New book will provide â€˜strategic roadmapâ€™ for landscape architects
The Landscape Institute has appointed Henry Fenby-Taylor as author of a major new book on BIM for landscape.
Currently working at Teesside University and at Newcastle-based Colour Urban Design, as its landscape BIM system designer, Henry is a member of the LI’s BIM Working Group and has a wealth of experience in BIM strategy and implementation.
BIM for Landscape will be the first book of its kind, and is aimed at landscape practitioners, project leaders and decision-makers working with landscape 0n a BIM project. The book will be published in early 2016 by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the LI’s Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (GLVIA).
It will contain three sections, says Henry, providing guidance for business leaders, project managers and technicians respectively, and will provide a strategic roadmap to achieving BIM for landscape architects.‘This is an exciting opportunity for landscape architecture; the ultimate goal of BIM for Landscape Architecture has to be the seamless construction, operation and maintenance of landscapes,’ he explains.
‘BIM is all about enhancing the accessibility and persistence of design information throughout the lifecycle of a constructed landscape. Through BIM we can facilitate better decision making, based on better, clearer information. This can only result in a construction and management process that is ultimately more cost effective and delivers upon the expectations of clients and the public.’
As Colour Urban Design BIM system designer, Henry says, he has two principal roles: ‘firstly, to apply the UK’s BIM project management standards, and secondly, to enhance software productivity and efficiency’.
The LI BIM Working Group Coordinator Jim Riches comments: ‘Henry is suited to this role due to his vast knowledge and experience already gained from working on BIM projects and via his own research. He is a valued member of the LI BIM Group and is one of few people who are fully conversant with the intricacies of BIM and how it can and will be applied to landscape. He already has the confidence of the LI BIM group with whom he has developed a sound working relationship.’
The BIM book, Jim adds, will fill a void in publicly available information on BIM within landscape: ‘The LI took the decision to lead on furnishing its members with the correct level of information for them to be able to become fully compliant with their role within collaborative BIM projects. The book, accompanied by LI BIM Masterclass events, should as a minimum meet that goal.’