Case Study - 700 acre development in Costa Rica
For this project we were working for a developer who had no staff so there were many jobs to do. One of the first things we had to do was to pull together literally dozens maps and deeds to piece together the entire site. All of them written in Spanish and using the metric system. No problem! We had to digitize contours into Land Desktop from paper maps so we could run a surface to generate profiles, which were critical to the client.
Once the main CAD file was put together, the developer and I worked closely on putting together a site plan with two hotels, dozens of home sites and hundreds of multi-family units. Our architecture background came in handy, as we were able to design the buildings and put them on the site plan in short order.
Now that everything looked good on paper, it was time for a trip to Costa Rica to spot additional home sites and verify that the project on paper would work in reality. We spent two weeks on the site, meeting with the land owner, surveyors, builders and the Environmental Minister while determining the best views of the Pacific. Armed with a laptop and printer, we worked through the night generating new sections and worked during the day on site.
Other services for this project including constant printing of new maps, learning a bit of Spanish, working with a golf course developer and contributing my own ideas into the project as directed by the developer.
For civil projects, Hellard Design exclusively uses Autodesk's Land Desktop.
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