by Richard McPartland
BIM for Landscape
Authored by Henry Fenby-Taylor for The Landscape Institute
It is a sign of the growing acceptance and maturity of BIM that we're starting to see more in the way of practical advice and guidance on the subject for particular disciplines. This book, from the Landscape Institute, is the first to focus on the implementation of BIM processes in landscape and external works and sets out to show how landscape practitioners and their practices can be honed to tackle the challenges and reap the rewards from the digital construction revolution.
Henry Fenby-Taylor draws on his knowledge in practice and as a member of the Landscape Insitute's BIM group to deliver a highly-accessible tome that weighs in at just 150 pages and gets the balance just right between supporting theory and practical application.
The book splits into three key sections - the first focussing on preparation for BIM and of particular interest to 'decision makers', the second looking at the practicalities of implementation and introducing the fundamentals to those just starting out and the final part looking at the technological aspects of BIM - addressing key functionalities of BIM models, software and information processes. It's also worth pointing out that the book has a focus on UK regulations but with an eye to relevance elsewhere.
Those involved in traditional landscape projects and wondering just how the digital revolution will impact will find a well-informed friend to guide them along the pathway to future ways of working.
Those experienced in BIM will find this a pacey recap of the fundamentals and will probably take more from the examples of more practical application, showing how principles translate to best practice in the context of actual landscape projects. Those involved in traditional landscape projects and wondering just how the digital revolution will impact will find among the pages a well-informed friend to guide them along the pathway to future ways of working and a springboard to next steps.
The Institute's involvement also means that the book dovetails with the LI's own masterclass events to, cumulatively, offer an excellent primer on digital construction for landscape. We expect more to follow the Insitute's lead.
About this book
BIM for Landscape by The Landscape Institute was published by Routledge in May 2016 and is available to buy from RIBA Bookshops. The title is published in hardback (ISBN 978-1-138-796683).
About the author
Henry Fenby-Taylor has a wealth of experience in BIM strategy and implementation. He is currently BIM Implementation Manager at WYG Group and Chief Operating Officer at dotBuiltEnvironment following work implementing BIM systems at Colour Urban Design Limited and as a Landscape Architect at James Blake Associates.