Building Information Modeling (BIM)
In 2013 the LI started promoting and enabling the uptake of BIM by its members alongside encouraging other aspects of competence in digital practice. This included running introductory and masterclass events, developing product data templates (PDTs), publishing newsletters, developing a new book BIM for Landscape and preparing the LI Digital Plan of Works (also known as Digital Plan of Works for Landscape). It requires more than the membership, however, to make BIM work. Following encouragement to BALI members through a series of workshops, and some of the landscape schools, A recent initiative has been to engage with arboriculturalists and tree officers by supporting the Digital Arboricultural group (previously known as BIM4Arb) as it encourages the arboricultural industry to better collaborate over BIM. Another has been to hold a roundtable event to bring together people from across the landscape profession to assess the state of the industry in relation to its adoption of BIM and digital design/construction. The notes of this have been written up and are worth a read: LI Roundtable Event Report – v1
The LI’s support for BIM is now, however, part of a wider programme to encourage uptake of digital skills in practice. This programme is being led by the Technical Committee’s Digital Practice Group, and that group’s various workstreams.
Other BIM Resources (needs updating)
The LI’s Digital Practice Working Group (formerly BIM working group) comprises several workstreams which are taking forward activity under the headings: promotion; engagement; learning; technology; spatial data; PDTs and LI Digital Plan of Work.
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