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New year, new tools. Automate your landscape in Revit in 2016

Automating landscape in Revit in 2016 with CS ArtisanRV

We have heralded the New Year in 2016 with new extended utilities in our landscape software solution for Revit: CS Artisan RV.  Keen to find out more? We’ve a quick summary for you this month to help you make the switch to Revit and RV in 2016:

What’s new?

  • Now Autodesk Revit 2015 compatible
  • Shadow analysis
  • Smart ribbons and interfaces
  • Loadable planting families
  • Extended edge utilities
Autodesk Revit 2015 compatible

You spoke. We listened.  If you’re not quite ready to leap to Revit 2016 yet, you needn’t wait to get started with CS ArtisanRV.  You can now trial RV for Revit 2015. More RV features >

Introducing Shadow Analysis

Built to deliver specific requirements for users in the Middle East, with the new CS ArtisanRV, you can:

  • Measure and visualise the percentage of shade at defined times of the year or day
  • Specify the geo-location anywhere in the world and design with the corresponding sun positioning
  • Generate shadows for 4D plantings – that’s 3D PLUS plant growth over time
  • Define sun ray resolution for speed or accuracy – from default 400,000 rays

The new CS ArtisanRV shadow analysis eliminates up to 2 weeks of manual calculations, automating this to a matter of minutes.  Tell me more about RV>>

Smart Ribbons and Interfaces

All ArtisanRV commands are simply executable from the Artisan Ribbon.

smart ribbon
And for planting, this means you can create, build palettes, edit and substitute, age, size and plant areas and lines at the click of a button. Tell me more about RV>>
planting commands

loadable planting familiesLoadable Plant Families

Planting is placed as loadable Revit Families created on the fly using Type + Instance parameters. A plant is constrained by its species/variety as well as its ultimate height, spread, years to maturity etc.  With CS ArtisanRV, you unleash the power of the National Plant Specification and can apply these specs individually, per species/variety and/or as part of a mix, area or length. Tell me more about RV>>

Extended Edge Utilities

edge-and-alignWe’ve added tools to align Topo with Floor, Floor to Topo, Floor Surface with Floor Surface and to match Floor Edges. Generally these tools are used to continue a surface and prevent ‘voids’ in your model. Tell me more about RV>>
Ready to take the plunge into an automated landscape in 2016?  Download your free trial of CS Artisan RV and start your #YearofBIM journey with CS Design Software.
Download your free CS ArtisanRV trial

BIM me up, Scotty – 3D or 2D, that is the question

“It’s landscape design, BIM, but not as we know it”

3D Modelling and BIM for landscape

Landscape architects design ‘spaces’ and it’s simply not enough to rely on simple 2D geometry to convey this. Why is it then, that current practice continues to favour 2D as its’ chief means of conveying design intent?  We still hear: “My client expects hand-rendered designs”.

Do they? Really?

3D modelingWhat if they had a stunning 3D walkthrough, a bird’s eye view, flying through their proposed concept showing every twist and turn…would they run a mile, shouting “What evil sorcery is this?!”  I think not.

The issue more honestly is to do with where designers’ comfort zones lie: That’s not bad, but at least recognise it for what it is.  Designers are fundamentally responsible for change yet often reluctant to accept change in working practice. There is a vast difference between professional quality output and artistic quality output!

2DWireframe

Whatever the ‘tool’, a true designer’s skill will shine through… whether hand renderings,  technical drawing, CAD or 3D modelling.  Think of the artisan turning seemingly characterless lumps of wood into treasured works of art!

In the landscape profession, there has always been a need for physical and digital models to communicate design intent and test design proposals with rigour. 2D is simply not enough, particularly when dealing with plants, trees and shrubs.

3DViewA 3D model brings credibility to the planted landscape, showing plants’ complexity and ever-changing size – height, spread, girth, leaf, flower. Trust me –  we are fully aware of the technical challenges!  Our CS Artisan RV programmers are charged with automating the landscape down to the finest specification.

That’s not even the end of it – it’s much more complex than that as planting changeAgeGrowDevelops over time.  Our CS Artisan RV team have developed 3D modelling tools to show these changes – seasonally and through the life-cycle of each plant within the design as it established, grows towards maturity or is maintained to defined parameters.  Try doing that in 2D!

Really? 3D is not enough… we’re at least into the 4th dimension.  Let’s see where that takes us…warp speed ahead!