There is a lot of talk about Building Information Modelling (BIM) in relation to architecture, but not a lot of talk about Building Information Modeling in relation to landscape. The principles behind BIM can be used to speed up the production of your landscape projects and drawings.
One of the important aspects of BIM is that you can attach information to objects that may not be printed (non-graphic information). For example, a plant object will have not just its plan representation, it will also have a 3D representation. It can also have plant data attached to it, and you could create your own data and attach that to the plant as well. One of the discussions I have had with landscapers is the ability to attach to each plant the amount of water that it needs for irrigation or being able to attach the embedded energy for each square meter of concrete.
In its most simplest terms, building information modeling allows you to create plans, sections, and details from the 3D model of your project, along with reports on the number of plants, the areas of landscape, the areas of hardscape, etc. This is not a tutorial on site modelling -there are other manuals that cover that- nor is this about how to create plants, as there are other manuals for that as well. This is an overview of the concept of building information modeling and how that could be applied to a landscape project.
Session 1 (March 9th 2015 pm)
Session 2 (March 11th 2015 pm)
Session 3 (March 12th 2015 pm)