Revit Vs Sketchup for Landscape Design

Revit Vs Sketchup for Landscape Design

How do you make landscape in Revit?

Architects and landscape designers use software to present their concepts to customers. This is particularly relevant to landscape architecture. In order to assist you better grasp the differences between Revit and Sketchup, we at Red’s Landscaping and Design have put together a comprehensive guide on how to create a stunning landscape in Revit.

Are you on team Revit or Sketchup?

Sketchup is popular among users because it’s fast, intuitive, and simple to master. We all know how simple it is to create 3D models using Sketchup, but is this a useful tool for landscape design?

Sketchup Photorealistic landscape design
Sketchup Photorealistic landscape design with Lumion rendering.

When it comes to landscape design, a simple drawing might provide a clear picture. With Sketchup, there are no renderings needed to add colours, materials, or anything else since it is a visual program, unlike other modern software. As long as you’re working on a local park or a large commercial outdoor location, you can easily visualise your ideas.

The landscape design process with Sketchup is simple:

To begin, use the sandbox tools to sketch out the topography of your site’s layout. Importing geolocated terrain will expedite this procedure. The next step is to fill up the landscape with more elements, such as trees and plants. Finally, you may change the atmosphere and details to make your concept come to life.  Landscaping using Sketchup has many advantages: contractors can see exactly what they are expected to accomplish from the model, which is vital for landscape design, time and cost savings, customer buy-in, and correct installations.

sketchup landscape design
Swimming pool area landscape designed with sketchup and rendered with Lumion.

What about Revit for landscape design?

Is Revit suitable for the design of landscapes?

Architecture and engineering professionals are big fans of Revit, a leading BIM platform. For the most part, landscape architects don’t utilize it, however there are a few notable exceptions to this rule. A major advantage of Revit is that it generates exact and accurate automated plans, elevations and sections from a model built in the Revit program. Revit is a magic wand when it comes to complex construction and landscape projects. Revit’s real-world applications for BIM modeling are extensive and constantly evolving. The program, has more specific parts than Sketchup, which is a general modeling software. The two can’t be compared in this respect. In landscape architecture, there is a common belief that the lack of landscape Revit material is one of the main obstacles. To make up for Autodesk’s original lack of a comprehensive library, companies who employ Revit as a program have developed their own own material to populate their libraries.

Revit residential landscape design
Using Revit for residential landscape design.

The landscape design process with Revit is relatively more complicated than Sketchup, but results in a better outcome:

There are three vital landscape tools in Revit: Create a Toposurface, Modify a Toposurface, and Create Property Lines.  When it comes to landscape design, the most crucial tool is the first one. Enhancing and adding capabilities to Revit in order to assist landscape architects utilize it as their primary tool was necessary. This is why Plug-ins like ENVIRONMENT for Revit® may help designers transcend the limitations of the program. This plugin enables designers to operate more efficiently and accurately inside the Revit® workspace.

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Landscape designer often use Revit for landscape design

Is it possible to merge BIM with landscape architecture and is it useful? Yes, without a doubt.

We may use the 3D Toposurface tool, working on the site plan, place points command to choose points and set elevation. We can observe the material’s visualisation by changing the surface material to realistic. There will be room for your construction on the site thanks to the command ‘Building Pad’. Working on the  site plan and the command ‘detail lines’ may aid with road construction.

The use of BIM for architectural project management and design has become commonplace, although at the present this technology for landscape design is considered experimental. Lumion rendering is compatible with Revit and can produce incredible renders of your landscape design!

Revit landscape design residential
Using Revit for residential design.

Figure 4 Landscape Design in Revit


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Landscape design with revit. Countryside 3D Villa illustration Design in Revit


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Revit landscape design. Pål Tefre Autodesk online gallery.

Despite focusing on the outdoors and not designing buildings, landscape architects nonetheless optimize landscapes. The more detail, the better. Revit becomes important as it allows landscape architects and designers to work together with other experts. Landscaping projects may be quite exact if the right procedure and workflow between specialists is found.


What kind of software do you currently have installed on your computer? Is BIM a part of your work? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.



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