The tricks you spelled out were great (so if you're an eavesdropper to this comment, you're missing out on a great SketchUp book...better click Amazon now!!!) such that any concept work falling on my lap and the prospect of using SU on it gets me excited.

Good job, Dan. You've just been elevated to uberGuru on my books!

At 1:24pm on January 15, 2010, Jeff Lakey said…
Doing well, working on a model! More may be in the works. We need to get together. any time next week work for you?
At 3:27pm on September 24, 2009, Alex Edwards-Hastings said…
i'm so excited for your book. it looks amazing!

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Big Orange Tangles 2 Replies

This is so strange to me - something to admire yet also raises a LOT of questions about public safety, who did the real scale drawings and structural brainwork, etc.? Video is long, portion of interest starts at 2:05 on this "eco-artist"…Continue

Started by Leslie B Wagle in STORY BOARD. Last reply by Leslie B Wagle 49 minutes ago.

Career change at 41 14 Replies

Hi,I've been a 3D graphics artist for over 20 years and considering retraining as a Landscape Architect, having been accepted into a two-year MLA conversion program in the UK.  But before I do so, I am wondering, is it too late to change career at…Continue

Started by Gia Sadhwani in EDUCATION. Last reply by Jonathan Sampson 3 hours ago.

Usage of Native Plant Material in Landscape Architecture 52 Replies

Can anyone out there recommend sites that would have somewhat scholarly papers on the use of native plants. I am looking for advocates of this practice and those who feel it is nonsense. I'm not looking for books, looking for papers. This for a side…Continue

Started by henry cohen in PLANTS & HORTICULTURE. Last reply by Jay S Burke on Thursday.

Driveway Grades Between Two Story Self Storage Buildings 1 Reply

Hi!Anyone know the maximum grade that would work between self storage buildings with a basement. Buildings are 65' to 75' wide, upper story and a basement story, 10' ceilings. Uhaul and Ryder trucks will need to negotiate slopes without scraping.Continue

Tags: development, commercial, storage, self, design

Started by Richard Freeland in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Andrew Garulay, RLA Jun 17.

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