BIM for Landscape Masterclass, Glasgow, October 2015
In the last of a series of BIM for Landsape masterclass events promoted by the Landscape Institute, Tim Calnan of CS Design Software engaged once again with the landscape profession seeking a
greater depth of knowledge in Building Information Modelling.
Providing an overview and the historical context of BIM, the course, which took place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on October 26, 2015, took delegates through a step-by-step approach to BIM from a landscape perspective. The delegates, landscape professionals from across the industry, gained knowledge on the underlying processes, protocols and standards that provide a constant backbone to BIM – the so-called Pillars of BIM. The ensuing Q&A sessions enabled a lively debate between delegates and the BIM Masterclass leaders.
An interactive session after lunch to ascertain where each delegate was in their BIM journey – Level 0, 1, 2, 3 or beyond – gave a great opportunity to share experiences and thrash out the nitty-gritty of BIM for landscape.
The final session, led by Tim Calnan of CS Design Software, focused on the project information model at handover and in use as an Asset Information Model. Tim took the group’s focus to the future and Level 3 – a Digital Built Britain http://digital-built-britain.com/. This naturally led to the “How” of BIM and the software tools currently available and in development to assist in delivering BIM for landscape. He also challenged the ongoing dependence on 2D CAD and spreadsheets with the advent of sophisticated web-integrated technologies such as CS ArtisanRV, landscape add-in for Revit©.
The overriding emphasis of the event was to maintain one main BIM focus – collaboration – not just with each link in the supply chain, but with software companies developing the most relevant solutions to achieve the ultimate BIM for landscape solutions.