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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!

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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!

In the press: BIM for landscape & CS ArtisanRV

BIM for Landscape CS ArtisanRV:  Landscape & Urban Design – October 2015 edition

CS ArtisanRV Landscape and Urban Design October 2015
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LANDUDOct2015coverLook out for our latest news in the October 2015 edition
of Landscape and Urban Design magazine.  Flick to page 28 to learn more about the launch of the first web-integrated landscape solution for Revit, CS ArtisanRV, the National Plant Specification and the comprehensive suite of landscape design software solutions from CS Design Software.

I see BIM everywhere!

BIM  everywhere:  The Shower Room 

OK so I can’t switch off from BIM: I eat it, breathe it, sleep it, talk about it and can’t help from seeing the application of BIM everywhere… even a recent trip to a bathroom showroom…

The Project

bim everywhere shower 1I found myself in a rather smart bathroom showroom yesterday with my long-suffering wife discussing designs for our shower room. Apparently my DIY job of 15 years ago has served its purpose (and in our corporate colours, too!).

The Client

bim everywhere tim and ruthSo, the collaboration began. The client (=my wife and I) and the contractor (=shower room designer) met following the site visit (to measure up). Three elements were addressed:

  • Confirmation of the project brief
  • Proposals to meet the client requirements
  • Budget

The Technology

bim everywhere shower 2A virtual 3D model of the proposed design allowed us to check against the brief. We could pinpoint and discuss tricky elements at this early stage.  The process was so much slicker and quicker with this intelligent, object-rich, 3D model.

 

bim everywhere shower 1The Data-Rich Model

We discussed options. We looked at alternative products. We considered ‘what if’ scenarios created as a natural part of this exercise. Because the inserted ‘products’ were intelligent, data-rich objects from the manufacturer, new schedules were easy to generate at any stage for evaluation and re-evaluation against the budget (which was, as always, being stretched!)

Errrr… what’s this got to do with BIM?

Everything.  Here’s why:

  • There is an existing asset which forms the basis of the BIM: measurements, accesses, windows/openings, existing service locations/runs (hot/cold water, drainage, wiring and fittings, extractor ducting etc).
  • There is a brief to deliver a new project including specific requirements that need to be met and a budget to work to.
  • There is a lead designer with responsibility to deliver proposals that meet and can be tested against the project requirements and to be able to communicate this efficiently to an appropriate level of detail at defined stages with the client in an agreed and accessible format.*
  • The Supply chain is fully engaged in the process as product manufacturers have made available intelligent, measurable objects that can easily be incorporated and interrogated in the virtual model.
  • Accurate information can be extracted from the model at any stage for budgetary purposes or to provide take-offs, worksheets for associated trades.
  • Everything is controlled via a single, data-rich, virtual model of the asset.

[* I’ll be honest: I did not define any particular ‘information requirements’ that may have dictated how the model was created, managed, maintained or delivered but most clients do not necessarily define this and often it is up to the design team to agree and adhere to the information requirements for a particular project.]

Information and Collaboration

bim everywhere shower 4Clearly, the above is a rather simplistic project as the ‘design team’ is hardly complicated. A more traditional and complex design team will require a significantly more sophisticated methodology for collaboration. Remember that the need for collaboration throughout the design, construction and build phases (BIM) will probably be very different to those required for the client to manage the ‘asset’ going forward.

BIM, BIM Everywhere

If I decide to open my chic, new wet-room as a business to the public, I will want tools and the technology to help me manage the Asset Information Model (AIM) in use. And a whole new set of tools to help me save my marriage!

THE landscape design software solution for Revit©: CS ArtisanRV

The first web-integrated landscape software for Revit© is here: CS ArtisanRV

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Plugging the gap in the landscape BIM market, UK landscape software company CS Design are preparing to launch the first BIM-ready, cloud-based landscape solution for landscape professionals using Revit©CS ArtisanRV.

With an integrated plants database, host of the UK’s National Plant Specification and data, images and specs of over 9,500 plants, CS ArtisanRV will hit the ground running this Summer 2015.  For landscape professionals using Autodesk products, CS ArtisanRV dovetails with Revit© seamlessly, offering a solution which the industry has been searching for since it embraced the need to collaborate and work with Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the landscape supply chain.  It incorporates hard landscape elements for the complete streetscape, too.

Add in a sharp interface and a plethora of landscape tools to accommodate planting centres, mixes and percentages, and the launch of CS ArtisanRV will be greatly heralded by the landscape design fraternity, both in the UK and further afield.

Using CS ArtisanRV will enable a collaborative management of workflow in Revit©, allowing the import of data from Excel and eliminating costly and time-consuming re-entering and manipulation of data received from suppliers, contractors and architects.  And all in the Cloud, too!

CS ArtisanRV subscribers can produce schedules in various formats, allowing continued collaboration with partners and enabling projects to run smoothly and swiftly, saving energy, resources and manpower.  Revit© need no longer be an obstacle to BIM for landscape – it becomes a vessel with CS ArtisanRV‘s new functionality.

To enjoy the earliest benefits of the new software, CSD are offering a 25% discount for new subscribers.  To start embracing BIM for landscape with CS ArtisanRV and to follow the launch, landscape professionals can sign up now.