Remote Working CS Artisan and CS Artisan RV

Flexible licensing for flexible landscape design

Managing your landscape designs from a home office or remote work station needs to work on your terms in these times of social distancing.  So what does that mean for your organisation and remote working users of CS Artisan and CS Artisan RV?

How does this work with licensing, multiple users and concurrent use?  Simple.  It works seamlessly with the CSD Buddy App.

CSD Buddy App

QUESTION:

Is it possible to load ArtisanRV and Artisan onto multiple machines, as staff will be working remotely?

ANSWER:

You can install CSD software on as many computers as you need.  The important factor to consider is “concurrent use”, i.e. how many people in your organisation are using the software AT THE SAME TIME.  So, if you have 4 licences, the software may be installed on any number of devices, but this only allows you to have 4 staff using the software AT THE SAME TIME.

QUESTION:

If we need to switch “use” of the software from user to user, how do we do that?

ANSWER:

Each user can manually deactivate, activate or reactivate their individual computers licenced version via the CSD Buddy App.  When you finish using the software, simply open the CSD Buddy App, deactivate, and that licence goes back into your organisation’s account, ready for activation by another user.

And if you choose the “Deactivate Licence on closing Revit” (if using RV) or “Deactivate Licence on closing AutoCAD” (if using Artisan), this will automatically close and return the licence to your organisation’s account each time you close the software, ensuring your teams make the most effective use of its available software licences within your Revit or AutoCAD environments.

CSD Licensing Deactivate

Advanced Enterprise Working

CS Artisan and CS ArtisanRV includes support for users operating enterprise systems using Active Directories Group Policy at a computer level or via a centrally-managed software distribution solution.  This can be globally set up by your Network Manager. For further information and a copy of our Group Policy Support documentation, contact our Support Team.

The configuration controls access to CS Artisan and CS ArtisanRV (whether or not the add-in is ‘Enabled’ by default) and whether licences are automatically relinquished when an AutoCAD or Revit session closes via the ‘Deactivate Licence on closing Revit’ option.

Checking your current version

Please ensure that you have installed and updated to the most current version of the CS ArtisanRV and CS Artisan applications and the CSD AutoUpdate service. There have been some fundamental enhancements to the licensing system, controlled through the CSD Buddy App to aid remote working especially on laptops –  with or without docking stations.

The most current build for CSD products is available from the CSD Downloads page.

You will need your login credentials to access this service.

New Feature – CS ArtisanRV Plant Browser

The CS ArtisanRV Plant Browser provides a centralised tool to view and manage Artisan Objects in the current Revit model.

Plant Browser displays a dedicated Plant Explorer panel showing all planting model content in a structured list view and associated graphical plan view.
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From the Plant Explorer, users are able to quickly identify and select planting by entity, type, location and instance and to modify content for all selected entities, including substitutions and deletions.

Plant Explorer interface

The left side of the Plant Explorer panel provides a list of all planting model components arranged by entity (Area, Linear, Singular). The right side of the Plant Explorer panel displays a plan view of planting elements in the model and these are highlighted with a colour fill by hovering the cursor over the listed records.

By default, the list view is set to Collapse All so that all instances of the same type are grouped with a corresponding instance count indicated in brackets… e.g. Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ (13) indicates 13 occurrences.

By default, the plan view displays the extents of the model but users can zoom and scroll using the Control (Ctr/Ctrl) key and wheel-mouse. To revert back to the full plan view quickly, pick the magnifying glass icon…
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Hover the cursor over records in the list view to dynamically display associated entities graphically in the plan view to the right.
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Select Expand All to display detailed specification information for all planting model components.

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Instance and Type Properties

Expanded planting records are displayed in the Plant Explorer as either Instance Properties or Type Properties .

Instance Properties

The Instance Properties tab enables users to modify specification information as required for all or any selected planting components by manually entering records or picking from the associated pop-down options.
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Note that modifications will apply to all selected planting components…
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By default, the Check All control is selected, which will result in ALL instances of the associated plant host being modified if properties are changed. In the example below, 7 instances of Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ (all in Location ‘Lawn’) are ‘checked’. Specification Age and Specification Height include a record *varies* (i.e. have various values) so any selection from the associated pop-down menus, will apply to ALL 7 instances.
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In the example below, the last 3 of the 7 instances of Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ have been ‘unchecked’. As a result, any modifications to the underlying specification information, will only apply to the 4 checked instances arranged as square. Note: hover cursor over individual elements in the Instance Properties panel to provide a visual clue where the element is positioned in the plan view to the right (elements are highlighted with a red border).
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Type Properties

The Type Properties tab enables users to define or modify Ultimate Height, Ultimate Spread and Years to Full Growth values for ALL instances of a plant. Type Properties also allows users to define or modify Plant Codes used with Compact labels.
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Filter by Location

The Filter by Location tool enables users to select planting components by the Location Parameter defined at the time of placement or subsequently by editing .

