Why Lands Design is a good landscape complement for Revit

Lands Design can be a good complement for Revit, especially for landscape designers who need more specialized tools and capabilities than what Revit’s built-in topography tools can offer.
Lands Design is a plugin for Rhino, a BIM 3D modeling software, that is specifically designed for landscape design, and it offers a range of specialized tools and features for terrain modeling (topography), plant and material libraries, hardscape design, water features, and more.

What are the difficulties of Revit for landscape designers?

As we know, Revit is primarily designed as ‌building information modeling (BIM) software. While it does include topography tools, they may not be as robust or specialized as those found in dedicated landscape design software. Some potential difficulties with Revit’s topography tools include:

  • Limited terrain modeling capabilities: Revit’s topography tools may not be able to model complex terrain, such as steep slopes or irregular landforms, as accurately as specialized landscape design software.
  • Difficulty importing external data: Revit may have difficulty importing external topographic data, such as terrain surveys, and accurately translating that data into its topography tools.
  • Limited plant and material libraries: Revit’s built-in libraries of plants and materials may be limited compared to those found in dedicated landscape design software.
  • Limited visualization capabilities: Revit’s visualization capabilities for terrain may not be as advanced as specialized landscape design software. This, correspondingly can make it difficult to create realistic renderings and visualizations.

These issues can make it difficult for landscape designers to use Revit as their primary site design tool, and may require them to supplement it with other specialized software or workflows.

Lands Design is a good landscape complement for Revit
The landscape design project can be done in Lands Design (Rhino) and then get imported easily into Revit

How can Lands Design help Revit users?

By using Lands Design in conjunction with Revit, designers can leverage the strengths of both programs and create a more comprehensive workflow for their projects. Just take a look at how time saving would be working with terrain tools in Lands Design.
Therefore, in a design workflow, designers could use Revit for building modeling and coordination. At the same time, they can use Lands Design to create detailed site plans, terrain models, vegetation, and other landscape elements. They could then import their Lands Design models back into Revit for final coordination and visualization. This integrated workflow is called Lands Design inside Revit. It can help designers create more cohesive and visually appealing projects that meet the needs of both the building and landscape design disciplines.
Watch this video to see how Lands Design’s terrain tools help Revit users easily create topography and perform earthmoving operations in Rhino. It is an absolute time saver for Revit users. For more information, here is the tutorial on how to proceed with this workflow.

Lands Design’s terrain tools help Revit users easily create topography and perform earthmoving operations in Rhino

How to open a Lands Design project inside Revit?

In the following video, you see how a landscape project that has been modeled with Lands Design, can be opened and modified in Revit. All BIM objects in Lands Design can be recognized as Revit corresponding objects. You can find the Grasshopper definitions, used for this workflow here. You need to sign up in Food4Rhino in order to get access to the required Grasshopper files.

The video shows the process of importing the landscape model into Revit with some clicks