Speakers welcome world first in landscape

BIM for Landscape launched at the City Centre
BIM for Landscape launched at the City Centre

The Landscape Institute launched its publication BIM for Landscape on 30 June at a seminar in London outlining the practical implications for the built environment industry of BIM and the wider impact technology and artificial intelligence will have on the future of the landscape professions.

Noel Farrer, on his penultimate day as president of the Landscape Institute, said:

‘BIM for Landscape was produced with the help and support of the BIM Working Group who steered the project from the beginning. I would also like to thank those companies that supported individual BIM Working Group members; and LI registered practice, Colour who were commissioned to write the book and supported and managed Henry Fenby-Taylor to prepare and deliver it. Without all their support, the publication would not have happened.’

The seminar included speeches from the LI’s BIM Working Group members, Mike Shilton, Anna Dekker and Henry Fenby-Taylor. Also speaking was Alastair McCapra, who established BIM as a significant area of work when chief executive of he Landscape Institute. Alastair, currently chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, spoke about the changes to professions due to technologies such as BIM and artificial intelligence.

The built environment is increasingly becoming part of the digital world and BIM will speed that process up by modelling all data relating to the design, cost and sustainability of a project. The UK is a world leader in this field and the objective is a 20% 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. Also, increased automation with improved connectivity, greater computer speeds combined with advances in artificial intelligence may herald a future where robotic devices could perform tasks quicker 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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