World-first Building Information Modelling for landscape launches

The landscape sector must prepare for a future where robots may perform tasks better than humans, with all the productivity advantages that could hold.

BIM may in future be applied to landscaping projects. Image: Ground Control
BIM may in future be applied to landscaping projects. Image: Ground Control

That was one of the points discussed at yesterday's Landscape Institute seminar for the launch of the newly-published BIM for Landscape, outlining the book's content as well as the impact technology and artificial intelligence will have on the future of landscape professions.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to speed up the integration of the built environment with the digital world, by modelling all data relating to the design, cost and sustainability of a project from design through to construction and operations.

The UK is a world leader in this field. The objective of BIM in this context is a 20 per cent reduction in capital costs from the construction and operation of the built environment.

The built environment sector has not always been associated with innovation but BIM will act as a stimulus for practices and the sector to re-consider their handling of digital information, the Landscape Institute says. BIM for Landscape looks at how BIM processes can be implemented in landscape and external works.

Increased automation with improved connectivity, greater computer speeds combined with advances in automated systems and artificial intelligence may herald a future where robotic devices could perform tasks quicker and better than humans.

Mike Shilton, chair of the Landscape Institute's BIM working group, said: "This is a key moment with the revolution of a digitised built environment and the Landscape Institute has published BIM for Landscape to de-mystify the process and provide practical advice to the industry to help them prepare for a digitised future.

"BIM will help us move towards a construction industry that engenders a build it right first time methodology; improves its productivity and provides greater value to the client and the landscape of the UK."

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