Tag Archives: revit

New landscape features for Revit

BIM: Will your landscape software get you there?

CS ArtisanRV, the first web integrated landscape solution for Revit, is surging forward with new landscape features for Revit and developments to help you automate your landscape, saving you time, money and resources.  Our latest developments focus on growth, linear and area planting, with some exciting new functions beyond plants on the horizon.

Age and Grow

landscape features for revit 1

Add and age plants in your plans and schedules and grow by single planting (specimens), linear items (hedges & avenues), area planting (beds & woodland) or the entire model.

Linear and Area

landscape features for revit 2For Linear Planting, options are available to place planting as single species (e.g. an avenue of trees) or as a hedge. Area Planting can be applied to a floor, closed region, native Revit area or split topo.

Show and Adapt

landscape features for revit 3Modify and recalculate plant schedules based on ultimate height, ultimate spread or years to full growth.  View all instances of any plant type to modify individually.

View and Browse

display-plant-characteristicsView Single Object Properties and select planting in the model to display all the NPS information and characteristics.

Tag and Drag

tagging-option-1Tagging options enables users to define new label templates using a combination of free text and predefined parameters. Drag from the list of properties to edit, select or make default.

Help and Support

portalUse the CSD Portal to manage your account, reports, palettes and library and to contact CSD for individual support enquiries.  CS ArtisanRV now has an updated Help file with full details of all the functionality and features.

Coming Soon

You’ve seen the powerful features and potential of CS ArtisanRV for planting and softworks. Now imagine the impact this will have on reducing your workload when we unleash RV on other landscape elements in hardworks and groundworks.  We’ll be updating you very shortly on how you can begin to harness Revit as a platform for all your landscape plans, designs and schedules.

 

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

Engage and Embrace BIM for Landscape

BIM for Landscape Masterclass, Glasgow, October 2015 

BIM for Landscape Masterclass GlasgowIn 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 BIM LI masterclassMasterclass leaders.

BIM for Landscape Masterclass GlasgowAn 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.

 

 

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!

THE landscape design software solution for Revit©: CS ArtisanRV

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

csartisanRVprod

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.