CAD users?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NC_Irrigator, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    Anybody using CAD for irrigation? whats the best program?
     
  2. greenworldh20

    greenworldh20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    don't know...i hear rain cad is goood....let me know what ya find out

    brian
     
  3. pokemon

    pokemon LawnSite Member
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    I have been playing around with Rain Cad Software for a while and the learning cure is challenging for me at this time. I need in the field experience. But you may have a easier time than I since you have an irrigation back ground and you are expose to it daily.
    thats my .02

    Pokemon
     
  4. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
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    I have been using RainCad and I like it. Although it is kinda pricey it does work quite efficiently. I have found it easier to plan a system since I don't have to go back and erase what I drew because I drew something in the wrong spot! Haven't gotten a chance to try much of the landscaping portion but I will post when I discover how it works.
     
  5. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rain CAD. WE also used it for landscape design when we did design build.
     
  6. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,416

    what version of raincad do you use?
     
  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Using 6.0
     
  8. Jroctx

    Jroctx LawnSite Member
    from Austin
    Posts: 73

    Can anyone else share their experience with Rain Cad? We are in the market.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  9. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
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    Have found that rain-cad is good for landscape design as well. Easy to change locations of plants and such as that. I do like the material take-off feature. Although it does take a while to input all of your prices and get it set up the way you want it. I like it so far, makes estimating easier, however I still go back and double check by hand just to make sure all my ducks are in a row.

    Like I said in my earlier post, it is pricey (I paid right at $1000 I think) but if you want to use a computer to do irrigation design I know of no better way.
     
  10. aquamtic

    aquamtic LawnSite Senior Member
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    For those of you just starting out-- Microsoft Visio has decent landscape capabilties with some irrigation tools.

    I have not yet seen a reason to upgrade to Autocad or Raincad just yet.

    Even Autocad Lite is more affordable but it its still technical. I will

    I have attached a layout done in Visio
     

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