The Plant Browser displays all planting model content and by default the Location Filter is set to None.
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If the planting records are not expanded, picking a Location Filter will display only those records that match the selected Location parameter.
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If the planting records are expanded and the Location Filter is set to None, all planting components are displayed under Instance properties.
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If the planting records are expanded, picking a Location Filter will display only those records that match the selected Location parameter.
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The Plant Browser enables planting to be modified, deleted or substituted centrally for all or selected planting components by host type (Area, Linear, Singular), Location or user-defined selection.

Delete Planting

The Plant Browser provides a centralised tool for viewing, filtering and selecting planting content in a model. Selected plant instances, types, locations can easily be deleted or substituted via the Plant Browser.

Note that individual plant instances can be modified using Delete Planting and Substitute Planting tools, but the Plant Browser provides a more robust way of achieving this with the added advantage of being able to initiate changes by multiple selection, location and type.

Due to the extended power of the Plant Browser, a warning message is displayed prior to committing to deleting planting components.
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Delete Multiple

If the planting records are not expanded, picking Delete (red cross X), will delete all selected instances from the model. In the example below, picking delete will remove all 5 instances of Acer cappadocicum ‘Rubrum’ from the model.
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Delete Checked

If the planting records are expanded, picking Delete Plant from Selected Host symbol (red cross over a Tree), will delete all selected instances from the model. In the example below, picking delete will remove 4 instances of Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’ from the Lawn.
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Pick Yes when presented with the warning message to delete selected plants.

Substitute Planting

The Plant Browser provides a centralised tool for viewing, filtering and selecting planting content in a model. Selected plant instances, types, locations can easily be deleted or substituted via the Plant Browser.

Note that individual plant instances can be modified using Delete Planting and Substitute Planting tools, but the Plant Browser provides a more robust way of achieving this with the added advantage of being able to initiate changes by multiple selection, location and type.

Substitute Checked

If the planting records are expanded, picking Substitute Plant (tree symbol with orange arrow), will substitute all selected instances from the model. In the example below, picking substitute will replace 2 instances of Prunus Birch Woodland Mix 1 from the East Bank of the model.
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Pick Substitute to open the Substitute Planting dialog. Open a palette under the Select Palette pull-down and pick a plant species or mix as required.
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Pick Select to substitute the selected plants in the model with new selection.
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New Feature: Manual Placement of Existing Trees in Revit

Users are able to automate the placement of existing trees in Revit directly from source survey information in CS ArtisanRV. This workflow dynamically locates existing tree instances if northing and easting information is included in the survey as descibed in a previous article.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/leverage-existing-tree-survey-information-revit-tim-calnan-cmli/

Professionals traditionally receive existing tree survey information as a spreadsheet and discrete plan view (often in DWG or DXF format). It is expected that increasingly survey information will include geo-referenced data if requested to do so by professionals needing to automatically create accurate fully informed 3D model content in BIM workflows. In the meantime, there is a need to be able to manually place existing tree survey content from discrete spreadsheet and DXF/DWG formats.

The process for manually placing existing tree components in CS ArtisanRV is as follows…

Add Existing Tree ‘Placeholders’ using customisable Reference Prefix.

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Add Properties as required from source survey information… individually or by multiple selection…

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Place Trees individually, by selection or en-masse after determining Placement Options for Existing Tree family components…

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Note that if placing multiple /all existing tree instances (i.e. multiple/all existing trees have been selected prior to picking Place Selected Trees), users are propmted to select placement points for each individual tree in turn…

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New Feature: Adding new plants to a palette

Open the Palette Builder either from the CS ArtisanRV application or by logging in to your account on the CSD Members Area via a web browser. The benefit of accessing the Palette Builder via a web browser, is that you then have access to all CSD online services.

Access your online account via the Customer Login on the CSD website.

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Enter your login credentials (Organisation Name and Password) when prompted…

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The CSD Web App Home page is displayed…

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From here, you are able to access the Palette Builder (select the Palette option) and to add new plants (select Custom Plants).

