Things may have seemed quiet since the publication of our book BIM for Landscape, but work continues under the various workstreams of the Digital Practice Group: promoting Product Data Templates; sector engagement; and promoting the profession’s achievements.

PDTs and other standards

There appears to be a resurgence of interest in the LI’s Product Data Templates. This may be following the recent work of the BIM Alliance Product Data Working Group and the recent State of the Nation report.

Nationally, the LI was contacted by a stone company looking into developing product data sheets. Activity is also understood to be underway by the British Standards Institution and the BRE has developed a Databook (although this is ‘pay to play’).

Internationally, we hear there is a lot of work by others going into the development of standards, plus an .ifc version, IDM, although some Digital Practice Group members have reservations over its use. ISO 22014 is also under development.

Anyone involved in national and international developments within these processes is asked to feed back to us.


One piece of good news is that ProLandscaper is interested to work with the LI to co-ordinate and host a roundtable event to help the LI reach landscape contractors and suppliers over matters digital (specifically BIM). This follows some difficulty in progressing BIM with the arboricultural sector as previously hoped for and a slowdown in opportunities via BALI. The idea will be explored too of going back to manufacturers to encourage populating PDTs with their products.


There are a number of opportunities coming up where the LI will be showing off what the profession is capable of doing. The Digital Practice Days, where the proof of concept work by Keysoft and Vestre will be shown, have comprised one. Following the successful article in the September BIM Today, another article about BIM and landscape has been requested for a future edition. It is hoped to focus this on things that other design professionals understand less well than we do, such as plants and soil, as a way of building bridges with them as well as developing our credibility. Another opportunity is the invitation we have received to explore the scope for collaborate with German and Norwegian counterparts through contacts made at the recent Digital Landscape Architecture event in Munich.