'BIM for Landscape' aims to cut costs by 20 per cent

The Landscape Institute has published 'BIM for Landscape', the first book to focus on the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes in landscape and the external environment.

Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer. Image: Supplied
Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer. Image: Supplied

BIM is a process that models all data relating to the design, costs and sustainability of a project from design through construction and operation. It will now bring the practice of simulation and prototyping into landscape architecture, saving money and ultimately leading to better designs.

The Landscape Institute said the move heralds a new chapter in inter-disciplinary relationships. Its objective is a 20 per cent reduction in capital costs from the construction and operation of the built environment.

BIM for Landscape will not be the Holy Grail to deliver BIM but will signpost the key BIM documents, often referred to as the pillars of BIM, and discuss what landscape practices need to consider to become BIM compliant. It is intended to prepare practitioners and landscape architecture practices to meet the challenges and benefit from the rewards of working with BIM.

It has been designed in three sections: Introduction and how to prepare for BIM; BIM Implementation and technological aspects of BIM.

Mike Shilton, chair of the Landscape Institute’s BIM working group, said: "By publishing BIM for Landscape the Landscape Institute is trying to help landscape architecture practices make an informed business decision as to whether they should adopt BIM or not. Many practices may seek a competitive edge by proactively implementing BIM but for others, they will need to review whether this is relevant to them. Hopefully, the book will help their decision making process.

"Conversion to BIM enabled platforms from current practices may incur additional expenses and training but if a competitor is delivering projects more efficiently, on time and to budget by implementing BIM processes, and clients’ are achieving the targeted 20 per cent savings BIM can deliver, it may become more difficult for you to compete."

Noel Farrer, president of the Landscape Institute, said: "This book is timely and demonstrates the landscape profession’s leadership in the field. It will be a helpful resource, not only for landscape practitioners but also for fellow professional in related fields starting to understand the application of BIM to landscape works. This will provide an invaluable early guide to elements of good practice."

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