FAQ CS ArtisanRV

When will CS ArtisanRV be available?

Sign-Up-ButtonIt’s here!  Launched in November 2015, the first trial version of CS ArtisanRV is available for download as a free trial.

To keep up-to-date with developments, simply register your interest, and you can get started on your BIM journey. 
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Which software is CS Artisan RV compatible with??

Autodesk RevitTo use CS ArtisanRV, you must already be a Revit© user with Windows 7, 8 or 10 and 64-bit+.  It is not compatible with LT as there is no 3rd party support for this from Autodesk©. Back to top

How do I get started?

Once you’ve registered your interest and downloaded your free trial, it’s time to immerse yourself in Revit©.  This is your biggest learning curve so invest in reading material and training courses if necessary.  Once your newly-acquired Revit skills become like second nature (remember, you had to learn AutoCAD once, too!), you and your skills within your organisation will prove an invaluable resource.  You can subscribe to CS Helios, the online Palette Builder to get to grips with plant palettes and specifications.  This web service is the same online resource used by CS Artisan and CS ArtisanRVBack to top

Will CS ArtisanRV allow me to become “BIM compliant”?

Yes! BIM is chiefly about people and processes, certainly,  but you simply cannot deliver without the correct software. Revit© is synonymous with BIM in the same way as AutoCAD© has been to CAD.  Revit© is widely adopted by fellow design professions and is increasingly being specified as the platform choice for information exchange through the design and construction phases.  Clients and contractors are becoming more demanding with project delivery in Revit©. Revit© is built for BIM and CS ArtisanRV is built for BIM for landscape. Back to top

I don’t have any BIM projects yet. Do I still need CS ArtisanRV?

The Government’s mandate in 2011 stipulated the requirement to deliver projects in compliance with BIM Level 2 by 2016 and this acted as a ‘push’ to implement BIM for centrally procured projects over a certain size. The considerable benefits of working in a fully collaborative, 3D environment to deliver structured project information are now very well established. There is no going back to old, traditional methods! Back to top

Can I use RV with non-AutoCAD software?

CS ArtisanRV operates on Autodesk©’s Revit© platform.  CS Artisan operates on Autodesk’s AutoCAD platform.  Cloud-based services (NPS, CS Flora, CS Helios) are shared with CS ArtisanRV and CS Artisan and these are totally platform-independent – you need only have an internet browser and web access to access these services. Back to top

But isn’t Revit© just for architects, not landscape architects and designers?

Revit© has been built specifically to define the automation required for architecture along with the underlying tools.  This is the same as AutoCAD© 25-30 years ago which was built for engineering.  Who hasn’t created cogs and widgets in AutoCAD© and thought “Now, how can we apply these to landscape?!”

Revit© is not as easy to customise for a niche market as AutoCAD© is.  Revit© is a much more regulated and highly structured system – and should be!. This is why CSD employs the best skilled programmers to deliver landscape-specific and specialised tools, processes and objects to automate landscape! Back to top

Why can’t I just use Revit© on its own for my BIM landscape design projects?

An increasing number of landscape professionals have grasped the nettle and competently deliver BIM projects using ‘vanilla’ Revit©.   CS ArtisanRV provides unrivalled efficiencies and extended functionality.  This results in significant time and financial savings and better quality project information for collaboration. Back to top

It’s just for 3D modelling, isn’t it?

Landscape professionals are responsible for designing and delivering spaces.  So, why do we continue to use 2D imagery to define, test and communicate design intent?  3D in itself is not enough for landscape (and we blogged just that).

3D is just an absolute given.  However, Revit© is about managing, manipulating and collaborating within a fully featured and structured project information model.  And that’s as important in landscape as in any other construction environment. Back to top

There’s a Site Designer extension for Revit©.  Why can’t I just use that for my BIM projects?

Some of the Site Designer tools are useful but these were built from the vantage of needing to place a building footprint onto a ‘plot’.  They’re simply not robust enough for the complexities of professional landscape work. Back to top

I can export to Sketchup and achieve the same results, can’t I?

There is no right or wrong with BIM – remember, it’s about people, process and collaboration.  Use the best software for your given purpose.   Let’s say you output from Revit or any software to Sketchup or any professional visualisation program.  Don’t just do it because you can, do it for a reason.  Once you’ve exported data into another program, the absolute benefits of a fully collaborative, centralised information modelling system are lost.

With CS ArtisanRV, it’s all there, in schedules and visuals, for all people and all processes in a easy-to-share-and-collaborate format.  Automating landscape. Back to top

What about IFC? Isn’t that enough??

IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is the defined open source file format for exchanging BIMs.  When IFC is sufficiently developed to include ‘landscape’,  it really shouldn’t matter which software is being used to write/read the project information, whether graphical or non-graphical.

BUT! The system is not yet sufficiently defined.  That’s why BIM landscape designers seek the benefits of Revit© – a consistent software platform with common data requirements. Back to top