BIM in Landscape Architecture

GlossaryMarch 29, 2021

Introduction

Landscape architecture is a comprehensive field that deals with designing, constructing and studying different environments that include not just the architectural elements but also the science, art and environmental ones. Additionally, landscape architecture is not strictly about aesthetics, either – improving QoL (Quality of Life) and providing comfort are also included in the goals of a landscape architect.

Landscape architecture itself is designed and keeps in mind a myriad of different factors, such as the people themselves, the climate, animals, flora and fauna, and more. Promoting and protecting both environmental and human health is also a part of it.

Software that works for BIM landscape architecture

The usage of BIM in the field of landscape architecture allows architects to have detailed digital models of the landscape in question, with coordinated data being included in the model. Such a combination is doing wonders to the BIM landscape architecture as a whole – offering aesthetically satisfying constructions while lessening the number of reworks, which, in turn, saves both money and time.

One of the most popular examples of software that can be applied to the needs of a landscape architect is Revit Modeling Services. It can perform terrain analysis, costs calculation, shading analysis (from the sun simulation), and more. Other software that can be used for BIM landscape architecture includes, but not exclusive to, Rhino, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks Landmark, SketchUp, and others.

Advantages of BIM landscape architecture

The ability to choose between several different software vendors allows landscape architects to pick the one that suits the most for the current project’s scope, size, details, and so on. Now, we’ll go over some of the biggest advantages that could be achieved by implementing BIM into the landscape architecture as a whole:

  • Improved coordination.

BIM as a whole, offers the advantage of improved cooperation between different departments, which allows for landscape architects to work together with civil engineers, architects, designers, etc. This allows for a transparent workflow with the ability for each of the participants to contribute without limiting the rest of the participants.

At the same time, 3D models can be easily extracted as accurate 2D drawings for the onsite workers to make sure that the final design of the project is implemented exactly as intended using BIM landscape architecture.

  • Information-rich BIM models.

BIM models are packed full of information about different object parameters for a successful simulation in the future. A tree in the form of a BIM model would have a scientific name, root sizes, conditions and other info available within that model.

Additionally, information about the proper handling of the object in real life could be included, as well, such as the water and sun requirements, spread, mature height, and more (if we’re talking about our previous example in the form of a tree). Having so much information allows landscape architects to have an easier time making decisions, and it’s also easier to perform cost estimates and material estimates with information-rich models.

  • Revit family.

Revit families are specific elements that have a common set of parameters that can be placed in the 3D model to have a graphical representation.

Landscape architects can both use the existing Revit families from Revit libraries, or they can create their own models from scratch with the parameters that are needed for the project.

All in all, Revit families are capable of significantly reducing the number of reworks and enforce some uniformity, which speeds up the project’s completion time immensely. Additionally, models and families that were created for a specific project could be utilized later in other projects if they were saved in a library beforehand.

  • Rendering in three dimensions.

From the aesthetic point of view, 3D rendering is incredibly important, and that includes landscape renders, as well. Rendering makes it easier to understand if the project would fit well in the current environment. It’s also possible to make the renders themselves look more realistic by adding lighting sources, colors, and more – to use 3D models for marketing, financial approvals, and many other purposes, including BIM landscape architecture.

Conclusion

While the advantages of implementing BIM into the usual landscape architectural process are not as vast and varied as they are for the construction industry in its entirety, it’s still extremely useful in several different ways, most of which are capable of directly saving both the time and money of the company that works on the project in question.

About the author

James Ocean

BIM/VDC Specialist. James Ocean is Head of BIMspiration at Revizto and keeps everything moving onwards and upwards. From supporting and teaching our internal team as well as our clients, James shows us the ins-and-outs and how to best leverage Revizto to maximize workflows, cut costs, and get all types of projects through the finish line.

Related articles

Previous
Next
GlossaryJuly 23, 2021
Construction Management Plan Types
Overview From the first glance it may seem like there is no point in varying types of construction management. The name itself suggests that construction management is just a process of handling some sort of...
READ MORE
GlossaryJuly 23, 2021
Construction Management Plan: Definition, Phases and Other Details
Introduction While the exact definition may differ depending on a number of factors, it’s safe to say that a general construction management plan is a collection of files and reports that provide a detailed explanation...
READ MORE
GlossaryJuly 23, 2021
Challenges and Problems of Construction Management
Overview Construction management might simply be the most important part of a construction process as a whole. Construction managers are supposed to act as the middle ground between the on-site construction team and the client,...
READ MORE
sine landing page
GlossaryJuly 23, 2021
Features and Caveats of Facility Management Systems
Overview The general topic of Facility Management Software and CAFM might seem incredibly complex for a lot of people – even though it’s not particularly complicated on its own. One thing that makes it complicated...
READ MORE
GlossaryJuly 23, 2021
Objectives and Functions of Construction Management
Functions of construction management Construction management is a topic of substantial importance for any type of construction project. Construction management is supposed to lead the project to success, from the very first design drafts to...
READ MORE
the appstore page of AR Mapper
GlossaryMay 25, 2021
Top 11 BIM Apps. BIM Application for Mobile Devices
General information Global connectivity is an essential cornerstone of today’s world. Myriads of devices around us are now capable of providing mobile online access to various information – these devices are smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and...
READ MORE
app store page of Revizto
GlossaryMay 25, 2021
Top 15 Construction Apps. A List of Recommended Construction Project Management Apps
Saying that the market for mobile applications in construction management has recently expanded would be an understatement. In recent years there has been a massive rise in the amount and the variety of construction management...
READ MORE
GlossaryMarch 29, 2021
BIM in Landscape Architecture
Introduction Landscape architecture is a comprehensive field that deals with designing, constructing and studying different environments that include not just the architectural elements but also the science, art and environmental ones. Additionally, landscape architecture is...
READ MORE
GlossaryMarch 22, 2021
A Comprehensive BIM Strategy Document. The Problems with BIM Requirements.
Overview The increase in popularity of BIM in general has led to many building owners setting BIM requirements in their construction projects. Due to the nature of BIM as a complex process, there are some...
READ MORE
Issues on 2d sheet
GlossaryMarch 12, 2021
BIM Process. BIM Process Management Steps.
Introduction While the popularity of BIM has been on the rise for the past twenty years, there are still many companies that do not understand the necessity of BIM in the current landscape of construction...
READ MORE
3d search
GlossaryMarch 12, 2021
3D BIM Coordination and How It Works
Introduction to BIM Coordination The construction industry has evolved multiple times, and recent changes might be the biggest ones in history. Historically, most of the construction process relied on paper drawings. The introduction of 2D...
READ MORE
GlossaryMarch 12, 2021
BIM Project Management – Best Practices
While the popularity of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been soaring in recent years, it’s still not as commonly used as the means of improving various project management-related efforts. Since one of the main goals...
READ MORE
BIM in Landscape Architecture Landscape architecture is a relatively small field of work as a whole, although its significance is much bigger than that. Implementing BIM into the regular landscape architectural process allows for many different advantages, most of them leading to the company saving time and money. This article goes over the symbiosis that is possible between BIM and landscape architecture. 2021-03-29
Revizto
World Trade Center Lausanne Avenue de Gratta-Paille 2 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland
+41 21 588 0125
logo
image