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Planting in Revit? Think parametric planting

NEW: Parametric Planting Families

In the latest build of CS ArtisanRV, the CSD team have developed better quality imagery for planting in 3D.
parametric planting: age and growParametric planting: treesThe new parametric planting families offer better quality images, avoiding Revit RPC trees.  Crucially they not only look more realistic, but are built from industry-approved NPS (National Plant Specifications).  This enables an improved visual impact as well as giving the flexibility to age and grow plants over time.  Of ever-growing significance, parametric planting models are data-rich – crucial for delivering a fully informative BIM.

Placing Parametric Planting on Topography

When the ‘flexed’ planting is placed in a Revit model, the family is designed with separate ‘foliage’ blocks that are orientated randomly in 3D space. Combined with other plants, draped on topography and with shadows on, the visual effect is stunning!

parametric planting: union jack

Dynamic Foliage & Flower Colour

Foliage colour is read directly from the underlying planting information system based on the associated plant species/variety, so some pretty elaborate effects can be achieved by species selection.  Flower colour for each individual species/variety is read dynamically from the CSDhub web repository and applied to each plant instance.

Think of flower and foliage contrast – in design.

planting mix


Individual Plants, Hedges & Planting Areas

Parametric planting families are applied to single plants, linear items (hedges and avenues) and area planting draped (hosted) to topography.

individual linear area

Information, Information, Information

Foliage density can be defined as required with area planting adjusting automatically based on the size of bed. Random placement of planting components in 3D space ensures a naturalistic effect. And all of this underlying information in CS ArtisanRV remains fully available for scheduling and information exchange.

shadow analysis


Where do we go next?

There’s much more to come for CS ArtisanRV.  Stay on board and be the first to find out how you can begin to harness Revit as a platform for all your landscape and external works projects.

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