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Dru Allan Design: Enhancing Landscape Design with BricsCAD and Qscape


Dru Allan Design was set up by Dru Allan, a Landscape Design professional with over 25 years of experience in landscape design, garden design, horticulture, and construction. They are a multidisciplinary design and build company that prides itself on attention to detail in every aspect of its service. They have leveraged the power of technology to revolutionize their workflow and deliver exceptional projects. This case study explores their journey with BricsCAD and Qscape and highlights the significant benefits of these tools to their landscape design process.


The recommendation from a fellow landscape company was a significant factor in the decision to adopt BricsCAD and Qscape. The specific features and capabilities of these tools, tailored to landscape design, stood out and provided a compelling case for their integration into Dru Allan Design’s workflow.


Initially, all designs were hand-drawn. The transition to technology began with Google SketchUp®, which replaced hand-drawn 3D visuals. As proficiency in SketchUp® grew, transitioning to CAD software became a natural progression to enhance workflow efficiency. Before adopting BricsCAD, Dru Allan Design used SolidWorks® for their projects.


Dru has been utilizing BricsCAD and Qscape for approximately 10 years. The transition was facilitated by a recommendation from a landscape company already using these tools, combined with prior AutoCAD® experience from university, making the learning curve relatively smooth.

Dru told me, “Transitioning to BricsCAD and Qscape was straightforward thanks to prior experience with AutoCAD®. The intuitive interface and user-friendly design of Qscape further simplified the learning process, allowing for a quick and efficient transition”.


Dru went on to tell me, “The implementation of BricsCAD and Qscape has led to significant time savings, particularly in producing planting details for various projects. The streamlined workflow has enhanced overall project efficiency”.

Also, the precision and detail in landscape design documentation have been greatly enhanced. Dru added, “Qscape allows for detailed designs with planting schedules and quantities that are easily priced and constructed by contractors. Additionally, these designs can be seamlessly integrated with architect drawings and surveys provided in DWG format”.

The improved workflow facilitated by BricsCAD and Qscape has resulted in noticeable financial benefits, streamlining processes.


Both BricsCAD and Qscape have proven to be user-friendly for Dru Allan Design. After a quick demo, they were up and running with minimal assistance needed to refine their skills and deepen their understanding of the software.

Dru told me, “On the odd occasion that we’ve needed support, Dan has always sorted it swiftly.” The prompt and effective assistance received ensured smooth operation and minimal downtime.


Dru Allan Design’s approach is to design in 3D first and then export a 2D DWG model into BricsCAD. This model is then populated with Qscape details directly in BricsCAD. After detailing, visuals are developed in Lumion® to showcase planting styles and materials, providing clients with a comprehensive view of the project.

Dru Allan highly recommends BricsCAD and Qscape to other professionals in the landscape architecture industry, citing excellent support and significant workflow improvements as key benefits.


The integration of BricsCAD and Qscape, along with stunning visuals to help the client better understand the project, has transformed Dru Allan Design’s landscape design process, enhancing efficiency, precision, and overall project quality. Their journey is an inspiring example for other landscape professionals considering a similar transition.

Like Dru Allan Design, you can take advantage of powerful CAD tools with an easy learning curve that can help you create detailed and accurate plans that are compatible with your customers.

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