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So, after a couple of mad weeks that included the Society of Garden Designers Awards Ceremony and Autumn Conference, we’re excited to be preparing for the first ever FutureScape show, with the good folks from Pro Landscaper Magazine. If you haven’t registered yet, the event is on Tuesday 20th November at Kempton Park Racecourse. We’ll be taking Vectorworks along for the day, but I’ll also be taking part in the seminar program. The subject of my talk is Site Information Modelling. So, what does that actually mean?

For architects, the big talking point is BIM - which stands for Building Information Modelling. The name might imply 3D model, and that is certainly part of the process. But the key word is information. The construction industry and the government are looking for more information from designs to facilitate, among other things, the correction of errors before construction starts, and the longer term maintenance of projects once complete.

For the landscaping industry, BIM is not yet a requirement. But for those working alongside building designers and constructors, adopting a BIM, or SIM (Site Information Modelling) mind-set offers opportunities for greater collaboration and therefore more interesting projects.

Vectorworks Landmark enables designers to include a wealth of information in their designs. I have always been an advocate of extracting as much information from the drawing as possible, to avoid duplication of effort. Sometimes, a little more effort up front can reap rewards as the project progresses and all those extra tasks (counting, estimating sections, elevations, for example) are completed very quickly from a single model.

But information doesn’t just come at the end of the project. For example, one of our customers called me on Friday to talk through a couple of issues he was having with a Vectorworks Site Model. The problems were easily resolved, and he was able to gain the cut and fill information he needed. But it was great to see how he was employing Vectorworks right at the start of the project. Instead of creating a beautiful visual with a site model, he had used the surveyors data to create the model and then used some very simple new levels to impose the concept onto the model. This enabled very rapid initial cut and fill calculations - very important for preliminary costing.

Find out more at FutureScape on Tuesday 20th November. By the way, our next site modelling course is on Wednesday, and is full. But we will be running another one very shortly.


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