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Unit Overview


This unit comprises a series of guest lectures and site visits. Lecture topics include the importance of accurate and legible tender/construction documents including types and styles of construction drawings, site layout, grading plans, soft landscape (planting plan), hard landscape (typical details), technical specifications, contracts and standards, bill of quantities and cost estimates, and standard contract documents. The unit consists of a short design project of a set commercial space and then a series of lectures, site visits and practical exercises in which the students progressively prepare the technical documents for this space. The final part of the unit is the culmination of the documents as a professional tender/construction report with bill of quantities and standard contract documents.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to complete standard documentation drawings and written specifications for landscape construction purposes. This includes plan detail, technical specifications, bill of quantities, estimate of costs and typical contract documents for potential tender and construction of works.


This comprises a series of weekly assignments, firstly the design of a nominated commercial space and then the accompanying documentation drawings for construction/tender purposes, which includes drawings, specifications and final documentation booklet. The assessment also includes the compilation of typical soft and hard detail library, weekly assignments and a final documentation booklet.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
LACH2250 Landscape Computing 2
and LACH3330 Landscape Technology 3
Contact hours
48 (lectures: 24 hours
workshops/seminars: 24 hours)
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Rogers, W. The Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture: a Complete Guide to Starting and Running Your Own Firm: Van Nostrand Reinhold c.1997


Blanc, A. Landscape Construction and Detailing: McGraw-Hill 1996

Ferguson, B. Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design: Wiley 1998

Hjelmfelt, A. and Cassidy, J. Hydrology for Engineers and Planners: Iowa State University Press 1974

Roberts, J. The Building Site: Planning and Practice: John Wiley & Sons 1983

Simmons, H. L. Construction: Principles, Materials and Methods, 7th edn: Wiley 2001

Strom, S. and Nathan, K. Site Engineering for Landscape Architects: Van Nostrand Reinhold 1985

Tutt, P. and Adler, D. New Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data: Architectural Press, Oxford 1997

Unterman, R. Grade Easy: distributed by ASLA

Williams, G. Grading: A Workbook of Manual Land Grading Techniques: QUT unpublished

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