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Old 10-05-2011, 03:19 PM
SoCalLandscapeMgmt SoCalLandscapeMgmt is offline
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And sorry... to answer your question Mike: On a 20 acre site the only accurate way I can think of to map utilities and main lines and such is to do it all in Auto Cad and give them a copy of the file and the free .dwg file viewer. If you already had the landscape and irrigation in Auto Cad it would be very easy to do. I've seen 15 acre site plans reduced to 11 x 17, color coded and laminated and turned into very nice controller charts.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:27 PM
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And sorry... to answer your question Mike: On a 20 acre site the only accurate way I can think of to map utilities and main lines and such is to do it all in Auto Cad and give them a copy of the file and the free .dwg file viewer. If you already had the landscape and irrigation in Auto Cad it would be very easy to do. I've seen 15 acre site plans reduced to 11 x 17, color coded and laminated and turned into very nice controller charts.
Thanks Dan, now is Auto Cad (excuse my being lost in the sixties) something that we use a GPS system to map? RM has the GPS locations of all my DX-2 clocks.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:08 PM
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Thanks Dan, now is Auto Cad (excuse my being lost in the sixties) something that we use a GPS system to map? RM has the GPS locations of all my DX-2 clocks.
The site would actually have to be drawn from scratch either from existing plans or from data from an actual site survey. This would be a pretty costly venture as you'd probably have to hire somebody to do it all.... but once the base map of the site was done you could do all kinds of cool things with it.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:25 PM
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The site would actually have to be drawn from scratch either from existing plans or from data from an actual site survey. This would be a pretty costly venture as you'd probably have to hire somebody to do it all.... but once the base map of the site was done you could do all kinds of cool things with it.
What I figured, also. Why they hired the low-life sprinkler guy to ramrod it, I have no idea, except they know I'll need rear duals next year.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:15 PM
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Hmm. interesting thread, for once. As I mentioned, my main "mega" wants to do a accurate as-built of all utilities (including my double Rainmaster 48 zoners) next year. They want it available, not only on a storage medium, but a paper copy in the largest scale possible. Since it's almost twenty acres, how would some of you go about mapping such a site?
Trimble GPS unit and AutoCAD Map 3D. You can rent Trimble units that will give you sub-foot ranges. Flag the site, use the gps to mark your waypoints, export and pull into AutoCAD.

We did as-builts for golf courses this way all the time.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:48 PM
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It might be cheaper to fly one or two of you hotshots up to WA if you have the mapping capabilities and hardware. No skiing, but the finest seafood and wine in the world. There is a cottage on site and the client is a looker.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:06 PM
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Have family in Olympia... Just have to get a vacation once in a while.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:28 AM
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No skiing, .
What about alpental , baker and crystal ? There the S!
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:30 AM
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Have family in Olympia... Just have to get a vacation once in a while.
just 'partied' there 2 weeks ago... My best man just got back from a 1.5 year service in iraq.. Got a hotel- was rather fun to be drunk with him at 4am at the pier at the light house and talk about stories of him over there
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:45 PM
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I just watched the you tube videos for this product and all it does it create a Station/Zone Description. They just call it a "map".

We built an Excel spread sheet to do what this does. The techs can create one in the field in minutes with the template, attach it to the work order and then it is emailed to all the techs to add to their documents. Each tech keeps a flash drive with all the zone sheets and all of our CAD "maps" / as-builts. We also laminate the zone descriptions for the properties we have contracts on.

I just do not see any advantage for the high costs involved. When I originally read the sales pitch I thought it was some sort of real as-built drawing program layed over a google earth file or something.
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