Current situation in BIM and Landscape Architecture

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    Jiasheng Zhang

    Hi everyone,


    There is a question about BIM technology used in Landscape Architecture. As we know, BIM software is not well design for LA as it is not designed for site modeling. Actually, we all know about the BIM presents very big advantages in construction industry, but how can BIM technology do to help LA to bring better improvement outcome?

    It seems that it is necessary to supplement the workflow with other software AutoCAD Civil 3D (with a plugin such as Land F/X) and Vectorwork, in order to improve better BIM technology used in LA. Thus, it is also necessary to address the concerns of software manufacturers to realize this problem in order to improve BIM technology or software using in LA more suitable. Also, some landscape architecture practitioners believed that the challenge for BIM used in LA might not be in its technology but in the delivery process. Do you agree and what’s your idea? How you think that the work of BIM and IPD (Integrated project delivery)?

    I would be keen to hear from you, even if it is only one sentence!

    Thank you so much!!



    Henry Fenby-Taylor

    Sadly from my research there are several major stumbling blocks. The biggest being the exchange of information between software packages. The IFC format, which should (and will eventually) act as the bridge between software isn’t viable for Architects, let alone Landscape Architects. Secondly, the IFC format does not include any information relevant to planting.

    Roland Beinert

    The problem for the few of us who want to use Revit and other BIM software, is that there aren’t a lot of other landscape architects out there using it yet. So, we have to figure out a lot of this stuff on our own. None of that makes it impossible to work with, though. I think it’s a matter of adapting it to your needs over time and knowing when to supplement it with other software. This is something you have to do with all software. 


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