At MARELD we are always looking for new ways to work with 3D design software to help us design and communicate project works. This week we will be focusing on working with 3D modelling during design, detailing and construction with Revit.

As the programme is becoming more widely used in both architecture and construction it is essential that we as landscape architects also adapt our 3D design options. We have found that Revit is not particularly adapted to early design works but in later project stages the software comes into its own. It offers a wide range of functions that elevate our design process and helps us safeguard quality.

We like to go from hand drawn sketches to quite rough 2D models using Autocad to explore ideas and familiar ourselves with the character and qualities of each site we work with. Revit enables us to quickly gain a deeper understanding of where our ideas will need to be refined for them to work. Having the Revit model as a base gives us a lot of advantages later in the design process: faster adjustments on drawings, material and vegetation quantities including very useful crossovers with AMA and the ability to export 3D model files and views.

The animation below demonstrates a simplified process from drawing up and further detailing a 3D-model to translating it to a 2D section drawing.