Category Archives: Arborculturist

Architectural Technologist – Trees in Architecture

I am into trees, I plot them as part of my vantagepoint Cartographics company, and record their state of

Tree Symbols

Tree Symbols (Photo credit: Scays)

health in our Vectorworks linked Filemaker program, its fascinating work and one of the joys of this style of surveying, walking through forests, seeing and measuring trees. I’m also increasing aware of trees as part of my normal Architecture work, ie root ball, canopy and leaf fall, something I want to expand upon later.

As part of sall this work, I tend to join certain user groups related to trees, some paid for some come free, I pay for the Woodland trust, an excellent group who do a lot of good work, and generate a lot of usefull documents on tree use, planting, and general looking after. They have a blog page under wordpress, that has so much useful stuff, called woodland matter, a recent article and one that contains a rather useful download article is called Trees in the Townscape, is well worth downloading and reading through, although dont stop at the top article, there are loads more below.

The booklet  sets out 12 action-oriented principles to maximise the economic, social and environmental returns. 34 case studies provide real-life examples of the principles in action, giving insight into best practice from all over England and further afield, including the US and Hong Kong! so please don’t think this is limited to just the UK.

This is great CPD if your going to be anywhere near tree planting, ok most of this work is done by specialists, but it does not hurt to know a little and understand the basics, there are two other excellent book for download The canopy, and NO tree No future, all three should take you well into an hour or more of quality CPD, with perhaps some further research and followup. As always now I have linked these pages into Evernote and added a few notes of my own.

 

 

 

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Architectural Technologist – Trees – Arboriculture & The new British standard, BS 5837:2012.

Books for trees

Books for trees (Photo credit: Scays)

I received an email recently from an Arboriculturist Johnathan Hazell, I speak to quite frequently, on the new  British standard, BS 5837:2012. As you might be aware its the BS recommendations  for trees in relation to design, demolition and construction, which came into effect on the 30th April 2012.

Johnathan who is an Arboriculturist, and runs his own consultancy, and has a rather good web site, has written an excellent overview of the new standard and has given permission for me to offer it as a download. if you need help on any tree matters, I have no doubt that Johnathan would be please to hear from you., his contact details are on the web site and the document, but for ease of contact he’s on go2jonathan.hazell@gmail.com

This is not a quick read, I should put aside at least an hour to go over the pdf, and follow up, I was particularly interested in the arboricultural method statement.

I have added an hour to my CPD sheet under my Landscape tag, together with a listing in my evernote Arboriculturist folder with loads of tags to link it into other sections. interestingly I made a new note in evernote, and just dropped the pdf into it, which appeared as the whole document, just excellent, again with loads of tsags to link it to other topics and subjects.

As a plus Johnathan has managed to get his twitter feed into his web site, nice touch, must ask him how he did it !.

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Architectural Technologist – Rainwater and our need to understand water tables

windmap

windmap (Photo credit: Scays)

You might well want to read this excellent article by Trevor Bishop Head of Water Resources at the Environment Agency, re the rain we have been enduring for the past week, It’s a sad reminder of the way the earth works, and the need to understand the natural system, and not try an bypass it. Oh it’s also a call to the press to get it right, and not to exagarate the problem.

It should be high up on your Architectural Technologist CPD, looking to keep your knowledge of water tables, and rain run off, soakaways, drainage, cartography,and the like up to date.

Reading this and doing some follow up should earn you at least 1 hour, save it to your Evernote folder and make a link to it vis the spreadsheet. I saved it to my rainwater harvesting, folder with a load of tags linking it to other topics. Don’t forget to go to your Evernote account and check the use with search engines, it allows for me, Google search my notes to add a header to show any notes I might have made in Evernote.

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Architectural Technologist – Editing & Changing a polyline in a Vectorworks drawing

Vectorworks Viewer

Vectorworks Viewer (Photo credit: Scays)

Sometimes when I’m drawing I do things automatically, and I happen to be changing a polyline entity, not by pulling or pushing the vertices, but by simply removing the portion of the entity and re drawing it, then linking the bits back together with add surface. My client saw me doing it and asked for a quick video, this below is some of my efforts.

I have the river on a separate layer,  using navigation pallet  I showed the important layers in grey to aid navigation. All the river,paths and certain tributaries are classed making it so easy to just highlight the required items and work on them.

I can’t claim any time for this, but you might, by practicing the technique. If you have any problems I can show you live in a skype link or Google Hangout.

If you have any large garden that needs plotting, Vectorworks is very good at allowing you to layer the garden and show it off to it’s best, we also tag all trees and add our own search engine to Vectorworks, although we are now finding pdf printouts and the use of Goodreader, as just as effective.

 

 

 

 

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Architectural Technologist – Landscape Design – Tree types, latin and common

Books for trees

Books for trees (Photo credit: Scays)

With all the work I do now plotting gardens and in particular trees, I thought it time I opened up a CPD Project on my CPD record spreadsheet and started some research into garden design, tree types and what seems to be so important to gardeners, the latin and common names of trees. So if you have a look onto my CPD spreadsheet from the tab above you will see it now added, with one hour accredited. The picture today is just a small collage of recent books I have purchased or subscribe to

Where is the CPD for the Architectural Technologist, well, think of root structure, tree canopy spread, and water uptake for a start, plus I have recently had to name trees close by so this will help me and is worthy of some form of CPD.

 

 

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