Managing Risk, Costs and Compliance in Landscape Design

Managing Risk, Costs and Compliance in Landscape Design

Written by: Mike Shilton

Following our acquisition of the LANDCADD suite of landscape and civil design software earlier this year, it’s never been easier for users of our landscape design software to manage risk, costs and compliance in both the early design and facilities management phases of a project.

Assessing impact, mitigating risk
There are a range of new modules available in the latest version of our software that are designed to help assess and manage landscape areas, such as the ability to: consider the effect of existing land formations on the behaviour of water on site and how this can be managed to create new water bodies and reduce flooding; assess the visual impact of new features in the landscape and show how these can be mitigated; and, design the effective management of hydration for planting schemes.

Long-term asset management
The software now also offers the capability to create 3D ground level surfaces, which users can then build upon with BIM objects, with tools to help with the maintenance phase of a project. This can also prove invaluable in helping to integrate planned water features within developments, and model the long-term management of the assets, predicting how water features, trees, plants and other facilities will develop and interact over time, demonstrating their impact and supporting the development of scheduled maintenance programmes.

Achieving compliance
With pressure on land availability, the options for both commercial and housing developments are often limited and it is increasingly important to manage out risk and predict the behaviour of both water and tree growth in landscaped developments, especially when it comes to multi-level sites. Modelling information can also feed into planning of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) to comply with Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Supporting the development of scheduled maintenance programs
In response to our customers’ growing need to visualise their proposals in 3D, we have developed our Building Information Modelling (BIM) offering. LANDCADD offers the capability to create 3D ground level surfaces, which users can then build upon with BIM objects, as well as tools to help with the maintenance phase of a project. This extends the reach of our BIM capability to both the early design and facilities management phases of a project, adding a new level to our suite of BIM-compliant software