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 Revit Landscape Design Software

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Landscape design in Revit is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind to most Revit users, but given the flexibility and wide adoption of the software using Revit for landscape design is on the increase.

Whilst Revit is undoubtedly a superb programme for most architectural and engineering projects which use BIM, out of the box it is not ready for serious landscape design work. For a start, it lacks the requisite systems for landscape, site works or external works.

Fortunately Revit has an open API (application programming interface) which has allowed CS Design software to develop a very powerful and affordable Revit Landscape Design plugin called CS ArtisanRV that will simply delight landscape designers using Revit for landscape design schemes.

Where Revit is lacking as a landscape product, CS ArtisanRV steps in, as its expert features allow Revit to become a crucial tool for landscape architects. The all new Parametric Planting Families also means that you can view your projects in higher quality than ever before.

The team over at CS Design Hub have been working hard to ensure that ArtisanRV raises the bar considerably for landscape architects wanting to work with BIM. They have created a range of new features, which complement the existing capabilities of Revit to create a complete landscape package.

CS ArtisanRV contains crucial features which address Revit’s lack of a site works system. Object Properties allows the user to view and manage all of the objects within their present Revit model. There are two ways of doing this; either by displaying single object properties, or by browsing all objects. All that is needed is internet access, as the information is stored on the CSD web repository.

Another new feature which allows the user to manage their site works is Tag Options. This function allows users to write definitions for individual label templates, which are then displayed next to the objects as tags. They display a combination of free text and predefined parameters, in order to give the user information quickly when they go over their work.

ArtisanRV also enables users to easily manage external works. An example of this can be seen with the Shadow Analysis tool, which allows users to view the percentage shadow coverage in external areas. This can be extremely helpful in hot climates, but is also important for the maintenance of external works generally.

CS ArtisanRV most certainly complements Revit with a robust system for landscapes. Linear planting allows users to decide between planting single specimens or hedges, allowing them a degree of control over their work which could not be achieved with Revit alone.

The Planting Parameters feature allows architects to systematically edit properties, including root, container size, centres, age and height/spread. Furthermore, standard planting age and condition conventions can be converted into a modelling age, which can enable visualisation and grow routines.

cs artisan rv update 3 snipArtisanRV contains a superb integrated planting database, which allows architects to keep track of all their planting activity. One of the crucial parts of this database is the Age by Planting by Year function.

This function means that planting can be carried out in four distinct ways: single planting (specimens), linear items (hedges and avenues), area planting (beds and woodland) and entire model. In order to make this complex feature simple to use, there is a Grow and Size Properties dialogue box, which displays all of the parameters necessary for plant sizing control.

cs artisan rv update 4After planting, the database allows users to stay informed. All planting placed in the model can be viewed in a table, which shows vital details, like Grow Years, Model Spread and Model Height. Grow Years gives the user complete foresight, as they can move a slider bar tens of years into the future, and see how this affects the other parameters.

Also adding to the comprehensive database, the Show feature displays all occurrences of a Family Type, and any individual occurrence.

All planting information is stored within a set of web integrated Planting Libraries, where they can be found by searching for characteristics and performance.

Now that CS Artisan RV contains Parametric Planting Families capabilities, all of these planting functions have been taken to the next level. Using National Plant Specifications, the plants in your projects now look far more realistic, as well as having more flexibility to store data and age authentically.

Flexed planting now features distinct foliage blocks, which creates an impressive visual impact on the Topography. Species selection is reflected clearly in every plant, with the CSDhub web repository informing flower colour, and foliage features are controlled more precisely than ever before.

Single plants, linear items and area planting have all been updated thanks to Parametric Planting Families, so it is fair to say that this is a serious upgrade to CS Artisan RV as a whole.

Artisan RV lets landscape architects create faultless soft works features for their designs. It allows users to easily create hedges, which can be controlled using the Age Planting routines. Using Linear Planting, there is a choice between planting as a hedge, and planting as a single species, meaning the user has plenty of options when creating their soft works features.

There are also great features for hard works issues. The Create Fencing tool presents a wide choice for fence design. There is the opportunity to choose between a diverse set of fencing types, which can then be placed in the model and aligned with the topography.

Whilst it is clear that CS Artisan RV can combine with Revit to form a complete landscape package, it has other features which are worth mentioning. The Topo to Floor utility means that users can convert the Topo surface to the Floor, which allows a layer build-up for quantity take-offs.

There is also an extremely useful digital help system, which can clarify any issues.

In keeping with Autodesk’s approach to BIM, CS Design have placed a big importance on collaboration for their product. Palette Builder is a cloud service, which is available from browsers, or directly from an ArtisanRV session, which allows team members to co-operate and share ideas.

Here are the verdicts of some of CS Artisan RV’s new users:

  • “The growing of plants through time phases is a fantastic tool and will be invaluable in client and user group discussions.”
  • “Bringing palettes already created in the CAD version is a game changer – so much time saved.”
  • “Graphics for individual trees and shrubs are simple in 3D views – without adversely affecting speed! Symbols are well represented in plan view, too.”
  • “When making blanket design changes, the plant schedules update quickly and painlessly – more time savings!”

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