BIM isn’t just for buildings. The same automation, visualization, and analysis benefits that the software delivers to building projects can be brought to bear in landscape architecture.

Think back, way back, to when you were five or 10 years old. If you’ve always had a passion for the built environment, you probably had toys that allowed you to build things — Lincoln Logs, Legos, Tinker Toys, Erector Sets, and basic building blocks. All the other toys — the action figures, cars, and stuffed animals — were mere accessories to the houses, skyscrapers, bridges, and cities you built. And if you’re like me, you didn’t worry too much about plants, earth berms, embankments, or other elements of landscape architecture. I didn’t think about these things, in large part, because the toys I had at my disposal didn’t lend themselves to being used for these aspects of the built environment.