Posted in ENVIRONMENT, LAM MAGAZINE, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, PHOTOGRAPHY, RESEARCH, TECH, tagged 123D Catch, 3-D modeling, 3ds Max, Agisoft PhotoScan, Autodesk Recap 360, drone, Google Cardboard, Google Earth, Google Street View, Imaging, LiDAR, Mapping, Scanning, Sketchfab, SWA Group, Trimble Total Station, University of Georgia Center for Geospatial Research, University of Southern California’s Landscape Morphologies Lab, XL Lab on January 10, 2017|
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BY BRIAN BARTH
3-D Scanning and the holographic landscape.
It’s been more than a decade since Google Earth put 3-D mapping in the hands of anyone with an Internet connection. Now, armchair map geeks can fly through the skyline of virtually any city in the world to check out, say, the architecture of the Louvre or take a virtual stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries using Google Street View. The ability to cost-effectively produce such imagery on a global scale stems in part from advances in 3-D scanning, a term of art that encompasses LiDAR (light detection and ranging), drone-based photography, ground-penetrating radar, and other advanced imaging technologies.
Three-dimensional scanning has become so inexpensive and user-friendly that design firms are starting to experiment with it. Architects and engineers use it to help create as-built drawings of bridges and buildings and for “clash detection” when designing additions or renovations of historic structures. Urban planners use it as a visualization tool when modeling different development scenarios. Anything that can be 3-D scanned can be 3-D printed, and (more…)
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Posted in LAM MAGAZINE, VIEWS, tagged 3-D modeling, AIA, architecture, AutoCAD, Autodesk, BIM, BIM for Landscape, BIMForum, CAD, Civil 3D, computer, design, landscape information modeling, LIM, planning, Revit, SIM, site information modeling, software, technology, The Landscape Institute, Vectorworks on February 16, 2016|
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BY BRIAN BARTH
Landscape architects feel the push of architecture-centric software.
Building information modeling, or BIM, has become the default digital format for designing buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure the world over, though in theory it is just as applicable to landscape design. You are not likely to find an architecture or engineering firm that does not employ BIM software, but there are surprisingly few landscape architecture firms that do. It’s not that landscape architects don’t appreciate the information-rich approach of BIM—quite the contrary—but many loathe its building-centric nature.
“Landscape architecture as a profession is kind of down on BIM,” says James Sipes, a landscape architect based in Atlanta who was an early proponent of adapting the technology for landscape architecture purposes. “It seemed to be exactly what we were looking for—that combination of CAD and 3-D modeling and smart software that linked things together in the way we as landscape architects design.” But, Sipes says, companies like Autodesk, which publishes Revit, a BIM software used widely by architects, “put a lot of time and energy into building BIM data for buildings and building components, but none of that had anything to do with landscape architecture.”
All of which would be fine if landscape architects weren’t being pulled into (more…)
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