 

The Palette Builder enables you to select a palette to open for editing or to create a new palette, which can then be opened for editing…

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Here is a link to a video about using the Palette Builder including adding plants…

Custom Plants

CSD has added to the searchable library resource over the years, which currently contains approximately 11,500 species and varieties and approximately 120,000 specification options. The libraries comprise planting material from the UK, Europe, Australasia and New Zealand but there is an easy facility for users to add their own planting content via Custom Plants: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/custom-plants-bim-landscape-tim-calnan-cmli/.

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Custom plants added via the Palette Builder are automatically added to an organisation’s planting library. Custom plants are placed in a sandbox where CSD Admin is able to fully populate records and add plants to the Artisan Community resource. Note that this is simply source planting information which may be shared with the CSD Community and the content of user-defined palettes remains exclusive to the authoring organisation.

 

Add a new plant that does not exist in the CSD libraries to a mix

  • Use Custom Plants to create the new plant record
  • Add the new plant to a mix in Mixes Libraries
  • Add the modified mix to a palette.

After creating or modifying palettes, download to CS ArtisanRV (Revit add-in) or CS Artisan (AutoCAD add-in) for placing planting components directly into a BIM-ready environment (ArtisanRV) or CAD (Artisan).

New Feature: Percentage Cover for Overlay and Underlay Planting in Revit

CS ArtisanRV offers a ‘Cover Percentage’ (Cover %) option when placing area planting. This has been added as an additional field in the grid with Sum Percentage (Sum %) remaining as previously the total of the mix components (highlighted in blue below).

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In the above example, an Alder Woodland Mix has been applied to 100% of the defined area, region, floor (i.e. 412.2m2).

If Cover % is modified, the calculated values of the plant or mix are adjusted automatically. In the example below, the Alder Woodland Mix is placed on 50% of the selected area, floor, region and calculated plant numbers adjusted accordingly…

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In the above example, the Alder Woodland Mix has been applied to only 50% of the defined area, region, floor and the calculated plant numbers of the mix components adjusted automatically.

The new Cover Percentage (Cover %) control is particularly useful for Overlay and Underlay Planting

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The example above shows planting tags using Compact Labels (AWM for Alder Woodland Mix and SHM for Scrub Thicket Mix), which is a useful option when using extensive mixes. The ‘-1’ suffix represents an instance count (i.e. this is the first time both mixes have been used in the current model.

New Feature – Overlay and Underlay Planting in Revit with CS ArtisanRV

When attempting to place planting in an area that is detected as already containing planting content, users are prompted to create Overlay or Underlay Planting.

In the example below, detailed area planting has been placed with tagging using the Compact Tag option, where AWM is the defined Plant Code for Alder Woodland Mix, made up of components as listed in the Edit Planting dialog.

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Another plant or mix of plants is selected and the Place Area planting by region is run…

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When the same object that has been planted with the Alder Woodland Mix is selected, an Overlay warning message is displayed. This informs the user that planting objects have already been attached to the selected element and asks for confirmation that the new plant or mix is to be attached as Overlay or Underlay planting.

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Pick Yes to place the new plant or mix as Overlay or Underlay planting into the selected area, region or floor.

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Note that the new Overlay or Underlay planting label needs to be in the same format as the existing planting tag. In the case of mixes, users may have chosen to place a Compact Tag as in the case of AWM above as the defined Plant Code for Alder Woodland Mix. Users therefore need to ensure that the new plant or mix to be applied as Overlay or Underlay planting has an associated Plant Code so that it can be displayed as a Compact Tag to match the existing one.

If an existing tag has been placed using the Compact Label option and a new plant or mix that is to be applied as Overlay or Underlay planting does not have an associated Plant Code defined, will result in an Invalid Selection message being displayed. This advises the user to return to the Create Area Planting dialog to define a Plant Code.

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Define a Plant Code for the new plant or mix to be applied as Overlay or Underlay planting prior to placing planting.

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Overlay and Underlay planting is itemised separately when running Edit Planting.

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New Feature – Concept Planting in Revit using CS ArtisanRV

Create early phase Concept Planting for single plants (specimens or clumps), linear (hedges and avenues) or areas (woodlands and beds). Concept Planting provides quantifiable early phase content prior to creating Detailed Planting.

Create Concept Planting is available from the Planting panel.

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To create early phase Concept Planting for single plants (specimens or clumps), linear (hedges and avenues) or Areas (woodlands and beds). Concept Planting provides a quick process for setting down initial arrangements of different planting types using a dynamic graphic representation that reflects general design intent. Concept Planting provides quantifiable early phase content prior to creating Detailed Planting and is very easy to modify or edit.

