landscape BIM #bsl2015

Stage 1: Landscape BIM

 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This lecture will examine proposed and established processes of Landscape BIM.

Including examples, visualisations, diagrams, videos and a Q&A session at the end. This lecture will allow professionals from across the construction sector to get a better understanding of what is happening in Landscape BIM. From geodesign to GIS and back again via a host of IT tools and datasets.

The lecture is split into two main themes. Landscape BIM at the site scale, or site BIM, and landscape BIM at the super-site scale, or Landscape scale BIM. Each section will examine the construction work that is being done in the Landscape at that scale with new and emerging technologies. Then the section will give an overview of the professionals who are involved, examining areas where improvements have been made. Also included will be the data and information that is being used, where it is coming from, how it is being used, and how it is creating greater quality outcomes throughout the construction lifecycle.

We’re covering two topics: Landscape BIM at the site scale, and landscape BIM at the super-site scale.

At the site scale, site BIM works with buildability, design interfaces and the terrain. With the professional input of arborists, ecologists, civil engineers and architects. This process deals with the implications of applying man made construction to real world situations. Implications can include building regulations, planning policy, ecology and social impacts and spatial coordination.

At the super site scale, or landscape scale BIM it brings together mapping, infrastructure, planning and urban design. With the professional inputs including professionals such as Ecologists, Landscape Architects, Town Planners, Urban Designers.
Super-site BIM deals with: geospatial location; landscape context; integrated green and grey infrastructure; urban design; planning designations; and, human and physical geography. The tools available to the landscape scale.

With examples throughout, the lecture will provide a stimulating, varied and informative overview of the developments in this field.

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of the data sets and tools that are available to leverage the benefits of Landscape BIM. How these are being used and how innovations in technology are creating more robust, user friendly and responsive environments.
  • An insight into the technological BIM trends in this area, how they apply at different scales and times within the construction lifecycle to analyse, design, communicate and realise development in the landscape.
  • An understanding of what professional relationships are impacted upon by Landscape BIM and how new and enhanced information sharing capabilities between professionals will improve the effectiveness of the construction lifecycle.


Professor Nashwan Dawood
Director – Centre for Construction Research & Innovation (CCIR)
Partnership between practice and university. Research and then it’s application. Presentation in two parts. The first by an associate. The second part the future. 
BIM is over used as a way to flavour things. Improve efficiency and effectiveness. Site optimisation through the use of cut and fill. Typically a civils activity. A design, geologically, landfill tax and logistic exercise. Different types of software that have to be interoperable which is a challenge. Link to project planning and workflow optimisation requirements. 
The big challenge is coordinating with the site surroundings and its context. 2015-04-09 09.41.32
Analysis is a big part. Not just a modelling activity. Specification is a challenge with joint coming up 249 times in the digital plan of work, but things are improving. 2015-04-09 09.45.59
Ecology and arboriculture are two areas not often seen in the usual interfaces. 
Does not understand the fixation with Revit by architects. Interface. Footprint and slab level. 
Modelling/simulation of plantation as a landscape asset is almost impossible. Difficult to achieve. Visual screening for town planning. Phasing and buildability. A desire to plan and organise by the designer rather than leave to the sub contractors.Landscaping is often as complex as a building. Platforms civil 3d, pads and Revit. Civil 3d takes time to set up but modification and iterations are straightforward. Pads is easy to set up but lots of rework to alter. Whilst research is good, but companies have budgets.
They chose Revit but it’s not ideal so API was used to add functionality for their own use. 
Creating objects that are intelligent and working with gradients that work!!!
Having to make the most of what is available. 
2015-04-09 09.57.47
Created functions in Revit using c++
2015-04-09 09.59.10 2015-04-09 10.01.31

Very early work in cobie and should have results this time next year.
Landscape scale BIM the future :Last 3 years of work. Semantic modeling and leveraging it in an unconfined way. Lots of information but it needs to be integrated and not looked at in isolation. Semanco – semantic tools for carbon reduction in urban planning. 
2015-04-09 10.06.46
Enabling scenarios for stakeholders At the heart is the semantic modeling of data
2015-04-09 10.11.13 2015-04-09 10.11.13-1

Outcome : a more liveable and sustainable urban environment. 
Analysis of energy consumption and then informed decision making to address the issues.

About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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