A world first publication of Building Information Modelling for landscape


    Today marks the publication of ‘BIM for Landscape’, the first book of its kind to focus on the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes in landscape and the external environment.
    BIM is a process that will model all data relating to the design, costs and sustainability of a project from design through construction and operation. It will bring the practice of simulation and prototyping for the first time into landscape architecture, saving money and leading ultimately to better designs.  The UK is a world leader in this field and the key objective is a 20% reduction in capital costs from the construction and operation of the built environment. It heralds a new chapter in inter-disciplinary relationships.
    ‘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 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% 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.’

    Notes to editors:

    1.       BIM for Landscape published by Routledge today 23 May 2016. Copies are available to purchase from Routledge here.

    2.       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. 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. For more information visit https://www.landscapeinstitute.org/knowledge/WhatisBIM.php
    3.       The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered Institute for Landscape Architects and Landscape professionals, including landscape designers, landscape managers, landscape planners, landscape ecologists and urban designers. As a professional body and educational charity, we work to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. We champion landscape and the landscape profession, through advocacy and support to our members, in order to inspire great places where people want to live, work and visit. To find out more about the Landscape Institute visit www.landscapeinstitute.org


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