About this app
CS ArtisanRV is a groundbreaking Revit plugin that revolutionizes Building Information Modelling (BIM) for landscape professionals. Launched in 2015, it was the first web-integrated landscape BIM software for Revit, offering comprehensive features to collaborate seamlessly in Revit workflows. Whether you are a landscape architect, designer, or planner, CS ArtisanRV empowers you to fully embrace BIM and enhance your design process with ease.
Comprehensive Planting Features
One of the standout features of CS ArtisanRV is its ability to enable detailed planting within your Revit models. With this plugin, you can place individual specimens, hedges, avenues, beds, woodlands, and even single species or mixes with overplanting and underplanting options. The planting families are generated on the fly, allowing you to select from user-defined palettes, creating a dynamic and versatile model.
Planting is placed accurately in the model and hosted automatically to the topography, floor, region, or area. The sizing of the plants is done according to the specification details, ensuring precision in your designs. Additionally, you can age (grow) the planting to the species' ultimate height/spread based on the defined number of years to maturity, providing a realistic representation of the landscape over time.
Efficient Planting Palettes
CS ArtisanRV offers an integrated CS Web App service, known as CS Helios, which allows you to create and manage planting palettes centrally. This feature streamlines the process of creating project-specific palettes by selecting from an extensive library of planting options. You also have the flexibility to add new content via the Custom Plants utility, ensuring that your designs are personalized and reflect your unique vision.
Mix Libraries within CS ArtisanRV enable you to create and manage planting associations by defining components and percentages. You can then add these associations to your palettes, just like individual plants. This feature gives you greater control and creativity in designing complex planting schemes.
Intuitive Plant Browser and Tagging
The Plant Browser feature of CS ArtisanRV enables you to manage planting model content efficiently. With intelligent edit and substitution tools, you can make quick modifications to your designs. The Plant Browser panel provides a structured list view of all planting model content, along with an associated graphical plan view. This intuitive interface ensures smooth navigation and organization of your planting elements.
In addition, CS ArtisanRV allows for dynamic switching between standard, compact, and type mark tags. This flexibility ensures that your designs are properly labeled and annotated, enhancing communication and understanding among project stakeholders.
Enhanced Graphics Visibility
CS ArtisanRV offers various visual representations of planting, including Symbology, Primitives, Voxels, and Realistic Photo-real Content (RPC). This wide range of graphics visibility options allows you to choose the most suitable representation for your designs. Whether you prefer a stylized look or a realistic visualization, CS ArtisanRV has you covered.
Concept Planting and Existing Trees
CS ArtisanRV caters to the early phases of the design process with the Concept Planting feature. You can incorporate single plants (specimens or clumps), linear elements (hedges and avenues), or areas (woodlands and beds) to provide quantifiable content from the early stages. This feature enables you to explore design possibilities and communicate your ideas effectively.
For existing trees, CS ArtisanRV allows for manual placement or direct import from survey data collected on-site, adhering to the BS5837: 2012 standard. This ensures accurate representation of existing trees in relation to design, demolition, and construction. The plugin also provides the capability to model tree roots at species' maturity, informing Tree Pit design and preventing clashes with underground services or features.
Efficient Terrain Tools and Parametric Fencing
CS ArtisanRV offers efficient manipulation of topography within Revit. You can define the width and gradient of paths and have the adjoining embankments cut or filled to a specified slope. The plugin also provides cut and fill calculations, simplifying the topography modification process. Additionally, you can place a floor simultaneously while modifying the topography, ensuring seamless integration of design elements.
With the Parametric Fencing feature, CS ArtisanRV enables you to project fences onto the underlying topography, floor, or wall. The real-world length is used to accurately construct the run, with the correct placement of posts based on true dimensions. This feature guarantees precise fencing design and efficient placement of elements.
Shadow Coverage Analysis
CS ArtisanRV offers the Shadow Coverage feature, which analyzes the percentage of shadow coverage of a targeted element. This feature is particularly useful in construction projects in hot climates, where external spaces need to be designed to provide a minimum percentage of shadow coverage at defined times and dates. This information requirement, often specified by standards such as ESTIDAMA, can be easily met using the plugin, ensuring compliance and optimal design.
CS ArtisanRV is a game-changer for landscape professionals working with Autodesk Revit. With its comprehensive range of features, this plugin empowers designers to fully embrace BIM and revolutionize their design process. From detailed planting options and efficient palettes to intuitive browsing and enhanced graphics visibility, CS ArtisanRV offers everything you need to create stunning landscape designs with ease.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your journey in landscape architecture, CS ArtisanRV is a must-try plugin. Its user-friendly interface, powerful features, and seamless integration with Revit make it an invaluable tool for any landscape professional.