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BIM (Building Information Modelling)

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is transforming working practices across the built environment sector, as clients, professionals, contractors and manufacturers throughout the supply chain grasp the opportunities that BIM presents. The first book ever to focus on the implementation of BIM processes in landscape and external works, BIM for Landscape will help landscape professionals understand what BIM means for them.

This book is intended to equip landscape practitioners and practices to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of working in a BIM environment - and to help professionals in related fields to understand how BIM processes can be brought into landscape projects. BIM offers significant benefits to the landscape profession, and heralds a new chapter in inter-disciplinary relationships. BIM for Landscape shows how BIM can enhance collaboration with other professionals and clients, streamline information processes, improve decision-making and deliver well-designed landscape projects that are right first time, on schedule and on budget.

This book looks at the organisational, technological and professional practice implications of BIM adoption. It discusses in detail the standards, structures and information processes that form BIM Level 2-compliant workflows, highlighting the role of the landscape professional within the new ways of working that BIM entails. It also looks in depth at the digital tools used in BIM projects, emphasising the ‘information’ in Building Information Modelling, and the possibilities that data-rich models offer in landscape design, maintenance and management. BIM for Landscape will be an essential companion to the landscape professional at any stage of their BIM journey.

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BIM newsletters

The LI publishes regular newsletters on BIM, for the benefit of its members.


BIM news - October 2014

BIM news - November 2014

BIM news - December 2014


BIM news - March 2015

BIM news - April 2015

BIM news - August 2015

Practice notes

From time to time the LI issues Practice Notes, providing up to date information for landscape practices on BIM.

BIM Implementation Plans
(Dec 2013)
BIM Execution Plans
(Dec 2013)
Software considerations when engaging with BIM
(May 2013)
Implications of BIM on PII
(May 2013)
General Practice Note on 'Software for BIM' projects


Simon Odell CMLI

Head of Technical and Professional Services

020 7685 2659



The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet Office on 31 May 2011. It announced the Government's intention to require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on all public sector construction projects by 2016.

Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation. Its key objective is a 20% reduction in capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information-rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle.



CIC published their standard BIM Protocol on 1st March 2013 as well as these documents which are free to download:

BIM Protocol
Appendix 1 and Appendix 2
Best Practice for PII and BIM
The Information Management role

Download the PAS 1192-2013 from BSI here

Slides from the LI Regional BIM Seminars

Other resources

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