Tamae was recently invited to give a lecture on the ‘Application of BIM in Landscape Architecture’ to masters students at Writtle University College. Tamae is part of the Landscape Institute’s Digital Practice Group along with her co-speaker Mike Shilton, who is Chair of the Digital Practice Group and Director of Product Management at Transoft Solutions.
Mike delivered an introductory, high-level lecture which was eye-opening and inspiring for students, discussing topics including BIM for landscape, UK BIM Alliance, digital twin, and ‘golden thread BIM’.
Tamae’s lecture focused on the implementation of BIM in landscape projects here at WWA, using the case studies of St Dunstan’s College Primary School and STEM buildings, and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School. Students learned about all stages of BIM implementation and various levels of BIM including 4D, 5D and 6D BIM. She also discussed both the benefits and challenges of BIM for landscape in practice, as well as ‘what’s next for landscape architects?’. This included real time collaboration, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) from concept to construction.
Tamae concluded by propounding that now is the time for landscape architects to raise our voices for the real value of BIM for landscape in the AEC industry. As the industry becomes more aware of the importance of green infrastructure in achieving sustainable development, we see that major contractors are beginning to recognise its importance and are increasingly incorporating BIM for landscape in their project implementation.
At the end of the lectures, students asked many interesting questions ranging from practical implementation of BIM, to embodied carbon calculation, and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) by using BIM models. We are very pleased to witness budding landscape architects with an interest in BIM and future technologies, and how these can be used to address environmental issues. The students certainly recognise their professional responsibility to contribute to sustainable development.
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