Learning Labs

Visit ASLA’s Learning Lab theaters for live product demonstrations. Preview the latest innovations and
technology offered by exhibitors. Confirmed presentations include:


Saturday, September 29

Learning Lab 1

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Vortex Aquatics Structures International: Designing Sustainable Splashpads. This session will bring attendees up to date with the latest product and water management innovations and how to design environmentally responsible Splashpads. Learning outcomes:
•The innovative Capture & Repurpose Water Management System
•The other more traditional Water Management Systems options
•Other factors influencing the sustainability of your installation
This session qualifies for LA CES credit.

11:00 am – 12 noon                    

Chameleon Ways, Inc.  Natural Aggregate Bound Surfaces.  This session will explore how the  decorative surfacing and paving products provide unique, beautiful and maintenance free alternatives to asphalt, concrete, pavers and steel tree grates.  Utilizing the natural color of aggregates, these surfaces offer numerous applications to brighten paved environments with color, patterns, textures and even porous surfaces.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Land F/X:CAD and the Design Cycle of a Project. The utilization of CAD and computers in a landscape architecture project can transcend just construction documents. Learn how CAD using Land F/X can address issues from the early schematic design phase, to the landscape concept, production document efficiency and error checking, document flexibility for presentation, 3-D visualization, and photo representations.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.: The Next BIG THING in Landscape is really small! This session will explore the powerful relationship between plant roots and naturally-occurring mycorrhizal fungi. Find out how these amazing soil organisms impart drought resistance, improve nutrient availability and suppress root disease in over 90 percent of terrestrial plant species. Learn about the many ways landscape professionals can harness these benefits in projects.

Learning Lab Two   

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Oldcastle Precast Enclosure Solutions: As an industry leader in grade-level access boxes, Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions is an expert in selecting the right enclosure for the application and installation conditions. Join us for a closer look at matching installation conditions with the appropriate load performance level.


11:00 am – 12 noon
Danver Outdoor Kitchens: Who and What is Driving Leisure Industry Trends? How do design professionals participate and profit with outdoor living areas? This session will discuss the rapid growth and growth patterns as well as product categories within the leisure industry. Creative design and functionality of outdoor living areas will be given special attention and examples of popular cooking and entertaining appliances will be shared.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Invisible Structures, Inc.: Porous Pavement Solutions. Attendees will gain and understanding of the history, applications, limitations, and benefits of porous pavement types. The course will also focus closely on flexible, plastic porous grass and gravel containment, and porous pavements including specifying and installing for drainage, parking, fire lanes, and access roads.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Firestone Specialty Products: Making a Paradigm Shift in Stormwater Management. Traditionally, the design philosophy for managing stormwater has focused on controlling stormwater run-off and discharging it from the site as quickly as possible. While this has been an accepted design practice for decades, recent technological advancements allow for an innovated new solution that literally turns onsite stormwater management upside down.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Thomas Steele/Madrax: Bike Parking Solutions. Biking is increasingly becoming the number one choice for alternative transportation but there is still a lack of secure bike parking. Madrax will be discussing bike parking solutions, and common issues associated with commercial and residential applications.


Sunday, September 30

Learning Lab One    

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.: Applying BIM Workflows to Landscape Architecture.
If you’re being asked to use BIM products or workflows for site-specific information modeling or to deliver files, this session is for you. From identifying BIM’s basic principles to discussing its benefits and challenges, this session reveals how current technology applications, based on BIM concepts, can meet your needs.

11:00 am – 12 noon

ARCOM: Good Specifications Make For Good Contract Documents. Hear specifications insights and tips and familiarize yourself with tools that speed their production. Examples will illustrate product selection criteria, soil mixes, substitution procedures, installation requirements, initial maintenance, and warranty provisions. Poorly researched, written, and coordinated specifications lead to errors, delays, cost overruns, and unhappy clients. 


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Land FX: Irrigation Design Using CAD Technology. Learn how CAD using Land F/X provides the technology and tools for the irrigation design process.  Users can have data from every major manufacturer at their fingertips, the power of early schematic irrigation, intelligent head placement, automated pipe sizing, error checking, instant schedules and reports, and runtime scheduling.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Haddonstone USA: Cast Stone: Heritage, Technology and Inspiration. This session will explore the English cast stone heritage; different manufacturing methods; inspirational present uses and potential future uses including restoration and new build; recent technological advances; the material’s environmental and sustainability credentials; and, Haddonstone’s ongoing collaboration with Robert A.M. Stern Architects.


2:45 - 3:45
Waterplay Solutions: Sensory Play. Designing aquatic play products that focus on touch, sight, sound and collaborative play allow children to explore beyond the bounds of fun and into a wonder world that stimulates development and evokes thoughtful play. Join us to discover how you can increase the appeal of your projects by considering sensory stimulation within your designs.

Learning Lab Two

9:45 am–10:45 am
Esri: Geodesign: New Tools That Inform Design.Geodesign supports rapid evaluation of design alternatives against the probable impacts working across multiple scales and disciplines to support transparent, collaborative, informed design. Web-based GIS “sketching” tools and “procedurally-based” 3D visualization methods that turn programmatic goals into rules that automate design and report generation will be demonstrated.

11:00 am –12 noon

AVM Industries, Inc.: Waterproofing. Learn about the latest technologies in waterproofing systems, their applications, capabilities, limitations and how to avoid common mistakes. AVM industries is a manufacturer of high performance, cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy to install waterproofing products and systems. Product approvals include ICC, L.A.R.R, IAPMO, Class A, 1-Hour Fire Ratings etc.


12:15 - 1:15 pm
ASLA Emerging Professionals Committee: So, I graduated in a bad economy, now what?: The challenge of finding work in landscape architecture right now can be a daunting task for all professionals, but especially for recent graduates and emerging professionals whose skill set may be larger on aspiration than experience. Opportunities do exist for those looking. Come hear an emerging professional and seasoned landscape architect share tips, strategies, and opportunities for finding work and building a support network in a bad economy.

Presenter(s):Brent Jacobsen, Associate ASLA, Designer, Rios Clementi Hale Studios and Robert Hewitt ASLA, APA; Principal, Hewitt Nassar Studio, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Clemson University

Learning Objectives:
Understand key factors shaping the market for emerging landscape architects right now
Discover strategies for locating and gaining potential employment
Understand trends in project types in order to focus continuing education/skills development

1:30 pm 2:30 pm

FLEX-Drain®: This session will provide an in-depth look at the world of rainwater runoff and landscape drainage. FLEX-Drain® will provide you with the knowledge of how to keep landscapes looking beautiful with functional drainage systems. Now it comes in colors that will help hide unsightly drain pipe in new or existing landscapes.

2:45 - 3:45
Vegetal I.D. Inc.: Hydropack® green roof tray system: Not all systems perform the same! Learn everything you need to know to design successful, sustainable, high performance green roofs and living walls. Vegetal ID, a European leader in this industry, has been developing, growing and installing solutions for over 20 years. This session will focus on tips to differentiate systems and tools for choosing the right one!

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August 17, 2012

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