Concept Planting provides a quick graphical representation and accurate record of underlying information. Graphical imagery is provided as simple vegetation simply filled in a range of colours from Shade options and in randomised sizes. Colour ranges and hues are provided via Shade and Alpha Brightness.

Optional data fields enable associated records to be sorted, grouped or filtered in schedules and to define design intent and levels of detail appropriate for required project phases.

  • Location
  • Description
  • Notes

Concept Planting instances can be tagged.

Concept Planting is placed as singular, linear and area types.

Concept Area Planting

Create planting into a defined area, topo, floor or region.

Command: Area Planting is available from Create Concept Planting dialog.

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Area Concept Planting dynamically places planting symbology into a defined area, topo, floor or region and provides an accurate schedule record.

Usage

Concept Planting provides a quick graphical representation and accurate record of underlying information applied to an area, topo, floor or region.

Graphical symbology is applied based on the selected Shade and Alpha settings and either Auto-Sized to fit the selected area (recommended) or using manually defined Maximum and Minimum Diameter and Density.

Define optional Location, Description and Notes areas if/as required [note this information can be added subsequently using Edit Concept Planting].

Select Shade and Alpha Brightness settings as required.

Sizing and Centres

Graphical symbology is Auto-Sized by default to fit the selected area with a density automatically calculated to fit the selected area. Alternatively users can manually define Maximum and Minimum Diameter and Density.

Centres

Centres values are used solely to calculate planting numbers in a schedule for initial quantification and budget estimation.

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Place

Pick Place and select areas, topos, floors or regions as required.

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Concept Linear Planting

Linear Planting – Place hedge and avenue planting.

Command: Linear Planting is available from Create Concept Planting dialog.

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Purpose

Linear Concept Planting dynamically places planting symbols along a defined model or design line and provides an associated schedule record.

Usage

Concept Planting provides a quick graphical representation and accurate record of underlying information applied to a model line or design line.

Graphical symbology is applied based on the selected Shade and Alpha settings and either Auto-Sized to fit the selected area (recommended) or using manually defined Maximum and Minimum Diameter and Density.

Define optional Location, Description and Notes  areas if/as required [note this information can be added subsequently using Edit Concept Planting].

Select Shade and Alpha Brightness settings as required.

Type

Linear Concept Planting offers a number of options via the Type drop-down menu.

  • Native Hedge
  • Ornamental Hedge
  • Avenue Planting

Width

Defines the size of the hedge used to determine the massing of symbols.

Row No

Defines the intended number of rows for hedge planting. Note that this parameter is not used to change linear symbology.

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Centres values

Centres are used solely to calculate planting numbers in a schedule for initial quantification and budget estimation.

Place

Pick Place and select lines as required.

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Concept Planting Singular

Singular Planting – Place single plants or clumps.

Command: Singular Planting is available from Create Concept Planting dialog.

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Purpose

Singular Concept Planting places planting symbology into a model provides and creates an automatic count record for scheduling.

Usage

Graphical symbology is applied based on the selected Shade and Alpha settings and the manual Diameter value defined.

Define optional Location, Description and Notes areas if/as required [note this information can be added subsequently using Edit Concept Planting].

Select Shade and Alpha Brightness settings as required.

Type

Singular Concept Planting offers a couple of options via the Type drop-down menu.

Single creates an individual plant placement that is sized based on the defined Diameter value.

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Clump creates a close group of 3 single plant symbols sized based on the defined Diameter value.Note that schedule records will show singular planting instances (i.e. 3 single plants per Clump).

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Diameter

Graphical symbology for singular planting is sized by the value in the Diameter.

Place

Pick Place and locate single plants and clumps as required.

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Concept Planting Schedules

Command: Import Planting Schedules is available from the Other Utilities panel.

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Purpose

To load pre-defined planting schedules into the current model.

ArtisanRV default planting schedules are available as Full Planting Schedule – Planting Schedule by Location – Planting Schedule by Mix and Class – Concept Planting Schedule

From the Schedules/Quantities area in the Project Browser, select Artisan – Concept Planting Schedule.

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Edit Concept Planting

Command: Edit Planting is available from the Planting panel.

The intelligent Edit Planting command supports both Concept Planting and Detail Planting .

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For Concept Planting, Editing is delivered via the single dynamic button that automatically detects whether users are selecting Area, Linear or Singular planting and loads the associated dialog. The Split Area Planting tool is available for both Concept Planting and Detailed Planting.

Options to enable multiple single items to be selected, to drop connections on singular planting and to convert linear planting to singular are applicable only to Detailed Planting .

From the Edit Planting utility, users can add or change Location, Description, Shade, Alpha, Notes, Graphic Sizing, Density, Type (Linear and Singular Planting).


