Information storage and retrieval for landscape architects.
By James L. Sipes, ASLA
It is often said that a good landscape architect needs to be part
horticulturist, ecologist, architect, engineer, hydrologist, planner,
construction manager, economist, artist, sociologist, and several
other "ists" thrown in for good measure. As landscape architects,
we have to understand what to do with all of the different types
of data these disciplines work with, and we have to understand how
to synthesize them all to design places and spaces. It makes sense,
then, to learn how to use database management systems in order to
handle this vast array of information.
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A database management system (DBMS) allows you to store, modify,
cross-reference, and access virtually any type of information stored
in digital format. Basically any information that can be put into
a tabular format can be developed into a database. That includes
text files, contract information, specifications, material and labor
costs, product details, site inventories, salary information, project
proposal data, graphic images, client contact information, and any
other information, whether it be oriented to general office use
or geared toward a specific project, client, or type of work.
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