Hi, I’m an NZ-based landscape architect and ecologist mulling over Rhino3D, asking here to see if anyone is using Rhino for serious landscapes beyond home gardens.
I design and manage earthworks and plantings on large sites especially mines, quarries, industrial facilities and farms - I’m very focused on getting sites formed, built and planted. I could care less about fancy, beguiling graphics and don’t need BIM. I’m more interested in producing clean, tidy, sharp-looking labelled drawings along with lists of plants and objects.
it looks like landsdesign.com would be an essential plugin for landscape work with Rhino.
Typical tasks/needs include:
- Large area terrain modelling - basins, ponds, reforming of surfaces
- Parcelising / platting - does rhino do topological editing? ie change one line, other lines autoupdate.
- Road/track design although mainly only for unsealed recommendations
- 20Hectares + and steep and complex. Site complexes up to ~80km²
- A lot of work comprises multiple sites across a region e.g. ~100km across and it’s nice if these can all be in the same file
- Large numbers of plants in calculations (I don’t render, just coloured blocks and run calcs against the blocks
- Generally don’t render anything
- Sometimes use symbols/icons to represent single plants in plan view
I also do landscape visualisation for permits and want to do ZVIs / zone of visual influence mapping
I currently use vectorworks, of which a major benefit is an internal spreadsheet that can query objects and areas and calculate from that. Otherwise it is a tedious piece of software so looking for something a bit more automated. Vectorworks is particularly slow on producing drawing sets for print and distribution and hoping to fine Rhino is better.
Can Rhino do some of the above, is there anyone here doing this kind of work with Rhino?