Open Association of Landscape Industries
Discussion for members and potential members of SGD.
Please feel free to discuss every aspect of membership including fee structure, training and benefits etc.
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Started by Phil Voice Jan 20.
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Started by Phil Voice Nov 29, 2012.
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Agree with you that most clients will not pay for that level of detail, I can only imagine if they have huge budget, most blanche at modest fees for basic design. I've been asked by my RCO to do the project appraisal this year, I don't have the quantity drawings required, or the time to them retrospectively at the moment, the best gardens I have done I have known the client and garden well before and they already had a trusted contractor who was easy to work with.
Just little confused on this group ; one sentence says need to be member or potential member
Then it says further down : you need to be a member !
I am not a memeber , I was a coresponding memeber when I first finished a portion of training. No connection now.
I have through the years thought of joining / applying.
yet each time re-read all that is involved & have each time come to the conclusion to put the `time` invloved in all preparation into my business instead.
Last year I considered it again and spoke to one of the organisers at SGD ...finding out that they had refined a few things which actually made it more involved etc .again I ask .......Is this really worth the investment , money, time , preparation of extra drawings to support projects I have completed.
When I viewed all details needed : in all honesty on many projects not all these details are completed in a way to use as part of an application : why : some customer /clients would not want to use their budget on this level of detailing . Also depending upon the contractor you are working with , if this is a regular contractor on projects & you have developed a professional / good relationship and provide high quality finish, some elements/decisions/details maybe agreed on site or during the costing process.
This isn't an organisation I'd heard of before. It will be interesting to find out more.
I think the amount of 'thought' we all seem to put into whether the SGD is for us, individually or wider industry, is because there is a desire for something like the SGD but we're just not quite sure they are quite what we want or need.
I can see changes happening but only time will see if they are enough of what the industry want or needs. In the meantime I now look for any avenue I enjoy and that supports my business in a way that feels right with my own approach.
That's also why I use LJN too for its open approach to debates and encouragement of the sharing of information, its like an on-line Cluster group.
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