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ArborCAD is purpose built computer aided design (CAD) software especially for the needs of Arborists. Whether you are conducting and documenting a site survey or producing a Tree Protection Report for a DA, ArborCAD has the tools for you.

Based on our best-selling landscape software LANDWorksCAD, ArborCAD is simple to use and easy to learn. An online training course is available to get you up and running fast - You'll be drawing in less than an hour or so and you don't need to be a computer nerd to use it.

ArborCAD allows you to automatically produce professional drawings to AS4970 standards and is adaptable to use anywhere in the world or for any other drawing purpose from arboriculture to architecture. More...

ArborCAD allows you to insert tree specifying parameters such as trunk, root, protection zone... ArborCAD™ Insert Tree Sample

In Detail

Planning - Site Survey's

Use ArborCAD to edit architects or surveyors CAD files directly or use a scanned plan, aerial photograph or any satellite image of your site (including Google Earth, Google Maps or Near Maps) as your base plan, then scale it to size and draw accurately over it.

ArborCAD Sample Palm Beach Layout

Import field data you have collected and let ArborCAD accurately draw every tree in the right place for you.

ArborCAD will automatically place a unique ID label on the drawing for every tree and link each tree to any fields of data that you have available.

Need to show the canopy? Enter the canopy size as a diameter or distance North, South, East and West and the software will draw that too!

ArborCAD Tree Canopy ArborCAD™ Tree Canopy

Tree Assessment Drawings

At the push of a button you can generate complete schedules linking any of the identified trees with any of your related data from Botanical name, Common name, abbreviation, vigour/health, structure, dimensions, crown spread and height, age class, estimated life expectancy, heritage or cultural matters, ecological and habit matters, the location relative to existing site features, function, other features such as surface roots and retention value.

ArborCAD Generates automatically schedules within seconds ArborCAD™ Generate Schedules

You can even colour code your drawing to make it clearer to read and easier to identify specific trees.

Arboriculture Report and Impact Assessment Drawings

Send you drawings back to planners, architects, designers and planning control authorities to allow them to comply create appropriate designs to protect the viability and sustainability of retainable trees.

From just the Stem Diameter the software will calculate and draw the Structural Root Zone (SRZ) and the Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) for each tree for you, and if you would prefer to protect a group of trees all together then the system will let you do that too.

ArborCAD Check Protection Zone ArborCAD™ Check Protection Zone

Even encroachments into the calculated TPZ are handled for you by the software. Just indicate the area of encroachment and the software will work out the percentage and adjust the radii of the TPZ for you, all within regulation.

ArborCAD Insert Tree Protection Zone Sample ArborCAD™ Insert Tree Protection Zone (TPZ)

Add tell-tale photographs you have taken on site to your drawings. They will clearly assist the clarity and understanding of your professional document.

Total Control

Whilst ArborCAD has many fully automated tasks it also provides total manual override control for every aspect of the drawing. You can adjust everything as you see fit. This means that unusual sites or difficult areas of access and even neighbouring properties are able to be accommodated with ease. It also means you can easily create your own drawing style to make your drawings unique.

ArborCAD Insert Fence Sample ArborCAD™ Insert Fence

Helping Your Associates

ArborCAD doesn't just help the Arborists look and perform more professionally; it also assists those that need to work with you, from the surveyor to the planning department to the builder. For example, with ArborCAD you can even calculate and draw the position of every piece of Tree Protection Zone fencing and provide your builder with an accurate estimate of how many sections he will need to order! Now that's nice, isn't it?

ArborCAD has been developed in consultation with one of Australia's leading Arboriculture experts to generate the most professional Arborists drawings of any design software in the world.

Note: If you incorporate landscape design or landscape architecture into your business, you can seamlessly run LANDWorksCAD along-side your ArborCAD application.

Frequently Asked Questions

[Q] When I buy ArborCAD do I also get the regular CAD software tools?

[A] Yes, ArborCAD includes ALL the CAD tools as well as the Arboriculture functions.


[Q]I already own LANDWorksCAD, can I just add ArborCAD to it?

[A] Yes. You can run ArborCAD directly inside your existing LANDWorksCAD.


[Q] Can I work with CAD drawings sent to me by the architect or surveyor?

[A] Yes, You can open, edit and save all the standard formats including DXF and DWG for AutoCAD.


[Q] I am new to CAD, how hard is ArborCAD to learn?

[A] We have based ArborCAD on our best selling and easiet to use CAD engine. Everyone who can operate a computer can learn and use ArborCAD. It's really quite easy. We do recommend doing the online training to get the best value from your software.


[Q] We already use AutoCAD to develop or tree protection plans, will Arbor Cad provide any distinct advantage to professional who already use CAD?

[A] Thank you for your question Jeremy. Yes ArborCAD will give you all the usual drawing functions of CAD plus it gives you a range of tools specific to the tasks as follows...

  1. accurately insert large (or small) volumes of trees from field survey data into the correct locations
  2. automatically calculate and draw the Structural Root Zone (SRZ) and Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) from the same  data
  3. draw irregular canopy’s for each tree based on simple North, South, East, West dimensions
  4. calculate interference percentage of a TPZ incursion and adjust the TPZ to accommodate the value and present the user with options to show the value on the drawing
  5. automatically produce tree protection zone perimeters for groups of trees and
  6. draw and calculate perimeter fencing
  7. automatically generate quantity tables for trees in the current drawing
  8. automatically generate tree schedules based on chosen attributes

We purposely chose an easier and less expensive CAD platform than the one you have to develop ArborCAD on. This has the benefit of being easier and much faster for new users to learn (apart from being less expensive to buy) As an existing user of a different CAD software you may take a few days to adapt to the different commands though.

System Requirements

ArborCAD System Requirements

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Mac OSX Catalina (10.15), OSX Mojave (10.14), High Sierra (10.13), Sierra (10.12), El Capitan (10.11) or Yosemite (10.10)
  • Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 (or higher)
  • 8GB RAM (or more preferred)
  • 700MB Hard Drive Space
  • Mouse with scroll wheel
  • Graphics Card supporting OpenGL with 2GB (or greater)

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