BIM FOR LANDSCAPE | APPROVED FOR 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad
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
also create your own data and attach that to the plant. 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.