Vectorworks Training Competition - win a day of training

Vectorworks Landmark, is the CAD software of choice for Landscape and Garden Designers, with tools for surveying, site analysis, designing hard landscaping and planting, contour modelling, rendering and much, much more.

The Vectorworks Training team, headed by, Tamsin Slatter, specialises in delivering high quality training and expertise to the landscape design world. All their trainers are qualified designers and use this expertise to help clients build a business process around this powerful software.
They offer a range of courses, from beginner through to the more advanced 3D site modelling skills.

Landscape Juice has teamed up with Vectorworks Training to offer this competition to LJN members to win a free place on one of our one day public courses. The competition ends at midnight on Friday 04 March 2011.

The winner will be entitled to one free day of training, at their training suite in Newbury, Berkshire. The course must be selected from our current training schedule (subject to availability) and must be taken before the end of June 2011. Courses run from 9:30 am to 16:30 and include a light lunch.

Our current schedule includes:

Vectorworks Foundation
Aimed very much at those totally new to the software, you will learn how to set up your “drawing board”, and learn how to use the basic drawing functions, to get yourself ready to make the most of the landscape specific features.

Vectorworks Landmark

For those who have mastered basic drawing skills, but would like to explore the more industry-focused tools within Landmark, we look at surveys, hard landscaping and planting plans.

Move to 3D
So, you can draw 2D plans, and have made use of the built-in Landmark features, but want to extend your knowledge of working in a 3D environment so that you can model more bespoke features.

Rendering and Lighting with Renderworks
Learn how to add light sources to the model to create accurate sun and shade studies, apply textures, apply backgrounds and create perspective camera views. Learn how to combine textures, lighting and 3D Image Prop plants to create stunning effects.

Site Modelling
Although this course does expect you to know your way around Vectorworks and have an understanding of the above, this course really is the icing on the cake! Learn how to plot heights from your own survey, or import information from your surveyor. We then create a model of the site, look at the site analysis possibilities and then learn how to adjust the site to suit your design, giving you a great visual for your client, contour plan for your contractor and those all-important cut and fill calculations.

How to enter

The rules of this give-away are simple; just leave a comment in the box below for your chance to win a day of training with Vectorworks Training - please just one comment per person (multiply or non relevant comments will be discounted).

The person chosen at random after the closing date will be the winner (draw will be made using

Once the draw has been done and the winner announced, you'll be contacted directly by Vectorworks Training to arrange a convenient time and date for your day.

You can learn more about Vectorworks Training at

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Comment by Becky Wells on February 16, 2011 at 12:00
I hand draw but I'd love to learn Vectorworks. I never seem to have the time to devote to it and winning this day might just address that. Becky Wells
Comment by Sarah Whaley on February 16, 2011 at 12:03

Bit of a SketchUp fan so keen to see what Vectorworks has to offer in terms of intuitive user-friendliness!

Comment by Terry Fairbrass on February 16, 2011 at 12:06
Would love to win a day's training on Vectorworks, have had the software for years but only used it to read technical drawings, it would be beneficial to learn the basic drawing functions and progress to their more advance functions.

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Comment by Helen Reeley on February 16, 2011 at 12:10

Hello Tamsin

My drawing skills are very basic and I've never done anything on CAD so I could utilise the basic course you offer very well for sure. Some CAD training could boost my confidence and ability in this area and thus I'd be better positioned to offer drawing led design services in my business.

And Newbury isn't far from Berkhamsted so the journey is practical too.


Helen Reeley

Comment by Rebecca Smith on February 16, 2011 at 12:14

What a great offer!  I'd love the chance to train up in vectorworks.  I've heard lots of good things about your courses. 


Kind regards


Comment by Caroline Jones on February 16, 2011 at 12:46
I'm a vectorworks fan, but there's always more to learn, so a days training on rendering or site modelling would be brilliant and help me improve my use of it.

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Comment by Gary RK on February 16, 2011 at 13:12

As a landscape contractor, Vectorworks knowledge would help us generate basic functional garden plans for our clients.



Comment by George Phillips on February 16, 2011 at 13:19
I've been using Vectorworks while studying garden Design and am keen to expand my knowledge - especially in 3D
Comment by Svend Rumbold on February 16, 2011 at 13:27
I can personally vouch for both Tamsin and Vectorworks software, from her training at OCGD.  But like many software packages, there are lots of more advanced features e.g. terrain modelling, which are potentially very useful but most users rarely get to grips with.
Comment by Joy Van Geesbergen on February 16, 2011 at 13:29

Thank yo for this amazing offer, 

It is always a pleasure to improve in our formation skills, and Id definitely benefit from a couple of extra tools.. Thank you 



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