One of the most tedious steps in drafting landscape plans is the development of a plant schedule. gCADPlus offers a set of tools to automate that process.
This movie provides a quick overview of how a schedule similar to the one shown below can be automatically generated. The exact number number of each species in the design is totaled as the schedule is created. To update the schedule taking into account any changes made to symbols, simply redraw the schedule. There is no need to remove the current one. That will happen automatically.
The figure below shows the set of tools used to generate the schedule.
Edit plant list
This option is used to load a plant list. The list is a simple text file with a .gcp extension. You can add new species to the list and these will be sorted automatically sorted into alphabetic order. It is also possible to add new columns to the list and to sort those columns.
Set data to plant
Use this option to set a species name from the list to a particular symbol in the design. The plant list associated with the drawing will pop up. Select the row containing the information about the species you wish to tag.
Remove data from plant list
This option is used to break the link between a symbol and the plant list.
View plant list
Use this option to show the current plant schedule list (before drawing the plant list).
Show symbols with names
Use this tool to highlight symbols that have been tagged for inclusion in the plant schedule.
Draw plant schedule
This tool is used to actually draw the schedule. Make sure that an appropriate text style has been set prior to running the tool. Indicate the top left of the schedule box and the bottom right. the schedule is drawn as a block. Explode the block if you need further editing.
The routine that draws the schedule poses several questions about your preferences for layout prior to it creating the schedule.