Looking for Beta Testers for FOREground

We are currently in beta testing for FOREground, a Revit application designed to assist with site and landscape modeling and documentation. We are specifically looking for landscape architects that have experience with Revit. So if you are a landscape architect that would be interested in beta testing an awesome new toolset for Revit, please get in touch by filling out this contact form.

Interested to read or see a bit more about FOREground? You can check out a preview at the bottom of this AECbytes article and I periodically post updates on twitter (preview of the planting tools).

Revit Pure Live – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 19), at 3 ET/ 12 PT, I will be on Revit Pure Live, talking landscape architecture in Revit. I will be covering some old tricks, plus I will be doing some live demo of our new Parallax App for landscape, FOREground. Some of the FOREground tools were also showcased recently at the end of an AECbytes article about civil and sites, if you want more of a preview.

Video below will be live tomorrow, and also available to watch later.

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Landform Update: New Topography Nodes

I am excited to announce that there are some new nodes in the latest Landform update. These nodes are written in C#, and if you are interested in taking a look at the source code, I also now have a repository for Landform on GitHub. Shout out to John, over at sixtysecondrevit and creator of Rhythm and Monocle, for getting me going on these.

Most of these new nodes are focused on editing Topography, which is something that I have always wanted to do in Dynamo.

Here are the six new Topo nodes:

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Modeling Walls with Floors

There are several downsides to modeling walls in a more complex landscape, including:

  • Sloped walls can only be created via profile editing, which is a fairly imprecise method
    • Landscape framework of design and layout tend to want to control where these happen in plan, so doing this in profile is often counter-intuitive
  • If you have sloped walls that also curve, profile editing isn’t even an option

A solution that I commonly use for both of these issues is to use Floors.

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