Digital technology is transforming the landscape and placemaking profession. As well as the Building Information Modelling (BIM) revolution in construction, geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), GPS, remote sensing and geofencing are changing the face of both the built and natural environment.

The next LI CPD day will be on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London. Join us for a day of digital training, learning and discussion with leading experts in AR, VR, BIM, GIS, game tech, data protection, and more.

Choose from 20 individual expert-led sessions, network with fellow professionals, and develop your skills and knowledge in a crucial area of practice.

Confirmed speakers

Rob Charlton

Chief Executive at Space Group

Technology in construction trends

Hear about the latest evolutions in 3D parametric software and its application to construction. In the late 1990s, Rob pioneered the use of 3D technology in architectural design, and now leads a group of five design and technology firms. Here he will talk delegates through the current maturity of the digital construction sector and how it will develop in the years ahead.

Michael Cowdy

Director at McGregor Coxall

Smart design for a smart future

Join the director and urbanism leader for a multi-disciplinary, international design firm to explore the ‘Smart City’ movement and how data leverage can achieve connected, adaptive, efficient, intelligent and healthy human habitats. Find out how ICT and the Internet of Things can facilitate community ownership of public places, improve sustainability, and improve physical and mental health outcomes.

Matt Davies

Managing Director at Maplango

Simon Miles

The Loose Goat

QGIS – practical applications for the ecology and landscape industries

Sharon Hosegood

Director at Sharon Hosegood Associates


Meet the specialist ground-penetrating radar TreeRadar and find out how to map roots, facilitate retention-sensitive design and measure healthy root density, all without digging up a gram of soil. A chartered arboriculturist – and Fellow of both the Arboricultural Association and Institute of Chartered Foresters – Sharon will explain the application and methodology of TreeRadar, research and development of the software, and practical applications for landscape professionals.

Kadine James

3D Technology Lead at Hobs3D

Matthew Parker

Co-founder at Room60

Animated Landscape

Discover how to utilise film and animation in the landscape planning and design process, from conceptual sketch to completion and beyond, helping to engage stakeholders and the public, win new work, and raise investment funds for your project.

Carla Whelan

Associate at Russell-Cooke Solicitors

Data protection law is changing – what do you need to know about the GDPR?

Join Carla, a specialist in data protection and employment law, for an overview of new EU data protection legislation and how it applies to landscape professionals. Find out how GDPR differs to the extant Data Protection Act (DPA), how it will affect practice, and what steps you need to take to prepare.

About Landscape Institute CPD days

Part of LI’s role is to ensure that our members uphold the highest standards of professional competence and knowledge. To this end, the LI Code of Conduct requires all corporate members to complete a minimum of 25 hours’ continuing professional development (CPD) learning each year.

The LI hosts a number of dedicated CPD Days in various regional locations throughout the year. The next event will take place on Tuesday 20 March in the Grand Connaught Rooms, Central London, which is just a short journey from several major stations including Waterloo, Euston, St Pancras, Liverpool Street, and Victoria. Join us for a day of digital training, learning and discussion with leading experts in AR, VR, BIM, GIS, game technology, data protection, and more.

LI CPD days are an excellent and affordable way for LI members and landscape-related professionals to develop their professional knowledge and expertise. The cost of attendance includes lunch, refreshments and networking opportunities. Registration opens at 8.30am for a 9.30am start, and the event closes at 5pm.

For booking and FAQs, click the booking link below.

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  1. This sounds really interesting, but London is a trek for northern practices. Is there a likelihood of this CPD happening elsewhere?

    • Dear Penny,

      Thanks for your comment. We are still working on our forward plan for CPD days, so cannot give you a definite answer at this stage; but if the London day is successful, and we are able to make another location work with regards to speakers, we would like to run a similar event for other regions in the UK.

  2. Hi.
    We’re interested in attending this event and will be coming from abroad. Do you know when the registration will open? Thanks

  3. We are a manufacturer and would love to get involved in the LI CPD programme. We have some great content that would be useful to your members. How do we get involved and able to present our CPD seminars on these days or something similar?

    • Dear Chris,

      Thanks for your comment. Please email our events team at to discuss potential involvement in LI CPD days, giving a brief outline of your content and what value it could have for landscape and place making professionals.

      With best wishes,

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