Though LandCadd from EaglePoint Software has a solution for Revit. They are not a very good company to work with. They have no loyalty to their legacy customers. They left me high and dry and I am having to spend thousands of dollars and start over on a new learning curve software speaking because they have no respect for their legacy customers. I have a sneaking feeling that LandFX is working on a Revit solution and I would wait and see what they come up with before I made a move. If your firm has plenty of money to burn and you need a BIM solution for LA's now LandCadd for Revit might be a option. But I would use them as a last resort!
CivilCAD 3D is the "Revit" of the civil engineers world and has many applications for landscape architecture. It is the tool for any land modelling, road or pathway corridors, drainage etc, what you would expect from a package for civil engineers. You build the site as a "dyamnic model" and the software produces the documentation which is a major advantage of information rich modelling. If we were civil engineers there'd be no question, Civil 3D would be the answer. We use it for topographic modelling. However we have not yet pushed the boundaries to see to what extent it can cover the full scope of landscape works.
We also use LandF/X for planting and irrigation. It does a great job on this. It produces automatic schedules of items and Bills of Quantities for this scope of work. It also can do the same for horizontal surface finishes.
It is partly because the scope of our profession and work is so rich and varied that there is no one "Information Package" that can do it all for landscape architects. It would be a very worthwhile pursuit to build a case strong enough to raise interest amongst the software providers.
I believe it will be important for the landscape architectural profession to have a landscape ready information modelling package. This is the way of the future no doubt.
Hi Eric. Thanks for the reply. How does Vectorworks handle other elements such as
Also which LinkedIn group is the discussion?
Hey Laith, Vectorworks has a guardrail tool and a wall tool. A tool specific to fences has been discussed for development, but not yet a current feature. Landscape features/site furniture are symbol objects and are available for use. Data can be assigned to them, and routinely, we release vendor specific libraries of these objects where data will already be assigned to use in scheduling (by worksheets). Wall finishes are handled by component driven, parametric wall objects. A wall can be unstyled but know how thick and tall it is, or you can choose a wall that knows its components (i.e. gyp board, metal framing and brick veneer). The texture seen in 3D of those walls would be specific to the component chosen, or another texture applied as an override). If you take a section cut through the wall or site and wall, you would see where the grade meets the wall and the components within the wall. Though you can use 3D modeled geometry to represent the subsurface drainage, there is at least one plug-in tool that I know of that will help manage civil oriented tasks such as subssurface utilities, among some other tools. There are some tools within Landmark that handle roads and parking layout as well. The parking tools are a couple of my favorites.
The LinkedIn discussion is within ASLA's Group. The person posting has not had a lot of responses yet, so I'm sure she would appreciate your input. Now that I say this, she will probably get a great deal...which is probably a good thing. There will be a great deal of BIM workflow sessions at this year's ASLA conference in San Diego. Hope you can make it to them.