I managed to get a sweet collective groan from friends and acquaintances Saturday night after my boyfriend inquired about my day:
Nate: How’d the studying go?
Jenny: Okay, I’ve been working through a lot of site information. Honestly it’s been a bit grading.
I was finally able to wrap my head around the site grading vignette tonight, and my completion time is about 20 minutes. That’s 10 minutes longer that I want it to be, so I will be spending the next few lunch hours working on speeding up my time while maintaining accuracy. Now it’s on to the site design vignette, which at this point still really scares me. I went through Dan’s Helpful SP Tips on the areforum FTP site, and rewrote the steps into an order that I can follow, and will be working through those next. While I was looking for other suggestions on the forum I ran across a link to the following youtube video on laying out parking lots in the NCARB software:
How cool is that?! She has a few other in the series that are useful as well. After watching those and playing with the software a bit, I’m feeling comfortable in laying out a parking lot provided I know how many bays it should be. That part still baffles me…what exactly is considered a “compact” design? I guess I’ll just have to keep looking over other peoples’ attempts to figure it out for myself. It appears that in the case of this vignette, practice makes perfect…and with 6 days to go I’ve got a whole lot of practicing to do.