While working at a major landscape architecture firm three years ago, we tried to integrate into the BIM work environment. As we encountered many obstacles, we began to research the best way to make BIM a reality for ourselves and our cohort.
Today at Arch-intelligence, we keep developing ways to improve and optimize the BIM-based design and construction process, so professionals of many disciplines can find our tools helpful.
Over the years, Revit has become the most popular BIM software. And, since the BIM design process requires all disciplines to use compatible software, Revit is the natural choice for site designers as well.
The Environment for Revit was created to enable landscape architects & other site planning professionals to transition to BIM while providing the smoothest workflow possible.
Making it as simple
Our mission is to make the Revit® workflow for landscape architects convenient and efficient. To achieve this, we created a powerful set of tools that turns Revit® into the best software on the market for landscape and site design.
To display an unfolded view of the wall, we create a 2D layout consisting from filled regions and detail lines. These elements are located at the correct height in the elevation view so you can easily annotate them as real walls.
In addition to the wall itself, this view also depicts filled regions that represents the railings placed on the wall and conditional surface level lines in front of and behind the wall and the surface line in the previous phase.
How to create toposurface in Revit from model edges
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a surface from edges and a surface from topographic lines quickly and easily with the environment Plugin for Revit.
Create Surface from Model Lines/Add to Surface
A typical building of topography in Autodesk® Revit® is implemented with the Place Point tool, so to create surface it is need step-by-step drawing points, which is not comfortable for creating a complex surface. The function helps to create toposurface based on a selected Model Lines.
Sometimes, it is necessary to correct an existed surface. To do that, you can use a function Add Model Line to Surface. This tool adds points along a selected line to a selected toposurface. To avoid an incorrect connection between old and new points of a surface, it is better to use this tool on surface region that does not contain other points.
This function divides an existing wall into several separate wall sections and determines the corresponding top and base offset values for each section according to the slope of the reference surfaces.
The user can define specific surfaces that exist in projects as reference surfaces for the selected walls. Alternatively, the function can automatically handle the top-most and bottom-most surfaces near the walls to be arranged.
Learning & implementation
Since one of the biggest obstacles in making the transition to BIM is the lack of clear guidance and learning resources that fits our field, we also provide quality free online learning resources to make BIM implementation for all landscape professionals not only achievable, but fun.