BIM for Landscape – Software or Data Exchange?


Revit is becoming synonymous with BIM in the same way that AutoCAD has been to CAD. Unfortunately at the moment, this is a great solution for architects which is extendable into landscape hardworks but the provisions for softworks and planting are sadly lacking.

The question therefore is whether it is preferable to use landscape tools in a product developed primarily for another construction discipline (with all the associated process, structure and content) or to opt for a product focussed specifically on the discipline of landscape architecture with information exchange allowing data to be input/output into BIM readers (Solibri, Navisworks etc) which (will) provide all the collaboration tools, clash detection, audit, visualisation and interrogation to truly deliver BIM. From my perspective the answer will probably be a combination of both of the above…

Fundamentally BIM is about doing data exchange better and not about a single piece of application software: Revit, Vectorworks, Microstation, ArchiCAD etc.. CS Artisan delivers landscape-specific content (with associated structure/tools) and it ‘should’ not matter which platform this sits on! This is all a bit philosophical though and doesn’t satisfy those demanding “how do we do it now?”!