Use Plans2BIM AI for building modeling part of your landscape


Landscape architecture has evolved considerably in recent years due to the increasing urbanization of spaces, and the adoption of new technologies as BIM processes or Artificial Intelligence. Nowadays, outdoor landscape designers have to deal with new skills, collaborate with other professionals to get through their projects and also work with new software such as WiseBIM’s tool, Plans2BIM to help them facilitate their jobs.

The modeling challenge for landscape architects

Although, the primary vocation of landscape architecture is not to do building modeling, nevertheless, is often necessary to dedicate a significant proportion of time to this activity. Indeed, landscaping projects frequently depend on existing infrastructures or buildings. As a result, landscape architecture involved building modeling to ensure the overall spatial and aesthetic coherence of the project. This can be a challenge, as it requires additional resources and skills which are away from the core business.

So it’s crucial to find a balance, optimize efficiency and allocate resources wisely, so landscape architects could concentrate fully on their real expertise : enhancing outdoor landscapes design.

This is where Plans2BIM comes into play.

 Transforming easily your 2D plans into 3D BIM in few steps

Plans2BIM is a modeling assistance tool that transform your 2D plans into 3D BIM thanks to the power of Artificial Intelligence. How does it work ?

  • Step 1 : Import your 2D plans

Import a 2D plan image in png, jpeg or pdf format. Plans2BIM works with architectural floor plans.

The building plan in pdf format can be imported into Plands2BIM as an initial step
Image: The building plan in pdf format can be imported into Plands2BIM as an initial step
  • Step 2 : Settings

Define the height parameters and scale.

  • Step 3 : Start AI detection

Start automatic detection of all elements thanks to our algorithms which recognize walls, doors, windows, spaces and slabs.

  • Step 4 : Correct detection errors and/or edit the model

Edit the model and correct detection errors once the model has been generated.
Change the properties of elements, for example, by changing doors to windows, or by adding new properties such as textures or materials. Create extra walls, spaces and openings to make theplan evolve.

  • Step 5 : Assemble the floors

Assemble the storeys directly in the tool in case of a multi-level building.

  • Step 6 : Export your 3D model in IFC, DXF, CSV and XLSX

With Plans2BIM, get IFC BIM models from your 2D plans or create DXF CAD files from your 2D paper plans. The IFC format allows you to import the model into any design software. Also, the project’s quantity can be exported in CSV and XLSX format.

  • Step 7 : Import IFC model into Lands Design (Rhino) and design the landscape

In continue, in oredr to design the landscape, you import the IFC into Lands Design in Rhino. You need to have Lands Design installled in order to get the IFC model. Once it is imported continue working with terrain, vegetation and all landscape objects of Lands Design. You finally get the quantity takeoffs of materials automatically.

IFC model made by Plans2BIM imported into Rhino. ‎Landscape is modeled with Lands Design
Image: IFC model made by Plans2BIM imported into Rhino. ‎ Landscape is modeled with Lands Design

Benefits of using Plans2BIM for landscape architecture:

  • Considerable time savings

    Landscape architects are looking to allocate more time to the core part of their profession, namely the creation of remarkable landscaped spaces. Thanks to Plans2BIM, they can quickly switch from 2D to 3D plans, and benefit from considerable time savings by avoiding to model from scratch.
  • Without training

Landscape architects are not BIM modelers, however, they often have to learn how to model and train themselves in modeling tools that are sometimes complex and time-consuming. Plans2BIM is easy to use and requires no specific training.

A tutorial video and user guide is available to help users get to grips with the tool.

  • With an online tool

Plans2BIM is an online tool that does not require complicated installation. Signed wherever and whenever you want with a computer and an internet connection to access in Plans2BIM.

  • Interoperable

Interoperability in BIM enables smooth collaboration between different stakeholders and facilitates the exchange of accurate, consistent data throughout the BIM project lifecycle. Thanks to openBIM, landscape architects and designers can work, collaborate and communicate freely across disciplines and trades, regardless of the BIM landscape software used.

  • Economical

Plans2BIM allow you to save money by proposing a free offer to test the tool (Starter), two subscription offers (Essential and Premium) and a personalized offer on request (Enterprise).


Finally, The partnership of WiseBIM and Lands Design helps to release the creative potential of landscape architects thanks to the power of AI in Plans2BIM. We want them to dedicate more time to their core business – designing innovative outdoor spaces, selecting the right vegetation, creating unique landscape experiences, exploring new ideas, collaborating with their customers, and delivering projects that embellish our environment and build a more sustainable future.

Written by: Déborah Pierre, WiseBIM