Split Area Planting

The Split Area Planting tool enables regions, topos and floors to which Area Planting has been applied, to be divided into two separate sub areas. Users are then able to substitute either or both of the new split areas. The Split Area Planting tool supports both Concept and Detailed Planting and may be of particular benefit as a more detail is provided to general arrangements created during early phase work.

Select Split Area Planting from the Edit Planting pop-down menu.

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Split Area Planting is used to create two areas from a single one where planting has been placed.

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Use model line to split the area planting in two.

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Select Split Area Planting from the Edit Planting pop-down menu and select the bounding region, topo or floor and then pick the split line. Two planting areas are created and can be tagged separately. Note that there may be minor rounding of totals based on planting quantity calculations.

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Edit Planting to change or substitute either or both area as required.

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Edit Planting to change Tag Options as required.

BIM For Landscape At Autodesk University London 18-19 June

The Future of Making: AU London

AutoDesk University London 2019

 Couldn’t make it to BILT ANZ  Melbourne?  If you are keen to see Gensler’s lead Chartered Architect Kamran Mirza explore the possibilities of landscape architecture in Revit in an urban context with real-world workflows and models to the level of detail used at the 100% design development stage, you can – and this time in this hemisphere!

Read about BILT ANZ and BIM for Landscape here >>.

Autodesk University London June 2019

Gensler’s Mirza  will also be presenting his experiences with CS Artisan RV in an urban context at the forthcoming Autodesk University London event in June 2019.  The conference is an intensely diverse opportunity for those who design, create, and make the world around us.

There will be a presentation of proven workflows, again from Gensler, as they take a Landscape Architecture journey in Revit from modelling to collaboration to preparing design and construction documentation.

The Autodesk University London event takes place on Tuesday 18 June with the “Landscape Architecture Workflows for Collaboration and Documentation” presentation at 15:50.

Secure your place at the Autodesk University London Event this June >>

Deliver BIM in a Revit environment

BILT ANZ 2019 | Gensler talks CS Artisan RV and real-world workflows

Delivering BIM for landscape in Revit®

Proven collaborative workflows from one of the largest landscape architecture studios worldwide

BILT ANZ CS Artisan RV

Speaking at the forthcoming BILT ANZ conference in Melbourne, Australia which takes place between 23-25 May 2019, Gensler’s lead Chartered Architect Kamran Mirza will be exploring the possibilities of landscape architecture in Revit in an urban context with real-world workflows and models to the level of detail used at the 100% design development stage.

If you want to drill down into the very heart of BIM for Landscape and the power of CS Artisan RV, Chris Smeaton, Landscape & Urban Planning Manager from Atlas Industries will also be there on Stand 19  to answer any technical queries.

Deliver BIM in a Revit environment

Revit + CS ArtisanRV = BIM for Landscape

Presenting a summary of four year’s work, integrating and manipulating Revit with the latest tools available including CS ArtisanRV, the seminar will show real world examples, sample documentation and deliver a step-by-step insight into how Revit, CS ArtisanRV and BIM for landscape work in harmony.
BILT events take place worldwide, attended by Architects, Engineers, Digital Engineering Managers, CAD/BIM Managers, Construction Managers, Contractors, Builders, Facilities Management, Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Subcontractors, Developers, Project Managers, Property Owners, Design Managers and Digital Modellers.

Data-rich landscape design AND 3D visualisation? Yes, it’s here

BIM for Landscape tools for Revit

Listening, learning and collaborating, we continue to add to the CS ArtisanRV armoury of BIM for Landscape tools for Revit®.  For us, it’s not just a data-rich BIM environment that our users need – it’s a convincing 3D visual representation they ask us for, too.  And you CAN have both – impressive, powerful visuals to add credibility and impact to help win business – with your design’s BIM data at its core.  Data that you can change, update, switch from Imperial to Metric and now choose how you display your designs, dynamically.

Bring BIM to you AND your clients

The CSD team have been delivering a raft of improved functionality, new tools, export options, levels of detail and information since the launch of CS ArtisanRV in 2015.

This season, our focus has been the VISUAL power of BIM – backed up with all that lovely data, of course.

  • Revit Planting Display Options: New plan, elevation and RPC integration for all plant types
  • Dynamic conversion to Revit components: Standard blocks that convert to Revit detail components
  • Select symbols and view options: You’re in control – choose your Level of Detail (LOD) using Revit’s Coarse, Medium or Fine display options or the new ArtisanRV Graphics Display tool to customise views on-the-fly.