This post is a comment I made on Lounge8, an online site for landscape architects.
Civil CAD 3D is the “Revit” of the civil engineers world and has many applications for landscape architecture. It is the tool for any land modelling, road or pathway corridors, drainage etc, what you would expect from a package for civil engineers. You build the site as a “dynamic model” and the software produces the documentation which is a major advantage of information rich modelling. If we were civil engineers there’d be no question, Civil 3D would be the answer. Verdaususe it for topographic modelling. However we have not yet pushed the boundaries to see to what extent it can cover the full scope of landscape works.
Verdaus also use LandF/X for planting and irrigation. It does a great job on this. It produces automatic schedules of items and Bills of Quantities for this scope of work. It also can do the same for horizontal surface finishes.
It is partly because the scope of our profession and work is so rich and varied that there is no one “Information Package” that can do it all for landscape architects. It would be a very worthwhile pursuit to build a case strong enough to raise interest amongst the software providers to develop a capable “Landscape Information Modelling” package.
I believe it will be important for the landscape architectural profession to have a landscape ready information modelling package. This is the way of the future no doubt.